Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Get out your tissues, Julie Strain is a Temptress and SORCERESS!

Director: Jim Wynorski

Cast: Linda Blair, Edward Albert, Julie Strain, Larry Poindexter

Synapse Films / All Region / Unrated / 1.78:1 widescreen / DTS-HD 2.0 stereo / 89 minutes

Extras: Audio Commentary with Director Jim Wynorski / Additional Audio Commentary with Director Jim Wynorski and SPFX Artist/Actor/Director, Tom Savini



The late '80s and early '90s were a heyday for erotic direct-to-video horror, fantasy and thrillers. On the heels of smash hits like Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct, low-budget filmmakers would begin churning out the softcore smut adorned in "legit" movie trappings. Mom and pop video stores across the U.S. were full of shelves heaving with VHS tapes splashed with half naked women like Shannon Whirry, Shannon Tweed, Monique Parent and a personal favorite, the Amazonian goddess, Julie Strain. These sexy ladies also took over late-night cable TV, specifically on Cinemax after 11pm; Cinemax After Dark. A young man's dark, shivering fantasies would come to life in the form of a big-breasted (usually fake) seductresses brought to life by director's like Zalman King, Gregory Hippolyte (Gregory Dark), Andy Sidaris and Jim Wynorski.

1995's Temptress aka Sorceress would bring Wynorski and Strain together for one of their many adventures and like the other times, they would bring many busty friends! Rochelle Swanson (Hard Bounty), Toni Naples (who looks like Tawny Kitaen and whose name appropriately sounds like "nipples"), Antonia Dorian (Dinosaur Island) and Kristi Ducati (The Bikini Carwash Company). It's an all-star cast of naked beauties and they are naked, A LOT. What? You want to know why I didn't mention arguably the biggest name in the cast, Linda Blair? Oh, that's because she kept her clothes on the entire time. That's right, the woman who got topless in such classic exploitation flicks as Savage Streets and Chained Heat didn't get nude in a movie that features a parade of nearly non-stop boobs and softcore grinding! Oh well, she's fucking awesome anyway and she really knows how to chew up every scene she's in. But is at least a little cleavage too much to ask for?

Larry Barnes (Larry Poindexter) is on the fast track to a partnership in a prestigious law firm, and his sexy witch wife Erica (Julie Strain) will do anything to keep her husband happy. But Erica makes a fatal mistake when she tries to kill Larry's main competition for the partnership, Howard Reynolds (Edward Albert). With Howard now crippled for life from Erica's dark magic, his wife Amelia (Linda Blair) plots her revenge. Using witchcraft and a mystical medallion, Amelia tries to destroy everyone and everything in Larry's life!

You really don't need much story here since you are really coming for the tits, but luckily the plot is cheesy and fun enough to keep the pace moving from one sexy set-piece to the next. Aside from the disappointment of Blair remaining clothed, Strain is also only in the movie for a few scenes but she makes them memorable as only she can; very nakedly. There is a lesbian threesome dream sequence featuring her that will blow... your mind! You'll recognize a lot of the male actors as well from other Skinemax flicks like Larry Poindexter from Body Chemistry 4: Full Exposure and Lenny Juliano from Wynorski's Bare Wench series. Even Tarantino regular Michael Parks and Blacula himself, William Marshall have small parts. With a cast like that, a director like Wynorski and a producer like the immortal Fred Olen Ray (Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers), you really can't go wrong if you are a fan of softcore erotica in any genre.

Apparently the version that was released for home video and cable in 1995 was an edited version with some of the nudity and sex scenes shortened or cut altogether. But today Synapse Films in association with Mr. Wynorski have remastered an uncensored Director's Cut of this classic skin flick from the original uncut film elements! The movie looks fantastic with no perceivable flaws. All of that glorious silicone-laden bOObage is now in glorious high-definition and my loins couldn't be happier. Sorceress is campy erotic filmmaking at its finest without the self-aware nonsense that movies that came later would drive into the ground. So reach down and grab that horny adolescent boy inside you (yikes, that sentence could be taken a couple of different ways) and relive those glorious nights of heavy breathing and anticipation with this classic of Skinemax-era erotic!

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