Women of Devil's Island / Le prigioniere dell'isola del diavolo (1962)

2.0 out of 5

Laughing pirates take on sadistic warders for the booty of a Devils Island populated with glamorous and perfectly coiffed female inmates who sing with the voices of angels as they pan for gold while threatening to burst forth from the bodices that strain to contain their modesty in this delightful prototype for films such as Jess Franco's 99 Women.

Unlike later far more sleazy genre entries there is a certain innocence to Women of Devil's Island that places it more in the camp of the more family friendly matinée style adventures such as those directed by Umberto Lenzi et al and as such would play well along with the assorted pirate, Robin Hood and other colourful historic dramas of the decade.

Sure enough, for those seeking cheap laughs, films such this one from Stunt Squad director Domenico Paolella are an easy target. Indeed riffing on such material would be like shooting fish in a barrel. But surely this would be missing the point completely for the film, as with so many of it's ilk, is already fun. It never, not once, even briefly commits the crime of being boring.

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