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Artcore House of Whores

Studio: Anabolic » Review by Chris Knight » Review Date: 6/22/04

XCritic's Advice: Skip It

Genre: Gonzo/Feature

Director: Sal Genoa, Su

Cast: Belladonna, Gia Paloma, Katsumi, Roxy Jezel, Melissa Lauren, Chelsea, Nautica Thorn, Chiquita, Eva Angelina, Alberto Rey, Brian Surewood, Mr. Marcus, Tony Translater, Brian Bulges and Joel Lawrence

Length: 1:51

Production Date: March 4, 2004

Extras: Cumshot Recap, Photo Gallery, Website, Behind the Scenes, Audio Setup

The Cumshot Recap is ready and waiting for anyone unable to wait for their on-screen gratification, with 7:27 worth of pure money shots. Perhaps the DVD studios could make some serious money putting out those half-sized DVDs with just parts of porn? If they could figure out how to put them on those cartridges for the handheld game systems, they'd break the bank. Though further down the list, the Behind the Scenes feature tops the pops in terms of quality and quantity. 16:22 of behind the scenes footage is some funny outtakes and informative interviews that show exactly how Artcore was made. It looks like they took this one pretty seriously.

With those two out of the way, we're left with the Photo Gallery, consisting of 18 automatically rotated stills from the set, and the obligatory Website link. Or in other words, the standard stuff. What's nice though, is the Anabolic Audio Setup feature, that enables you to watch the film with or without music. I can think of several films this feature would have saved from review damnation.

Audio/Video: Anabolic provides audio tracks with and without music, but there's really not much difference between them. The music, for the most part, is muffled or non-existent. What is audible, are the sounds of near-vomit. The gagging heard during the many forced blowjobs is both comical and disgusting. What it isn't, is sexy. You can hear the "dialogue" clearly, though you may often wish you couldn't.

As far as video goes, the film is very dark, with lighting issues in crotches. Too often, I was left wondering if I was watching anal or vaginal sex. I realize that this style is the whole point of the video, but it was annoying. The detail was fine though, and there were no problems with the digitizing.

Review: In hyping Artcore, Anabolic claimed they had created a new genre of porn. That's a rather lofty claim, and one I was very excited to check out. It's not every day that you get to see the start of something big. Imagine being one of the first to check out a bukkake video, or to see one of the first amateur tapes. It must have been mindblowing.

From reading the release information, I gathered that the concept behind Artcore is to meld gonzo porn's hard-edge sex with the technical aesthetics of an art film. Artistic hardcore, or Artcore. A noble idea, but one that is not easy to do in some hotel room. So the crew behind this effort, lead by directors Sal Genoa and Su, had a lot of work ahead of them. When they were done, they had the following five scenes to present, in what would loosely be called a feature. Though the story is based in a whorehouse, there's not much of a story, and what you get, instead, is several integrated sex scenes, like a compilation with good transitions. Let's take a classy look at the action:

Scene 1: Katsumi, Roxy Jezel, Joel Lawrence
Acts Included: Oral (M), Vaginal, Anal, Facial, Snowball
Positions: Reverse Cowgirl, Side Entry, Doggie
Condoms: No
Joel Lawrence arrives at a cathouse, where he meets Katsumi, who takes his order for a BJ, his way. Some light spanking, slapping and choking raises the kink factor, and she takes his meat in her hungry mouth. A human sex toy is brought into the game in the form of Roxy, who takes Joel to the back of her throat, just before he slides into Katsumi's pussy in a reverse ride. Stripping off Roxy's pants, he explores her slot, periodically using Katsumi's mouth as a natural lube, pulling her head down and smacking her ass. Going from top to bottom, he punds away at Katsumi's ass, while Roxy kisses her all over. A change to doggie style, with Roxy right below gives Joel the perfect target, and he fires a load into Roxy's mouth. The girls then swap the spunk back and forth, until they share it in a deep toungue kiss. A hot scene with a filthy climax.

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Scene 2: Belladonna, Gia Paloma, Alberto Rey
Acts Included: Toy Play, Oral (F/M), Anal, Rimming, Facial
Positions: Against the Wall, Reverse Cowgirl, Cowgirl, Doggie
Condoms: No
A sleight man sees Gia in the shadows, standing in the hallway, smoking a cigarette. Enjoying the view, he whips out his dick, inviting her to blow him. She does, and soon he's fucking her up against the wall. But as his shirt comes off, his breasts are revealed and it becomes obvious that the man is, in fact, Belladonna, wearing a strap-on. Reverse riding gets Gia's real breasts bouncing, asthe sex is hard and hot. She blows Belladonna's faux pallus, and uses her spit to simulate a snowball, before climbing on top for another go. This is some of the hottest girl-on-girl sex I've ever seen. Another gagging blow job follows, until she removes the tool and lavishes some attention on Belladonna's real parts. Belladonna's no ungrateful lover, of course, and she chows down on Gia in return. All this action has only heated up Gia, so when Alberto happens upon her, she gives up her ass to him willingly. Alberto gives her anus a workout. banging it from several directions. Forcefully slamming his cock down her throat is just a momentary reprieve from the reeming, and soon he's back at it. The action jumps back and forth from ass to mouth, until he coats her face with his cum, and leaves her laying on the ground. What started out as some hot lesbian action ends up as something akin to rape. Not cool.


Scene 3: Brian Surewood, Brian Bulges, Roxy Jezel, Mr. Marcus, Chiquita Jones
Acts Included: Oral (M), Vaginal, Anal
Positions: Standing Side Entry
Condoms: No
Roxy slips from Katsumi's confinement, but runs right into trouble in the form of Brian, who plows her mouth aggressively, before cumming on her face and slapping her. As he leaves, a homeless man does the same to her, before dumping her in the shadows. Hell of a night for Roxy. A couple of homeless guys break into the whorehouse, and proceed to rape their way through the girls, getting blow job after blow job, while abusing the whores, including Eva Angelina. The scene wrapped up with a coupling between Mr. Marcus and Chiquita Jones that simply felt out of place. She's the only girl in the movie who looked at the camera. Why? I don't know. I didn't find this section of the film to be sexy in the least, thanks to the violent nature of the action.


Scene 4: Alberto Rey, Chiquita Jones, Nautica Thorn, Chelsea, Brian Bulges
Acts Included: Oral (M/F), Vaginal, Fingering, Anal
Positions: Reverse Cowgirl, Missionary, Cowgirl
Condoms: No
A three-girl group grope turns into a four-way with the addition of Alberto's cock, with Alberto commanding the action. Speaking of commanding, Nautica's a bit too vocal for my tastes, with her vulgar demands, but at least she's smoking hot. Alberto stacks Nautica and Chiquita for some elevator action, going back and forth between their well-worn pussies. The obsession with spitting is somewhat distracting, but no more so than the ADD-addled camerawork. At times it feels like the camera is never still for more than five seconds. Once again, Chiquita's looking in the camera, while mumbling Spanish and displaying a lovely strawberry patch abover her cootch. While Chiquita and Chelsea enjoy the fruits of their labors, Nautica slips out, but she's caught by one of our charming homeless men, who again force a blow job, only this time, he follows it up by shoving her head in the toilet, which is shown from inside the toilet. Nice touch.


Scene 5: Melissa Lauren, Brian Surewood, Tony Translater, Brian Bulges, Alberto Rey
Acts Included: Oral (M/F), Vaginal, Anal, DP, Teabagging, Facials
Positions: Missionary, Doggie, Side Entry, Piledriver
Condoms: No
The climax of all this wonder starts off with a ridiculous "Scooby-Doo" chase and leads into the longest rape fantasy sequence I've ever seen. These four guys use every hole on this girl's body, spit on her, cover her head with a plastic bag, smack her in the face, sit on her head, step on her face... it's truly disturbing. I have a hard time believing these guys were acting as they assaulted this girl. She may have been paid and willing, but I think these guys weren't thinking about their paychecks. The rape scene from The Accused was more loving. It all wraps up with a facial marathon that's right out of a bukkake video, and a girl with her mouth stuffed full of plastic bag.


Concluding Words: Artistic? Maybe. Misogynistic? Definitely. I feel like less of a human being after watching this. Admittedly, this is the first Anabolic film I've reviewed, but if they are all like this, I can cross them off my list. I don't see the sexual enjoyment derived from being physically violent to women. This is the kind of film that gives ammo to the feminists who say that porn encourages violence against women. There's not a guy in this movie who isn't physically abusive during their sex scenes. This movie got off to a good start, but it climaxed early, during the Belladonna scene. It was a quick ride downhill from there. I cannot in good conscience recommend this movie, but if this is your cup of tea, I doubt you'll find a more intense video out there that's still legal. Add two stars to each scene's rating if you think violence against women is fun.


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