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Directed by Richard Franklin (whom would go onto better things with
"Psycho 2" and "Roadgames"), comes this tawdry number wherein Professor
Jurgen Notafreud (John Bluthal from Dark City, and the Fifth Element)
reveals the 'top ten womens' fantasies' in this porn mockumenty. The
fantasies include, a girl lusting for her hairdresser, wife swapping at
a strip poker game, strap-on, rape, sex with John Holmes, incest,
prostitution, school play and religious sacrilege. This is a VERY mixed
back. The doctor is supremely unfunny and cringe-inducing, some of the
'fantasies' are great, but some are awful. All of them are hard
soft-core by the way. Plus you get some extremely top heavy women and
of course John Holmes, that in itself is worthy enough to give this one
at least a rent. It was followed by a severely lacking sequel to
quickly cash-in on this film's success.
My Grade: C-
DVD Extras: Commentary by Antony Ginnane (one of the most interesting and informative ones I've heard); almost 23 minute retrospective featurette 'Fantasm Penetrated'; and theatrical trailer
Eye Candy: more full frontal and ass than you can shake a stick at (in one viewing at least) Serena, Shayne, Maria Aronoff, Rene Bond, Roxanne Brewer, Wendy Cavanaugh, Uschi Digard, Gretchen Gayle, Dee Dee Levitt, Maria Lutra, Helen O'Connell, Candy Samples, and Maria Welton all bare all; plus some girls I don't know show a lot as well
For the Ladies: a few balls and peni (plural of penis)
this is a pretty good soft-core sex comedy, with some pretty hot women
(and a few not so hot). the 'professor' guy is pretty goofy and induces
a few chuckles, and some scenes are genuinely funny. the emphasis is on
sex, but the director seems to be of an indecisive mind (unless
something's missing from the current DVD version of the film): some
scenes are so tame, they're hardly R material, while some are more
intense, including one with John Holmes that crosses over into hardcore
X territory (but fleetingly, and it's all underwater)!
there's a lot more explicit nudity and sexual heat in the film than most of the current or recent soft-core films, and most of the women are naturally beautiful. on the minus side, the technical aspects are a bit shoddy, and the whole thing is (intentionally) lame-brained. but it's definitely worth checking out if you like this sort of stuff.
The recent documentary, Not Quite Hollywood, has inspired me to see
every movie featured in it. Recently I was lucky enough to receive for
my birthday 12 Ozploitation flicks, this being one of them. I did not
go into this expecting much, and I did not get it. Although it has some
genuinely funny moments, and some 'what the hell' scenes, the rest was
just random and nonsensical. There is very little plot in this movie,
as it is based around a Professor explaining 10 common female
fantasies. Of course, these are all acted out for us, some very
explicit, others not so much.
I suppose you have to be in the right mood to get into Fantasm, and although it is not overly bad, it is nothing to write home about. Richard Franklin is a competent director (he did a great job of Psycho II and the Hitchcockian thriller Roadgames) and it shows here. The film flows well and never really gets boring, just odd. Fantasm is only recommended to those who want to see every Ozploitation film or someone who is just looking for a cheap laugh.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This may have been a cult film back in the day but apart from a couple
of moments it is quite boring and not very erotic. With a cast drawn
mainly from hardcore porn, this soft core film is a series of vignettes
held together by the supposed expert observations of Professor Jurgen
Notafreud (John Bluthal). The scenes range from comedic to what some
people may regard as downright offensive, but then some people may say
that sensibilities have changed since 1976.
The film starts off with an almost Monty Python type sketch in which a woman pleasuring herself looks a bit nonplussed as the professor walks across the room while talking to camera. From here each scene is introduced by the professor in terms of female fantasies. These range from schoolgirl to strip poker to lesbian affairs to group sex to rape and religious orgy. The cast are American names such as Rene Bond, John Holmes, Candy Samples and Roxanne Brewer. The director, real name Richard Franklin would go on to greater things but this is not one of his greatest achievements.
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