Friday, May 20, 2016

Sex, Secrets, & Betrayals (2000)

Maggie (Nikki Fritz) tries to settle gambling debt to a disreputable gangster, Carl (Dan Anderson) by offering her body for a period!



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 90s / early 2000s softcore had fans jokingly discussing how these late night [PPV]  movies were basically moving parts [adult performers] tied together with one 2 minute and thirty second sex scene after another. Whip any kind of reasoning up for two beautiful people (enhanced by surgery, dieting, and lengthy gym stays) to form a sexual union of bodies intertwined in coitus...that seemed to be how movies in the genre were defined. I like to watch a film from this era from time to time because I loved the women working in the genre at the time. Considering softcore is on the outs, clearly fading into extinction, revisiting some of the oldies reminds me that often the critique mentioned is rather accurate.


Preferably I like the psychology of what initiates the sex scene rather than just throwing together the bare minimum of characters and a skeletal outline for which they exist just so they can hook up and split up. Sex, Secrets & Betrayals (2000) is one of Nikki Fritz's perhaps most notorious skin flix. She is maybe best remembered for the show Nightcap and as a stripper in Liman's Go. Many of us erotica night owls knew her significantly from a busy schedule working softcore from about '95 - 2005. Her trademark hair whip is a signature move that drives many of us wild. In S,S & B she stars as a concerned squeeze to a lover indebted to a gangster (Dan Anderson; he was the male prop in a ton of these movies) for gambling dues owed and unpaid. Broken fingers are enough to spark Fritz into action, offering her body in exchange for her man's assured well being! Dan's Carl has an offer he can't resist. So for a period of time he has keys to Fritz' "domain" and her man is spared any more punishment.

Depraved as the plot is, what ultimately fascinated me was how Fritz plays her Maggie during the sex slave contract coordinated with Carl. She doesn't convey a tormented soul, a woman enduring a humiliating trial with her body offered up as riches to plunder. Instead her expressions seem to indicate something else entirely. Submission and acknowledgement that sex with Carl seems to be not all too bad. Oh when returning to her man, Maggie shows a bother with the situation she's put in, but that doesn't necessarily translate on screen when her and Carl are going at it. She even seems to enjoy disrobing for Carl and when he pulls off her shirt during supper before the two could finish their meal there isn't a sign of discomfort or annoyance...she seems all for it. Then there she winds up on the table with her legs in the air, feet clutched to Carl's chest as he has his way with her without any resistance. An earlier scene has Fritz on top, with her hands in Carl's, the two moaning in approval of how successful the arrangement seems to be for all parties... except the prick whose gambling debt initiated all this.

There's lots of two minute sex scenes and Fritz adheres to the expectations of what her role entails. Her body is an object of interest throughout. Too bad her mind and personality took a back seat to what her naked flesh offered to the men in her orbit.

I can just imagine if these movies actually turned a plot on its head more back in this time and didn't go in the expected direction of Carl eventually getting arrested (underrated softcore actress Angela Davies is a cop undercover "urging" Maggie to dig up dirt on him as evidence to convict him) and Maggie returning to her man with them living happily ever after...until the next gambling debt and Mr Moneybags she'll have to satisfy. What if Maggie liked the current arrangement and had decided to ditch the gambler for the gangster? A closing sequence where Carl and Maggie embrace and lose themselves in a fog of loveless fucking where what seemed temporary ends up permanent...that is the stuff of decadence indeed!

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Dexter - Seeing Red

Sure enough, Pellegrino pops up yet again, as Rita's loathsome, trouble-making ex. Tonight's episode presented Dexter with yet anoth...

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Ahs

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Edc
Blog's Dead all Over
"... perhaps we invent artificial terrors to cope with the real ones."

--host, Donald Pleasence, Terror in the Aisles (1984)

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Sbut
Snip. Snip

Hal

Hal
There are many things under the sun
---Dr. Werdegast, The Black Cat

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It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare.

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Jtm 2

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Rave

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Mrub

Gb

"Back off, man. I'm a scientist."

--Ghostbusters

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Rv1

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Nas

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nos3

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Lok

Po

Po

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Ra6

dawn

dawn

Dracula's Daughter ('36)

Countess Zaleska: Be thou exorcised oh Dracula, and thy body long undead find destruction throughout eternity in the name of thy dark unholy Master.

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mh2

z2

z2

Hiii

Hiii

Fred

Fred

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Ghspo
Movie, so-so, but poster, cool

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Enl

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gm

To a new world of gods and monsters!


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No 2
Jason Lives

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clothes line

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Ahorr

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Cbi1
Case of the bloody iris

Wsha

Wsha

Mouth3

Mouth3
In the Mouth of Madness

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Fdfn2
Freddy's Dead '91

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Vyr
Vampyres 1974

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Friday the 13th Part 2

Vlov

Vlov
Carmilla's kiss

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f133

Edpos

Edpos

Ttf2

Ttf2

Jm2

Jm2
El Hombre Lobo

Psycho '60

It's sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn't allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They'll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man... as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can't move a finger, and I won't. I'll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do... suspect me. They're probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I'm not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching... they'll see. They'll see and they'll know, and they'll say, "Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly..."

Kife

Kife
Knife is calling, Psycho 2

Meg

Meg
Meg Tilly, Psycho II

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ring 2
the ring 2002, "the tape"

poster

poster

exor1

exor1
"the visitor" The Exorcist (1973)

Conj

Conj

Tz1

Tz1
"Masks", Twilight Zone

In the kitchen, The Shape

In the kitchen, The Shape
In the kitchen, The Shape

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exc4

Ps56

Ps56

Hun

Hun
Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932

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Ps89

Cof

Cof
Victor and Paul, with their Monster

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His

His

Efny

Efny

sus

sus
I'm going to grind you down to blood and screams.

--Innocent Blood 1992
Rest in Peace, Robert Loggia

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Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

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WZ

Edfen

Edfen
"Do not enter the city...It belongs to the dead now."

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Look behind you!

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Bs
"There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it."
--Alfred Hitchcock

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linnea

Amer

Amer
Taste of metal

The h gang

The h gang

Nlc

Nlc
Old Skool Nostalgia

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Hp

Smoke

Smoke
Got a smoke?

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Strek
Live long and prosper

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Hill

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Castle

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"This seems to be the place where the plot begins to thicken..."
--Spooks Run Wild (1941)

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Frere and dummy

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Mlove

Alone/dark

"There are no crazy people, doctor. We're all just on vacation."

--Alone in the Dark (1982)

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Lips

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Vestron
Vintage VHS

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Monique parent
Erotique in Review

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Were5

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November 2015

Bmate

Bmate

--Wes Craven

I think there is something about the American dream, the sort of Disneyesque dream, if you will, of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, God-fearing and doing good whenever they can, and the flip side of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, that gives American horror films, in some ways, kind of an additional rage.

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Ms45 w

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Churcvh
The Church 1989

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Ww
The Whip and the Body 1963

Lsho

"Now, no novacaine....it dulls the senses"

--Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Christopher Lee

Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.

Vampyros lesbos

You are one of us now. The Queen of the Night will bear you up on her black wings

The Unknown 1927

No....not sick. But I have lost some flesh.

Alonzo, the Armless.

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Ckvh

Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)

Glen: We'd like to speak to the Townsends, please.

The Butler: They are not available till after sunset.

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Bw5

Jill

Jill

Mad Love 1935

Doctor Gogol: Did you ever hear of Galatea?

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: Gala - who? Not wanting a statue of him, are you?

Doctor Gogol: I don't want a statue of Galatea. You see, she was a statue herself. Pygmalion formed her. Out of marble, not wax. And then she came to life in his arms.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [calling to his assistant] Start the motor, Henry. There's queer people on the streets of Montmartre at this time of night.

Doctor Gogol: [handing him his card] Here, a hundred francs if you deliver the statue to my house.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [reading card] It's a go, Dr. Go... gol. First thing in the morning.