Half of the movie was recently reissued as a Bonus on the otherwise disappointing "Lesbian Jailbirds".
Starr's vignette has Aiden rather self-consciously overdoing the pornspeak and fake moaning and groaning of pleasure, as she portrays a schoolgirl seducing her muscular teacher Nico Stallone. He's an extremely obscure Adult performer, hardly in demand given his scanty credits listed in IMDb.
There's a vignette in which both players sport thick European accents: Victoria Sin and Jay Lassiter, in which Jay plays the sub. Nick Manning is an unlikely sub, pushed around by two beauties: Katie Morgan and Alexis Love before inevitably depositing his "load" in Alexis's mouth.
Breast in show honors go to Jessica Lynn, quite impressive in her domination of Christian, while the most outre segment leads off the video, with Roxy DeVille cocooning Cheyne Collins in Saran Wrap, notably giving him a breathing hole for his mouth and also keeping his cock free for sex.
DVD's title is misleading, as the sets and context for the show do not include any Pleasure Dome.
I enjoyed seeing the very lovely redhead Sabina Rouge doing a number on young innocent (at least played that way, rather convincingly) Gia Derza in a scene of sexual initiation. But the other two segments are wanting.
Abella Danger is in danger of losing her scholarship due to bad grades, so her coach (someone phoned in the conversation) has her accept tutoring from Avi Love, who we can see must be brainy because she is wearing glasses at the beginning of the scene. Abella quickly seduces her, and one can only conclude that the unable to concentrate superstar AD eventually flunked out.
Kenna James, go-to actress in the Stills & Mills stable, wants to join the cheer squad so she asks Judy Jolie to show her a few moves. This is the only scene in which fetishists are treated to the expected cheerleader costuming. Of course, Jolie's moves are mainly sexual, and no actual cheers or cheerleading scenes are included in the video.
Even more confusing is that director Toni English, under her alternate name Kelly Holland, directed a fine Penthouse Video feature titled "Out of Control" several years later, unrelated to this one. And the first "Out of Control" I have been unable to see and is not even listed in IMDb.
Haze co-stars with Violet Blue as inmates at a mental institution named Hillcrest Manor, presided over by Anna Malle, a most unlikely casting as shrink. She has group therapy sessions there, including Kelly playing (not herself, but with a teeny bit of self-satire) a porn star named Summer. Also in the sessions is Kelly's leading contract star Star E. Knight, all making for some quality sex content.
Oddly cast as an undercover journalist, breast in show Lexi Lamour stands out from the pack, and other than waiting in vain for the promised Monica Mayhem to show up I was pleased with the feature's eroticism.
Here we have triple threat Stormy Daniels, as writer-director-star at Wicked Pictures dipping her toe (and the rest of her body) into the subject. She even frequently breaks the fourth wall and addresses the viewer directly about her character's odyssey.
She's married to Tony DeSergio, here bearing an uncharacteristic crewcut hairdo. The zest (sexual) has gone out of their marriage, and Stormy asks their married friends Voodoo & Kaylani Lei for advice on how to pep things up, considering the ongoing sexy behavior of that married couple.
We see both couples in sex scenes, leading up to Stormy & Tony attending a swingers' club session at their friends' house in which lesbian sex by Jayme Langford and Mackenzee Pierce is sort of a live sex show that turns all the other swingers on. Movie climaxes with our team going full throttle in a lengthy orgy featuring about a dozen of the starry cast members mixing and matching in group sex.
It's a straightforward presentation, marred only by the lack of laughs generated in various slapstick moments as Stormy once again adapts mainstream rom-com content to a XXX context. Often nude, Daniels looks great here, and cannot be faulted on rounding up such an impressive roster of performers, including Nicole Sheridan (who is not paired with her husband Voodoo for a change, even though he co-stars) and Tori Black, plus a brief cameo as Stormy's mom by all-time great Veronica Hart.
She's appeared in quite a few fetish/niche videos, but hardly merits this special attention. "Sex Addict" was shot at the same time as another Harmony feature "Insatiable Beauties" featuring mainly the same cast, and both are all-sex generic content. Only difference is that Dee is in most of the scenes here and voices over some personal sentiments.
Jake Hunter is credited as director of these "Sex Addict" releases, which are similar to a previous Harmony series titled "Nymphomaniac" that spotlighted such talent as Alexis Texas, Jenna Haze and Stella Cox.
She presides over an endless office meeting (I attended a few of those in my day), in which the bored staff has erotic fantasies about each other rather than listening attentively to her droning on.
Kristof Cale imagines Wicky sliding under the conference table to give him a blow job (left to our imagination, quite a rarity in XXX porn), and then segues to an erotic fantasy of humping co-worker Stacy Cruz instead.
Two women at the meeting have a lesbian tryst that I thought was for real, but afterward the meeting goes on uninterrupted. During the meeting Angel protests that she definitely is not having an affair with the boss as rumored, so we get to see this presented as a fantasy, of her seducing boss Ricky Rascal.
Amor's unique style involves chiaroscuro lighting, that makes even genital closeups look erotic and artful rather than mere "in your face" porn. With beautiful ladies like these, including Alexis Crystal and Katy Rose as the lesbians, this is a stylish winner.
Rather than continue with incest, the raison d'etre for the series in the first place (way back in 1980), Zen chooses kink and BDSM as his taboo subject matter. Saving his ass is casting super-talents Missy and Chloe in the leading roles, as they give the material (screenwriter Raven Touchstone on an off-day) more credibility than it deserves via great performances.
Feature is bookended by a scene of Chloe's corpse displayed in a funeral home, open casket style, visited by her mortician widower Tony Tedeschi and lesbian lover Missy. The two of them have never met before and what ensues is TT's dream-like journey of discovery of the secret life his wife led, under the name Apollonia. Tony knew her as his spouse Louise.
Zen likes to undercut scenes with a level of needless black comedy, sort of thumbing his nose at the viewer (a frequent pornographer act of ambivalence). This is evident immediately in Tony's rude remarks viewing her corpse (commenting in "how could she!" fashion regarding her dying in a car crash while giving the driver a blow job, in essence cheating on poor TT).
Later there is an absurd and pretentious scene at Missy's mansion where TT in bondage (Missy has handcuffed him to the wall for pursuing her there) watches voyeuristically as two mannequins come to life. He "helps" them grow genitals, and then they have sex, the entire sequence left in limbo somewhere between fantasy and mere role-playing, rather confusingly staged by Zen.
Throughout, the main totem is a pair of ruby red slippers Louise bought at Missy's shoe boutique (shown in flashback) which pass from the coffin to various characters and back again to the coffin at the movie's conclusion. All along I was expecting necrophilia to be the taboo here, but Zen sidesteps that potentially controversial topic other than cross-cutting between TT ultimately humping Missy and negative-image footage of Louise/Apollonia masturbating in a bathtub back when she was among the living.
Raven wrote himself a juicy role as Orpheus (big hint that he's riffing in porn-parody mode on "The Matrix"), who from a vantage point 100 years in the future is attempting to rewrite history in order to avoid the dystopia instituted when the authorities faked a calamity and put humanity into slavey by creating The Grid, turning everyone into Sleepers, living a fantasy existence.
To go back in time Orpheus uses dreams, with beautiful star Katja Kean his target, to contact her in dreams and have her join his team of rebels fighting the system, controled by the Overlord (George Kaplan, who doubles as a TV news reporter). Raven also did some okay visual effects including Green Screen work, hardly up to "Matrix" big-budget levels but adequate in creating a shoestring science fiction background here.
Likewise there is a brief and somewhat clunky martial arts fight (choregraphed by "Master Poe", in which Orpheus easily defeats various agents including Evan Stone.
KK ends up saving the day and yielding a positive future in the 21st Century for herself and mankind, including a specific happy ending I didn't see coming.
It's something of an achievement that Raven's cast of a couple dozen porn players execute half a dozen sex scenes and get the plot resolved in under an hour and a half running time. It's far better and more creative than modern porn-parodies, which are generally stupid ripoffs.
All scenes deal with stepmom/stepdaughter incest, with top-notch casting. It's mainly the moms who do the seducing, but what a set of ladies: Jelena Jensen with violet-dyed hairdo, Mindi Mink, Alexis Fawx, Syren De Mer and Sarah Vandella.
Five MILFs in 4 vignettes is accomplished by a four-way daisy-chain scene in which Fawx and Mindi take on and even trade their kids, Jenna Foxx and Alexa Grey. Since Jenna is Black, this even throws interracial-sex into the content mix.
A lesbian threesome is achieved in Jelena's scene, as she takes on offspring from two different failed marriages: Georgia Jones and Katrina Jade.
Most adventurous scene is a fantasy, with the wonderful Scarlett Sage (styled as a brunette here) using a magic diary that belonged to her aunt to seduce her mom Syren De Mer, as whatever is written in the diary comes true.
It's one of many artifacts from the so-called Artcore movement in Adult Cinema of about 15 years ago spearheaded by the likes of Michael Ninn, something of an outgrowth of the famous exercises in style attributed to Andrew Blake a decade earlier. I recall that at its peak, Andrew Blake would command a whole section in the video stores listed under his name.
The dominance of gonzo/wall-to-wall sex in porn circles has only increased since then, but not so much the artsy-fartsy experiments exhibited here. Sure, the glamorous look is still a powerful draw (witness the popularity of Greg Lansky's label) but a music video-driven flash has turned out to be a flash in the pan.
So director Damien Rossi, who is chockful of self-praise in the DVD's BTS segment, delivers six fanciful but pointless vignettes, best of which casts Euro great Sandra Romain convincingly as an exotic Middle Eastern beauty in a sheik's tent sex scene. Quality talent includes a young Kim Kane (as a blonde), the inimitable redhead Claire Robbins, punk favorite Veronica Jett and superstar of the future Mikayla Mendez.
Marley Brinx is fetching as the girlfriend, her styling not unlike her current goth appearance as Wednesday Addams in the latest Joanna Angel parody compilation. Alexis Fawx (in her original blonde mode) plays her mom, and the boyfriend who's going to get his is a familiar turn by Tyler Nixon.
So without much suspense generated, we do have solid sex scenes, also featuring cute Gina Valentina paired with Logan Pierce in the genre's almost mandatory extraneous sex scene. Marcus London is on board as a rich dude with a beach house who also gets his hands on Marley.
Instead we get four sex vignettes that follow a tired format of seduction or coercion, revolving around the issue of high school girls trying to get into University of Thornhill and/or join the Women's Softball squad under coach Darryl Hanah.
Hanah has only a brief cameo in this edition, sitting with Maggie St. Michaels for solidarity as latter interviews prospect, Allie Haze. Haze is being sponsored by Tanya Tate, with Tate also disappointingly only contributing a NonSex cameo.
So we get Haze rebuffed by Maggie, until ordered by Tate to have sex with the older woman, just the trick to get into school. The current college admissions scandal (that included stars Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman) pales in comparison to Girlfriends' repeated emphasis on submitting to lesbian sex with school officials in order to matriculate.
Alexis Texas is cast against type as a bad girl here, while Ariella Ferrera shines in a lesbian 3-way scene. My personal favorite Juliana Jolene is well-matched with Bobbi Starr and the big-name cast also features Tori Black (currently back in starring roles a decade after her heyday) in two sex scenes.
Of the eight vignettes selected, a couple do have introductions intact, so we can see Tanya Tate visiting Xander Corvus's house, and while waiting for his mom to arrive seducing the kid in elegant fashion. Bride to be Kendra Lust has a dramatic confrontation with stepson-to-be Logan Pierce, before the usual sex wearing a wedding gown action commences.
Much of it is all-sex, but there are intriguing moments that lead one to perhaps wish to watch the original features, for example a scene involving Porsche as a cyborg making love to Joey Silvera. Ultimately, watching any of Porsche's feature films intact is far more rewarding than sitting through this hodge-podge.
Though receiving low billing, Gianna Dior is the star as a patient for new shrink in town Codey Steele, referred to him by her former psychiatrist. Film unfolds as a mystery, as we don't really know if Dior is a troubled young woman in need of help or a scheming femme fatale.
She does demonstrate masterful manipulative power, becoming the central character in a cast that also includes Codey's lovely blonde wife Khloe Kapri and another patient, Seth Gamble.
Wright's screenplay fleshes out these characters, and makes credible the various sex scenes amongst them. Only flaw is the casting of Codey in a role he is much too young for, sort of making his earnest psychiatrist appear like a Doogie Howser type, though his acting overcomes this first impression after a while.
For Dior, this is a star-making turn, showing how narrative Adult Cinema can have far more impact than the dominant gonzo strain in porn.
Busty blonde Kit Mercer provides a highight in her scene humping on the living room couch with stepson Codey Steele. A newcomer mainly working girl/girl Scarlett Mae has sex with her stepfather Mark Zane, and Karla Kush finishes the show bedding down with her uncle Brad Newman.
Marquee draw Britney Amber does her stepson Johnny Goodluck, with the popular femme star a brunette this time around.
Devinn keeps her interviewing to a minimum, focusing principally on Kristal Summers and a Hustler mag graduate Madison Day. In bikinis she and T.J. Hart sunbathe before mutual masturbation with sex toys, in a dumb segment plugging AVN magazine.
Besides an orgy, some highlights include an anal sex demo by the team of Nicole Sheridan and Voodoo, a 3-way featuring Summers with Billy Glide and Eric Masterson, plus Amber Michaels humping Frank Fortuna. Stephanie Swift lends her marquee value in a bit demonstrating Wicked's toy line, almost an infomercial.
This scene is notable for Moore's utterly convincing open-eyed stare in death, as well as Powers intercutting her lifeless body with an erotic-fantasy of her responding enthusiastically to TJ's in & out action, as if she has come back to life. Somehow Powers manages to make this distasteful content work not as kink or horror but as equivalent to regular porn.
His goofball series is carried on in "Crazy Skulls 4", with British actress/makeup artist Flick Shagwell quite a game trouper, humping away anally out in the desert with crazy man Tony Everready.
"Along Came the Spider" has fine prosthetics and makeup effects to presetn Kali Styles as a human spider, attacking Jack Hammer.
Most far-out scene is a study in extreme misogyny, as crew member Johnny Thrust overacts outrageously as a jerk unhappy that his mail-order bride can't speak English, so with idiot buddy Mark Cummings he takes her out in the desert in order to kill her and bury her. Mark suggests sex instead, so poor Bamboo (she of the amazing pointy nipples) suffers in silence through uncomfortable sex incluiding d.p. action, before meeting her maker.
Prinzzess is up to no good once again, giving young Mackenzie Lohan a hard time. Jennas Ross & Sativa get it on together in a satisfying vignette, hampered only by the usual reliance on improvised (and very weak) dialog.
The third Jenna is Foxx, the busty Black actress who gets quite a workout from MILF Julia Ann.
Not to be outdone by her more famous costars,Megan Sage treats the fans to a dose of squirting, not as fake looking as usual, in her teaming up with lovely Val Dodds.
What we have is merely 3 creepy guys casting for a porn movie, and the imagined sex scenes of various girls auditioning. Its simplicity renders this borderline "all sex", and the female cast is quite underwhelming, with nary a star of the VHS era in sight.
One of her favorite performers, Dana DeArmond, is up to her often kinky tricks as a cellmate who takes advantage of young cellmate Adria Rae, and butch Lily Cade (usually the director but here working for Vespoli) meets her match in formidable Jelena Jensen, a case of two dom performers cast against each other.
No-name director "Gillberto" is hardly the guy to inherit the mantle of Gazzman or Tanya Hyde, and the absence of any set-up material before non-stop sex commences is a bummer. Just another soon-to-be-forgotten title from a once significant source of Adult Entertainment.
So the show opens with archive footage of Ron Jeremy presenting her with the honor at an annual awards ceremony, leading to Morgan walking and talking with her and later q&a-ing in a limousine, latter leading to her servicing him while the car is in motion.
Various vignettes are conjured up along the way, merely proving that DD was expert in going all-out with the all-sex/gonzo approach now pervasive (25 years later) in porn. An outdoor gang-bang is typical, with DD covered in mud as familiar porn studs of the era bang her.
It's amateurishly photographed and a far cry from the Couples Romance content that would make Wicked a famous and endearing porn label.
It amounts to generic sex with big-name talent, saved by the expertise of these ladies, including the bountiful August Taylor. Finale with Jae is probably the most impressive, as she treats the viewer to many d.p. positions with Markus Dupree and Steve Holmes.