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The narrator of "Perverted Passion" informs the viewer that he/she is
responsible for the making of this porn film because the viewer "voted
to cut government spending" (in California, where the film was shot),
and thus one voyeuristic mental case with a hang-up for rape and murder
is released early from an institution, and a motorcycle-riding thug is
released early from prison due to these budget cuts. The two will
eventually cross paths in the film. In the meantime, the mental case
spies on numerous young couples having all kinds of sex, and once in a
while strangles a female sex partner to death, while the escaped
prisoner robs copulating couples at gunpoint.
The ads read that "Perverted Passion" was "filmed in scuzz-o-rama", and it shows! Despite all the obvious silliness on display, it has to be noted that "Perverted Passion" is made with much more skill than was necessary for a film of this type. The story lines involving the voyeur and the thug are realistic, and the actors in the roles could not be more convincing. The rape-murder scenes are very vivid and real, so real as to be quite disturbing. Finally, the explicit sex scenes are performed by a very attractive cast of unknowns and the sex scenes themselves are very hot and erotic. So, "Perverted Passion" winds up being a better-than-it-needs-to-be piece of porn cinema from the days when people who made these kinds of films actually put some thought and effort into their work.
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Although FIRE DOWN BELOW isn't the roughest of the roughie titles out
there, it looks like the producers did the best they could with their
two-figure budget. Nearly all of the dialogue is voice-overs, the
"score" is I'm sure stolen from bigger films, but regardless, this one
has an undeniable "charm" to it...
This one plays out as a pseudo-documentary where the narrator talks about how budget cuts have let violent criminals out of jail and back on the streets. We witness the antics of a bulldogish ex-con who peeps on couples having sex, and then has a few antics of his own where he rapes or picks up hookers and strangles them...
Needless to say, FIRE DOWN BELOW is a pretty much zero-budget affair - but it's really no-worse-for-the-wear because of it. The biggest thing I noticed was that the female cast are all pretty goddamn hot for such a cheap film. The blonde in the first scene is absolutely smokin' - she looks like a younger version of Hugh Hefner's main girlfriend from that GIRLS NEXT DOOR show, and she takes fingers up the bung and licks up the spunk like a bona-fide ho - a beauty to behold. There are a few other notable scenes - one of which comes from a trash-talking little whore (who looks like a sexier, younger Linda Blair) who makes fun of her john's cock the whole time. Anyway - grab this one if you have the chance if you're a fan of this sort of material. Again, don't expect an all-out sleaze-fest, but it's definitely entertaining...8/10
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