Saturday, November 24, 2018

Lilith Likes to Watch - Virgin Dreams

Title: Virgin Dreams
Year: 1976
Starring: Jean Jennings, Gloria Leonard, Wade Nichols, Zebedy Colt
Director: Zebedy Colt
Synopsis: This is the story of Nancy, a young girl who is sexually repressed. When her boyfriend proposes, Nancy is delighted. She begins to have erotic dreams. Nancy is dreaming of her parents taunting her - making love in front of her. Her father encourages her boyfriend to try and "open her up", without going all the way.
- Via IMDB
Why it is Notable: It's another Zebedy Colt film.

"We are going to do something to offend you..."
Depending on your ability to retain information, you might remember we've played in the world of Zebedy Colt before with The Devil Inside Her, which became one of the highlights of the Halloween Trick & Treat series.

Nancy is a young, pent up, frigid girl who loves Danny. When Danny proposes marriage, nightmares of sex begin to plague Nancy while she sleeps.

The use of visual metaphor is impressive in this movie, with flowers substituting as cocks instead of vaginas. That may be a thing, but it's not one I've ever seen before.

The dream-like imagery goes far in upping the quality of this film. At times I was wondering if  Jean Jennings' disinterest added to the dreaminess of the film or not. Sometimes yes, like when she watches her mother dominate her father in a dream, and sometimes no. Especially not so during a scene by a motorcycle. The overdubbing didn't help that scene either. She sounded far more enthusiastic than she looked, dead-eyed and on all fours.

Speaking of casting, that was my main problem with the film. The two main leads are Danny and Nancy. These are high-schooler names. Obviously I don't mind if you have a 27 year old playing a supposed teen in porn, of course, but have both actors look roughly the same age at least! Danny looks old enough to be Nancy's father. It was a very weird and somewhat annoying disconnect.

But Virgin Dreams has an interesting premise, story, and some fun editing and sound techniques that heighten the dreamy atmosphere. There's a dream sequence where Nancy's father keeps snapping a flogger and with each crack, the people hard cut into different poses, states of undress, and sexual positions. There's a scene where a sleepwalking Nancy dreams of a cacophonous orgy, but in real life she's sucking off Danny. The scenes cut between a screaming loud orgy to a private blowjob so quiet you can hear the furniture creak. It's artful in how disorienting it is.

The orgy itself is well done. It was an especially fresh breath of air after the roll-and-tumble nothing orgy of The Italian Stallion. It was choreographed well and there are some interesting positions. One woman was wearing a snake belt around her hips that I happen to own. It was my grandmother's. So that's fun.

On the note of costuming, I absolutely adore Nancy's sheer blue sleeping dress. It hides nothing but isn't so lewd as some other naughty costumes I've seen in 70's porn. It's breezy and a pretty colour. It evokes memories of Wendy Darling from Disney's Peter Pan.

Finally Nancy wakes up from her dream orgy, cured of her fears, then Danny and she have pre-marital indoor-pool sex.

Points for the dreaminess and the inventive metaphors, and costuming. Points knocked off for the questionable choice of actors. I didn't love it as much as The Devil Inside Her but I feel it needs to be seen by more people. You can watch the whole thing by clicking below.

LILITH'S SCORE: 3.5/5 - It's a bit better than fine.  

NEXT TIME: Hop aboard the bus to Sex World.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lilith Likes to Watch - The Italian Stallion AKA The Party at Kitty and Stud's


Title: The Italian Stallion
Year: 1970/1978
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Henrietta Holm, Jodi Van Prang
Director: Morton M. Lewis
Synopsis: Kitty and Stud are lovers. They enjoy a robust sex-life, which includes fellatio and light S&M, specifically, Stud belt-whipping Kitty. Three women come over for a party and Stud services them, one after the other. - Via IMDB
Why it is Notable: It was one of Sylvester Stallone's first acting gigs.

So, here we are. The Party at Kitty and Studs, or, otherwise known as the infamous Italian Stallion, one of Sylvester Stallone's first film roles. He was paid $200. And it's my obligation to inform you that it is the cheesiest porno to be featured on Lilith Likes to Watch thus far.

Down to the weird green paisley wallpaper that matches the bed sheets, and the random voice over from Kitty's point of view, and the corny quazi-rip-off of Rocky's score, I don't know what to make of this movie.

There's an awkward bathing scene, full of forced smiles and clumsy breast rubbing.

There's an extended scene where "Stud" admires his muscles in front of a mirror but also in the background reflection, two girls are writhing around on his bed. He reaches out and mimes touching the two girls without actually touching them. Pointless camera tricks trying to be artsy I suppose.

Or so I thought!

When Stud goes to sit on the bed, the girls aren't there. Then Stud looks at himself in the mirror again and they're back on the bed. The camera zooms in, then back out, and the girls are once again gone.

Maybe this is art?

Or bad editing. This is, after all, the re-edited version of the film, made after Stallone became a star thanks to Rocky. Things are bound to slip through the cracks.

Things like a coherent story. Rocky- I mean, Stud, goes outside and sees a woman flash him. He gets mad that he didn't fuck her so he punches a window and cuts his hand. Kitty licks the blood, then they wash his hand. Then they move on to a blowjob.

"I'll be velvet-mouthed upon your shank of love." That's how the blowjob scene starts. Apparently she bit him, he slaps her, she punches him, and he takes a belt and whips her. It's a very confusing scene because I genuinely can't tell if anyone's into it. I don't think so? But I don't know.

They decide to get high, then the scene cuts to a party, and the best thing in this whole movie, a black woman dancing like she does not give a fuck.

The party guests roll around. Then they roll around some more. Then they roll around on the carpet for 20 minutes more in front of a fun-house mirror and a guy eats a banana while getting head and talking about a chick fucking a horse.

Then everyone gropes and rolls around on the carpet even more. No penetration, no money shots, even the blowjobs are off-screen. It is the softest of cores.

THEN THEY SUMMON THE DEVIL.

Ok, not really. But three women do hold their arms out akimbo and side-shuffle, trance-like, across the room. Then everyone joins hands and prances in a circle in the least erotic game of Ring Around The Rosie you've ever seen.

Then everyone except for Stud and Kitty passes out. I like to think they tricked all their friends into a demonic ceremony that ended in human sacrifice.

Then Kitty hits Stud and Stud hits Kitty. THE END.

Look, there's a lot of myth around Stallone. How he sold his dog, then bought him back when Rocky was a hit, how he was homeless and starving. They played up the whole underdog story to get butts in seats. One such story, is that allegedly, the owner of the film told Stallone to pay him $100,000 in exchange for the film never seeing release to the public. Stallone replied "I wouldn't buy it back for 2 bucks."

If he doesn't care, neither should you.

LILITH'S SCORE: 2/5

NEXT TIME: We return to the work of Zebedy Colt with Virgin Dreams.



Saturday, November 10, 2018

Lilith Likes to Watch - Caligula


Title: Caligula
Year: 1979
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy
Director: Tinto Brass, Giancarlo Lui, Bob Guccione
Synopsis: Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula. -via IMDB
Why it is Notable: Big budget film conceived by the founder of Penthouse Magazine. Banned in several countries.
NOTE: My copy ran 2 hours and 35 minutes.

This is a toughy.

I had seen this movie before years and years ago, on the basis that, at the time A Clockwork Orange was one of my favourite movies. That first time, I was full of booze. Thus I barely remember any of it. This second watching, I was considerably more sober.

You have to admire the work that went into this movie. The sets and costumes are amazing. The acting is pretty top-notch for what it is, and the cast have great chemistry with one another.

There's quick sequence involving a goblet where Tiberius, sick and bearing sores from some STD, offers Caligula a drink. Peter O'Toole is so quick and oddly slick that it's a very fun 10 seconds of film.

The loving and sexual relationship between Caligula and his sister Drusilla is very well crafted. They appear to genuinely love each other, despite the blood relation.

Yet the film is over-long, and the pacing is weird. We never really get a sense of Caesonia's --Helen Mirren's character-- feelings toward Caligula, her husband. Does she love him? Does she love his power? Does she only want the throne for herself? She doesn't show any dislike toward Caligula and never actively plots against him but we're told Caesonia is bad news and would make a terrible wife, but she's dutiful and encouraging through the entire movie. If she has dissent, she keeps quiet about it.

There's some inventive sex, including a push-peddle powered cunnilingus device and enjoyable lesbian scenes, as well as coy simulated sex. The simulated sex is much more well done than other movies I've recently watched and reviewed. It's a pet peeve I didn't know I had until recently. This blog is a journey of self-discovery, apparently. The orgy scenes both drag on too long but also end too quickly. It's difficult to explain, and very vexing.

There's a scene where Caligula orders the senator's wives and daughters to be fucked in a brothel aboard a boat (which, at the time was the most expensive prop ever built for any film.). None of the woman are bothered by this. They're not arguing, they're not shy, they're not weeping. They all willingly, enthusiastically submit to be whores while their husbands stand by and chat among themselves of how Caligula has gone too far this time!

It zooms through the last 25 minutes, which is strange because it kept a fairly good pace the first half of the film.

Overall, Caligula is a pretty, expensive, over-long movie that's shorter than I remember when I first watched it. I understand why it's a cult-classic and you have to respect it for the guts and hubris it took to make this film. Whatever it is, it's undeniably art.

LILITH'S SCORE: 4/5 - Really good. Watch it.

NEXT TIME: We continue this trend of known names staring porn with Party at Kitty and Stud's AKA The Italian Stallion.