Originally produced for Showtime's uneven series of remakes of 1950s AIP B features (titled "Rebel Highway"), this densely plotted women's prison picture is something different--a tongue-in-cheek melodrama that spoofs the babes-behind-bars subgenre, action-movie cliches, and various '50s
phenomena including the McCarthy witchhunts. Compulsively watchable trash, the film may have been directed by John McNaughton, but its over-the-top tendencies bear the clear imprint of its coscripter, legendary filmmaker Sam Fuller.
In the 1950s, three girls become friendly while serving time in prison. They are: Melba (Bahni Turpin), who murdered a Red-baiting TV commentator fo...