Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 10th, 2018
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1974
Director: A.C. Stephen (Stephen C. Apostolof)
Writers: A.C. Stephen (Stephen C. Apostolof), Edward D. Wood Jr.
Cast: Jabie Abercrombe, Rene Bond, Tallie Cochrane, Donna Young, Margie Lanier, Edward D. Wood Jr.
BluRay released: January 30th, 2018
Approximate running times: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $32.98
Synopsis: A young woman is sent to an all-female work camp, after being convicted for a crime she did not commit. Shortly after her arrival, she is preyed upon by four prisoners, who have planned a daring prison break. Against her will, she is forced by these women to be part of their prison break. Will they find their freedom or will something worse be awaiting them?
Fugitive Girls was co-written and direct by A.C. Stephen (Stephen C. Apostolof) whose other standout films include, Orgy of the Dead, College Girls and The Class Reunion. The screenplay for Fugitive Girls was co-written by Edward D. Wood Jr. (Plan Nine from Outer Space, Bride of the Monster), a filmmaker in his own right and a frequent collaborator of A.C. Stephen. And besides co-authoring the screenplay, Edward D. Wood Jr. portrays three characters in the film. Other titles that this film has been released under include, Hot on the Trail and Five Loose Women.
A.C. Stephen (Stephen C. Apostolof) and Edward D. Wood Jr., would collaborator on seven films. And out of these seven films, Fugitive Girls is by far and away their best film. With the other six films that they collaborated on being, Orgy of the Dead, Drop Out Wife, The Class Reunion, The Snow Bunnies, The Cocktail Hostess and The Beach Bunnies.
Content wise, Fugitive Girls is a sleazy sexploitation film, that has all the ingredients that have since become synonymous with the women in prison film sub-genre. And from a production standpoint, this film does not disappoint. The well-constructed narrative does a good job keeping things moving along. And nowhere is more evident, then how this film does not waste an opportunity to exploit its female cast’s ample assets.
And though, this is not a film that is ever going to be remembered for its performances. The cast features a few recognizable faces, Tallie Cochrane (The Centerfold Girls, The Candy Tangerine Man) in the role of Kat, the ringer leader behind the prison break, Margie Lanier in the role of Dee, the young woman who serving time for a crime she did not commit and Rene Bond (Jekyll and Hyde Portfoli, Refinements in Love) in the role of Toni, a female prisoner who has agreed to divide up a large sum of money she has stashed with the other four women.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of this film, is its use of humor. Standout moments in regards to this film use of humor include, a scene where the five women seek refuge in a hippie commune and a scene where five women steal a car from a man and leave him tied up in the middle of nowhere (wearing nothing but his underwear).
Fugitive Girls comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The transfer for this release was scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative. Grain looks natural, colors are nicely saturated, black levels and image clarity remains strong throughout.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. The audio sounds, clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a promo for the film (30 seconds), a trailer for the film (4 minutes 53 seconds), an archival audio interview with actress Tallie Cochrane, moderated by Casey Scott and an audio commentary with Frank Henenlotter and Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey.
The audio interview with Tallie Cochrane plays out like an audio commentary and the length of this interview covers the entire film. Topics discussed in this interview include, her origin as an actress, her thoughts about hardcore sex films and background information about films she appeared in and actresses she worked with.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the differences between the R Rated version and the uncut version included for this release, the cast, their thoughts about exploitation cinema, Edward D. Wood Jr., A.C. Stephen (Stephen C. Apostolof) and their thoughts about the film. Throughout the audio commentary comments are read from two magazine interviews with A.C. Stephen (Stephen C. Apostolof)
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo. Overall Fugitive Girls gets an excellent release from Vinegar Syndrome.
Note: Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents A.C. Stephen’s Fugitive Girls, the fourth release in our Limited Edition Sexploitation Signature Series. This Blu-ray/DVD combo is strictly limited to 2,500 units.