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Assylum


Studio: Legend Video » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 6/30/05
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Assylum

Mayhem/Sin City

Genre: Vignette

Director: Thomas Zupko

Cast: Hailey Paige, Jake Malone, Barbara Summer, Mr. Pete, Sandra Romain, Van Damage, Tony T, Flower Tucci, Brian Surewood, Nikki Hunter, Jason Horne

Length: 152.5 minutes

Date of Production: 4/4/2005

Extra's: The extras were kind of light this time since the length of the movie took up so much of the disc but it had a short Behind the Scenes feature lasting 4.5 minutes, biographies of all the performers, including males (with pictures!!! Thank you Mayhem for answering fan requests!), some trailers, a photogallery, a compilation of the pop shots from the movie and a double sided DVD cover featuring Flower Tucci on side two getting a DP.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Assylum was presented in the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame color as originally shot by director Thomas Zupko for Mayhem. The colors were accurate, the grain levels fairly low once the action began (during the tease footage it was often too high though), and the composition of the shots generally favorable to the gals in most cases. I saw no compression artifacts and only a touch of mosquito noise to interfere with the action so the stylish visual ramblings of Zupko seem to have improved vastly over the last several years (maybe Patrick Collins of Elegant Angel had something to do with this factor). The stereo English audio was generally basic with little separation between the channels and not a lot of dynamic range to speak of. It wasn't bad though as I could hear the gals plainly and the music wasn't enough of a factor to mention in detail.

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Body of Review: One of the directors in porn that I've rarely seen over the years has been Thomas Zupko, a man with a decidedly twisted vision of what does, or should, turn a guy on. Not known for pumping out cookie cutter product, at least I can safely say that he provides an alternative to what some refer to a the homogenization of porn (for the uneducated, that means many of the releases on the shelves are far too much alike, not a reference to gay porn). Now that Zupko is something of a free agent directing for several companies rather than being tied down to a single place, he has begun his mad spree to dominate porn by releasing Assylum for Mayhem XXX. The movie is an all anal extravaganza lasting well over two hours with a cast of anal queens that most guys would give their right nut to bone. That said, there was no acting to get in the way of your enjoyment other than the over the top sexual performances by a cast of talented people enjoying heated, and passionate, times together. Here's a look at the scenes for those of you not frightened off by this description, noting that there were no condoms used here to ruin your fun:

Scene One: Hailey Paige, the gal featured on the left hand side of the front DVD cover (in black & white), was up first as she demanded a dick in her ass while she teased the camera and masturbated inside what appeared to be a jail of sorts. With an oiled up ass (well, the rest of her body was oiled up too), she got me hot watching her pump the bars as though they were a large cock but when the time for the scene came along, she was lacking in oil so I was slightly disappointed. Her partner was a geeky guy known as Jake Malone; a man who could be Peter North's older, wimpier brother by the looks of him. He ate her ass out on the mattress before screwing her from behind (the camera angle prevented me from knowing if it was in her ass or pussy); only to let her clean his penis orally after that. She rode him some more in various positions before truly taking some anal action (with her doing most of the work!). With PTM and ATM between the scenes, she eventually took a facial but his blathering lowered the heat of the action (which wasn't bad when he could keep an erection).

Scene Two: Barbara Summer, a very attractive blonde with large breasts and a hot foreign accent, was up next wearing a black fishnet body suit on her oiled up body with her large breasts and ass hanging out as she pumped up and down a white curtain rod hung vertically in the barren room. Her partner was the irrepressible Mr. Pete, who went to work on that ass right away by fingering it (to stretch open for the action) and licking it with some spanking action to boot. He took her anally in a standing doggy position before giving her a chance to blow him but she slobbed his knob soon after for some ATM (ass to mouth) action too. He then went to gagging her in a deep throat with the nose clamped together act that some people seem to enjoy with her going back to working his shaft orally once he stopped. They did a lot more anal with her making some significant dirty talk until he popped his nut on her face (too bad she closed her eyes like he was full of poison and didn't swallow; still it was an okay ending for the less discriminating).

Scene Three: Sandra Romain, well known foreign bred brunette anal queen, was up next after following the tease formula with no clothes on and a willing ness to writhe around on the floor with her oiled up body. She licked the floor and looked a bit heavier than usual but it's not fair to compare her looks to the more attractive Hailey or Barbara since her skills are known as among the best in the jizz biz. Her partners were wimpy Tony T and studly Van Damage, each taking one end of her to work but switching out on a regular basis (ATM aplenty this time folks). Tony's ponytails looked girlish so he must've felt that talking a lot was in his contract (maybe it was a tribute to Star Wars' Princess Leia), which lowered the heat a bit. She also kept up the dirty talk, a much more effective ploy to raise heat, and the scene had some decent DP action before a good facial finish. It wasn't her best scene to date but the guys worked her over in a heated fashion and substituted energy for chemistry; a trick that often doesn't work (it did here because of her talents).

Scene Four: Flower Tucci, the gal featured on the front DVD cover with the big ass, has long been known in the porn world as an anal queen but the formulaic manner in which she worked for Seymore Butts has long since been set aside for the more varied actions she does with others these days (a good thing mind you). Her tease footage was the best of the bunch as she screamed at the camera while wiggling about in the same oiled fashion the others did. The PVC skirt and black mesh top worked well on her all natural body and I thought it was safe to say that her partners, Brian Surewood and Jake Malone, agreed with my assessment given their reaction to her fleshy ass antics. I could've used less of the urination act she did (squirting?!? Yeah, right!), especially on Jake's face, but the oral, vaginal and anal sex here were as passionate as anything I've seen her in to date so fans of hers will want to pick up a copy based on this fact alone. It ended after a few more rounds of her pissing trick and the guys dropped their loads as intended. It was an extremely heated scene for those willing to overlook the circus act sex aspect of it.

Scene Five: Nikki Hunter, another blonde with a reputation for heated, rougher than average sex, was up last as she took a milk bath in a darkened room with some Gregorian chanting going on in the background. The rose pedals added just the right touch with the candles on the metal stand so I knew when her real life partner, Jason Horne, walked in, there'd be some incredible fireworks (just in time for the Fourth of July). The milk didn't work as nicely as the oil did on the others but the tease was good (when the lights came on that is) and his ability to elicit a solid performance out of her undeniable (interesting use of the holes for the facets by the way). There was a section where he pushed her head under the milk that I didn't care for but my overall impression of the scene was favorable given the way in which she took him long and hard with all the taste testing she could handle between positions. Fans of Nikki's or anal in general will probably really like this one given the manner in which the couple had so much chemistry to go with their energetic performance and it was among her best to date. Whew!

Summary: Assylum is perhaps the most accurate portrayal of what gets director Thomas Zupko off I'm told so if you know what that means without reading the rest of my review, you'll know if you're going to love, or hate, the action. There was a lot of fuck for the buck this time and the energy levels were exceptionally high in most cases although some of it amounted to a grudge fuck more than a set of chemistry filled scenes. I'm going to rate this one as Recommended for all but the faint of heart, with true raincoaters and misogynists probably creaming in their pants at my descriptions (they'll want two copies of this one). Zupko is an acquired taste, much like female counterpart Mason, but if you like it, you'll love it!

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You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon





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