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.


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