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Julie Strain's Dark Haven 2

Studio: Bizarre
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astroknight's ratings for Julie Strain's Dark Haven 2:
Overall Rating 3.5 stars
Julie Strain's Dark Haven 2 overall rating 3.5 stars
Female Looks Julie Strain's Dark Haven 2 Female looks rating 3 stars
Male Looks Julie Strain's Dark Haven 2 Male looks rating 3.5 stars
Sex Julie Strain's Dark Haven 2 Sex rating 4 stars
 
Plot/Acting Julie Strain's Dark Haven 2 Plot/Acting rating 0 stars
Extras Julie Strain's Dark Haven 2 DVD Extras rating 1.5 stars
Audio/Video Quality Julie Strain's Dark Haven 2 A/V Quality rating 3.5 stars
Worth$14.50
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  6/10/2004

The Little Details

Running Time: 55 min. (Includes approx. 8 min. of credits and recaps)

Production Date: 8 / 14 / 2000

Director: Luc Wylder

Cast: Gummi, Ivy English, Julie Strain, Nikki Steele, Woe, Dizzy Blonde, and Joey Ray and Alexandra Silk in a cameo role

The Short Story

Initial Expectations: Dark Haven wasnít too bad. Iím looking forward to this one.

Initial Reaction: Itís very nice.

Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting bondage with an artistic look or chemistry, anybody whoís curious about bondage movies but who hasnít watched one yet

Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting bondage that pushes the limits and gets into pain

The Technical Stuff

Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are very nicely done. The audio is clear and well balanced, and the biggest problem is a couple spots which appear slightly hollow. The video is just as good. Thereís just a hint of grain, and the biggest problem is where the natural light bleaches out some of the colors in a couple scenes. Thereís also a bit of minor camera shake and a few minor soft focus blurs, but thatís about it.

Music: Unlike most bondage features, thereís actually music here. It varies in style a bit and is very nicely balanced with the rest of the audio.

Menus: The menus are pretty good. The main menu has some decent animation to give it a good first impression and the chapter menu lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a chapter number.

The Feature

Dark Haven 2 continues on from where Dark Haven left off. Alexandra Silk picks up this time around as Julie Strainís right hand gal, and helps lead the visitors through varied action around the estate. Thatís about all you need to worry about for a plot, and if you try to find more than that you might end up hurting yourself.

Scene 1 - Gummi, Alexandra Silk, and Dale DaBone

Gummi starts things out leading Dale, whoís wearing a collar, leather belt, and studded leather armband, down by a small waterfall. They start out kissing romantically before Alexandra sneaks in, attaches a leash to Daleís collar, and pulls him away. Gummi watches playfully and keeps trying to get into the action on her own, which Alexandra spanks her lightly for. After plenty of playing around, Alexandra finally lets Gummi join them. She lightly spanks Dale and Gummi as they kiss romantically, and the girls fight a little over whoís pet Dale really is. Finally Alexandra spanks Dale while he and Gummi continue to kiss, and then leaves them alone to carry on with their passion as the scene fades out.

This is an excellent scene, and a great way to start things out. Iím not sure Iíve ever seen chemistry as strong as it is in this scene in a bondage scene, and it makes this a shocker to start the movie out with. The romantic feeling blends amazingly with the spanking and bondage, and really makes this feel like a unique scene. Just as amazing is that Luc Wylder was able to use a style I donít normally like, namely having the music be the only audio, and make it work. Much of the scene almost seems mimed, and the lack of audio through most of the scene seemed to almost work to the sceneís advantage. This is a fantastic way to start out this movie.

Scene 2 - Alexandra Silk and Julie Strain

Things get a bit religious as Alexandra, wearing devilís horns finds a red and black latex Popeís outfit wearing Julie meditating. Alexandra works her red crop around Julie briefly before they admire each otherís boots and move to the couch. Julie admires Alexandraís feet and then turns around so that Alexandra can work her over with her hand and crop. Alexandra even lets Julie kiss her nipples and breaks out a little hot wax for Julieís pussy and ass.

This is another extremely hot scene. Julie and Alexandra have amazing chemistry and play off each other so well throughout the entire scene. Thereís not any actual sex, but they work it so well here that although I really wanted to see them get it on all the way at the start I really didnít care by the end of the scene. I also loved the visuals here, and the black and red latex and religious themes reminded me quite a bit of Tanya Hydeís style. This is an incredible scene.

Scene 3 - Ivy English, Alexandra Silk, and Julie Strain

Alexandra brings Ivy to Julie, whoís dressed in a toga as a Roman goddess, for the penultimate scene. Julie lets them worship her feet before leading them into a green field and letting them worship the rest of her body. Finally the scene fades out once again.

This is a different feeling scene that didnít work for me quite as well. It concentrated very much on the goddess and worship aspect, which didnít do much for me. It was also much shorter than the other scenes, which made it feel almost like an afterthought or an aside to the rest of the movie.

Scene 4 - Julie Strain, Alexandra Silk, Ivy English, Nikki Steele, Woe, Gummi, Dale DaBone, Dizzy Blonde, and Joey Ray

After a little play around the dinner table, Julie has everybody go out into the yard to make the guys into human sundaes. The guys lay down and let the girls smear ice cream all over their body, as well as whipped cream, jelly beans, and other toppings. After covering the guys they wash up a little and have a little fun as snapshots of the movie go by with a few comments.

This is a nice end to the movie. As usual thereís great chemistry and everybody looks like theyíre having a lot of fun. Thereís plenty of laughing and other signs of obvious fun throughout the entire scene, and it keeps things going while adding one last touch of variety to the movie.

Dark Haven 2 is a very nicely done bondage feature. Thereís a variety to the scenes that seems rare in bondage features, and every scene has an enjoyable, and often playful, feel. The first two scenes were easily my favorite, with the first having a loving chemistry that really amazed me and the second having a naughty artistic natural that reminded me of Tanya Hydeís movies. These two made the entire movie worthwhile for me. As for complaints, I really donít have any major complaints. The third scene didnít work that well for me, yet I also didnít mind it completely as it added another layer to the overall movie. I can also see many people enjoying it much more than I did. Dark Haven 2 is a bondage feature with a style and chemistry thatís hard to find.


The Extra Stuff

Trailers are included for Spiked Heel Diaries 14, Dresden Diary 20, Lusty Busty Dolls, and Spankenstein. Thereís also internet information and a photo gallery with about twenty nice looking snapshots and full screen photos.

The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff

Themes: Bondage, spanking, fetishwear, shoe worship, lesbian (light), hot wax, and food play

Raincoat Factor: Very high

Condom Usage: None needed

The Bottom Line:

Currently, many Bizarre DVDs can be found online for between $14 and $28 with most stores offering them for over $20. If youíre looking for bondage with that extra feeling of something, this oneís going to be well worth your money. The action is nicely varied and has plenty of chemistry. It also has nicely done technical aspects but lacks extras.

Note to Bizarre Video: This is a nicely done feature. I really wish youíd put a little effort into your extras. Theyíre really the only thing I see which holds your DVDs back.

If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me .

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