05th Feb2016

‘Avon Triple Feature’ DVD Review (Vinegar Syndrome)

by Mondo Squallido

Savage Sadists

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“A young innocent learns the ropes!”

A pair of armed thugs (David Christopher & Dan Stevens) are on the hunt for a pornographer (Martin Patton, The Story of Prunella) who owes their boss some money. They pay his wife (Nicole Bernard, Corruption) a visit and at gun point, have some fun because who said you can’t mix business with pleasure? After they have given the wife their message, she decides to visit her husband’s office to warn him, but walks in on him having some fun of his own with one of his performers (Ginger Roberts, Den of Dominance; her only other role). Before she do anything about it, they are rudely interrupted by the thugs and the husband, who is clearly an honourable chap, hides under the desk essentially allowing his wife, mistress and his innocent secretary (Bibi, Den of Dominance also being her only other role) to be held hostage and subject to sadistic acts of debauchery.

Den of Dominance

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“Bibi – Plaything in a prison of lust!”

Looking for a good, quiet place to sink a beer, an unsuspecting man (Martin Patton) finds himself in a bar that instead of serving HARD liquor, offers something much more satisfying than a STIFF drink! As my clumsy (and childish) attempt at wit (kinda, but not really) suggests; this is a sex bar! Not just any old swingers drinking hole, but a hardcore BDSM paradise. After giving his credit card to the friendly Stag Magazine T-shirt wearing barkeeper (David Christopher), it’s not long before he’s on the receiving end of a Mimi (playing herself) cocktail! After a little taste of what’s on offer, he decides to pay a visit to the club’s “bizarre room” in which himself and the other patrons (Nicole Bernard & Greg Lyle in his only role) decide to watch a nice sadistic stage show from Ginger Roberts and Dan Stevens. This then inspires the happy customers to put on their own little kinky performances. Let’s just hope our unsuspecting newcomer gets his money’s worth because I can imagine that’s quite a tab he’s running up!

Daughters of Discipline

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After discovering their mum and dad’s secret porn mag stash, Glenda (Victoria Sands, Consenting Adults) and her sister Rhoda (Robin Thorn, Pain Mania) get inspired and decide to indulge in a little sisterly affection. After that and being inspired once again by the magazines and their mother’s whip, they decide to call up their pal John (David Christopher) and invite him over for a play date. Their little kink session gets interrupted when their parents (Dave Ruby & Victoria Sands) return home earlier than expected! Understandably, they’re a little bit miffed and decide to teach their daughters some discipline in the only way they know how!
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As you can see, story and plot aren’t exactly major elements to this crusty trio of films. Luckily, the films are either just under or over the 40 minute mark so it’s a problem. Aside from the likes of Dave Ruby and David Christopher, the cast appears to be comprised of amateurs or people just roped in with the promise of an easy lay and a few bucks. Therefore, acting isn’t anything to shout about. If you’re here for some hot action, you may be disappointed as the sex is about as hot as the cast. When I say that I mean it’s not. Unless you are in to bondage or rough sex these films will have you about as moist as a piece of sandpaper. You may be thinking then that this is a selection of films that should be missed. Well, if you are like me and have a morbid curiosity for the shocking and nasty, this is a great example of the artistry of one of porn’s dark horses; Phil Prince. Aside from Den of Dominance, you are in for a nasty little treat. There are acts and theme’s throughout that some may struggle with, but those people are a bunch of pansies right? Juxtaposing the nastiness, there’s humour to be found. Those looking for unintentional laughs will scoff at the dialogue, dirty talk and Dave Ruby’s ridiculous sex noises. Those looking for off-kilter laughs wilt revel in aspects such as inexplicable uses of fart sound effects, fourth wall breaking and at one point someone literally making a doorbell sound off-screen. Of course, the whacky aspects of the humour come from a mixture of budgetary restraints and Prince’s own warped humour. These films may be cheap, straight to the point and not for everyone’s tastes or sensibilities, but I think my fellow trash lovers will enjoy this selection.

All films have been restored in 2k from 16mm elements and considering their age, condition and overall treatment, look and sound pretty damn good. Don’t get me wrong, you aren’t going to be blown away, but these are cheap quickies anyway so even if the elements were kept in the most pristine condition imaginable, we probably wouldn’t have a beautiful looking finished product anyway. Of course, I can’t confirm the filming conditions or the condition of the 16mm elements used, but it wouldn’t be such a stretch that I’m somewhere being close to right. It wouldn’t matter anyway because these films aren’t really supposed to stand up to the likes of The Opening of Misty Beethoven or Sexworld so the scratches and sometimes muddy sound just add to the seediness. One thing is for certain; the films look and sound better than the god awful Alpha Blue Archives release and the still amicable After Hours Cinema releases. It’s definitely an upgrade in that regard and I highly doubt these films could (or should) be presented any better. Although the release has no special features, I was still excited when I heard Vinegar Syndrome were releasing films from Phil Prince and I am very happy with the end result. Overall, this is a set that is worth the upgrade and also works as a great way to experience Phil Prince at the start (Savage Sadists) and end (Daughters of Discipline) of his short lived directorial career. Fingers crossed this release means that we will not only be seeing more of Prince’s work in the future, but also more films from the infamous Avon Productions. It may not have appeared on many people’s best releases of 2015 lists, but it’s up there for me!

The Avon Triple Feature is available on DVD from Vinegar Syndrome as well as each film being streamable on Exploitation.tv

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