Welcome to the third annual Lilith Likes to Watch Halloween Trick & Treat! I'm very excited this year because not only do we have this new video format, but this time I can promise you that I have the biggest Treat for us all. But you have to wait until the end!
Title: Memories Within Miss Aggie
Starring: Deborah Ashira, Patrick L. Farrelly, Kim Pope, Mary Stuart, Darby Lloyd Rains, Harry Reems, Eric Edwards, Ralph Herman
Director: Gerard Damiano
Synopsis: Troubled middle-aged spinster Aggie lives in isolation with her crippled wheelchair-bound companion Richard. While attempting to remember the exact circumstances pertaining to how she and Richard first met, Aggie slowly, but surely starts to piece together a true portrait of who and what she really is. - Via IMDB
Why it is Notable: It's a psychological horror directed by the director of Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones.
"Something's coming over me. Has been."
What makes a movie scary? What makes a scary movie effective? Horror, like porn, is incredibly subjective. I despise jump-scares but I'm apparently in the minority. I lean toward psychological horror, myself. So, where does Miss Aggie fall?
First off, it's best to go into this movie blind, so the scenes that play out are far more compelling. Don't watch the trailer, don't look at IMDB. Just watch it if you're so inclined.
If not, SPOILERS from here on out. It's ok to stop now if you want to stop.
Aggie is a woman past her prime and she stares longingly out the window at the snowy forest beyond. She opines about her past and how exactly she ended up to be in this place. She waxes nostalgic to her companion Richard and remembers them together in their youth; how they met, how she brought him home. Young Aggie makes Young Richard wear a soldier uniform that belonged to her Grandfather. This has some interesting implications. Does Aggie have a military fetish, or a longing for a strong, older male figure in her life? I have so many questions but they never explore further. They fuck, it's Aggie's first time, and it's shot with a very erotic eye; tender and gentle.
In the present, Richard tells her it didn't happen like that, and Aggie remembers again. She is lonely, with dark hair and a sharp face. Lost between childhood and womanhood, she acts young for her age. She takes her baby doll and pleasures herself with it. Is this symbolism for something? Is she so lonely she wants a child? Fuck childhood? Fuck innocence? Or was it just the most convenient object with which to pleasure herself? The world may never know.
Richard admonishes her once more and Aggie replays a third memory where she is a whore and Richard had come to watch her play with herself. I think maybe this is the weakest scene of the three. There's something tawdry and cheap about it. It's still good for what it is, it just has a tough act to follow.
Finally the truth is revealed and the scene resets to play over and over in Aggie's mind. Aggie and Richard are fated to have this conversation until they're both dead. I admit I had a feeling where this movie was going. I wasn't completely accurate but I was close.
I'm pretty sure that there's no real deeper meaning to this movie but there could be. I like that the movie is making me analyze it and ask questions. That in itself is alluring.
At times this movie could be considered not porn. Oh, it's full-on pornography, of course, but the mystery is so absorbing and the director invites us to look for clues where perhaps there are none that the sex takes a back seat to the plot.
Memories Within Miss Aggie is probably what Hitchcock would have made if he had delved into porn. It's a captivating mystery with a great cast and good performances. Everyone always talks about Damiano's two other films, Deep Throat and The Devil in Miss Jones, but I suggest for this season, you brew a cup of tea and watch Memories Within Miss Aggie. It's a Halloween Treat.
Best Moment: The scene where she uses a baby doll to masturbate.
Worst Moment: It could have gone deeper. It feels like it has things to say but never wades into the mire of it all.
LILITH'S SCORE: 3/5 - It's a Halloween Treat!
Until next time, my voracious voyeurs. I’m Lilith, and I’m always watching.