An interesting curio for fans of Quigley and Bauer.
I've never viewed a bondage video before since that's not really my thing, but as a fan of 80s Scream Queens Linnea Quigley and Michelle Bauer I decided to check this one out anyway. Aspiring actress Cathy Messenger (Linnea Quigley, billed as "Christine Sharpe") thinks she's going in for an audition but instead falls into the clutches of a couple of kinky weirdos. Vera (Crystal Breeze, as "Barbara Blade"), who is Cathy's angry ex-stepmother, and her lover/accomplice Brett (David Williams) attack Cathy as soon as she walks in the door for her "audition." They berate her, slap her ass, sing "The Worms Crawl In, The Worms Crawl Out" to her, call her "slut" and "bitch" a bunch of times, gag her, do this elaborate job tying her up with a rope, cover her with a blanket and then stick her in the trunk of a car and drive off. Meanwhile, at the Kidnapped Girls Agency (a place specializing in locating missing girls), private eye Tracey Tailor (Michelle Bauer, as "Kim Bittner") gets a call from Cathy's concerned father, who hires Tracey and her partner Andy Baltimore (Ric Meyers) to find his missing daughter.
Cathy is taken to a specially equipped room where Vera informs her they are going to introduce her to the "WAC Club." That's the Whip and Chains Club. After being untied (which takes several minutes), Cathy is drugged with chloroform "joy juice," is stripped naked and is dressed in a leather bikini. Then she's tied up a second time and put on a leash. Since Cathy told her large-breasted roommate Tina (played by "Tuesday Bleu") about the audition, Vera and Brett decide to go kidnap her, too. Tina basically goes through the same routine as Cathy except they use tape instead of rope. Tina is brought back to the room, is stripped, is dressed in a bikini, is whipped a little, gets rubbed down with lotion and is tied back to back with Cathy. Vera and Brett decide to torture them both a little more before ultimately trying to sell them on the white slave market. Can Tracey and Andy make it there to free the girls in time?
For starters, this is NOT a porno film despite being listed here as such. There is no hardcore sex and though there is some full frontal nudity, it never goes past what you'd see in any other R-rated exploitation flick. In fact, this is basically just a very low-budget thriller that switches between light/goofy and dark/seedy. At times it even takes on a horror movie feel. All of the screaming, torturing, drugging and humiliation, the homemade production values, the sinister music, the obviously improvised dialogue and the long, unprofessional master shots (some of which last longer than five minutes) almost make this feel like an imitation snuff flick minus the killings. Either way it was a pretty interesting watch and probably pretty enjoyable overall for fans of bondage/S&M. There IS something of a plot. Nothing too complicated, but at least a little effort was put into this.
Now back to the two more famous actresses in the film. Quigley's role is nothing new for her; she gets to act terrified, scream and appear nude. She is given very little dialogue since she's gagged most of the time, but does the whole tortured victim act convincingly enough. Bauer spends most of her scenes behind a desk on a phone or talking to her partner. At the very end she finally gets to camp it up in a topless dominatrix ensemble ("You're less than trash! You're a pig!") and even makes an EATING RAOUL reference. This is actually far from the worst film on either actress' resume, and Bauer even got to return in a sequel called WOMEN IN TROUBLE the following year. The direction and screenplay are credited to "Geoffrey Merrick," though it says here that's actually the film's co-star Meyers. It runs just 56 minutes.
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