Released: Oct 01st, 1992
Running Time: 79
Director: Michael Zen
Company: X-Citement Video
Cast: Mike Horner, Jonathan Morgan, Randy Spears, P.J. Sparxx, Melanie Moore, Ona Zee, Ashlyn Gere
Critical Rating: AAAA 1/2
The first installment of The Secret Garden leaves more unanswered questions than an IRS instruction manual, but at least it's one of those multi-part adult features that actually compels the viewer to seek some of its solutions. Part 2 is an installment which has a slight edge over the original. The story is more developed, and the film just takes off into the stratosphere with a sensually evocative texture. You'll discover that this is a weird movie, but it's a fabulously beautiful one with some neat depravity and enough inmates to populate a loony bin.
Part 1 left us with a "who shot J.R.?" ending. Ashlyn Gere has just screwed Mike Horner and Randy Spears, the father and son of the Hyde family. Gere dons disguises and aliases of flowers (Pansy and Daisy) to carry out her mission of fucking most vociferously. Obviously Ashlyn has her motives, and when she shows up at the house later dressed like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and is introduced by the youngest Hyde son, Jonathan Morgan, as his fiancee, Horner and Spears are ready to have cows.
Part 2 is the why of it, and it's explained with one of the most sensuously photographed "dirty" sex scenes of recent vintage - Nikki Sinn's anal deflowering (in a greenhouse, no less; how poetic) by Tom Chapman. This is the way to go, if you're going anal.
Sinn (uncredited) plays Gere's mother in this flashback and we learn that Chapman (also uncredited) was the Hyde ancestor responsible for Gere's father committing suicide. Gere's old man got bent out of shape when he learned that his wife got fucked in the ass by his business partner. Hey, don't laugh. It could happen to you, you know? Gere's family consequently lost their house to the Hydes, and Ashlyn is now out to upset the Hyde family applecart - a fact which is described in a great angst-fuck between Spears and Gere that sears the film stock sprocket by sprocket.
The resolve looms as the battle of the wackos, pitting Gere vs. Ona Zee (Mrs. Hyde), a fiendish example of aggressive matriarchy, if there ever was one. Ona is delightfully imbalanced and is the kind of woman you'd send a venus flytrap to on Mother's Day. Check out her sex scene with Horner - it's a ritual of the twisted and maintains the kinky state of affairs established earlier when Ashlyn plays "nurse" to Morgan in their splendid little bedroom tryst.
When Ona says, "the Hyde women always take care of their family," man is this she-wolf ever being territorial - and territory, the secret garden, is the terrain over which the battle of souls is eventually fought.
The ending is a chilling one, straight out of Robert Bloch, but I'll give you a clue: experience and age win out in this darkest of dark, somber comedies.
The Secret Garden 2 is a captivating exercise in modern gothic, where sex and revenge are locked inextricably in a danse macabre. It's a brilliantly executed adult film and should rank up there among the modern classics of the genre.