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Howard Thorne is a rapist in Los Angeles: he meets women at work and at parties or he sees them walking down the street, and he follows them, terrifies them, and assaults them. He also dreams about these assaults, and he's unclear how much of what he's done is real and how much is fantasy. He ignores his heroin-using wife, Vicki, who tries everything she can think of to get his sexual attention. Howard and Vicki go separately to a costume party where she learns the full truth about his nature and where he is stalked by one of his recent victims. Individualized versions of Hell await Howard and Vicki. Written by
Legendary cult filmmaker Jack Hill is screenwriter, editor, cinematographer, and co-director of this particularly striking sexploitation drama. Nick Moriarty stars as Howard Thorne, operator of a mail-order business that deals in everything from adult films to torture soundtracks on vinyl. He's also a serial rapist, who goes after any attractive young woman who catches his fancy. Meanwhile, at home his wife Vicky (Adele Rein) tries everything that she can think of to get him sexually interested in *her*.
With John Lamb ("The Mermaids of Tiburon") serving as co-producer and co-director, "Mondo Keyhole" is an interesting adults only entertainment. It plays as if somebody like Bergman made a soft core film. This is because the film is not only sleazy but stylishly moody and effectively surreal as well. The music by The Psychedelic Psymphonette merely adds to the strange atmosphere. It has a somewhat linear narrative for a while, getting more and more bizarre towards the end, with a "vampire" (Christopher Winters / imitation Bela Lugosi voice by trailer narrator Ron Gans) serving as Vicky's guide to the latest in human debauchery. The human salad bar is an especially memorable set piece. One of the hooks to the film is the whole "is it fantasy or is it reality" approach to the storytelling.
The acting is passable for this sort of thing. Amusingly enough, the voice of Vicky is provided by cult actress Luana Anders, who's recognizable for her work with Corman and Coppola in the 1960s.
Worth a look for followers of the sexploitation genre.
Seven out of 10.
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