Released: Apr 01st, 1995
Director: Paul Thomas
Company: Vivid Entertainment Group
Cast: Dallas (I), Tera Heart, Steve Drake, Asia Carrera, Randy West, Nick East, Ashlyn Gere, Sandi Beach
Critical Rating: Not Yet Rated
Set in a world of resourceful rich men, who are putty in the hands of powerful – and power hungry – women, the film opens with detectives Paul Thomas and Evan Daniels investigating what appears to be the murder of Dallas, wife of billionaire Randy West.
For starters, no corpse has been recovered. In flashbacks, Randy looks on in anger while Dallas services Guy DiSilva. He plows her Hershey Highway, then pulls out and greets her with a breast splurge. Later, while having dinner with buddy Steve Drake and two ladyfriends (Tera Heart and Sandi Beach), West admits to having thought about killing his wife for her profligate spending. Needing to relieve some tension, West parties hearty with Heart, as does Drake with Beach. Tera gives a highly-charged performance, and after finishing with West, she joins the other couple and eventually receives an eye-popping facial.
West begins to go a bit crazy, and hires Ashlyn Gere as his new maid or "companion" to whom he confides his enjoyment of the illusions of pain and restraint. One night, Gere furiously jerks her gherkin in the living room, while West and his personal assistant, Asia Carrera, look on from different parts of the mansion – with Asia emulating the new maid's actions. West then tries to avoid Gere, but returns to play bizarre sex games with her, like having her pour hot wax on his chest. The plot thickens when Ashlyn introduces Nick East to Randy as her "son, and allows West to catch glimpses of them in bed to fulfill his incest fantasy. West then promotes Gere to personal assistant and they throw Carrera out of the house. Determined to recover her position and pride, Asia investigates Ashlyn's background and discovers that she and East are scan artists out to bilk the rich. Asia confronts Gere and East with her discoveries. Gere admits the plot, and entices Carrera into a threeway. Following a facial from East, Gere pulls a knife on Carrera, but in the struggle, loses her right ear to the knife-wielding Asian.
A series of flashbacks then establishes Carrera's insanity; she murdered Dallas so she could have West to herself, and in the finale, fucks West in front of the very fireplace where she destroyed Dallas' body.
The story, scripted by Paul Thomas is so riveting that one hardly notices the nominations-worthy production values. The outdoor scenes appear as authentic as any mainstream production. Kudos also to Ralph Parfait's cinematography, Eugene Hyde's editing and G.G. Steele's musical score. Randy West delivers a career performance as the hardy but increasingly befuggled pawn. Gere is outstanding, as usual, as the rest of the supporting cast are serviceable. The fly in the ointment is the unconvincing performance by Carrera, miscast for both voice (which barely ever rises above a squeak) and body size. Her fight with the big-boned Gere is simply not credible.
But what a risk Thomas takes in staging such a gory mutilation scene in an adult video! Honest people will have to admit they with they had P.T.'s testicular fortitude as well as his great skill as a filmmaker and storyteller.