Deviant Obsession (2002) is a skinemax effort now available on DVD. It stars Brick Randall in her second role. Her first, Scarlet Countess from 2001 is rated 1.5 at IMDB, and this effort scores 2.6. At this rate of improvement, look for a watchable film from her on DVD in 2007.
Brick, as the film opens, is representing the female half of a divorce, and is presenting a video of the husband cheating in opposing council's office. One of the partners follows her to her car, and tries to get a lunch date with her, but she declines. Cut to her in bed with the other partner. They are interrupted by a call from his wife. He goes home to find her in possession of incriminating pictures of him with Brick. He leaves, calls Brick, who chooses not to answer the phone, then his partner, who also doesn't answer. He leaves a message on his partner's machine, telling him that he will be in a strip bar, and would like some company for a drink.
Someone phones a woman in the strip bar, talks about him, and she goes over and seduces him, but on the condition that they don't learn each others names. He wakes up in the morning, and goes home to find his wife murdered, and he is the most popular suspect. When nobody will corroborate his alibi, he is charged with murder.
STOP!!! Lets play detective at this point. He is a hot shot lawyer, and so is supposedly bright, right? Someone has clearly framed him for murder, and the woman who picked him up was part of the plan. So he would start thinking about motive and opportunity, and clearly only one person not at the strip club knew he was there -- his partner.
Ok, we just solved this thriller, or suspense yarn, or whatever it is meant to be, so we can sit back and watch the bouncing boobies. Brick goes to work undercover in the strip club as a stripper. She does overhear one of the strippers and the bar manager saying incriminating things, after the woman (hard core star Venus) demonstrates a lapdance with her. Then, both of them die in an auto accident. Then brick seduces the motel night manager. He is shot shortly after her visit. Finally, the second partner does an entire confession to Brick just before he intends to kill her, like any of us needed the help figuring it out.
As far as nudity, Venus shows breasts and buns, hard core star Lauren Montgomery shows breasts, Brick shows everything, although her wisp of bush is only briefly visible, one stripper shows everything, and another keeps her g-string on. I suppose this is a C-. Lots of acceptable looking naked women doing simulated sex fulfills the minimum requirements for a soft core. The plot attempt, however, is pathetic.
|Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
American Nightmare (2002):
Tuna liked this slasher film when he
reviewed it two years ago, and I
kinda liked it as well. It's no masterpiece, and the ending was
disappointing, but it's a helluva production for 52 grand.
I just finished watching Jon Keeyes's
the one that takes place entirely in a Halloween Haunted House, so I
thought I'd go back and catch this one as well. Both films happen on
Halloween, and both films feature a lot of "young adults just
chatting" scenes, so Keeyes has got a whole career theme going here.
In fact the themes are pretty similar in that each teen met a
designer fate. In Hallow's End, each teen
turned into the character he portrayed for Halloween. In this movie,
each teen was confronted with his or her greatest fear.
I was much more impressed with this
film than I was with Hallow's End.
- I enjoyed the teen talk more in
this one, since it was basically movie-geek talk. Keeyes is
obviously a major fan of horror films in general, and 80s-style
slasher/horror in particular.
- The characters in this film were
more realistic than in the other. In fact, I thought that every
character in the film could have been a real person, saying real
things, whereas some of the characters in Hallow's End seemed to
come from another planet.
- Colored lights and/or filtered
shots are usually to be dreaded, but Keeyes made excellent use of
some blue lighting in American Nightmare to enhance the creepy
world of the slasher's mind and contrast it to the homey feel
created by the warm golden hues that often bathed the kids when
they were not threatened.
- Hallow's End had no real capable
star to anchor the cast, but Debbie Rochon is in this film, and
she is probably the best and most versatile actress in the entire
grade-B world, now that Jillian McWhirter, the Streep of Shit, is
basically retired. (Only one movie appearance since 1999).
- American Nightmare has a great,
stylish, opening credits sequence, and some beautiful,
tightly-storyboarded editing throughout. Robert Castaldo, in
addition to Keeyes's films, also edited Andy Anderson's excellent
little indy film,
In both cases, I have to compliment
the director for his ability to stretch a buck. Hallow's End also
got a tremendous amount of mileage out of one very appropriate set.
If there are any producers out there who want to make some films
economically, you could do much worse than to hire this guy.
- Debbie Rochon (1,
- Rebecca Stacey (1,
They Live (1987):
I came here to chew bubble gum and
kick some ass. And I'm all out of bubble gum.
-- Rowdy Roddy Piper as
Nada in They Live
One of the most fascinating topics for movie buffs
is the body of films upon which people simply cannot agree. The most
famous example, as brought into the spotlight by an episode of
The English Patient, which is both one of the most
beloved and one of the most reviled films ever made, and about which
its supporters and detractors cannot even find common ground for
They Live is in the same category. The entire
debate may place this movie on a lower overall level than The
English Patient, but the gap between its defenders and detractors is
similarly wide. On the one hand, it is covered by many of the most
popular web sites that specialize in awful movies: Bad Movie Night;
Oh, the Humanity, It's a Bad Bad Bad Bad Movie; etc. On the other
hand, Rotten Tomatoes shows that 93% of mainstream critics gave They
Live a positive review - a higher rating than Fargo, The Lion King,
The English Patient, The Usual Suspects, or the Oscar-winning all
time box office champ, Titanic.
have it. A film in the same company as Fargo and The Usual Suspects
which is also in the same company as Plan 9 and Godzilla vs Mothra.
How can that be?
1. It is a film with great concepts and bad
execution. Your opinion of the film will depend on how heavily you
weigh those components. If you like a cerebral and thought-provoking
movie, with the kind of incisive social commentary that only the
best S/F can provide, you'll find that this movie is on the ball. On
the other hand, you'll find it very much off the ball if you are
bothered by bad acting, cheap effects, silly-looking aliens, and a
pointless seven minute fist-fight that drags the film to a
completely forward halt. (You can't even get emotionally involved in
the fight- it's between the two good guys!) If you walked past the
TV while this movie was on and caught a minute of it, your
impression would be that it was a hopeless cheesefest.
2. It is a film with a controversial, highly
political point of view. If you agree with that point of view,
you'll probably love it. If you are offended by that point of view,
you'll fall back on the fact that it has poor production values, and
dump on it.
They Live is fundamentally a
low-budget version of The Matrix, without the spiritual/mystical
In The Matrix, a bunch of machines
are enslaving humans without their knowledge, by placing them all in
a permanent dream-state and letting them live out a contented but
delusional life inside a machine-induced computer program. A small
group of humans finds out about the deception and battles the
In They Live, a bunch of aliens
are enslaving humans without their knowledge, by placing them all in
a permanent dream-state and letting them live out a contented but
delusional life inside a machine-induced form of mass hypnosis and
subliminal suggestion. A small group of humans finds out about the
deception and battles the aliens.
doesn't start out as a science fiction film at all. In fact, the
beginning of the film most
resembles Bound for Glory, the Woody Guthrie biopic, updated to the
80s. A jobless, homeless drifter named Nada grabs a freight train,
disembarks in Los Angeles, and tries to make himself a new life. He
gets a construction job, and sleeps temporarily in a squatter's camp
filled with other homeless people. They discuss the hard economic
times, but many still have faith in America, and their ability to
rebuild a new life. In the evening, the homeless man gets near the
crowd around the burning fires, plays his harmonica, listens to
people talk, and thinks.
Slowly, he becomes
perplexed by a church near his Hooverville. He hears the choir
rehearsing until four in the morning, and sees people skulking in
and out mysteriously. Overcome by his curiosity, he creeps into the
basement, only to find that there is no choir at all, just a tape
recording of people singing hymns. There is nothing of significance
in the Church basement except boxes and boxes of sunglasses.
It turns out that the sunglasses are de-cloaking
devices invented by the human underground. When Nada puts on the
glasses, the wave-induced hypnosis no longer works on him, and he
can see things as they are. TV, magazines, and advertising are all
seen as facades - clever artifices designed to carry subliminal
messages to humans. "Work hard, don't complain", "Marry and
Reproduce", "Obey", "Be happy with what you have". More important
than that, Nada realizes that not all humans are human. A small but
powerful minority consists of aliens with faces that resemble
stripped skulls. The aliens use their mass-hypnosis device to blend in
with humans. Without the anti-hypnotic glasses, aliens and humans
The brilliant element of the
film is that it presents the alien colonization of Earth in a manner
completely consistent with actual human colonization in the past.
The aliens are not presented as murderous or barbaric. They are not
significantly different from humans, except in appearance, and even
in appearance they are essentially humans without facial skin. They
are simply doing to Earth what the English did to much of the world
in its Imperial days - viewing a new territory as an opportunity for
economic expansion. The Aliens do not use force any more than any
human colonials ever used force to subdue native populations. In
fact, they actually use less force than humans, and more persuasion
or deception. Aided by human collaborators, they gradually get all
the best jobs and the biggest fortunes on our planet, and they allow
the unenlightened humans to continue functioning in their everyday
lives, creating the wealth that the aliens and collaborators
exploit. In essence, they are absolutely no different from any class
of plutocrats which has come to dominate a society for their own
benefit, except that they happen to be from another planet instead
of another country. One of the more controversial elements of the
film is that Ronald Reagan, with his simple, optimistic bromides,
was actually revealed to be one of the aliens!
The part of Nada - how's that for a name you can drop
in your Existentialist Literature course? It means "nothing" in
Spanish - is played by the famous wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. Hot
Rod had a strange movie career. In his first important part, he was
engagingly befuddled and angry in one of my favorite bad movies,
Hell Comes to Frogtown. He followed that
up with his role as Nada in They Live. He was well on his way to
making a solid career as a B-movie anti-hero with real humanity,
kind of a Joe Lunchpail version of Snake Plisskin. But it never
happened. That was basically it for his career. Since then he has
taken increasingly smaller, ever less colorful roles in increasingly
bad movies. 15 years have slid by, and he is no longer famous as a
wrestler or an actor. I liked the guy in both of his careers. He wasn't a
good wrestler technically, and he had one of the puniest bodies in
that profession, but he was one my favorite wrestling stars ever. He
was able to demonstrate completely uncontrolled anger as a heel, and
become one of the greatest fan favorites when he converted his
energy to righteous anger and became a babyface. The great thing
about Piper's transition to the role of fan favorite was that he
never really compromised his obnoxious, angry personality. He didn't
try to become Mr. Dignified and Soft-Spoken. He just seethed about
things the fans hated. His acting career was similar to his
wrestling career. He didn't have much talent, and in a way he
couldn't act worth beans. Yet I really enjoyed the hell out of his
performances in the two movies I mentioned. As in wrestling, he
overcame a lack of talent with some kind of crazy anti-charisma.
Grossing $13 million dollars on a $4 million budget,
They Live made money and developed a cult following, but never
generated a sequel. I don't know why. Because of the way the film
ended, it could have generated a beautiful sequel, but the sequel
would have been a very different film, because Nada was out of the
picture, and the alien's hypnosis machine had been broken, so humans
were able to see them as they were. But, hell, wouldn't you like to
see how that played out? Not only would I go to a sequel, but I
would go to a big-budget re-make of They Live. I'd love to see what
Ridley Scott or Spielberg could do with the concept, keeping all the
good things about the film, eliminating the dead spots, and making
the effects believable.
Carpenter took the basic concept of They Live from a very short
story (five pages) called Eight O'Clock in the Morning by an obscure
S/F writer named Ray Nelson.. To avoid paying an outrageous price
because of who he was, Carpenter bought the rights under an assumed
name. The internet being what it is, and the story being as short as
it is, you can real the entire thing online in five or ten minutes,
if you've a mind to.
Here it is.
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- Catherine Keener, the co-star of "Being John Malkovich", "8MM" and "Death to Smoochy" topless in scenes from the indie flick, "Living in Oblivion" (1995).
Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website. www.graphic-barry.com.
|Bikinis, undies and cleavage in scenes from the 1991 movie "Lena's Holiday".
||The co-star of the TV series "American Dreams", showing a very full side breast view that reveals just about everything but a nipple in scenes from an appearance on "NYPD Blue".
||Another side breast view from "NYPD Blue".
|The famous bikini model doig what she does best...walking around in a bikini in scenes from "The Presence" aka "Danger Island" (1992).
|Breasts and a close up bush view in #2. Vidcaps from an episode of "Red Shoe Diaries".
||An excellent find featuing Jolie before she was famous! Here is a then 20 year old Angelina in black undies, showing cleavage and even giving up a rare partial view of her bum. Vidcaps from a movie no one has ever heard of, "Love Is All There Is" (1996).
||The multi-Oscar nominee shows bush and bum in scenes from the 1993 Robert Altman movie, "Short Cuts".
||The singer showing some see-thru nippl views while performing at the World Music Awards.
'Caps and comments by Dann:
This movie tries to be a first-rate thriller/stalker/horror movie, but it doesn't quite make it, despite a decent cast and a promising plot.
With his wife unable to enjoy sex because she's recovering from the trauma of rape, a happily married man turns to the net for some relief via on-line sex. What he winds up with is a serial killer.
The possibilities are there, but the movie simply falls short, and while there's plenty of nudity, they did the nude scenes in a way that it's not even a good titillating B-movie. It's worth watching, but only if you don't expect too much.
||Showing off a ton of cleavage in scenes from last week's episode of "That 70's Show".
|The gorgeous, hot, young blonde actress barely dressed in a costume for a Girls Gone Wild Halloween party. Currently you can see her on "Boston Public".
|The way-too-perky talk show host showing some cleavage while hosting "Saturday Night Live".
||Topless in scenes from the 1983 Charles Bronson movie "10 to Midnight".
|The Italian mega-babe showing a little cleavage in excellent collages by Venom from "The Matrix Reloaded".
The final installment of the Matrix movies opens this week doing something that no other movie has ever done....it will be opening at the same time all over the world! Wednesday/Thursday depending on where you live. Here in the states that means 10am Wednesday morning on the East Coast. Overseas the first show is 4pm Wednesday Afternoon in London, and 1 am Thursday morning in Sydney.
|Both ladies are topless, plus Alexandra goes full frontal in scenes from the 1977 softcore flick, "Good-bye, Emmanuelle".
|Señor Skin 'caps of the UK actress topless in scenes from the incredibly lame sci-fi movie "Solar Crisis" (1990). This is one of those movies that actors forget to list on their resume. Interestly enough, some of the actors that would like to foget this piece of junk are Tim Matheson, Charlton Heston, Peter Boyle and Jack Palance.