Friday, January 13, 2012

Carter Stevens' Avon 7 Collection

Here we go with this one we have the last volume in the Carter Stevens collection with film, unless something changed since the last communication I had with Michael Rasso only a compilation of loops is on the program. This one countains the three films he did for the Avon Theatre : Bizarre Style, Wicked Schoolgirls and House of Sin. Before I start with the films themselves I must say I don't like the cover, but as I say often what matters is the content not the wrapping.

House of Sin (1982)
This one starts with a young woman (Jean Silver) who after a car accident goes with a man (Robert Kerman) at his house to call for help (what she will never do...). Sadly she pick the wrong guy as he turns to be the leader of a satanic cult. So she is drugged while eating at the house and everybody, except her, have sex. When she wake up after she had sex with one of the member (Honey Stevens) but forgot it's diner time. While waiting to eat, Mistress Candice and her slave (David Christopher) come for an S&M show. Evangeline (Silver) find this disgusting and leaves, but did she?

For an Avon's film this one is really tame. If it wasn't for the S&M final with bonus peeing you wouldn't thing that you are watching one of their production. This one include a commentary track with Carter Stevens where he doesn't talk that much about the film per se, but discuss about the Avon Theatre, the Hellfire Club, Phil Prince and many other subjects. This is just too bad he doesn't talk a lot of Jean Silver as I would have love to know more about her. The film has a running time of 1h09m49 and seems complete to me.

Bizarre Styles (1981)

This one is about a lingerie store that is in fact a front for a prostitution bussiness, at least it looks like that to me. Seriously I can't wrote anything else than that about this film...

What I can wrote about on the other side is the quality, After Hour Cinema really got a bad print on this one. I don't talk of an highly dammage image as I can live with that, but of an highly cut presentation. Indeed the film runs only for 1h05m18 and the cuts are obvious. The peeing scene in the first S&M scene is missing in action and the fisting is nowhere to be seen. The editing is weird but in this case maybe it's the way the film is, it was the first time I watched this title so I can't be sure. Also the music doesn't seem all original, at least not the annoying keyboard instrumental repeated over and over. I won't fault After Hour Cinema for the cut as it isn't a practice they do usually. Anyway if it was them the last S&M scene would be cut and it isn't...Seriously if I would have bought the set for this one only I would be very disappointed.

Anybody knows if the version included in the Vanessa Del Rio Triple Feature Volume 08 released by Alpha Blue Archives is complete?

Wicked Schoolgirls (1980)

Finally the important film in the set and the only one that can be consider as one (House of Sin doesn't have enough story for my taste). Of course the synopsis isn't that complicated, I mean it's an Avon's film. basically this is about a girl who is blackmailed because of some naked pictures. Of course she will get them back with the help of her brother and all will end well with some brother and sister love.

As an Avon film this one is also very tame, but it's a fun movie to watch. Of course there is a domination scene at the beginning between Giggles (Sonya Summers) and David Ruby, but the outcome is more funny than anything. This is of course the first film of Velvet Sommers who play one of the teenager in the feature. The film is more or less complete with some dialogue missing before Velvet goes to the bathroom and the peeing, wich isn't a big deal. There is a two minutes difference between the two versions I have, but I didn't notice anything else that important missing except some dialogues. But some of the music is changed so no Patti Page song during the doggie scene, no Chuck Berry song during the masturbation scene but strangely the instrumental version of Planet Clair is always there. This one came also with a commentary. I thing the version here is perfectly acceptable and look a hell of a lot better than what I had previously.

All thing considerate this 2 DVD film collection is recommanded and came also with a Carter Stevens' interview and a lot of trailers. This is the list for those interested : My Mistress Electra, Kneel Before Me, Dr. Bizarro, Oriental Techniques in Pain and Pleasure, Prisoner of Pleasure, Tales of the Bizarre, Punk Rock / Pleasure Palace, Lickity Split, Rollerbabies, Teenage Twins and Double Your Pleasure.

This one is available from Alternative Cinema.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Young, Wild & Wonderful (1980)

Jim Clark is always hit or miss for me, I like his movies or hate them. So I'm always anxious to sit in front of my TV starting one. Luckily this one is in the enjoyable category, in fact of the one I've seen it was the most agreeable to watch.

The film synopsis is quite simple and is about a group of student doing a field trip at a museum. What they in this visit is listen a presentation by an employee (Eric Edwards) on the arts in general, at least they don't seem to do anything else. So during the showing the students goes astray in fantasy produced by the subjects discussed. The first is from The Rape of the Sabine Women and, you guess it, it's a rape fantasy with Sally O'Keefe, Rod Pierce, Jerry Butler, Lisa Beth and George Payne. Of course being a Jim Clark's film this isn't really extreme, but George Payne is George Payne. Next a sculpture of Claes Oldenburg bring us to a group scene with Merle Michaels, Brian Palmer, George Payne, Rod Pierce and Jerry Butler. Next a great scene between Arcadia Lake and Eric Edwards following a discussion about Paul Gauguin. Finally Lake and Edwards are back with Kandi Barbour where Edwards became a wrecked sailor in the 19th century tahiti. Some events happen too in the field trip that aren't related to the group presentation.

It's was a funny time and contrary to Debbie Does Dallas none of the acting is really bad. Certainly not a waste of time and, as a bonus, I've learned who is Claes Oldenburg...

The best price for this one is at Adult DVD Marketplace.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Chameleon (1989)

The basic idea of this one is interesting as it deals with shape-shifting. Of course being an eighties production there are way too many sex scenes and the story is not that develop, but as it isn't a complicated one this is fine. Richard Pacheco who plays a psychiatrist brings a little bonus in the acting side (even if I've seen him doing better than that), Tori Wells is fine (what can I say I love her STFU attitude) and Tom Byron is good as the whimperer Diana's boyfriend. 

Nothing out of the ordinary for a production of those years, except for the fact the photograpy work look good and the film doesn't look like a cheap production. We even get a surprise ending, but since the story doesn't have enough screen time it kind of doesn't make sense (even if we got a couple of hints in the movie).

Victoria Paris, Selena Steele, Peter North, Buck Adams, Joey Silvera and Debi Diamond amongst others are also in the cast.

I purchased my copy a long time ago from Excalibur Films, if you got it don't expect a great release. You got the film and this is it.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The films of Carter Stevens 1977 - 1979

Today's something I don't usually do the review of a complete movie set. This set is the third one in the Carter Stevens After Hour Cinema Grindhouse Director Series (or the fourth one if we count the soft version of Pleasure Palace / Punk Rock released previously in colaboration with Secret Key Motion Pictures). The films included this time are Double your Pleasure (1978), The Love Couch (1978) and the hard version of Pleasure Palace (1979). Once again like the two precedent volumes the movies are remastered from film elements, so the previous versions thus become obsolete. The collection is presented on two DVDs, a commentary track by Carter Stevens himself for the film Pleasure Palace is present (by cons if you already have the soft version the commentary is the same), some trailers for some of his films are in the set (Highway Hookers is the only one I have not seen yet and it looks interesting to me) and a short interview with Carter Stevens is also included.
Now the films themselves...

Double Your Pleasure (1978)
The twin sisters (Brooke and Taylor Young) are back together again two years after the success of Teenage Twins. In this film they flee in the big city after they catched their uncle (Jake Teague) while he was having an affair with his secretary (Rikki O'Neal) at the office. At the same moment they fled a large sum of money disappears from their uncle's safe too. Have they stolen the money? That's what their uncle will try to know by hiring a private detective (D. Hartman) to find them. From that time we will follow the twins during their adventures in New York. The scenario is not very developed and it's still an excuse to watch two sisters having sexual relations together. But at least this time the distribution is interesting, with among others Roger Caine, Herschel Savage, David Morris, Dave Ruby, Ron Hudd, Bobby Astyr, Merle Michaels, Samantha Fox and Jill Monroe. I enjoyed this one a lot more than Teenage Twins, but the Young sisters are not really my type.

The Love Couch (1978)
Again, a scenario that is not very complex. A sofa tells us the adventures he has lived or rather the adventures experienced on it. Despite the fact the whole looks like a loop carrier (which it isn't) the film is still interesting for the diversity of situations and an interesting distribution (not to mention that Anna Beth is involved in three of these scenes).

Pleasure Palace (1979)

Finally with this one I got exactly what I like in an adult film : a movie with sex scenes and not an excuse to present sex scenes. In this film Jimmy Stone (Eric Edwards) and Mike Green (Robert Kerman) acquires a massage parlor and everything is fine with the local authorities until Joe Goodson (Jamie Gillis), the local boss decides to take the control of their bussiness. Do Jimmy and Mike will be able to resist and retain their business? This film deserves to be compared to the productions of Radley Metzger, Anthony Spinelli or Armand Weston. An excellent film in the crime genre where Carter Stevens manages to make us forget that we watch an adult film (no more sex scenes happen for more than twenty minutes at the end of the film and surprisingly we do not realize it as we are so stuck in the story). A faultless performance by the main cast (Eric Edwards, Robert Kerman, Jamie Gillis and Serena), supported by Roger Caine, Bobby Astyr, David Pierce, Jake Teague and Joey Silvera in smaller parts. A surprise ending to a story well written by Richard Jaccoma and Carter Stevens. Certainly the masterpiece in the career of Carter Stevens.

This film is available through the website of Alternative Cinema as the first and the second volumes are.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Teenage Nurses (1974)

I had read plenty about this film before seeing it, but nevertheless I was totally unprepared for what I saw. This is undoubtedly the most bizarre adult film's I've seen so far, certainly not erotic or exciting but fun to watch for other reasons.
Basically this film takes place in a hospital for wounded veterans of the Vietnam War. A new doctor (Jeffrey Hurst with an accent quite pronounced) makes his arrival at the hospital to implement a new entertainment system for the veterans. It would be easy to think that this will be more or less Candy Stripper well no ... You have to take entertainment for exactly what the word means and that is where the bizarre begins. Indeed throughout the film we will see performances by several real burlesque artists. In fact, many times the action is interrupted by performances of singers, dancers, jugglers and even a band wearing the weird transparent mask from Last House on Dead End Street during his performance. If this is not strange enough you can add Shaun Costello playing a journalist, with a look that must be seen, who sure had some difficulties to remain serious (something quite understandable) or the presence of a laugh track or the fact that one scene outside the hospital is repeated twice. While watching I was unable to stop thinking at the audience watching this movie at the Capri Theatre in 1974 and I couldn't stop laughing imagining their reactions to what was on the screen in front of them.

As mentioned at the beginning this is not really an exciting film and the action isn't really well-filmed, but this movie is entertaining for what it is: a chance for many old artists to demonstrate they are still able to perform quite well. The film distribution includes Valerie Marron, Laura Cannon, Sandy Foxx, Jamie Gillis, Fred Lincoln, Ashley Moore, Levi Richards and of course a lot of burlesque artists.

This one is available from Video-X-Pix and I must thanks Steven who sent me this one a couple of months ago.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Nice trio from After Hour Cinema coming soon

I know it isn't a review, but don't worry the blog isn't dead. In fact the task who took most of my time since the beginning of the year is now done, so I'm ready to resume my writing duty... maybe tonight if nothing happen.

I just did a mail order sooner today for three upcomming After Hour Cinema releases, so I expect to get them somewhere in may. All of them will be release the may 10, but I must take into account the mail travel between the USA and the Canada. 

One of the most notorious of old Times Square’s “mini-cinemas,” the Avon 7, and the films produced under its banner, have become the stuff of legend. Located on 724 7th avenue (hence, the Avon “7”), the venue was known early on for its live sex acts, which were its main draw. To sedate the restless audience during intermissions between live sex, the theatre would screen self-produced adult films. With BDSM becoming prevalent in sex films by the late 70s and early 80s, the Avon 7 would reach the epoch of its career, and during this period would produce some of its most recognizable and infamous titles.

After Hours Cinema is proud to present three notorious Avon 7 roughies, produced by one of classic porn’s greatest producer-directors: Shaun Costello!

The Avon 7 is gone… But the films live on!

 SLAVE OF PLEASURE – Shaun Costello’s hot and bothered wife is kidnapped by white-slave-trader Jamie Gillis, in a fiendish plot conceived by sexy blonde C.J. Laing! But, Shaun will see that justice is met… Kinky, leather-clad justice!

MY MISTRESS ELECTRA – Sleazy pals Carter Stevens and Ashley Moore are going to be awfully embarrassed about screening a porn film for their buddies… Why? Because this particular film, unbeknownst to them, contains a friend’s mild mannered wife as a lusty performer! 

PRISONER OF PLEASURE – A housewife is abducted and held for ransom by the filthiest bunch of NY criminals you’ve ever seen! How about small screen sexual sadists like George Payne and Dave Ruby as examples?

- Brand New Telecine from the Original Film Elements
- Booklet with Liner Notes
- After Hours Cinema Trailers 

PLEASURE PALACE COLLECTION 2-DVD SET: The Early Films of Carter Stevens Vol. 3, 1977 – 1979

After Hours Cinema is proud to present Volume 3 in its Carter Stevens Grindhouse Director Series showcasing new film transfers of Stevens’ ‘70s classics - approved by director Stevens himself!

By the late 1970s, the name Carter Stevens was recognized by the vast majority of porn patrons as a mark of quality. His was a name associated with all that a porn film should be: fun, fanciful, and free. Those very same marks also constitute the maxims by which Stevens has lived his life. Since his landmark first effort, 1971’s The Collegiates, each subsequent film of Stevens was seen as an opportunity to grow as an artist (a designation Stevens modestly denies) and also to fulfill the expectations of his audience. Stevens’ late 70s period is seen by most fans as the epoch of his career.
THE LOVE COUCH A spin on one of porn’s classic motifs: the living bed that narrates the film by recounting aloud its illicit memories. It’s a tried and true concept that enables the filmmaker to litter the screen with multifarious sexual antics.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE Brooke and Taylor Young – those tasty twins – are backand looking to recapture the success of Stevens’ 1976 film Teenage Twins (financially his most successful film).

PLEASURE PALACE ­Writing under the pseudonym “Al Hazrad” (coyly alluding to the author of the Necronomicon of Lovecraftian mythos), Stevens would pen at that time his dream project: a film not only to satiate Stevens’ ambitious desires, but a porn film to break the conventional mold of traditional porn films. A film with action, romance, and, “gasp,” an actual story! That film was 1979’s Pleasure Palace – a film set to reshape the standards of adult films!

- Digital Restoration from the Only Existing Film Elements - Approved by Director Carter Stevens
- Newly Produced Interview with Carter Stevens
- Trailers for other Carter Stevens Films
- Liner Notes Booklet 

They don’t make them like Tina Russell anymore. They can’t - because girls like Tina Russell aren’t “made.” That is, they’re no product of some big-time porn studio, which feeds all their potential talent through an “idealist machine,” and when they’re squeezed out the other end, they’re your typical fabricated porno star. Fake breasts, fake ass, fake personality…

Fake, fake, fake.

Tina Russell was 100% natural; gorgeous face, beautiful body, bubbly personality, and a sincere love for sex. She was real – so real, you could’ve mistaken her for the girl next door.

After Hours Cinema is proud to present this fine collection of 8mm loops – an eclectic showcase of Tina Russell in some of her most sexually scintillating performances ever captured on celluloid for the small screen.  All loops newly telecined from original grindhouse film elements.

Review to come as soon I'll get them at home!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Girl Scout Cookies (1976)

New York, 1976, the mayor is preparing the next election  with a campaign to clean the streets of the city by attacking  the prostitution (What else is new?). Certainly one of the most successful campaign since there are only seven prostitutes  remaining in the city when the film began. Two of them (Crystal Sync and a complete stranger) are preparing themselves to hang up their skates (I'm Canadian so it's sure I have to use an hockey term somewhere in my blog) and put a stop at their career by receiving their last client (Mel White). But chance helping after finishing the job a girl scout comes at the door to sell cookies. A visit that will give the idea to the actress whose name I do not know (which is sad because she looks great) to personify a Girl Scout and use this ploy to sell her charms.
Without being one of the best production of Shaun Costello this one is still interesting for numerous reasons. Among them the lead actress (it's amazing how she looks young), the variety of scenes (mild sado-masochism, double vaginal penetration,...), the presence of John Leslie as a master of disguise (ok just one and not that spectacular) and the fast pace. One criticism I could make is that the end seems rushed and the final orgy seems unfinished.

This one is available from Alpha Blue Archive in a great set, but as I've already said previously it is quite overprice for an unauthorized release with very few remastering works done.