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Studio: Smash Pictures
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astroknight's ratings for Gothix:
Overall Rating 2.5 stars
Gothix overall rating 2.5 stars
Female Looks Gothix Female looks rating 4.5 stars
Male Looks Gothix Male looks rating 4 stars
Sex Gothix Sex rating 2 stars
 
Plot/Acting Gothix Plot/Acting rating 3.5 stars
Extras Gothix DVD Extras rating 3.5 stars
Audio/Video Quality Gothix A/V Quality rating 4 stars
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  10/30/2004

The Little Details

Running Time: 140 min.

Production Date: 11 / 10 / 2000

Director: Jose M. Ponce

Cast: Sophie Evans, Nacho Vidal, Daniella Rush, Laura Angel, Chipy Marlow, Carmen, Sara Bernat, Tavalia Griffin, Tania Lorenzo, Maeva Exel, Bettina Campbell, Eva Falk, Aura, Max Cortes, Tony Ribas, Steve Holmes, Ramon Guevara, Ivan Arevalo, Tony de Sergio, Kevin Long, Sequeiros, George, and Steve

The Short Story

Initial Expectations: IFGís Hot Rats really impressed me. Iím really looking forward to this one!

Initial Reaction: The idea works well for me, but the sex didnít.

Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting a strong artistic feel with their porn

Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting extremely nasty European sex

The Technical Stuff

Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are nicely done. The original audio appears to have been in Spanish, and the little I checked out of it sounded very good and was nicely balanced. The English dubbing was obviously dubbed, but was nicely balanced and clear. The video is very good as well. It has a soft and artistic feel to it rather than the clearer video look, but it fits the artistic feel of the movie very well. Sadly, the video is often slowed down slightly to give it a slightly more artistic or romantic feel. Itís nicely lit and I saw very few technical flaws with it.

Music: The music is okay. It varies in style slightly throughout the movie, as well as in balance. Although I like the style of most of the music here, it covered up the audio from the performers way too much for my tastes and ended up hurting the movie a little.

Menus: The menus are very basic. The main menu just has a still with the selections while the chapter menu lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene.

The Feature

Artist Sequeiros thinks he might be going mad. He plays chess with himself much of the time when heís not painting, and has been haunted with visions lately. He sees himself, often played by Tony Ribas, in a chess game with Death, and his only hope seems to be a making a deal with the Devil.

Scene 1 - Bettina Campbell, Tavalia Griffin, Sara Bernat, Tania Lorenzo, and Maeva Exel

Things start out with four of the girls wearing different colored outfits thanks to body paints gathered around the fifth, whoís wearing a black painted outfit. They kiss their way all around before helping each other out of their panties, and then start muff diving. They mix things up quite a bit before stripping all but two of them down to bare skin and breaking out a few dildos. The girls work on themselves and each other with the toys before stripping the last two down. They all finish things up masturbating and playing with each other a little until the scene fades out.

This is an okay scene. The girls look pretty good, but it just feels a little too spread out. It has a slightly disjointed and choppy feel, and although the girls do an okay job I didnít find many of them too attractive. This scene just didnít do much for me.

Scene 2 - Laura Angel, Nacho Vidal, Chipy Marlow, Ramon Guevara, Aura, and Ivan Arevalo

The second scene starts out with three couples in chairs. Laura works on Nacho with her mouth and tits on one side of Aura and Ivan (I think) as Chipy sucks Ramon on the other. The guys each repay their lady with a little oral attention before Nacho starts boning Laura missionary style. He also lets her ride him reverse cowgirl style and gives it to her from behind before things move back to Ramon fucking Chipy in pretty much the same positions. Things cut back to Nacho and Laura for a little doggie and missionary anal. Finally, each of the girls finishes things up with a nice facial.

This is a pretty good scene. The girls both seem to be into their partner, but they never get involved with each other. This is the main thing I want to see in a group scene, and when it doesnít happen Iím a little disappointed. The editing also threw the scene off a little for me, as it was very heavily edited towards Laura and Nacho. They do a great job, so I can understand it, but thereís plenty of times when Chipy and Ramon feel completely left out. This is a fairly average scene.

Scene 3 - Sophie Evans, Tony de Sergio, and Steve Holmes

Super-sultry Sophie takes on Tony and Steve in the next scene, with each guy starting out in a tux and wearing a white mask. She starts out sucking each of them, and then lets Tony have the first fuck while she continues to suck Steveís shaft. She continues to fuck and suck with the guys through a little reverse cowgirl and doggie before letting the guys double team her. Finally, Sophie takes a nice double facial to finish things up.

This scene came out as pretty average to me for a few reasons. First, I had extremely high expectations for this scene since Sophie almost always impresses me and Steve and Tony almost always do a great job. Second, I really didnít care for the style of the scene. The camera work had a very soft feel to it, which was pretty but I think toned down the sexuality of the scene a lot. The camera work also didnít work for me, as I found myself wanting a slightly different angle throughout almost the entire scene. Thereís some nice chemistry and energy here, but I just couldnít get into the scene.

Scene 4 - Eva Falk, Tony Ribas, and Sequeiros

After Eva massages herself on a bar table, she switches tables and crawls from Tony to Sequeiros. She kisses him, lets him worship her shoes, and then teases him as she crawls slowly back to Tony. She sucks his cock and then bends over the table so Tony can fuck her from behind. They take a break so Tony can strip off Evaís panties and eat her a little before they keep going with a bit of reverse cowgirl while Sequeiros watches them and boxes the clown. Tony and Eva finish things up with a bit of doggie before she lays back to take the facial finish.

This scene worked a little better for me. I love the tease aspect that starts the scene out, and Eva does a great job of working it. This scene also seems to move at a much better pace than the previous scene. This is a slightly above average scene and probably my favorite in the movie.

Scene 5 - Pamela, Carmen, Max Cortez, and Tony de Sergio

Angels Pamela (a hot blonde) and Carmen (a raven-tressed beauty) take on Tony and Max (respectively) next. They start out sucking their partner and then hop up to ride him in the cowgirls. The girls mix in a little doggie and missionary as well before letting the guys fuck their asses from behind. They finish things up with a little anal missionary and a facial from their partner.

This is another fairly average scene. The girls seem to be into things pretty well, but there was absolutely nothing about the scene that really grabbed me. I think this was mostly due to the style of the editing and camera work once again, as well as the girls sticking with their partners completely rather than mixing things up a little. Itís a pretty scene, but lacked heat.

Scene 6 - Daniella Rush, Steve Holmes, Tony de Sergio, George, Kevin Long, and Steve

Sequeirosí next vision has Daniella getting gangbanged by five guys wearing yellow rain suits on a balcony by the ocean. They please her orally as she lays back on a couch before ever sticking a cock in her mouth. She softly sucks and strokes the guys as sheís being eaten before sitting up so that she can make her way around the guys easier. Daniella lets the guys start fucking her reverse cowgirl style before day turns to night and she moves on with spooning and doggie style fucking. Of course the guys move on to pleasure Daniellaís ass, which they start off gently working with a finger as she rides one of the guys cowgirl style. They move on to DP her cowgirl style as well as standing up before going back to fucking her pussy doggie style. After giving her ass a little rest, the guy go back to double penetrating her in reverse cowgirl and finally finish things up with a nice series of facials.

This is an okay scene. Daniella does a nice job, but the feel for the scene seems wrong. I couldnít help but feel that everybody was being held back, and I think it might have been because the vocals in the scene were almost nonexistent. Thereís some nice smiles, but the scene felt cold and like it was being tamed down. On its own this is an okay scene, but compared to some of the work Daniella has done in the past (even with some of these guys), itís a pretty big disappointment.

Scene 7 - Sophie Evans and Tony Ribas

Finally, Tony submits to Sophie. He worships her tall black boots before moving up to kiss his way across her fantastic natural body. He even gives Sophie a little finger action before letting her move down to mouth his manhood. They kick things up a notch with a standing sixty-nine before Tony starts to fuck Sophie as she stands in front of him. He picks her up to fuck her pussy cowgirl style before turning her around for a mid-air reverse cowgirl assfucking. Tony fucks her ass from behind as well before stroking him into her hand and licking it up.

This scene both worked for me and didnít. Most of the time it didnít work for me too well because the action was slowed down slightly to drag it out, make is softer and more artistic, or whatever reason somebody had. This rarely works for me, and this wasnít one of those rare cases when it did. I couldnít help but reach for the remote. When I kicked up the speed a little, which didnít seem like too much of a loss since there werenít really any vocals once again, the entire scene improved. I actually got better chemistry and a more passionate feeling watching the scene at about twice or three times the speed of the movie as I did watching the movie with audio. This scene had a lot of potential, but the artistic eye held it back from ever being realized.

I really wanted to like Gothix, but I just couldnít get into it. Thereís several things that work very well for it, such as a great cast, a nice mix of sex scenes, and an interesting idea. I really like the idea, and think Sequeiros does a great job of playing the trouble artist caught between Death and the Devil. My problem was the artistic style. I really like an artistic movie now and then, and IFGís Hot Rats showed that they can do artistic porn and make it darn hot. The artistic style of Gothix, however, was completely different and made things much more pretty. I donít have a problem with pretty and artistic, but here it softened things up to the point that the scenes often felt cold to me. This was mostly due to the editing, which interrupted the flow a lot by cutting out a lot of the position changes and camera work which rarely gave me what I wanted to see. Although the camera did move around a bit, it seemed fairly anchored and gave me a feeling like the cameraman was trying to get the best shot he could from where he was at rather than being able to move to where he really wanted to be. Combined, the camera work and editing made Gothix seem like it lasted an eternity, and I felt like I could walk away from it at any time. Gothix is a nice idea that I really want to like but just couldnít get into.

The Extra Stuff

Trailers are included for Gothix, Down Your Throat 2, Down Your Throat 3, Legal Skin 13, Legal Skin 14, Shitty Shitty Bang Bang, and Stocking Secrets 4. The photo gallery lasts over two and a half minutes with roughly four seconds per great looking snapshot or full screen photo. Thereís also a behind the scenes featurette and internet information.

The behind the scenes featurette lasts about six and a quarter minutes. Itís mostly little clips from throughout the making of the movie. Thereís a little of the sex being shot as well as a few quick interviews. Unfortunately, most of the interviews appear to be in Spanish. Thankfully there arenít many of them so you donít miss a lot if you donít speak Spanish, but it still is a little frustrating. Despite the language barrier, this is a nice little behind the scenes featurette. Itís set to music so that 95% of the featurette will be accessible to everybody who picks up this DVD, and it adds to the overall DVD pretty well. This is a very good extra considering the number of languages the DVD is made for.

The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff

Themes: Straight, masturbation (both female and male), group, lesbian, interracial, toys, titty fucking, anal, DP, voyeurism, gangbang, and rimming (male > female)

Raincoat Factor: Medium high

Condom Usage: None

The Bottom Line:

Smashís DVDs of IFGís movies can often be found online for between $19 and $25 with most stores offering it near the low end. Rent this one first, as I think the artistic style of the movie will either make it or break it for you. Thereís some nice care put into both the technical aspects and the extras which make this a nicely done DVD even if the movie doesnít quite work all around.

Note to IFG / Smash: Thanks for including a scene by scene breakdown of the cast in the credits! Itís definitely appreciated in titles such as this for those of us who arenít overly familiar with the European talent.

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