Today I opened the vault of trash for a morning of VHS incarceration with the 1986 women in prison flick, Vendetta. "They killed my sister" shouts our buxom badass beauty, Laurie, played by Karen Chase, as she hatches a plot to get arrested and seek revenge on her sibling's killers. Laurie's sister was wrongly sent to prison and on her first day in the slammer makes enemies with head baddie, Kay, played by bit-part mavin Sandy Martin. Kay takes revenge and kills the sister which gives us the plot to the movie. Vendetta is such an 80's cliche you can smell the Aquanet and cheap eye shadow before the action even starts. True to classic women in prison films there is a thinly held together plot that is mostly supported by gratuitous nudity. While Kay is certainly a butch badass she doesn't sell her dominance quite as hard as Wendy O. Williams in Reform School Girls, another great woman in prison flick. Despite strong lesbian overtones, the film goes out of its way to show all the inmates as heterosexual and happy. Yup, even leather-clad Kay has it hard for "10 inches of Italian stallion," sure Kay, sure. Most of the action seems accidental as Laurie almost always feels remorse after each of her revenge kills. I guess this is to remind us that deep down she is a good person and not a crazy woman who gets thrown into prison to go on a murderous rampage. Chase is a fine lead but she lacks the aggregation of contemporaries like Cynthia Rothrock and Mimi Lesseos, but I guess her freshly crimped hair and hastily applied blue eye shadow does give her a quasi-menacing appearance. Will Laurie be able to thwart Kay and her gang of henchwomen? Is there a mall in the prison where the ladies get all the fresh 80's punk-inspired fashions? Watch Vendetta (1986) and find out!