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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Nightmare in Badham County (1976)


Deborah Raffin and Lynne Moody (Scream, Blacula, Scream) stars as two young attractive college students who become enmeshed in a trap of local prejudice and greed when their car breaks down outside a small, sleep town. Insulted by the girls' rejection of his amorous advances, the local sheriff (Chuck Connors), arrests them for trespassing and prostitution. After a mockery of a "trail," they are sentenced to a womens' prison farm run by brutal guards and a sex-crazed superintendent. Cut off from contact with friends and family, the girls realize that they are at the mercy of a corrupt criminal justice "system," designed to supply the local farms with cheap prison labor. Their only hope is to escape this nightmare, at the risk of their lives. Nightmare in Badham County exposes the terror and corruption of a vicious tyranny that actually exist in certain communities where "justice" is no more than a charade for greed. It offers a behind-the-scenes-look at life on a womens' prison farm that is as realistic as it is shocking. The result is gripping action, drama, and suspense.