Director Jack The Zipper continues to sail into very strange territory with this latest entry, Blacklight Beauty - call it 'alt porn' (though, again, that label sucks!). It stars an attractive cast of established and up and coming ladies (look for a lot of the Burning Angel crew here), features some creative set design and some hot sex, a lot of strange ideas and bizarre shots, and is at least trying for something different. Though there are mistakes made along the way (clowns are not hot, they're fucking scary!) , the good outweighs the bad – here's how and why:
Scene 1 – Allie Sinn And Alec Knight: There's not a lot of lead up to this scene, it more or less starts right away with Allie looking very good and very naked! They fondle each other a bit and then she drops to her knees and gives him a blowjob. They fondle each other a bit more and then she lies back so that he can eat her pussy, which she seems to really enjoy. He mounts her, starts pumping her pussy, and then the scene stops. Those who want a money shot won't like this scene as you don't get one but the lead up is nice even if the pay off isn't what most of us want out of a XXX film.
Scene 2 – Riley Mason And Charlie Laine: Riley is sitting on a couch with no top on enjoying a cigarette. The camera lingers on her a bit and she does look quite sexy. They kiss once she's done her smoke and then Charlie moves down so that she can suck on her perky tits for a bit to get things moving in the right direction. Se spreads her legs and laps at her snatch for a bit and then the two of them finger each other for a bit. From there Charlie takes out a dildo and they fuck each other with the toy. Hot stuff, both girls look very sexy and are obviously having a good time.
Scene 3 – Faith, Mr. Pete And Some Guy: The lights are low in the room when the scene starts and we see Faith, naked, strutting for the camera. She shows off her great body and then rubs her clit for us to get herself in the mood. Mr. Pete shows up and she sucks his cock for a bit. A second guy shows up and she blows him while Pete fucks her pussy. They switch up a bit but they stick to the formula until they're ready to unload at which point she takes a double facial. The solo/masturbation material that starts this scene off is better than the actual sex footage but it's still reasonably hot.
Scene 4 – Jade Starr And Brea Bennett: Jade starts the scene off topless and she struts a bit for the camera to get things moving. She fingers her pussy and rubs her clit for us and then Brea comes into the room and starts eating her pussy and finger fucking her. They lick at each other for a bit and after kissing Jade puts on a strap on and fucks Brea in the pussy with it, choking her lightly as she does until the scene ends. This one was well done, it was kinky but sexy and the girls are enjoying each other's company a fair bit – that much is obvious.
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Scene 5 – Taryn Thomas, Alicia Alighatto, Roxy DeVille, And Two Guys: This scene begins with Taryn doing a pole dance on the stage. She shows off her body and rubs her pussy for us and then a guy in a clown mask comes into the frame and she drops to her knees to suck his cock. He turns her around and fucks her pussy doggy style and then he fucks her missionary style and chokes her a bit before pulling out and unloading his clown goop onto her pretty face. From here the scene goes right into Alicia and her two friends, one of whom sticks his cock into her mouth before the other follows suit and she goes back and forth between the two of them sucking them off. She bends over so that one guy can fuck her from behind while she blows the second guy and then they switch up. The scene ends just the way that the first one did after switching to black and white for a bit. This one was just odd – clowns are freaky and wrong and seeing one fuck lovely Taryn was kind of off putting. She's hot though, so is Alicia. The ladies look nice even if this one was a bit too off kilter for this reviewer's tastes.
Scene 6 – Charlotte Stokely, Loretta Loren And Two Guys: Charlotte starts the scene off by giving one of the guys head and then the other guy gets his cock sucked. She takes turns on them by sucking one, then the other. From there they take turns fucking her from a few different angles, one guy with his cock in her pussy and the other with one in her mouth. Loretta then fucks the two of them in the same manner and then it's facial time to bring it all to a close. This was pretty hot material here, both girls seem into things and thankfully there weren't any goddamn clowns this time around.
Scene 7 – Riley Mason And James Deen: Gorgeous Riley Mason starts the scene off by herself by showing off for the camera and then finger fucking herself and playing with her tasty looking clit. James comes into the room and she sucks his cock and plays with his balls before they both get completely naked and he fucks her pussy from a few different angles. Once he's had her snatch for as long as he wants it he pulls out and jerks himself off onto her pretty face. This was another strong scene, both participants are having a good time and the sex is intense enough to have some kink to it but not so over the top as to really put anyone off. The lighting and camera work is also quite good here and Riley is always fun to watch.
Scene 8 – Joanna Angel And Some Guy In A Clown Mask: Dammit, there's another clown in this scene. When it starts, he's standing there looking creepy and whacking off. For some reason, that doesn't put Joanna off and send her running for the nearest exit, instead it inspires her to spread her legs so that he can finger her pussy and then fuck it with a glow in the dark dildo thing. She then drops to her knees and sucks his crazy creepy clown cock before bending over so that he can fuck her pussy while she's down on all fours. The sex gets pretty intense and she does seem into it and looks really, really nice in this scene – but still, she's fucking a clown. He pulls out and shoots his goop onto her ass and thankfully he doesn't come back.
Scene 9 – Allie Sinn, Alec Knight And James Deen: Allie is hanging out in the bar looking quite sultry and the camera lingers on her as she shows off the goods and rubs her clit until it's hard and her pussy is wet. The two guys come into the room and she drops down and starts sucking one cock and then the next. James fucks her pussy first while she blows Alec and then vice versa. This goes on for a bit and then they're ready to unload on her at which point they stroke off into a shot glass which she gulps down, which ends the scene and the movie.
While this one was a little uneven, the girls all look gorgeous throughout and the sex is kinky enough to be interesting but never so rough to be off putting. The clowns are freaky – clowns should not appear in porn, in fact, for the good of the world they should probably all be exterminated – and there are a couple of scenes without come shots which might be a problem for some. Other than that, however, this is a fun and freaky smut movie with hot little punker/alt/whatever girls doing their thing and looking good. Zipper experiments with the structure and the cinematography so sometimes it gets a little odd in terms of the visuals but that appealed to this reviewer's sensibilities a fair bit as at least it was something a little out of the ordinary and different.
This shot on video production looks pretty clean presented here in a reasonably stable 1.33.1 fullscreen presentation though it does need to be said that some intentional post production degradation has been done to the image to make it look dirty in spots, especially during the black and white bits. There is some mild edge enhancement in a couple of spots and a noticeable bit of mpeg compression evident in some of the darker colors and the blacks but these aren't a big deal. What is really noticeable, however, is that a couple of scenes look really jagged. It's hard to tell is this is really severe edge enhancement or over filtering or compression but it's definitely there and there are spots where, particularly along the body lines of the performers, lines aren't smooth but rough looking. Skin tones look nice and natural, the compositions are dead on, and aside from the fact that this digital video production looks like a digital video production and as such suffers from the minor defects usually associated with the format and the aforementioned 'jaggies' (which only affect some scenes) the movie looks alright.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound track is quite sufficient. The dialogue comes through cleanly and clearly as do all of the moans and groans. The soundtrack is mixed in properly at a respectable level most of them time but there are a few spots where the music is definitely louder than it needed to be and as such it slightly overshadows the speaking parts when they do occur. Bass response is nice and lively and overall, for a porno movie, this is a better than average effort. A less impressive but nice Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track is also included.
The extra for this release are all found on the second disc. In the Stag Reel section we find some really nice footage of Riley strutting for the camera and looking hot as well as some footage of Charlie Laine doing the same thing. Charlotte shows up and follows suit and it's all really nice, hot, footage of the girls doing their thing that's subsequently ruined by the appearance of another fucking clown. There's twenty-minutes plus worth of footage in here, a lot of which includes the girls masturbating (Charlie looks fantastic in here).
There's also a half hour Making Of Blacklight Beauty featurette here that's worth taking a look at if you're at all interested in how a porno movie it put together. Most, if not all, of the girl involved in the production show up in here and give us their take on the movie and on sex in general and there's some interesting behind the scenes footage that gives us a look at what it was like working on the set.
Rounding out the extra features is a massive still gallery that plays out as a half hour slide show, there are two trailers for the feature (one hardcore version and one softcore version) as well as trailers for Naked And Famous and Dollface.
If you've enjoyed any of the Burning Angel stuff or some of the more recent Pulse titles like Naked And Famous then the odds are pretty good that you'll dig Blacklight Beauty a fair bit. It's a really slick blend of over the top style and hot, hardcore sex. The clowns, well, they wouldn't have been missed to be honest but the rest of this package is quality stuff. Recommended.