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Sexcula Sucks - as well it should!,
This review is from: Sexcula [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
As a resident of British Columbia, Canada (where Sexcula was filmed back in 1974) I was intrigued to check out this bit of 'long lost' horror themed porn that Impulse/Synapse DVD authoring have ferreted out of a dark closet somewhere.
Today - Vancouver, BC boasts a highly sophisticated and professional film industry, with many American films and TV series being produced there, and in the immediate environs. Back in the 1970's such was not the case - yet a few ambitious film-makers struggled to realize their 'artistic visions' in 'Fog City' and a few VERY esoteric productions materialized - then, typically, faded immediately into oblivion. "Sexcula" may be listed among these primitive efforts and its' obscurity was pretty much guaranteed, as it apparently received only a single screening before its' controversial 'adult' nature hastened its' disappearance from the public realm. It is also unusual as the film was purportedly funded partially by grants from the Canadian government's film industry incentive programs - giving it the added distinction of being, perhaps, one of the only porn movies ever made with Federal funding! These may all be interesting bits of background information, but how does this piece of early Canuck sexploitation 'hold up' to modern scrutiny?!
Having given it a watch I'd have to say that the over-all experience was sorta amusing but also suffered from many aspects typical of low-budget porn product from that period. The actual film reminded me of much of the low end adult product that is offered (in bulk!) by the 'Something Weird" Cinema cult DVD authoring gang. It is essentially a grainy, dimly lit, hastily constructed excuse to display some naked flesh and hardcore sex action - wrapped up in a goofy parody of classic Universal Studio horror movie themes. The sex IS graphic - what you can actually see of it - most of the copulation is hidden in dark shadow and hairy male butts - but oral scenes are nice and sharp and make up the bulk of the xxx quotient.
On the plus side - the girls featured in the flik are are very attractive and there's lots of full nudity to be enjoyed as the 70's vintage guys make forays into some dense Canadian 'bush'. Generally it looked like everyone was, at least, having fun during the shoot and the tongue in cheek attitude of the whole piece does much to lift it slightly above the quality of much similar product from the period.
In the final analysis I'd have to say that the 'quirk' appeal of this flik relies heavily on its' unique Canadian roots - without which it would be judged more purely for what it actually is - a low budget piece of throw-away porn. Credit and appreciation should be bestowed upon Impulse DVD for providing this lost oddity with a belated 'premiere' to a new audience. While the viewing experience may be less than stellar - at least I'm feeling like the Canadian tax-payer may finally be seeing a real return on their investment!