The men behind the current for That’s Sexploitation are legends. Frank Henenlotter made us want to have a little blue brain monster shoot drugs directly into our brain and make our own personal fuck monster. Mike Vraney created Something Weird Video (SWV to the hip kids) and showed a generation how to make babies, kill strangers and smoke the good drugs. These two men should be applauded for the noble effort that is That’s Sexploitation, and we should remember the late Vraney with glass held high and tissue in hand.
Henenlotter and David’ F. Friedman narrate their way through years of adult entertainment. It’s a lofty job and with the amount of content included in this doc, you’d expect a bit more of an explanation as to the history behind the sexploitation biz. What I have found is that this doc plays out more like an all night adult feature reel at a grinder on 42nd street. Little interruption. Maxed out visual film experience. That’s great for putting on a movie like this as background at a party but not so great as informative doc that tries to give place and plot the narrative behind the crazy world of sex on film. Simply put, they don’t say enough about the content. It’s a bummer because both men have powerful voices and historical knowledge. They have the bedtime stories adults want to hear. The ratio of clip to commentary is pour. That’s the only place I’m critical.
Beyond that, the clips themselves are truly special. Sure, you’ll have seen some of these before as fans of the sexploitation. You’ll laugh. You’ll look away bashfully. You’ll learn a little something along the way. You get about two hours of documentary and three and half hours of extras. There’s a commentary track and trailer. The overall quality is good. These short film fragments have been transferred nicely and put together lovingly. Of course the source material varies from fair to damaged to surprisingly well preserved at times.
That’s Sexploitation provides wholesome, un-family entertainment that is as varied as the sex act itself. You get the good, the bad and the ugly (and as we know, the ugly in sex has nothing to do with beauty). Keep in mind that this is a documentary. It’s not really a spank film. I do recommend watching it without pants on, you’ve gotta let your genitals breath. I’d say that this is a great way to introduce a newbie to the world of sexploitation or to catch some obscure footage that you’d have missed in the 42nd Street Forever releases from Synapse or Peekarama releases from Vinegar Syndrome. It’s great to see all my favorite distro companies putting out smut from the golden age of porn.
Available now from DiabolikDVD:
From director Frank Henenlotter (BASKET CASE, BRAIN DAMAGE) and co-producer Mike Vraney (the late founder of Something Weird Video) comes the epic documentary critics call fascinating (Video Watchdog), titillating (Time Out Los Angeles) and jaw-dropping (Seattle Weekly): Henenlotter and legendary exploitation monarch David F. Friedman -- in his final film appearance -- are your hosts for this eye-popping expedition through the world of pre-code peekaboos, stags, sex-hygiene films, goona-goonas, nudie-cuties, roughies, druggies, white-coaters and more, featuring thousands of spicy, steamy and downright sleazy clips from the SWV archives. And if that's not enough to tickle your pickle, Bonus Features include an additional 2+ hours of rare loops and shorts from five decades of Sexploitation history!
Over 3 1/2 Hours of Sexploitation Shorts From The Something Weird Archives
Audio Commentary With Director Frank Henenlotter and Something Weird's Lisa Petrucci