The Little Details
Running Time: 80 min.
Production Date: 10 / 2002
Director: Roy Karch
Cast: Jessica Drake, Samantha Sterlyng, Summer Storm, Dolorian, Olivia Saint, Evan Stone, Steve Hatcher, Cheyne Collins, Chris Cannon, and Mike Horner
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: This sounds like a good Halloween-ish movie. The witching hour and midnight means it has to be dark. Putting together the dark and Roy Karch seems like a great combination because itís rare that his movies donít tempt me with sleep. The only thing that gives me hope here is that Iím kind of in a Halloween-ish mood and this sounds like that type of movie.
Initial Reaction: Itís not really anything like the cover makes it sound like it is, has uninspired direction, writing, and editing, and every sex scene was held back. Yep, itís another Roy Karch mishap.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting a romantic couples movie that doesnít try to push anything in any way
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting a couples movie with a little suspense
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are very well done. The audio is clear and well balanced, and I donít think I heard a single background noise. The video is much the same way. Thereís almost a hint of grain, but the picture is nicely lit and doesnít have any undue camera motion to interfere with things.
Music: The music is a little different from the typical porn music, but stays fairly cheesy and kicks up the annoyance factor. It also interferes with virtually every scene by being a bit too loud.
Menus: The main menu is in a word, pretty boring, and has a still that doesnít even really go along with the boxcover. The chapter menu is better, and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and the name of the girl in the scene.
The FeatureAs her final guests are leaving her dinner party, Jessica hears a knock on the door and finds Evan on the other side. Sheís drawn to him and learns that one of the couples at the party whoíd already left invited him. She invites him in for a drink, and soon after finds romance blooming between them.
|Scene 1 - Olivia Saint and Mike Horner|
Olivia and Mike start things out sneaking into somebody elseís place to get it on. Olivia strips down to show some a sexy black garter belt to go with her stockings, panties, and bra. Mike worships her body as she strips down to her stockings and garter belt before Olivia lies back to let him tongue and finger her twat. He even gives her sweet little butthole a little fingering before sitting back and letting Olivia reciprocate with a little knob gobbling. Rather than going right to fucking her, Mike gives Olivia a toy instead, and fingers her pussy as she fucks her ass. She happily fucks her ass, and even sucks the toy clean, before letting Mike fuck her doggie style. Olivia lies back for Mike to fuck her missionary style, and although she says she wants him to cum on her face instead her hands seems to get in the way as she strokes him and it never seems to make it that far. In fact, you never really get to see if Mike pops or not.
This is a pretty good scene. Olivia looks fantastic, and gets into the scene very nicely. She looks to enjoy fucking her ass with the toy as much as the fucking, and gives one heck of a great blowjob to really round out her performance. The only thing that really interferes with the scene is the camera work, which went with a mix of softcore distance shots with extreme close-ups thrown in. Thereís a few shots where you get to see both the penetration and Oliviaís reaction, but theyíre few and far between. With a little different editing style and better camera work, this could have been a smoking hot scene rather than just a pretty good one.
|Scene 2 - Samantha Sterlyng and Steve Hatcher|
Blonde Samantha and Steve get in on next, with Samantha starting Steve off with a hummer. She rolls onto all fours so he can tongue her holes before they spoon. They keep going with some doggie fucking before Steve gives Samantha a decent pop across her face.
This is another pretty good scene. It has a fun start with Jessica and Evan finding them and deciding to leave them alone, as well as some very nice chemistry between them to keep the scene moving along. Sadly, the camera work and editing continues to favor the softcore movie with hardcore extreme close-ups format, which once again held the scene back. This is another scene that felt like it had the potential to be very hot but instead ended up just being pretty good.
|Scene 3 - Dolorian and Chris Cannon|
Dolorian, a cute dirty blonde with braces, gets it on with Chris as she lies back in her chair next to their pool. He teases her a little before going down on her as she talks dirty to him. Dolorian rolls around and licks Chrisís fingers clean before trading places with him and attacking him orally and taking him into her throat a few times. She moves up to bounce on his bone cowgirl style before lying back for some missionary work. Once they realize theyíve got their two positions in, Chris gives Dolorian a nice facial.
This scene leaves me with mixed feelings. Some of it really annoys me, such as the continuing style to the editing and camera work, as well as the oral for each, two positions, and pop. I was also thrown a little by Dolorianís performance. It seemed natural, but at the same time didnít seem to fit her or the movie. This scene grew on me a little as it went, but still seemed a little off.
|Scene 4 - Summer Storm and Cheyne Collins|
When Cheyne canít go to the game, Summer decides they should play a game instead. She has him lie back on the bed with her and unzip his pants before eagerly sucking and stroking his cock. He reciprocates with some enthusiastic tongue and finger work for Summerís snatch before fucking it missionary style. Summer rolls over for Cheyne to fuck her doggie style before he pops on her face.
This is another pretty good scene. As usual, thereís plenty of chemistry and energy, but the direction was more focused on having something that could be edited down and sold to cable than making the overall scene the best it could be. I also started to get easily distracted knowing that it was going to be oral, two positions, and a facial. This scene had a lot of passion and energy, but ended up being an above average scene by its feeling of redundancy.
|Scene 5 - Jessica Drake and Evan Stone|
Since theyíre the only people in the movie who havenít fucked yet, Evan and Jessica get in on in the bedroom for the last scene. She warms him up with a bit of head before riding him cowgirl style and letting him spoon her. Being the cover girl has its privileges, so Jessica gets to move past two positions and get a little missionary work in as well. Finally, Evan gives Jessica a nice facial.
This scene didnít do much for me. Jessica looked good, but she seemed to be forcing many of her reactions. Combining that with the style of the movie and it never really showing me any reason I should care about Evan and Jessicaís characters hooking up left me cold for most of this scene. This scene ended things on a low note for me.
Midnight Kiss is a very forgettable movie. Itís short with nothing to make you care about any of the characters and sex thatís so tightly bound to oral, two scenes, and facial that by the time the movie was half done I was considering breaking out a timer to see if the positions were held to the same time limit as well. If thatís not bad enough, there positions are so tightly bound to missionary, cowgirl, and doggie that spooning seems like a gift from God. If all that isnít enough, the feature isnít really about anything, and especially not what the cover makes it sound like. The cover brings up the witching hour, a mysterious man on the other side of the door, and a love story that comes out of it. I guess thatís true, but there isnít ten seconds of anything close to suspense in the entire movie, and nothing beyond a drink and a tour of Jessicaís house is there to give a reason for them to be attracted to each other. A lot of people make fun of adult movies, and with Midnight Kiss Roy Karch gives them a reason to laugh and turn away.
The Extra StuffTo start with, you have the Wall to Wall option that lets you watch the movie with all the fast forward fodder removed. Trailers are included for Paradise Hole, Shaylaís Web, and Cruel Seductions. The photo gallery lasts about two and a half minute with about seven seconds per okay looking snapshot. The cast listing gives you a second chance to go to each scene based on the name of the female talent, as well as giving a VCA filmography for Jessica Drake and some snapshots. Itís not an impressive section, even if youíre a Jessica Drake fan. Finally, thereís company information and weblinks.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, anal (toy), toys, masturbation, and rimming (male > female)
Raincoat Factor: Medium high
Condom Usage: Between Chris Cannon and Dolorian
The Bottom Line:Currently, many VCA DVDs can be found online for between about $10 and $25, with a few stores offering them near the low end. This oneís definitely pushing it at the low end. The plot is generic and the sex feels held back in every scene. Thankfully the technical aspects show some nice care, because the extras sure donít. This is a disappointing DVD.
Note to VCA: Please donít let Roy Karch near a camera again!
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