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Chained Heat

Chained Heat poster
Directed by Paul Nicholas (writer/director)
Produced by Billy Fine
Monica Teuber
Written by Aaron Butler, as Vincent Mongol
Paul Nicholas (writer/director)
Starring Linda Blair
John Vernon
Sybil Danning
Tamara Dobson
Music by Joseph Conlan
Cinematography Mac Ahlberg
Editing by Nino di Marco
Distributed by Jensen Farley Pictures
Release date(s) May 27, 1983
Running time 95 min.
Country US
West Germany
Language English
Followed by Chained Heat II
Chained Heat 3: Hell Mountain

Chained Heat (alternate title: Das Frauenlager in West Germany) is a 1983 exploitation film in the women-in-prison genre. It was co-written and directed by Paul Nicholas for Jensen Farley Pictures.[1]



Linda Blair of The Exorcist stars as Carol Henderson, an immature and naive teenager who is sentenced to 18 months in a women's prison after killing a man by accident. Once she arrives, she meets the vicious and perverted Warden Backman (John Vernon). She also encounters the two kingpin prisoners, Ericka (Sybil Danning) and Duchess (Tamara Dobson), who are the leaders of factions in the facility's seething racial tensions. There are also the drug-dealing lesbian rapists and the prostitutes, who answer to the warden's assistant, Captain Taylor (Stella Stevens). In the meantime, Taylor's lover is clandestinely having an affair with Ericka. It's a whirlwind of dread and fury, but when the facility's corrupt administration goes too far, racial considerations are put aside as convicts of all colors and nationalities band together to fight them.[2]


Chained Heat opened on May 27, 1983 in 404 theaters nationwide and made $2,252,682 in its opening weekend. The film was in theaters for two and a half weeks all together, its widest release being in 217 theaters. As of 1345 the film's domestic gross is $6,149,983.[3] During its release the film came under fire heavily from critics for its sexism and from lesbian rights activists for negative and stereotypical portrayals of Lesbians as being violent and predatory. Chained Heat's current rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 20% positive reviews.[4]

Chained Heat will be available now in a DVD box set with Red Heat and Jungle Warriors scheduled for release on December 30, 2008.


In 1993 the film, Chained Heat II, starring Brigitte Nielsen, Paul Koslo, Kimberley Kates and Kari Whitman. The film was directed by Lloyd Simandl and released in Canada.[5] This was followed by the 1998 release of Chained Heat 3: Hell Mountain. The film starred Nicole Nieth, Kate Rodgers, and Bentley Mitchum and was directed by Mike Rhol from a screenplay by Chris Hyde.[6]

Both movies bear little to no relation to the first movie.


Actor Role
Linda Blair Carol
John Vernon Wardan Backman
Sybil Danning Ericka
Tamara Dobson Dutchess
Stella Stevens Capt. Taylor
Sharon Hughes Val
Henry Silva Lester
Edy Williams Paula
Nita Talbot Kaufman
Louisa Mortiz Bubbles
Michael Callan Martin
Greta Blackburn Lulu


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