Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fall into the sweet SOV goodness of VENUS FLYTRAP

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Review by: Alan Spencer

Director: T. Michael

Cast: Kevin M. Glover, Steve Malis, Michael Capellupo, Kimberley Kates

Massacre Video / Not Rated / All Regions /Full Screen / 1.33:1 / 62 minutes

Extras: Video Interviews With Producer Kevin M. Glover And Actor Steve Malis /  Extensive Four Page Liner Notes / Audio Commentary With Producer Kevin M. Glover And Actor Steve Malis / Trailers

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I had no idea what I was in for when popping open my copy of Venus Flytrap. The cover design is very '80s. Throw in a statue and a fly, along with a creepy dude's face in the title's lettering, and I really don't know what I'm in for. Compared to its shot-on-video competition at the time, it's easy to see why Venus Flytrap went under-the-radar. You don't get the promise of blood, guts, lurid sex, and backyard nastiness most fans have come to expect from the genre. That said, Venus Flytrap is a horror all the way. This isn't a gore epic, or a shoddy piece of crap that's so-bad-it's-good. It's is a solid movie, period, and should be taken seriously. This entry in the SOV revival is premium grade nostalgia. It's also one of the darker old school horror movies I've seen in a while. So you still don't really know what this movie is about, do you? That's what I like best about Venus Flytrap. The story doesn't show its cards until much later in the film. Oh, feel the suspense.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Roughies: Jamie Gillis and American Playgirls

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Director: Claude Goddard

Cast: Darby Lloyd Raines, Jamie Gillis, Eric Edwards, Jennifer Jordan, Helen Madigan

Vinegar Syndrome / Region 1 / Rated X / 4:3 fullscreen / English mono / 141 minutes total

Extras: Theatrical Trailer

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The director of our first adult feature must have been ashamed of his or her work because their identity is unknown, which is a shame because Abduction of an American Playgirl is a wonderfully playful sex comedy with lots of twists and turns. Two friends, Fred and Dumbo, are horny so they decide to kidnap a random chick and force her to have sex with them. So they do just that by grabbing a hitchhiker, Jackie, at which point she "faints", and they take her back to their love cabin. After rummaging through her purse they find that she is the daughter of a rich dude so now raping her isn't enough, add ransom to the agenda.
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