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Released: Sep 01st, 1983
Running Time: 80, 90
Directors: Chuck Vincent, Warren Evans
Cast: Samantha Fox, Vanessa Del Rio, Frank Adams, Randee Styles, Kelly Nichols, Roger Caine, Leslie Bovee, Eric Edwards
Critical Rating: AA
Games Women Play, directed by Chuck Vincent (Roommates), is a sometimes interesting, occasionally stimulating sexual soap opera whose main flaw is in not fully developing the interpersonal relationships between the small group of couples whose sexual relationships comprise this film.
The mood, pacing and sexual encounters are mostly laid-back. Two scenes, however, offer striking contrast. The first involves a poker game transformed into a one woman/three man orgy, while the second is the most colorful in the movie. After the 'poker' scene, the fourth man (the one who just wanted to watch) goes home to his wife and has a stimulating erotic fantasy in the kitchen – he plays the willing slave to an aroused female witch doctor.
The story culminates at a party that all the main characters attend. This is where all the couples come together as friends, and the sordid details of one couple's broken marriage is proven to be false. The film ends on a note which expresses the futility of gossip, however, and the viewer is left wondering what all the fuss was about anyway and what we know of the characters was learned mostly from watching them screw one another. Who is going to pay any attention to gossip as a plot motivator when it seems that sex is pushing the story along?
Dracula Exotica, another re-release, offers some surprises and a bizarre plot.
Count Dracula, bored with the partying and orgy going on at his castle, decides to bring his virginal first love – Surka – to the party room to join in the 'fun' – Bad idea! After he drunkenly has his sexual way with her, Surka runs out and kills herself. So the next morning, the count does the same, only to become transformed into a sexually frustrated vampire due to the curse he swore before he plunged the dagger into his body.
This opens a lot of possibilities for an entertaining sexual comedy, but director Warren Evans decides to play it mostly straight so the laughs are few and far between. However, the film does have it's occasional moments . . . And Vanessa Del Rio, who plays a big, bouncy, horny drug smuggler almost steals the show until Dracula (played by Jamie Gilis) transforms her into a dull and boring vampire clone. Oh well.
Sometimes entertaining, sometimes slowly-paced, it takes a surprise ending to save Dracula Exotica.
The sex scenes seems to be less inspired than in Games Women Play, and they tend to be eclipsed by the whole Dracula motif which Dracula Exotica tries to portray. The only way the Count can be free of his curse is to have one super orgasm (or is it just one orgasm?) by another true love. Considering he had 500 years to try to pull this off, it doesn't seem that he was trying all that hard. It takes a beautiful CIA agent (yes, there is even some espionage thrown in) who looks like Surka to really 'ring his chimes', but the Count doesn't get all that excited. Dracula is satisfied, but he doesn't seem thrilled. Wouldn't you, if you hadn't had an orgasm in 500 years?