Olga’s House of Shame & Olga’s Dance Hall Girls & White Slaves of Chinatown

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

In White Slaves of Chinatown, Olga (Audrey Campbell) works to turn normal women into her own personal prostitutes. The first step is to gain their trust, then Olga introduces them to the world of narcotics, which kicks the real plan into motion. Once the woman like what they experience, Olga makes sure they become addicted and without the needed funds for a fix, the women have to do what Olga demands. She then puts them out on the street as hookers, which nets Olga the cash and the women their next fix. But Olga does allow some of the women to experience other pleasures, as she unleashes her lesbian lust at times. In Olga’s House of Shame, the sadistic Olga (Campbell) has started a new business in a new town, but she hasn’t changed at all. With the help of her brother and a protege, Olga runs a crime syndicate involved in countless perversities. She tortures, humiliates, and disciplines anyone she pleases, just for her own amusement. But can her twisted reign of terror last forever? In Olga’s Dance Hall Girls, Olga is the head of a special dance hall, one which recruits housewives for its talent. The women work as hostesses, which means they do whatever Olga says, including sexual favors of all kinds. But the dance hall isn’t what it seems, as it serves as a front for a satanic cult. Will the truth about Olga’s new business be kept a secret, or will someone bring her down?

I never expected to see these movies released to DVD, let one all three on a single disc with added supplements. A staple of old school grindhouse cinema, the Olga movies were racist, violent, perverse, and exploitative, which meant audiences always left satisfied. If you’re a genre fan, then you’ve seen the Ilsa movies, which were no doubt inspired by the brutal sexuality of Olga seen in these pictures. Olga loves torture, bondage, and sadism, so this isn’t light sexual stuff, even by today’s standards. So if you’re offended by images of graphic sexual violence, such as S&M content, you’re sure to be upset by these movies. As time has passed, the content isn’t as shocking as it used to be, but it still packs a punch, to be sure. The crack of the bullwhip is frequent in these pictures, as are naked breasts and bottoms. And the woman in charge on screen as Olga is Audrey Campbell, who is in two of these movies, plus one Olga film not found on this release. Campbell (Sin in the Suburbs, 50,000 B.C.) is a hot chick and is a perfect choice for the role, as she knows how to use sex as a weapon. The stories are thin and the acting is weak, but for such low budget efforts, the technical aspects are quite good. The real draw is the perverse content however, which is in no short run here. I am thrilled to own these movies on DVD and without question, even casual exploitation fans must own this release.

Video: How does it look?

The three films are presented in full frame. I know these were shown in theaters, but I think these full frame editions look well framed, though I have no clue as to what the intended aspect ratios are. I braced myself for the worst in this area, but much to my surprise, these movies look quite good here. The prints have some worn spots, grain, and debris, but mostly minor defects, so the elements look cleaner than expected. The visuals do have a soft presence, but we can forgive that, given the age and origins of the material. I found contrast to be solid throughout, which is good news, since all three are black & white features. I am more than pleased with these transfers, as even with some inherent flaws, these movies look terrific.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio here is worn, but that’s to be expected, given the age and low budget roots of the material. So you’ll hear some clicks, pops, hiss, and distortion, all thanks to the ravages of time and budget limitations. But I doubt these movies ever sounded that good, since it seems that little care was taken in terms of audio design. So while these soundtracks have a lot of wear & tear, I don’t think the original elements were that dynamic. I was never too put off by the flaws, as they’re never too serious in scope. A few scenes are worse than others, but all the scenes have the elements in audible condition. The dialogue is shaky at times, thanks to the methods used in production, but that is an inherent defect. In the end, I have to knock the score a little on the audio, but these movies still have passable presentations.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc contains Olga footage from Mondo Oscentia, a bonus Audrey Campbell short film titled Art Lover, and trailers for the entire Olga series. A booklet included has a nice interview with Campbell also, so don’t miss that.

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