11th Aug2014

‘Cathouse Fever’ Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Mondo Squallido

Stars: Becky Savage, Herschel Savage, John Colt, Rhonda Jo Petty, Gaylene Marie, Debbie Truelove, Tommy Drake, Jerry Davis, Rick Cassidy | Directed by Chris Warfield


After some rather wonderful library music over the opening sequences, we are introduced to Becky, a young and attractive coed played by Becky Savage (Sweets Cheeks, Foreplay) living in LA. We find out that she is uninterested in her life, especially when it comes to her sex life. Although sexless, she sure does have an imagination as we find out when she makes love with Herschel Savage (Honeymoon Haven) who is playing as “Candle Light Lover” according to IMDB. After her rather prolonged (it will happen a lot in this one chaps) imaginary sex session, she wants something to change, so she does what every young girl like herself does… applies to be a prostitute at a Cathouse in Las Vegas!

Once uprooted, she’s put to work straight away and her first customer is a cool cat by the name of Mickey Macho played by John Colt (Love Notes, Fever) who for some reason reminded me of Jarvis Cocker…. I hope that’s not just me! Becky is a natural at this game and is seemingly happy with her new life, new friendships with her madame Rhonda, played by none other than Rhonda Jo Petty (Lust Weekend) and her fellow colleagues Brandy and Debbie played by Gaylene Marie (Sex Rink, Fever) and Debbie Truelove (Weekend Cowgirls)… Or is she?

Essentially, the film is about Becky wanting a new life, getting a new life and then not wanting that life anymore. That’s not really a spoiler because you can see it a mile off and the plot is paper thin. What you have withCathouse Fever is a very short story and lots of sex. Of course, that for some is not a bad thing and usually, I wouldn’t usually complain, but man are the sex scenes too long in places. I like classic porn most when there’s an actual film to go with the sex. The all over the place editing also hurts the film in that regard, it’s as if the sex came first and plot was purely filler which is a shame because it could have been a really interesting concept.

It’s not all doom and gloom however ladies and gentlemen. There are some nice stand out moments in this film including a hot bath time lesbian romp, Rhonda showing us all how to deal with the pesky tax man and a genuinely funny running gag (pun almost intended) throughout which I will let you guys find out for yourself. The music was fun too, gotta love that 80’s synth that doesn’t really compliment the scenes but satisfies you nonetheless. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the film in parts, but I did something I rarely have to do and that’s fast forward some of the sex scenes, strange I know.

Overall, if you like your 80’s porn, you may appreciate this one more than me. I love 70’s classic adult cinema so I always have a tiny bit of bias with some 80’s efforts. It’s nitpicking I know. Tiny negatives aside, Vinegar Syndrome have once again done a lovely job with the restoration. Awesomely rad 80’s porn synth has never sounded as good plus it looks really nice too so the quality buffs have no reason to moan. On the disc you get this and Purely Physical. The release is bare bones but that’s not an issue as you are getting two films for the price of one. Take in to consideration that these titles would have probably not received a release with this much care. Give it a go.

Cathouse Fever is released on August 12th and can be directly ordered from Vinegar Syndrome here.


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