Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Porn Snapshot '87

As Microsoft released Windows 2.0, Rudolph Hess was found dead in prison, and evangelist/anti-porn campaigner Jim Bakker was defrocked for mingling spit within his flock.

More importantly, ace New York porn director Cecil Howard rushed out Snake Eyes 2. He was on a dream run after Neon Nights, Platinum Paradise, Scoundrels, Foxtrot, and Dangerous Stuff.

His Command Video was one of the first companies to do simultaneous theatrical/video releases.

Today, his work from the period seems even more extraordinary.


Between '79 and '89, I bought every issue of Hustler. For girls, adult film reviews, and outrageous humor, it had no equal. And thanks to Larry Flynt's Fuck you! attitude, it also boasted some of the most courageous journalism you could find anywhere.

These Dwaine Tinsley cartoons (from the June '87 issue) typified the cartoonist's amazing output, and Tinsley's work personified Hustler's unique take on America.

For mine, Adult Cinema Review was the Smut Bible, as opposed to the Adult Film Bible . It was an attitude thing. I don't know what printing process publisher Anthony Malle employed, but it made everything in the mag look so smutty, dirty, and sleazy, and that's why the mag was so perfect.

Just check out this great still from Guillermo Brown's Nasty Habits ('87). You can't get filthier than this. You can practically smell the act -- and the public bathroom setting.

Most of the films ACR covered were shot on film, of course, so that helped the mag to achieve the perfect visual marriage of sex, steam, sleaze, and rampant sluttery.

No points for guessing this pic is from a Bruce Seven epic.

The '87 Aerobics Girls Club was an early entry in an emerging genre (gonzo), but was pretty typical for the late Seven himself.

Once again, the magazine's color processes dirtied up every hole and fold (in a good way).

Starlets Erica Boyer, Tammy Lee curtis, Bionca, Barbara Dare, Sharon Mitchell, Cara Lott, and Lois Ayres kissed and caressed up a storm in this modest effort.

Reviewer Kitty Day got her knickers in a knot when reviewing this for ACR and lamented the lack of penises.

It was a lezbo gangbang tape for Chrissakes, Kitty! (where ever you are today)

"I suppose that certain born-again male-hating feminists might love this kind of thing, and might even find this tape amusing," she wrote. "But I have to ask myself what kind of woman would be watching this tape in the first place, so I'm left with the feeling that the makers just plain blew it."

WHAT???

The market for these tapes was men, Darling. Feminists and healthy hetero ladies weren't encouraged to apply.

Hopefully, Kitty got herself a new day job as a fluffer.

VCA (Video Company of America) really knew how to market Greg Dark's surreal porn ventures -- by steering around their surreal aspects and focusing on the heat. God knows what the Raincoat Brigade made of Dark's work, but I'm sure they didn't mind the pornographic perfection that spilled all over the screen.

The Devil in Miss Jones III and IV remain watershed works. They followed on the hot heals of Dark's New Wave Hookers, Let Me Tell Ya 'Bout White Chicks, Black Throat, and Between the Cheeks.

Dark directed the horror pic See No Evil in 2006 and is responsible for a long pearl necklace of Britney Spears clips.

His X-rated work was incredible then, and is extraordinary now, especially in light of what the competition was doing.




3 comments:

  1. Those Hustler cartoons were the best. Still can remember a lot of them after all those years. They were gross, brutal and unflinching, and they were often so funny. Today some of them would get the artists in real trouble, I guess. A shame.

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  2. OldMan -- yes, they probably would get the artists into trouble. A sad comment on the times we live in. Tinsley and Trosley were my favorites.

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  3. Nothing like late 80's porn: the neon lights, the hairspray, the pubic hair. I was only 2 years old in 87'

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