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Secret Desire (1975)

| Adult, Horror
A daughter is beaten and violated by a father (who looks like her kid brother), along with the maid, and others. When we last see the father, bound in a fake strait jacket, his hair has mysteriously turned brown, from gray.




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Complete credited cast:
Peni Burk
Joe Kado
Kay Louis
Sam Torn


A daughter is beaten and violated by a father (who looks like her kid brother), along with the maid, and others. When we last see the father, bound in a fake strait jacket, his hair has mysteriously turned brown, from gray.

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A Madman, Driven by Insane Fantasies, Fulfills Them in a Flesh Teasing Orgy


Adult | Horror





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Mary's father has different hair colors in the movie. Most of the time it is gray, but in the last scenes it transforms to light brown. See more »


References Psycho (1960) See more »


Music from [link=tt0054215] soundtrack
Written by Bernard Herrmann
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Off the beaten track porn that Jane Fonda might enjoy
29 October 2010 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

SECRET DESIRE is a sloppily made porn film from one Joe Serkes and his small stock company of XXX performers. It doesn't intersect with either the L.A. or NYC '70s porn stables, and makes me curious to see other of his admittedly obscure efforts, which encompass both straight and gay porn.

Admittedly far-fetched subject matter opens with a guy in his attic whipping and having sex with his maid, her legs trussed up in elaborate bondage fittings hanging from the ceiling as he interrogates her concerning the whereabouts of his missing daughter Mary. This poorly directed scene has him forcing fellatio on her and finally ejaculating as a very unconvincing curtain raiser.

What was interesting is that the jerk reminded me of Ted Turner, right down to the pale mustache. That may not be a good prescription for porn (unless the viewer is Jane Fonda in a nostalgic mood), but it did take me aback.

Second sex scene has Mary giving her boy friend a blow job outside as the ancient hit "I Love How You Love Me" plays, followed by a Muzak version of Nino Rota's theme from THE GODFATHER. The duo is staying with friends, who conveniently deliver the third XXX scene, a kind of cougar and her well-hung b.f. outing, harmed by the homeliness of the bleached-blonde hired for this assignment.

Second half of the film is truly awful, proving Mr. Serkes can't direct his way out of a paper bag. Mary goes home to fetch some clothing, and of course daddy grabs her, takes her up to the attic and ties her up for some good old-fashioned incest. The ugly blonde lady goes after her, and she too is reduced to bondage, with the attic's floor space starting to get mighty crowded (the maid is literally still hanging around).

Only in idiotic "movies" at this level do the dumb twists keep on comin': the "hero" and blondie's b.f. keep delaying their inevitable "to the rescue" trip, with an old female acquaintance visiting and keeping them very busy in a threesome. Finally the procrastinating pair whips into action, rushes the attic and beats up old daddy. Denouement is so memorably lousy that Alpha Blue Archives uses it as one of its DVD signature intros: daddy is in a strait jacket at an asylum (you have to imagine that -it's just a bare set) voicing over all sorts of self-serving gibberish, meant to remind you of the unfortunately tacked on ending of PSYCHO, minus the fly. For some reason his hair color has gotten real dark for this ending, making daddy look not like Ted Turner but rather like junior.

Film relentlessly steals music from PSYCHO, even mickey mousing a money shot to the "shrieking strings" from that movie, and also throws in Bernard Herrmann themes from some of his other classics like THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and VERTIGO for good measure. Befitting a no-talent, other staples like "Alone Again Naturally", "Trains and Boats and Planes" and even "Delta Dawn" chime in from time to time.

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