The Ladies of the House Movie Review
Written by Steven Wood
Released by Gravitas Ventures
Directed by John Stuart Wildman
Written by Justina Walford and John Stuart Wildman
2014, 93 minutes, Not Rated
Released on VOD on May 1st, 2015
Farah White as Lin
Melodie Sisk as Getty
Brina Palencia as Crystal
Belladonna as Ginger
Gabriel Horn as Jacob
Rj Hanson as Kai
Samrat Chakrabarti as Derek
A typical birthday party at a strip club turns into a horrific night for a pair of brothers and their friend as these strippers have a thirst for blood.
While not exactly torture porn, The Ladies of the House gets pretty close. I don’t mind the intense violence whatsoever, not really, but there is something about this that rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it is due to the fact the casting process focused on looks rather than acting ability. Attractiveness is subjective, but I’m not one of the guys that would call this a “good” movie just because I get to see some girls with big tits running around on a murderous rampage. It’s just simply not believable, there is no way in hell these women would go through the amount of effort to get made up just to start torturing and killing random men. They’re trying too hard to be dolled up like trashy pin up girls...all the while killing dudes.
However, I still can appreciate when things are done right, and there are some things here I can mention. Most notably would be the amount of violence, blood and gore, and the practicality of the torture. Staying in line with the brutality that is Hostel, The Ladies of the House could easily be thrown into the same conversation when speaking of seriously graphic scenes.
I’d call this type of movie a “fly stuck in a spider’s web”, so think of a classic like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (original, not one of the remakes), or the more recent House of 1000 Corpses. The overall plot of these movies, including The Ladies of the House, is the same, whereas each movie involves innocent and unsuspecting people taken hostage and then tortured and killed in horrific ways. And then throws in some black comedy to spice things up a bit.
When it is all said and done, I’m not impressed in the least bit. I’ve seen all of this before, and it’s been done better literally in about 10 other movies spanning the past decade. As I’ve said with the last Gravitas Ventures release Anarchy Parlor, how about focusing on the meat of the story rather than the meat of your cast?