Film Reviews

Film ReviewsWe’re pleased to present reviews originally written on IMDb by the writer ‘lor_’.

lor_ moved to New York in 1980 after a fan letter to Variety magazine’s owner, Syd Silverman, resulted in a job interview and a job offer. He worked at Variety from 1980-1993 focusing on exhibition and distribution, succeeding Addison Verrill, who had also covered adult films until he was murdered in the late ‘70s; Variety discontinued that coverage in part due to his death. lor_ rose to the position of Motion Picture Editor for the paper and Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle in the period 1993-1994.

He’s been submitting reviews to IMDb since 2001 and using the same signature name as he used at Variety. His reviews are opinionated and often controversial, and polarize opinions. We’re happy to showcase his writing here. Please send us your thoughts, reactions and comments via the relevant page for each film.

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The Wayward Mistress (1973)

The Wayward Mistress (1973)

Director: Unknown

‘The Wayward Mistress’ (1973), with Suzanne Fields and Keith Erickson, is a case of porn-makers with delusions of adequacy. This pretentious junker is a boring time-killer.

Whatever Happened to Miss September? (1973)

Whatever Happened to Miss September? (1973)

Director: Jerry Denby

For no apparent reason, the excellent porn film, ‘Whatever Happened to Miss September?’ has gotten lost in the shuffle. It was a big deal back in its day.

Sleepy Head (1973)

Sleepy Head (1973)

Director: Joe Sarno

All the motifs and fetishes of Joe Sarno’s innumerable softcore movies appear in ‘Sleepy Head’ (1973), starring Tina Russell and Georgina Spelvin, but with hardcore sex footage included.

Is There Sex After Marriage (1973)

Is There Sex After Marriage (1973)

Director: Richard Robinson

Richard Robinson is a classic case of a porn filmmaker who displayed enough talent to go mainstream but never got a break. Such is the fate of a pornographer.

Teachers and Cream (1973)

Teachers and Cream (1973)

Director: Shaun Costello

Via clumsy ad lib dialog and even clumsier sex scenes, Shaun Costello’s ‘Teachers and Cream’ adds up to an unfunny, overlong skit, hardly the expected behind-the-scenes satire of a porno shoot.

Sex Weirdo (1973)

Sex Weirdo (1973)

Director: Nick Millard

Film students will want to suffer through ‘Sex Weirdo’ (1973), a compilation film from Nick Millard. Other potential viewers should be card carrying Millard masochists (like me).

Maxines Dating Service (1973)

Maxines Dating Service (1973)

Director: Shaun Costello

It’s the energy that sets a Shaun Costello 1-day porn wonder apart from the competition, and ‘Maxines Dating Service’ (1973), starring Ultramax, is immediately recognizable as the master’s work.

The Love Witch (1973)

The Love Witch (1973)

Director: Mort Shore

Modern audiences have become accustomed to the boring nature of wall-to-wall sex exercises like ‘The Love Witch’, but early adult cinema fans deserved better, having paid for more than just an extended loop.

Tina Makes a Deal (1973)

Tina Makes a Deal (1973)

Director: Shaun Costello

Filmmaker Costello owns up freely (statute of limitations, baby) to ‘Tina Makes a Deal’ being a mafia-funded movie, but that’s irrelevant as it’s merely a silly, sometimes amusing porn programmer.

Hypnorotica (1973)

Hypnorotica (1973)

Director: Peter Savage

My nominee for worst porn filmmaker of all time is one Peter Savage, an ego-tripping contemporary of Gerard Damiano who used the genre for self-aggrandizement.

Bedroom Bedlam (1973)

Bedroom Bedlam (1973)

Director: Unknown

Accurately titled XXX film ‘Bedroom Bedlam’ (1973) presents the familiar farce of folks hiding out in the closet or bathroom due to the unexpected arrival of a spouse (or other interested party) interrupting a tryst.

The Winning Stroke (1973)

The Winning Stroke (1973)

Director: Simon L. Egree

Various early XXX stars are featured in the forgettable porn film ‘The Winning Stroke’, notably John Holmes, Ric Lutze, Rick Cassidy, Cyndee Summers and Orita de Chadwick. They’ve all done better.

Heterosexualis (1973)

Heterosexualis (1973)

Director: John Hayes

It’s not clear what the intent was with ‘Heterosexualis’, an exhaustingly dumb comedy populated by beautiful soft (and hard) adult movie actresses – and character actor Michael Pataki.

Campus Girls (1973)

Campus Girls (1973)

Director: Richard D'Antoni

Introed in her cap and gown, Tina Russell trades school stories with Marc Stevens in Campus Girls, a standard compilation of loops. I prefer storyline films from the early hardcore era.

AWOL (1973)

AWOL (1973)

Director: Anthony Spinelli

When a researcher recently added to the credits of the great Anthony Spinelli many previously anonymously-helmed films, I realized his versatility was tremendous.

Cries of Ecstasy, Blows of Death (1973)

Cries of Ecstasy, Blows of Death (1973)

Director: Antony Weber

Even in its minimalist approach, this combo sci-fi/porn film, ‘Cries of Ecstasy, Blows of Death’, seems ambitious compared to other genre-mashing early ’70s movies.

Six Times Ingrid (1973)

Six Times Ingrid (1973)

Director: Paul K. Grunde

I had watched the low-quality porn film, ‘Six Times Ingrid’, on a Something Weird DVD several years back and it registered a ho-hum response, but looking at it again I notice its truly awful nature.

Sexual Freedom in the Ozarks (1973)

Sexual Freedom in the Ozarks (1973)

Director: Shaun Costello

Shaun Costello’s ‘Sexual Freedom in the Ozarks’, featuring Andrea True, is quite minor but carries his stamp of clever plots, solid improvisation, and slapdash production.

More Than a Voyeur (1973)

More Than a Voyeur (1973)

Director: Christine de Nueve

The De Neuve (or Nueve) Sisters, with various first names displayed, represent an extremely obscure group of pornographers hailing from Frisco. Whoever they are, they’re talented filmmakers.

Sweet Sexteen (1973)

Sweet Sexteen (1973)

Director: Shaun Costello

Perhaps the only name filmmaker to regularly contribute info to IMDb, Shaun Costello admitted that ‘Sweet Sexteen’ disappointed its backers (mafioso to hear him tell it, statute of limitations permitting).

Sex Psychiatrist (1973)

Sex Psychiatrist (1973)

Director: Unknown

If one judges porn merely by the femme star’s beauty/performance, then Sex Psychiatrist is successful. But once you get past star Dalana Bissonnette’s obvious appeal, you’ve got nothing.

Guess Who’s Coming (1973)

Guess Who’s Coming (1973)

Director: Shaun Costello

Shaun Costello tries his hand (and cock) at drawing-room comedy in ‘Guess Who’s Coming’, never as clever as its title. He probably digs classics like ‘Dinner at Eight’ (1933), but lacks the Cukor touch.

Cousin Pauline (1973)

Cousin Pauline (1973)

Director: John Salvat

Cousin Pauline is an unusual porn film, but of interest to the hardcore fans of ’70s roughies. I’m curious as to its authorship and production circumstances, as it doesn’t fit into any of the usual pigeonholes.

Curious Women (1973)

Curious Women (1973)

Director: Unknown

Intentionally goofy porn films are quite common, but ‘Curious Women’ is one of the odder ones I’ve seen from the Golden Age, probably bored filmmakers injecting strangeness for strangeness sake.

Three Ripening Cherries (1979)

Three Ripening Cherries (1979)

Director: Carlos Tobalina

Carlos Tobalina made so many porn films & videos that the wheat has gotten lost amidst the chaff, but ‘Three Ripening Cherries’, with its terrific female cast, holds up very well and deserves rediscovery.

Deep Rub (1979)

Deep Rub (1979)

Director: Leonard Kirtman

The masseuse is a mainstay (currently quite popular) in porn, but ‘Deep Rub’, an all-star production from the Golden Age featuring Desiree Cousteau, simply rounds up the usual suspects and kills time.

Little Blue Box (1979)

Little Blue Box (1979)

Director: Don Walters

I’m compelled to submit this review as prior IMDb-er missed the point entirely. Far from a Golden Age classic, ‘Little Blue Box’ is one of many cut-rate loop carriers from that era, recycling old stag footage.

Guess Who’s Hollywood’s Sweetest (1979)

Guess Who’s Hollywood’s Sweetest (1979)

Director: Unknown

Roger Scorpio plays Sammy, a guy watching stag movies on his 16mm projector, as an excuse to recycle some old porn footage for your listening and dancing pleasure.

The Sexpert (1979)

The Sexpert (1979)

Director: Richard Mailer

Something Weird’s version of the hoary porn film, ‘The Sexpert’, featuring Marlene Willoughby and Randy West ends abruptly, but the truncation doesn’t spoil much – it’s a waste of talent.

Superstar John Holmes (1979)

Superstar John Holmes (1979)

Directors: Alan Colberg, Laurie Colberg

The mockumentary, ‘Superstar John Holmes’, about John “The Wadd” Holmes is entertaining proportional to the degree one tolerates bull and exaggeration.

One Way at a Time (1979)

One Way at a Time (1979)

Director: Alan Colberg

With John Holmes as its marketing hook, ‘One Way at a Time’ is an intentionally sloppy, anything-goes style porn film from the team of Alan and Laurie Colberg, featuring Laurien Dominique, Sharon Kane.

California Cowgirls (1979)

California Cowgirls (1979)

Director: R. Williams

In porn there are obscure films and obscure performers, and ‘California Cowgirls’ delivers both. It’s a showcase for Bronco Johnny Hardon, a guy who out-wadds Johnny Holmes.

Pier Groups (1979)

Pier Groups (1979)

Director: Arch Brown

Gay porn director Arch Brown delivers a surprisingly effective statement slipped into the otherwise routine XXX movie ‘Pier Groups’. Even hetero viewers will get the message, a haunting one at that.

Sheer Panties (1979)

Sheer Panties (1979)

Director: Chris Warfield

John Holmes stars in the loop carrier ‘Sheer Panties’, which defies its title to simply present Kitten Natividad hosting stag films produced by Swedish Erotica. Audiences may have preferred a real movie.

Blonds Have More Fun (1979)

Blonds Have More Fun (1979)

Director: John Seeman

Very familiar as a comical porn actor in the early ’70s, John Seeman directed a few comedies, of which ‘Blonds Have More Fun’ is a diverting but routine vehicle, featuring Dorothy LeMay and Jesie St. James.

Tangerine (1979)

Tangerine (1979)

Director: Robert McCallum

Not one of Gary Graver’s sterling achievements, ‘Tangerine’ is nonetheless an effective porn programmer. It’s premise is that attractive MILF Jennifer West pimps out her teen daughters.

One Page of Love (1979)

One Page of Love (1979)

Director: Peter Balakoff

After watching filmmaker Peter Balakoff ego-trip his way through ‘The Psychiatrist’ (1978), I was well prepared for his bloated ‘One Page of Love’. He’s back, but at least the sex scenes are stimulating.

Navy Blue (1979)

Navy Blue (1979)

Director: Francis Ellie

George Payne and Jack Wrangler pair up as a couple of gobs in ‘Navy Blue’, a tongue-in-cheek porn film by the Amero Bros. It’s well-crafted low-budget porn, with enough sex to satisfy fans then and (perhaps) now.

Secrets of a Willing Wife (1979)

Secrets of a Willing Wife (1979)

Director: Norman Gurney

“Norman Gurney” is the pseudonym for the filmmaker responsible for ‘Secrets of a Willing Wife’, a mindless porn exercise from the genre’s Golden Age. Some brain damage is evident here.

Summer Heat (1979)

Summer Heat (1979)

Director: Alex De Renzy

Not among his major works, ‘Summer Heat’ is nevertheless another demonstration of the movie-making skills of pioneer pornographer Alex De Renzy. It’s romantic and almost delivers.

Candi Girl (1979)

Candi Girl (1979)

Director: John Christopher

John Christopher was known for cranking out assembly line product during the “porno chic” era, and ‘Candi Girl’ is typical of his modest achievements. It’s a case where more is promised than is delivered.

Sunny (1979)

Sunny (1979)

Director: Shaun Costello

I’m on record with a preference for “real”, storyline movies from Shaun Costello, and ‘Sunny’ qualifies. Had his script been more interesting and better-developed, this would have been a winner.

Librianna, Bitch of the Black Sea (1979)

Librianna, Bitch of the Black Sea (1979)

Director: Unknown

In ‘Librianna, Bitch of the Black Sea’ (1979), a bogus opening crawl claims this garbage was filmed secretly in the Soviet Union (“near the Arctic”) at great peril.

Star of the Orient (1979)

Star of the Orient (1979)

Director: Harold Lee

Harold Lee’s ‘Star of the Orient’ (1979) is a slapped together porn film which shows both the auteur’s strengths and egregious weaknesses. Like his ‘Oriental Treatment’ (1977), it’s a mixed bag.

Killing Me Softly (1979)

Killing Me Softly (1979)

Director: Francis Ellie

Aside from featuring Jack Wrangler, ‘Killing Me Softly’ is a rather perfunctory MOS exercise about a gay killer on the loose in Manhattan. That said it’s better than the Heather Graham thriller of this title.

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