Sadistic warden trope  

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"The Sadistic Warden/Guard can be either male or female, but most of them are women. If female, she's invariably a lesbian. If male, he's usually Vic Diaz. In The Big Doll House we get both a Sadistic Warden of the "Jeckyl & Hyde" stripe, played by zaftig Swiss bombshell Christiane Schmidtmer, and a Sadistic Guard, played with venomous glee by Katheryn Loder."--[1] [Jul 2005]

"The set up of prison hero as rebellious Cowboy is reinforced by another trope of prison film: the abusive corrections officer. The sadistic warden personifies the oppressive nature of the carceral institution, often taking the prisons’ assault on freedom, individuality and humanity to another level.Incarcerations officers try to break prisoners’ spirits. They interfere in prison life, are corrupt and often prey on weaker inmates. At times, the entire plot of a prison film catalogues the protagonist’s fight against a sadistic warden (The Last Castle (dir. Rod Lurie, 2001) and Murder in the First, (dir. Marc Rocco, 1995). --Terrie Schauer, Journal for Crime, Conflict and the Media 1 (3) 28-42ISSN 1741 1580" [2] [Jul 2005]

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The sadistic warden is a popular trope since the beginning of the women in prison film. There is also one in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in the character of Nurse Ratched.

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