Great actresses in sorry excuse for a bondage porno
Currently available from both Alpha Blue Archives and Something Weird, "The Château" is a poorly made exercise in bondage and torture-porn. Since it features attractive and popular porn actresses it is watchable if you're a fan of theirs (my excuse).
An idiotic, zero-continuity storyline fails to hold together these episodes of female abuse, clearly aimed at the lower rung of the early '70s porn audience. This was several years before the crazy work of Phil Prince, Joe Davian and other bottom feeders put such XXX fetish material on the map.
Our seedy and still unidentified non-hero is introduced as a down and out Bowery type bum, feeling sorry for himself in pointless narration purporting to explain how he ended up so low. "It all started when"... he went to the white title mansion to work for The Baron and sister (fan fave Suzanne Fields). They have beautiful women (Sandy Carey is the newest arrival) imprisoned in the château, where our protagonist and other hooded/masked goons clad in back with their johnsons hanging out, abuse the girls night and day while the creepy siblings watch the action on closed circuit TV.
This catalog of rape, domination, verbal abuse, whipping, punishment and general manhandling by dildo is hard to watch, though very tame compared to the intentionally disgusting b&d/s&m porn of the late '70s and '80s. Though Greek-type music plays at the beginning of the film, the sex scenes are presented without music, adding to the glum, downbeat atmosphere.
Final reels are truly idiotic, as the narrator suddenly turns into a softy and decides to help the girls escape by poisoning the siblings and the other guards by spiking their tea. It also seems to act as an aphrodisiac (none of this makes sense or is intended to), causing Fields and uninteresting Howard Alexander (as the Baron) to have incestuous sex before overacting a la Max Schreck in their sudden dying throes scene. Why being such a goodnik caused our humble narrator to become a down-and-out bum is unexplained; seems his good deed put him on the breadline.
The ABA version runs over an hour and seems relatively complete, but the SWV incarnation retitled "Château of Discipline" on Vol. 41 of its Dragon Art Theatre series is missing 10 minutes, including the key incest and death scene of comeuppance. Pick your poison.
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