Wednesday, October 29, 2014

He's out there in Haddonfield somewhere.

Where is he?
Halloween is almost here, isn't it? I will watch one movie Halloween night and that is the John Carpenter classic. This has been one of my worst Octobers in recent memory. A lot of drama in my life and a demanding job have cut into my time and enthusiasm for a month I typically enjoy from start to finish. I was hoping for a better month this year, but it has been exactly the opposite.

However, I'm trying to find my Halloween mojo and started Halloween II (1981) tonight. Loomis has been burdened by his institution's negligence. No matter what he says, Michael struck on Halloween, 1978, and Haddonfield would continue to feel his quiet rage.



“Is this some kind of joke? I’ve been trick or treated to death tonight.”--annoyed neighbor
“You don’t know what death is!”--Dr. Loomis



 

I kind of like the re-imagined Halloween score, John working in concert with partner Alan Howarth, but it just can't, to me, quite match the first film's.

He's in your house!
I will say this for Halloween II. I think this scene right here is as good as anything in the first film. Exceptional positioning of the camera at the exact place it needs to be and its meaning within the slasher structure of "the boogeyman" I think is particularly worthy of the descriptive term of Mise-en-scène. Prior to this shot, Rosenthal, the director of the sequel, incorporates the same method of Michael's movements in first person perspective as he enters the house of an old married couple, with the television playing Night of the Living Dead. Michael could kill them if he so wanted. That is what really sets this scene up so effectively.

He's behind you!
 Here was a similar shot where Michael, the Shape, is a blur in the background, opening her door and letting himself in the house. The occupant's parents are gone as she explains to a friend, and Michael has her all to himself to slay.





 Halloween II's first victim.

Haddonfield Memorial Hospital

"He just waited"
"the tribe" is letting the Mysers house have it.
The force inside him is how Loomis looks at Michael. Waiting for Halloween and being the "model patient". Angry neighbors take their fury out on the house that the monster that took their own lived. I'm surprised the house stood until Halloween 5 considering its notoriety and detriment to the neighboring houses near it.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dark Fantasies (2011)




Carrie (Isabella Sky) recruits classmates Megan and Kyle (Reena Sky and Rocco Reed) to participate in their professor's "dream experiments" where you can actually have sex with each other free from the actual physicality, allowed to experience pleasure within a make-believe world where boundaries are absent. Professor Max (Jack Lawrence) actually uses his creation to seduce his female students and manipulate them through cunning means, even causing disruption between Kyle and his lover, Amber (Melessia Hayden). Max uses Carrie, who voluntarily becomes his lover, to bring him fresh female subjects to fulfill his personal desires sexually. Will Max's antics go unpunished or will Carrie see him for what he really is and stop this madness before it truly gets out of hand? This is one of those erotic Cinemax softcore offerings which uses the idea of allowing people to experience sexual encounters within a dreamlike state, but basically just lets male porn stud Jack Lawrence a chance to bed the entire young cast of females. There is a nice threesome (although, I was hoping Rocco Reed would stay out of it as long as possible) where Isabella Sky and Reena Sky get hot and heavy, embracing each other in lesbian lovemaking because anything is possible inside a dream world where there are no restrictions and you can let your inhibitions run wild. Jack's hottest scene is with a scorned Melessia Hayden whose Amber is enraged with Kyle after discovering he participated in the imaginary threesome; Amber, really heated, allows her rage to incite a passionate sexual encounter with Max. Max, truth be told, started this rift by getting word to Amber just so he could bed her in his dream world. Again, "Dark Fantasies" has just enough story to connect the many sex scenes, including two between Jack and Isabella. This film's female cast is quite young and yummy—they all look to be just about 19/20 years of age. Jack looks like he's nearing 40, which might actually either give you the creeps or charge your battery, as he convinces the trio of girls to give their bodies to him.




This was from a review I made in 2011. Dark Fantasies has a plot that is using sci-fi to set up multiple sex scenes. Jack Lawrence (sure Rocco gets a bone or two thrown his way) is the man with all the naked female flesh attained while using his machine. He influences drama and capitalizes on the freedom within the machine to land conquests with his female test subjects. Ultimately, he is taken down by them when abusing the use of his machine. 

You may notice that I got the synopsis wrong, regarding the actresses, with Melissa actually involved with the threesome while Reena was the actual lover of Rocco Reed. Oh, well.




The plot may be “let’s use another virtual erotic machine to produce sex between willing individuals” but the girls involved are very excitable in performance and Jack looks like a million bucks thanks to them. I love me some Reena Sky. Her body is elastic and her legs stretch in all directions. And she is quite alive and overjoyed when in the throes of passion. Isabella Sky seems mildly thrilled during one sex scene with Lawrence, but her sexy body is more compelling than her performance. Her work with Melissa Jacobs (who is another actress showing lots of joy when sexually active) is perhaps a highlight, but Rocco is involved so their lesbian time together is cut short. Still, I like a performance to evoke something besides “going through the motions” and for the most part, the girls here get that right.


































Hidden Treasures (2013)

Basically Hidden Treasures is a flesh-fest for Michelle Maylene banging the male cast (though, it must be said that Sadie Katz lands two of the male cast members) while looking for gems left in her dead father’s estate. Whether or not Maylene is responsible for her pops’ murder means very little to her seducing every man with dick that enters her orbit. The audacious, brazen behavior of Maylene and the “taken” guys with other girlfriends (Katz & Alyssa Branch) not long after the ladies’ backs are turned in open rooms where discovery could be evident at any time is laughable. Yet again, these movies get guys and gals in rooms to fuck. That is expected in softcore…sex is the draw, as are those in the cast getting busy. Besides Maylene, with her Mediterranean looks, petite body, and tropical island tan, Katz provides plenty of flesh for the eyes and libido to enjoy. Sadie, though, plays a far different character than Maylene. Sadie is meek, timid, and soft-spoken. Unlike the maneating Maylene, Katz typically has men desiring her and making the forward advance for some lovin’. Sadie’s the blond babe with LA tan, but her demeanor and personality within the character make it easy for Maylene to devour the screen. Maylene is always the one approaching the guys in her old man’s home with an intent to get some pleasure and maintain her spell on them. Eventually one of her former lovers (the second of her conquests) is able to withstand her spell and leave the residence with Branch (who seems none the wiser about her man’s sexual encounter with Maylene), while Sadie’s beau remains smitten (he, for a bit, does seem to keep from revealing his yearnings still alive inside for Maylene from Katz), defensive (for Maylene, indicating there’s still something there between the two of them), and unable to free himself from Maylene’s lustful grasp.











The sex scenes, the bread and butter of softcore movies, were kind of formulaic and repetitively staged. Maylene instigates the sex, allows each male to remove her panties and shirt until she’s eventually naked, receiving cunnilingus at the beginning and then dutifully taking fake dick in various positions (on the lap, held with one leg bent while the other allows her to somewhat stand, and from behind). While the male companions change, Maylene’s sex with them pretty much follows the same pattern. I think the scene that aroused me the most was a Katz receiving cunnilingus from her boyfriend, naked under her towel as it falls and is pulled away, totally overjoyed by the pleasure of it all. I liked it because it doesn’t look as staged and inauthentic as you might typically see in softcore movies. You get a few angles and it lasts longer than the usual ten seconds. I personally prefer cunnilingus (preferably between women) to the basic bump and grind you get from the same set ups that manipulate actual penetration and contact (the sock on the--and carefully--hidden penis), as well as, male oral gratification. I don’t need to see penetration and penis, to tell you the truth, as hardcore does provide plenty of that if someone so desires to see that sort of thing. Some look carefully and obsessively for real activity within the faux set ups of softcore sex scenes, but performance is performance.





I just want to see the performers effectively convince me of the scenes they’re acting in. Monique Parent is one of my favorites in that regard. I like the Katz cunnilingus scene in this fashion mainly because she sells the pleasure so well, allowing her partner in the lovemaking to place his face and mouth appropriately while her expressions and movements tell us that he is expertly performing to her satisfaction. Obviously he means very little to me as admittedly my attention is totally on Katz. You can substitute any guy in the actor’s place and I would still be focused completely on her. I do wish Katz and Maylene had worked a scene together…if anything, it would have been interesting to see the story take such an odd turn if just to throw a monkey wrench in the plot’s “Maylene shags the next jock on her property” developments. The arrest of Maylene and the discovery of the gems, with Katz and the gardener winding up together for the final shag of the film, it all kind of just ends. I think the finale follows the same beats of the rather blah premise…how do we string along Maylene and Katz sex scenes with the men of the cast, while the former is put in her place, the latter is able to leave the film with a happy ending. The guys have always been moving parts in the plot as the women are showcased as the alluring attraction. This film is no different.

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