Released: Jul 01st, 1992
Running Time: 80
Director: Michael Zen
Company: Xcitement Video
Cast: P.J. Sparxx, Jonathan Morgan, Flame, Ashlyn Gere, Melanie Moore, Randy Spears, Mike Horner, Ona Zee, T.T. Boy, Anisa
Critical Rating: AAAA 1/2
Everyone is harboring some kind of deep, dark secret in the Hyde family: the father (Mike Horner); the mother (Ona Zee); the older son (Randy Spears), and younger son, Jonathan Morgan is about to get it right between the eyes. But this is the whole point of watching the film -- to learn why Morgan is in for such a big shock. That's the punch line, and I won't give anything more away than to say there's sequel in the offing, so keep that in mind while you're viewing this marvelously constructed, sexually stunning, technically superior film.
The Secret Garden is highly absorbing and blatantly erotic with Ashlyn Gere being the central figure in the Hyde family's sexual miasma. Gere plays several roles in different wigs and manages to incorporate such distinct personalities and motivations in her characters, you forget that it's Ashlyn being these different women. You believe that all of her little aliases (all names of flowers, by the way) are real people.
For whatever motives, which I'm sure will be made clearer in the sequel, Ashlyn sets out to seduce both Horner and Spears who are at odds with one another. Randy particularly resents the way his old man conducts his financial affairs.
Ma Hyde has her own set of problems. She has this thing for a stone phallus that's situated in her garden, and masturbates to this monolith like she were one of the ape creatures out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. To boot, she's a control freak, and seems to be on the verge of losing it, judging by her obsession with garden fertilizer and planting things.
The sex scenes are extremely stylish and cable TV-friendly. There are sub-elements going on in the film, such as the filming of an X-rated movie that leads to a riveting outdoor coupling between T.T. Boy and P.J. Sparxx. Give Sparxx major points for come-on and tease in this arousing interlude.
There are some broad elements of comedy and some deprecating humor, as when T.T. in a cowboy hat parodies his arrogant industry persona in a scene that has Spears watching him ride the range with Anisa on a peep show booth screen.
Believe me, the sequel is well worth waiting for, too, and looks like it may even be better and more, obviously, more conclusive to some degree. In any event director Michael Zen, displays an exacting sense of camera and exacts bravura performances from his cast in this beautiful and hauntingly strange motion picture.
For retailers who haven't yet bought this one, for the sake of quality, stock both!--