We've got four of these movies to watch in one night, so let's get
The first, and earliest, movie in this collection is
Gladiator Eroticvs (the "v" instead of a "u" makes it
historically accurate). Misty Mundae is in a supporting role in this one, with
the lead character played by her frequent co-star, erotic rocker chick Darian
Caine (The Erotic Witch Project).
Right from the start, I can tell something is off
when the bad dubbing kicks in. Almost all the actors' voices have been replaced,
and the effect is, shall we say, not convincing. So the movie kicks off with a
slapstick take on the "epic battle in a field" thing, and it's almost
to the point of being amusing. Then, the fighting comes to a complete halt so
two women can get it on, thanks to conveniently placed blanket in the woods.
This is not going to be a plot-heavy movie.
After the fighting and sexiness is over, the comedy
kicks in, with a lengthy scene of the emperor arguing with his weenie of a son.
This is a fast forward button moment if there ever was one, with the two just
going on and on with their comedy shtick, again with the dubbed voices, and it's
just plain painful.
Up next is another nudie moment, an all girl
three-way out in the woods, no doubt in the same location as the earlier sex
scene. I'm torn about this scene. One on hand, I can't hate it simply because
it's sexy girls, but on the other hand, it comes out of nowhere and it goes on
and on and on (for some people, though, that might a good thing. What do I
Time for more comedy shtick as the emperor's son
meets with a couple of senators in what appears to be a bathroom. There are more
audio issues here, as I couldn't understand what anyone was saying. Considering
the jokes in this movie, though, perhaps I can count myself lucky. Meanwhile,
back out in the woods, the plot loosely follows the Ridley Scott film, as our
heroine is recruited against her will to compete in "the lesbian
games." We get more nakedness and jokey shtick during these moments, but at
least it fits into the plot, sort of.
The movie gets its big "WTF" moment with
"The History of the World," an animated segment—not really
animated, just a bunch of still drawings set to narration. It's completely
random and has nothing to with anything else in the movie, but that's what makes
it kind of hilarious.
In case you haven't guessed, the movie is in
something of a loop—comedy scene, nudie scene, comedy scene, nudie scene,
and so on. By now we've been introduced to Mundae, playing the emperor's
repressed daughter, who develops an attraction to Caine's gladiator, oh excuse
me, glad-she-ator. The two of them then have their big scene, and then they're
joined by a whole bunch of other girls, which is no doubt the reason why most
people watched this in the first place.
Now it's time for Play-Mate of the Apes. I'm a kind of
nervous about this one. I'm into a lot of weird stuff, but girls in gorilla
masks is just a little too fetish-y for my tastes. Fortunately, it looks like
most of the sexy actresses are playing the humans and not the apes, so my fears
of human-monkey lovin' are abated.
As the movie begins, it's clear that the Seduction
Cinema folks are amping up production values however they can, with some bargain
spaceship CGI. From there, we get two astronauts aboard the ship just waking up
from some sort of cryogenic/stasis sleep (it's never explained, of course), and
they immediately get it on. Again, I'm torn. The "red-blooded male"
part of my psyche has no problem with this, but the
"writer/artist/filmmaker" part of my psyche gets impatient, as we're
ten minutes in with no plot, story, dialogue, etc.
The spaceship crashes, and the all-female
astronauts, led by Mundae, are stranded in the woods. This leads to something
I've seen in a lot of low-budget sleaze flicks—padding out the runtime
with footage of the actors walking. We sit there and watch them walk and walk
and walk. This leads to a montage of the girls skinny-dipping, after which they
finally get captured by the apes. Note that the "apes" are
wearing normal clothes to go along with their ape masks, and the nets they use
to capture the girls are obviously volleyball nets.
Mundae meets up with Caine, playing the
"Nova" role. They of course have a sex scene, after which we get to
know the ape characters, as they hang out in a bar. Somehow, the filmmakers
managed to wrangle Hollywood makeup artist Michael Thomas (Ghostbusters) to create the ape
masks, using molds based on the original Planet of the Apes, so the apes with
speaking roles look surprisingly good, a nice throwback to the classic.
If these movies weren't already campy enough, the
camp factor goes into overdrive with musical numbers. See, in order to show that
they have souls and are more than just animals, the humans must prove themselves
by dancing. The apes then retaliate with singing and dancing of their own,
including the obligatory and obvious Elvis reference. And to think earlier I
actually wanted the movie to have a plot. Be careful what you wish
The movie is caught in the same loop as the previous
one. The story, such as it is, comes a halt so they can have another sex scene.
Then our heroes escape from the apes and head back out into the woods for more
comedy shtick. The jokes abruptly screech to halt for another sex scene, and
from there we're dropped into more ape slapstick and so on. If you're going to
make an erotic film, even a lighthearted one, shouldn't you have some sort of
sexual tension among the characters, which builds up to the big sex scenes,
instead of just splicing in the nudie bits wherever? This is the wrong type of
movie for me to be asking these questions, isn't it?
The lone bonus feature on disc one is the featurette
"Inside Misty Mundae" (see if you can spot the double entendre), so
let's take a look at that now. It's an interview with her about the making of
Gladiator Eroticvs. Hear her say "it was fun" over and over.
Her co-star Esmeralda Dellarocca then stops by for some sexy massage action.
After that, Misty takes a drive to a local park, where she walks around for a
while and then visits an adjacent cemetery and I can't believe this thing goes
on for more than an hour. She's a cute, nice girl, but she doesn't have that
many interesting things to say.
Halfway through! Time to put in the second disc and
attempt to endure Lord of the G-strings. It was made a few years later,
and, once more, the production values have increased somewhat. They're clearly
using higher-end cameras and other updated tech, so the picture quality is
noticeably better than the camcorder look of the previous two. There's another
noticeable difference—the puns. Mundae plays "Dildo Saggins," a
"throbbit" who lives in "Diddle Earth." If you think that's
bad, then you're not prepared for what's to follow, because the entire movie is
stuffed to the boots with every cheeky LOTR pun the writers could think of.
Now we're back in the dreaded loop, as the movie
ping-pongs back and forth between nude scenes and lame comedy shtick. All sense
of a forward-moving story goes bye-bye as the middle of the movie is just a
series of LOTR-based sketches out in the woods, with a bunch of crazy characters
our heroes run into. You could argue that Monty Python and the Holy Grail
did the same thing, but these people, despite their best intentions, aren't the
OK, the movie is still meandering around plotlessly
from pointless nude scene to pointless nude scene. I guess you could argue that
"pointless nude scene" is, in fact, the point, but it looks to me like
everyone's just going through the motions, if you'll pardon yet another pun. I
know I shouldn't care that the nudie bits aren't moving the story forward, but I
A dumb movie gets dumber with an ultra-dumb ending.
The big finale is all fart jokes, followed by a bunch of break-the-fourth-wall
gags. These movies are starting to wear me down. The sexy scenes are, well,
sexy, but they're not enough to carry the stale humor and nonexistent production
values. One more to go, Spiderbabe, which is, to my knowledge, the most
elaborate production Seduction Cinema has ever attempted. Here's hoping.
Once more, the production values have taken another
leap forward. Spiderbabe has nice lighting, rock songs on the soundtrack,
location shooting in New York City, and actual sets instead of just having the
actors stand in front of a blank wall. The movie's look is so lavish, it almost
(almost!) reaches Lloyd Kaufman levels of filmic quality. For anyone else, that
wouldn't be a good thing, but for Seduction Cinema, that's actually a
If I were to ask you to guess what the plot of
Spiderbabe is, you'd probably figure it out correctly on your own. Mundae
plays "Patricia Porker," a shy student who gets bitten by a
radioactive spider and blah, blah, blah, etc. The bite gives her super-powers,
and also increases her horniness. This is their attempt to work the sex scenes
into the story, instead of just throwing them in randomly. Again, here's
The movie follows Raimi's playbook pretty closely,
more closely than the other films in this collection followed their spoof
subjects. There's the wrestling scene, the villain is the best friend's older
sister, and the organic webbing doesn't come from her wrists but…actually,
you're better off discovering that little surprise for yourself. Additionally,
there's the whole bit with the burglar and Patricia's uncle's fate, which lead
to her becoming a superhero and…like I said, you probably guessed all this
already. The villain, by the way, is "Femtilian," played by Julian
Wells (Flesh for Olivia).
Hilariousness alert! The movie does the whole
"heroic montage" thing, including shots of Mundae in her Spiderbabe
costume running around in a crowded Times Square at night, striking a bunch of
heroic poses. It cracks me up that all the people walking by don't pay her any
attention, as if nothing's out of the ordinary. I guess all those people in
Times Square could have been paid movie extras, but I doubt it.
In addition to all the jokes and nudie scenes,
there's also a little bit of action and fighting in this one. It's slow-moving
action and fighting, but it's in there nonetheless. Even more surprising,
there's some slight character development. After Mundae and Caine have their
obligatory sex scene, it's followed by a discussion about their relationship.
It's not deep or anything, but it's more than the other films in this set have
As Spiderbabe continues, it goes back into the
same mind-numbing loop that the other films did, but not to the same degree. It
ends with a final confrontation between hero and villain, shot against some
clunky bluescreen effects, but at least the story comes to a real ending this
time, and not just fizzling out with a couple of camp jokes before the credits
roll like the other movies did. Spiderbabe is almost like watching a real
The only extras on disc two are a bunch of trailers
for other Seduction Cinema releases. A booklet has some information about all
three movies, as well as 2010 interview with Misty Mundae. When these movies
were released separately, those earlier DVDs had more bonus features, some in
two-disc sets, with a ton of behind-the-scenes goodies, but you won't find those
extras in this set. The picture and audio on the first two movies is in poor
shape, improving from not as bad to mediocre in the next two movies.
There we have it, a journey through the weird, wacky
world of Seduction Cinema and back again. Can I go get some sleep now?