Director: Tanya Hyde
Production date: 9/2000 (box); 10/2000 (opening statement)
Length: 84 min. (box claims a running time of 100 min.)
Extras: Trailer for feature and five other releases, photo gallery with 36 images, biographies for all female cast, film notes (basically a press release), and language and subtitle options (which are relatively unimportant since there is no dialog beyond the opening credits).
Audio/visual quality: The raw footage has been extensively processed to include jump edits, color shifts, blurs, enhanced motion, strobing and lots of other interesting effects. Horizontal masks at the top and bottom of the video give it a widescreen appearance. The pacing is best described as frenetic. The camera's shadow does occasionally fall on the performers' bodies, but with so much on-screen activity, it's a flaw that's easily overlooked. The art direction is superior; the fantastic costumes and props provide a perfect counterbalance for the otherwise stark and minimalistic sets.
The audio is entirely dubbed—the performers' echoey moans are sampled into cheerfully manic industrial music. I normally prefer real sex sounds, but I absolutely love the groove here. It's strong enough to hold its own as an independent soundtrack. The audio clarity is excellent, and the stereo sound is used to very good effect.
False advertising: The movie synopsis on the back cover is completely wrong. It describes a plot that's totally different from the actual content of the disc. This, plus the lack of a director's commentary or behind-the-scenes featurette, is part of what's holding this DVD back from a perfect rating.
First impression: Hell, Whores and High Heels is simply heavenly!
Scene highlights: The feature consists of five unrelated fetish scenes, connected only by the theme that "opposites attract." Although no dialog is present, each scene tells its own cleverly twisted story.
Scene one opens with Violet Storm and a guy playing pool. Their sinister red and black outfits, complete with horns, make it clear they're up to no good. Violet threads a cue stick through her nipple ring and gives her breast a few tugs. The ensuing blowjob ends abruptly upon the descent of Lora, a white-winged angel who needs a restroom (long flights have that effect on me, too!). We don't see Lora peeing, but we do see her sitting on the toilet and playing with a black rubber dildo. Violet sniffs out the naughty angel and drags her off to a red room. Lora reclines on a bench while a mechanized dildo defiles her pussy, and Violet further stimulates her with a dildo-tipped spear. The male devil also befouls the angel's vagina in a sex swing, on the floor and on the sofa. A 2-on-1 blowjob (with lots of spit from Violet) leads to a double facial. I like the way the angel and she-devil rub their big, slippery breasts together at the end.
Scene two captures Nataly Dune on all fours in a tiny cage. Two men in trench coats and fedoras poke their cocks through the iron gridwork for her to suck. They play with her on a large rotating "lazy Susan," periodically trading turns at her head and tail. Georgette arrives in a chariot pulled by a ponyboy. Layla Jade services the pony with a blowjob while Georgette diddles herself. The action courses through an incredible montage of oral, vaginal, anal and double penetration. Layla gets strapped to a rack and joyfully strains at her bonds while receiving oral. The three men lie side by side on a platform while the three women bounce on them in reverse cowgirl anal. This is an all-around exceptional scene, with the ladies flashing big grins at the camera following their messy facials.
Scene three spotlights Monique Covet and Anita Black as half-naked puppets in wonderfully gaudy makeup. Their master's hugely erect penis wags back and forth chaotically as he pulls their strings. He brings Monique and Anita into 69, and they take turns wearing and riding a bright pink strap-on. A doll named Nataly arrives in black fetish wear and a pink tiara, and the puppeteer engages her in a variety of vaginal and anal positions. Anita and Monique masturbate on inflatable chairs while awaiting their turns. The two puppets blow their master together before having sex with him one at a time. All three actresses hungrily accept a few drops of splooge on their tongues.
Scene four visits the hospital for a little Hyderotherapy. Nurse Nataly revives a heavily bandaged patient by stripping out of her white dress (why oh why must nurses wear scrubs nowadays?). The patient's eyes get almost as big as his dick. His cure consists of oral, vaginal and anal sex. Meanwhile, Monique wheels in another patient who's wearing a gas mask. She provides similar treatment, dildoing herself and blowing him until he recovers full mobility. She teeters dangerously on the wheelchair during vaginal and anal intercourse. Monique then tends to Georgette, who's lying on the examination table with feet suspended in stirrups. Monique rips open Georgette's pink fishnet stockings to administer treatment with her mouth, finger and an eerily glowing dildo attached to plastic tubing. A male doctor and orderly arrive and look quite pleased, as well they should. A veritable sexual free-for-all ensues, culminating in facials for all the women. Georgette has great fun making bubbles out of the gobs of cum that drip off Nataly's pussy.
Scene five shows Monique pulling on parts of the costume that she wears on the cover photo. This is totally hot; how often do we get to see porn stars dressing? The action takes place in a Russian interrogation chamber in the year 2015. The hapless prisoner, Tony de Sergio, hangs suspended and blindfolded under the watchful eyes of guards Anita and Violet. Monique orally attacks him first and then gives Anita a turn. Apparently, this doesn't persuade Tony to confess, because Monique begins to probe his butt with a tapered, illuminated dildo. Violet gets the same pleasure, stimulating him with the red dildo spear that she used on Lora in the first scene. All three women masturbate extensively. Monique and Anita share a double dong between their pussies while Violet stuffs her vagina an inflatable dildo. Both Monique and Anita indulge Tony with vaginal sex. They also have sex with Violet, who's wearing a strap-on. The three women lie on top of each other, pussies stacked up vertically, while Tony sprinkles cum on them.
Thumbs up: I love this movie's attitude—it's so amusingly perverted! There's a lot going on in every scene, which means the replay value is very high. I notice something new and interesting each time I watch. The male anal stimulation is especially wicked. I know it's going to challenge some viewers' comfort zones, but it's one of my favorite parts of the DVD. I admire men's capacity to penetrate and be penetrated at the same time.
Thumbs down: It's a shame that a DVD of this caliber includes so few extras that directly support the feature. It would have been nice to see trailers of a few other Tanya Hyde movies instead of the completely unrelated titles. Hyde's directing style strikes me as truly unique; a few comments from her, either on a separate audio track or as a behind-the-scenes featurette, would have greatly enhanced this disc.
Themes: Bondage and domination (primary theme), straight, three-way, lesbian, group (orgy), masturbation, oral, anal, double penetration, male anal stimulation (dildos), rimming (female to female), facials, toys (swings, dildos, strap-on), dungeon scene, medical scene, pony play, sensory deprivation (hood), fetish wear.
Condom use: None.
Juice-o-meter: Medium. The sex is energetic enough to hold my attention, but it's also very stylized.
Final analysis: Hell, Whores and High Heels is one of only a handful of DVDs I've purchased so far this year. I paid full price for it, and I don't regret that decision. It was something I felt I needed to have right away, and I know I'll be watching it over and over again.
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Special thanks to astroknight, reviewer extraordinaire, for bringing this title to my attention. Read his review of Hell, Whores and High Heels here.