Great B-movie porno fun, but hardly 3-D and barely featuring John Holmes
Like many others, I saw this as a midnight art house rescreening. Naturally, one is hesitant to sit through two hours of bad 70s porn without being able to fast-forward, and with the potential lack of good scenes to fast-forward to.
But as it turns out, Hot Skin in 3D deserves more credit than that. I suppose this is the one pornographic film I've ever noticed playing at art houses for a reason. Rightfully, it's not a really fantastic movie-going experience. Too bad, there goes my dream of yuppies and soccer moms at the Angelika suddenly realizing pornography is suitable as mainstream entertainment.
The film has more campy plot than even most 70's porn. In fact, it's much closer to a real plot than any other porn film I've ever seen, although I'm not much of an expert. But compared to Behind the Green Door, Deep Throat, and Debbie Does Dallas, you can actually watch this movie without forgetting where the story's going. I'd really rather see this on the big screen than even The Devil in Miss Jones. As an often amusing campy B-flick and hardcore porno rolled into one, it's a good introduction to 70's porn. This film is actually an average campy B-movie even if you ignore the sex, although the sex itself is integral to the hilarity of the feature.
The film has some cool scenes designed for 3-D amusement, although not a great many of them. Unfortunately, it seems 3-D technology in 1977 was pitiful, and was hardly really 3-D at all. If you really try to pretend it's 3-D, you can get a little effect out of it, but it's more akin to watching a 3-D movie without the glasses.
Also, beware that this really isn't a John Holmes film. This was at the start of his career, so he's just a sex-extra in the movie for about a minute or two, in one group scene. His name does appears on the beginning credits [JOHN "THE WAD" HOLMES, which got quite a laugh], which may indicate he had achieved some fame shortly after the making of this film that the producers thought to take advantage of. Also, the film is often promoted as if he's the star. That's very misleading.
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