Update: Jenah Hex is now available for download here.
The long-awaited followup to RingDivas’ series of “heroine destruction” movies is finally here with Jenah Hex, a new Western-inspired heroine torture film directed by Onze Rouge and starring Destiny Dumon, RichBitch Madison and Lindsay Michaels. It features the same elements as the company’s previous releases but also utilizes an expanded storyline, dialogue and other conventional elements of filmmaking. There are a few flaws here and there, but overall I enjoyed Jenah Hex as somewhat cheesy, exploitative entertainment.
The film begins with some nice exterior shots of “Deadwood, South Dakota.” We then meet Charles Hex, a sick and dying man. (We know he’s dying because he’s coughing and has dark lines under his eyes. This is a recipe for death in a Western.) He’s being tended to by his lovely daughters played by RichBitch Madison and Lindsay Michaels. The acting here is really not very good, but that’s to be expected from what is essentially an exploitation film. (And when I say that, I don’t mean “exploitation” in a bad way, just as a reference to this genre.)
The bad guys, a wealthy developer who wants Charles Hex’s property and his two evil henchmen, show up and murder Charles Hex. Then they rape the daughters (only one of which is shown) and torture them in the classic RingDivas style with punches, choking, hair-pulling, slapping, etc. Michaels is topless during her torture scene, and Madison receives 18 lashes from a whip (I’m informed of the exact lash count by the RingDivas Films web site).
As you might expect, Jenah Hex rides back into town, learns of her father’s murder, becomes enraged, and decides to seek revenge. She encounters the villains and makes her intentions clear to them. However, a henchmen sneaks up behind her and chloroforms her before she can do anything. I might have preferred to see Destiny in action here before being defeated, but in any event, she’s subdued by the bad guys as the main villain orders his henchmen to “take her clothes off… strap her up!”
The next six minutes or so are devoted to Jenah Hex’s torture. Destiny Dumon starred in Girls of War III, which pretty much covered the same territory as you’ll see here, but I found Dumon’s acting much better in the torture scenes in Jenah Hex. So if you’re looking for a continuation of Girls of War III, you’ll find that here, although Dumon gets less screen time in this film.
As a whole, I enjoyed Jenah Hex, and found it to be kind of an interesting experiment for this genre. For one thing, there’s at least some attempt to create characters and a storyline. I’m not sure how successful this is since the acting really isn’t very good and I’m not convinced that viewers are looking for much of a “story.” Maybe this is an attempt to make a slightly more mainstream movie for viewers who aren’t interested in all-out heroine torture.
I also find the video’s availability to be an interesting strategy which may prove successful but may also frustrate some viewers. There is no download option for Jenah Hex. If you want to watch it online, you’ll have to purchase access to streaming video (options include 1 day, 1 week or 2 weeks). The benefit of this is that it only costs $9.95 for 1-day access, so if you only want to watch the video once, you don’t have to pay $25-$30. You also get access to a couple of previous RingDivas films: Girls of War I and Sons of Seth in addition to Jenah Hex.
On the flip side, you can’t download it. So if you want to watch it again a month from now, you’ll have to either buy the DVD or pay again for streaming video access. I have no idea if this model will work or not, but I’m curious to find out.
I found Jenah Hex to be an enjoyable heroine destruction film with an interesting Western backdrop. If you purchase and watch it, be sure to come back and leave your comments below.