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Plucked then Fucked

Studio: Combat Zone » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 8/16/06

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Plucked Then Fucked

Combat Zone

Genre: Gonzo

Director: Melissa Lauren

Cast: Vanessa Figueroa, Lindsay Meadows, Mark Davis, Peyton Lafferty, Mr. Pete, Nautica Evans, LT, Samantha Sin, Mark Wood, Arial Alexus, Manuel Ferrara

Length: 107.5 minutes

Dates of Production: 4/16/2006, 4/19/2006, 4/22/2006, 4/24/2006

Extras: To me, the best extra was the 9.5 minute long Behind the Scenes feature as it showed most of the ladies having fun both before and after their scenes. It wasn't as lengthy and comprehensive as some BTS features have been elsewhere but it showed hotty Melissa preparing everything and managed to provide some extra value, even as short as it was. There was also a cumshot recap, a photogallery and some links to the company website.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Plucked Then Fucked was presented in the usual 1.33:1 ratio full frame color as shot by fledgling director Melissa Lauren for Combat Zone. I'm told that she has directed for some smaller unknown company but as it stands, this was a solid effort for someone so new to the production aspects of porn. The lighting was generally flat and solid in the scenes, limiting the grain and video noise substantially as a result. There were some issues with scene two that appear to have been related to lighting and/or the mastering of the DVD but it still looked pretty good for a newbie director. The composition of most scenes seemed to favor the look of the cast, with minor editing needed to polish it up to a better offering but I thought much of the show was captured with the energy and enthusiasm of the cast intact. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English that had little separation and a standard dynamic range for gonzo porn but the only area I didn't truly like was the numerous times when Melissa would bark out orders for the cast to follow (I don't like it when Jules Jordan does it either).

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Body of Review: As gonzo newcomer Combat Zone accelerates it's acquisition of talented directors; they have been taking some chances that occasionally pay off. Great directors are made over time, not picked off a tree so it comes as no surprise that their newest one, director Melissa Lauren, showed a tremendous amount of promise based on her first release for the company, Plucked Then Fucked. I remembered reading an article in AVN about the move that said: "Performer/director Melissa Lauren has joined the slate of directors who will be creating material for Dion Giarrusso's fledgling gonzo production company, Combat Zone. Lauren will direct one title a month for the company and she couldn't be happier, telling AVN.com, "I had heard people speak very highly of Dion so I contacted him, we met and he seems like a very nice guy to me. He wants good product and I want to build a name as a director. I think it's just a very good match." On her plans for her releases for Combat Zone, Lauren said, "Combat Zone is all about new girls so I am going to try to get the new girls into aggressive sex, not over the top S/M sex but very passionate, high energy sex." Of Lauren, Giarrusso said, "She's a one-stop shop she has thirty-thousand dollars worth of her own equipment and she came in and she was quiet and shy but she seemed focused and to know what she wants. I just sensed that she is someone who will get Combat Zone going in the direction that I want it to. I would compare her to being a Mason and a Jewel De'Nyle combined. This girl has it all. I'm just blessed to have her. Besides all that, she's not hard on the eyes." That said, while my own tastes are for gals that have learned some tricks of the trade, fans of newcomer performers have been very vocal about their approval of the titles by the company and this was one of the best so far. Here's a quick look at the scenes, noting no condoms were used by the cast and most of the ladies had only a few titles released at this writing:

Scene One: Vanessa Figueroa and Lindsay Meadows, a couple of attractive gals that have been in only a handful of titles so far, were up first as they followed Melissa's orders to spank, spit, and otherwise ready each other for the scene. Vanessa started the action though by drilling Lindsay with a black dildo and feeding her the device (PTM) before aging lothario Mark Davis joined them on the couch. He took to spanking the ladies as they giggled and seemed to get juicy over it, them kissing each other as he proceeded. There was some limited oral on the ladies before they teamed up to blow Mark, providing the kind of hummer most men would love to receive from the looks of it. The active oral included ball sucking and rimming (tossing his salad) as the gals slowly slipped out of their bikinis. Lindsay rode his cock first, gyrating her hips and rocking back and forth as she actively pounded her pussy on his rod (with Vanessa giving some PTM off it). This led to a modified 69 by the ladies and Vanessa taking his cock in her pussy just as aggressively (with Lindsay licking her ass a little too). If this were to be considered a contest of wills by the ladies to see who could fuck the best, we were all winners since they proved to be very solid at working a cock with any differences marginal at best. The positions used favored letting the second gal (at any given time, he only had one cock to pound with) do some oral tricks on the duo screwing, leading to an ending facial with lots of cumswapping. In short, it was a mighty fine starting scene to enjoy thoroughly, even if Mark wanted to get some of his own semen for himself.

Scene Two: Peyton Lafferty, a very lean brunette with a black fishnet top and red fishnet shorts, was up next by the marble staircase where she teased for a limited time before walking over to Mr. Pete, who was stroking his cock on the tan leather couch. She bent over to suck him off, leaving her sweet little ass in the air, and he seemed to be enjoying himself immensely when they stopped to allow him to finger her ass hard. This led to her pushing out a lot of lube from the perfect pucker, resulting in some ATM of his fingers by her, and some limited slapping that she appeared to get off on. He then started hammering her pussy from behind as she moaned in pleasure, accentuating her reddened ass cheeks for the camera. This led to anal with his cock and then a huge anal plug with him jilling her to a watery conclusion in what looked like her first true orgasm. Rather than end it here, she asked if he'd fuck her ass some more and he obliged; this time with her on top so she could display her riding skills more readily, giving a better ride before blowing him to a facial. It wasn't a great scene but it clearly showed her potential for excellence with minimal work so I hope Combat Zone uses her again in the future.

Scene Three: Nautica Evans, another very petite gal with an all natural body and winning smile, was up next as she moderately gyrated her sweet little ass while stripping off her tiny pink outfit. Her mesh panties showed she normally has a huge volume of crotch hair that must've taken forever to shave, with black LT thanking Melissa as he rubbed Nautica's pussy on the lime green couch. Being a gentleman, he went down on her to warm her up for his big black cock, using lots of tongue to prepare her for the action to come. She had some difficulty blowing him given his size but she also showed the kind of enthusiasm you just can't buy as she concentrated on the tip while jerking him off. The smile on her face said it all when Melissa directed that they fuck and I credit Nautica for picking up the pace as she learned to accommodate the cock that was again far larger than I think she was ready to work with. He'd spank her and they screwed in other positions (the initial reverse cowgirl being the best) with him rubbing out a load to her ass cheeks at the end of the scene.

Scene Four: Samantha Sin, the busty babe on the front DVD cover in white mesh undies, was up next and her great body, sense of freshness, and positive attitude made up for her relative lack of a curvy ass as she met partner Mark Wood after some tease. Mark livened up quite a bit upon seeing who he was getting to work with and after some foreplay on the blue couch, she was dripping wet. Her oral seemed seductively sow at first but as his member grew, she picked up the tempo a bit to bring him fully to life (with Melissa encouraging her to spit on it). She was no stranger to cock in her mouth and this led to an active vaginal ride. That didn't last long as she was geared to have anal sex with him, Mark tapping away as she masturbated her clitoris and verbally coaxed him on. The positions didn't allow her a lot of wiggle room to ride him hard (they were all male-dominant positions) but she seemed to enjoy the taste of semen in her mouth, the camera fading away before she could swallow.

Scene Five: Arial Alexus, a curvy black gal that I've seen once before, was up last as she oiled up her curvy ass by the pool with the white string bikini providing precious little coverage as she walked into the house to greet studly Manuel Ferrara. The crawling to him on the couch was nice and he greeted her by spanking her a little, with her crawling all over him to provide a nice little lap dance to liven up the tent in his pants. Unlike some of the other couples, I sensed that they had some extra chemistry going on, making it more believable when she panted at his going down on her pussy and ass. The oral was reciprocated on his cock with her showing some extra aptitude for giving a blowjob, leading to a wild vaginal ride where he hammered away at her pussy until she impaled herself rapidly in return. She wasn't the cutest gal of the movie to me but she soon proved to be the best cock rider with her ass cheeks jiggling as she enthusiastically worked the cock over hard. She also did some PTM between positions and the ending load was quite large as he popped into her mouth, marking it as a great finish to a decent movie.

Summary: Plucked Then Fucked showed that director Melissa Lauren was indeed a solid choice in terms of what she could bring the company. The movie had lots of fuck for the buck, good performances by a cast of newcomers, and some decent production values that only need a bit of tweaking for better results in future efforts. I think the sum total of the elements made this one worth a rating of Recommended, with better extras and longer scenes (hopefully with more tease) the quickest path to even higher ratings for her. In short, Plucked Then Fucked shows director Melissa Lauren and porn producer Combat Zone to be a good mix with a lot of potential as she continues to expand her porn resume to handling production of movies in addition to her heated scenes in front of the camera. It would have been an excellent extra to see her in a scene or two with the cast but I'll look for that in the future.

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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