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Re: The Prison Genre Cliche Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2014, 06:01:36 pm »
The escape thing is a constant because it's not really an exciting finale for the person to wait out their time and get returned to society.  Although it is a real revolving door corrupt system, so there's plenty of sequel potential.

Back even before the grindhouse flicks, in the black and white days, there was a constant thread of the "undercover reporter" angle, seeking out the abuses in the prison, or the girl who was wrongfully arrested and the system screwed over, so there really is no other choice but to escape.

I definitely liked the sensational elements of those, like this is real stuff that no one had the guts to tell you about, the truth that general audiences can't handle, we say you can.  It's almost like clickbait in a funny way (Reefer Madness did this as well, didn't it?)

 

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