Released: Dec 01st, 2009
Running Time: 100 Min.
Director: Celeste (II)
Company: Digital Playground
DVD Extras: Behind the Scenes, Dolby Digital, Still Gallery(ies), Trailer(s), Widescreen
Cast: Scott Nails, Ben English, Katsuni, Mick Blue, Tori Black, James Deen, Jenna Presley, Mason Moore
Critical Rating: AAAA
Behind every terrible husband is a woman seeking sexual satisfaction elsewhere. In director Celeste's provocative feature Is He There?, Digital Playground contract star Katsuni is tormented by the cruelest man she knows, the man she married. Unwilling to submit, Katsuni looks to hurt him through heated trysts with a parade of young studs. Is He There? is an erotic story of power games, betrayal and passionate affairs. The cast of beauties includes Tori Black, Jenna Presley and Mason Moore. In Digital Playground's Is He There?, the girls are ready to take control of their lives by taking control of the bedroom first.
Everything you’d want in a high-quality porn production can be found in this feature starring Katsuni and directed by Celeste. Top-notch sex scenes, good music, beautiful camera work—even good writing. In particular there’s that scene where insurance man James Deen makes time with restless wife Katsuni ...
Waaaait a minute … Double Indemnity’s calling, and it wants its dialogue back.
No question—Katsuni and Deen are playing, line for line, a memorable Barbara Stanwyck-Fred MacMurray scene from Billy Wilder’s 1944 film noir masterpiece. And other familiar bits are sprinkled throughout (plus, oddly enough, a quote from Hitchcock’s Marnie).
Yet once one gets over the initial surprise, the homage actually works. How can you go wrong mixing top-notch sex scenes with an Oscar-nominated screenplay? And as a black widow looking to off her abusive husband, Katsuni exudes a cool sexuality that does Stanwyck’s iconic femme fatale proud.
If there are other porn producers interested in paying tribute to classic noir, we’ve got two suggestions, both filled with memorable lines. There’s Mildred Pierce, which, like Double Indemnity, was based on a seedy James M. Cain novel. Or how about The Big Sleep? It even has a subplot involving porn.