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Alone in the Dark

Studio: The Candy Shop » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 9/26/06

XCritic's Advice: Watch On Demand

Alone In The Dark

The Candy Shop/Red Light District

Genre: Gonzo, Interracial

Director: Juan Cuba

Cast: Hillary Scott, Tee Reel, Dwayne Cumminz, Ace, Jean-Claude Batiste, Tone Capone, Lee Bang, Sierra Sinn, Lefty LaRue, Alexa Lynn, Tyler Knight, Deep Threat

Length: 134.5 minutes

Dates of Production: 4/10/2006, 4/12/2006, 4/19/2006

Extra's: There really weren't a lot of extras to speak of this time; a surprising state of affairs for a flagship title set to open a company's offerings. Granted, the 11.5 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Kristie Love offered some solid interviews and photoshoot opportunities but that was the only one I cared about as the photogallery and popshot recap really aren't much to write home about these days unless your movie lasts over three hours. I hope to see more in the future considering that gonzo is a competitive field and others are doing so much more.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Alone In The Dark was presented in the same 1.33:1 ratio full frame color it was shot in by director Juan Cuba for The Candy Shop/Red Light District. The lighting was solid in almost all cases, leading to minimal grain and video noise. There could have been better fill lighting on the men at times but the dark skin tones compared to the far lighter skin of the ladies was probably difficult for the director to get right. Still, the composition of the shots was reasonably well done and that enhanced the look of the ladies in most cases that the emphasis wasn't on capturing a particular sex trick. The fleshtones were accurate in most cases and there were no compression artifacts observed during my viewing of the title. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo English but I heard no separation between the channels and some of the vocals were on the low side for me. Turning up the volume to hear portions better resulted in elevating background noises and hum so this is an area Juan can improve next time.

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Body of Review: The Candy Shop is the new kid on the block as a production company, focusing on interracial and black-on-black gonzo sex, to be distributed by Red Light District and headed up by the infamous Michael Stefano. Their first release is Alone In The Dark, a gangbang flick directed by Juan Cuba, starring superstar performer Hillary Scott and a couple of others as they sought to impress fans with their sexual prowess. If this is what you enjoy watching, you're going to appreciate all they had to offer, though for me, the first scene with Hillary was the only replayable one of the bunch. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used at all:

Scene One: Hillary Scott, best known these days for her status as an anal princess as well as being crowned the new Britney Rears, was up first as she masturbated while watching Tee Reel, Dwayne Cumminz, Ace, Jean-Claude Batiste, Tone Capone, and Lee Bang, playing basketball on the court below. She wore a light purple top and miniskirt over her little panties, masturbating as she discussed having fun with the guys with confidant Juan in POV fashion. They went downstairs to see if the guys might be interested in some fun, the men continuing to talk about their game until she practically threw herself on them with her titty hanging out. That was all they needed to start playing with her, circling around as she started to suck them off but moving inside to the generic living room instead. This led to her blowing the men with some hot dirty talk used when her mouth wasn't stuffed full of large black cock. She jerked them off, spit on them, and rubbed their shafts on her pretty titties as she put it, sloppily attending their needs as best she could. She began with two of them and added on members of the group as her comfort zone increased, continuing to blow the new guys as she was getting nailed in her pussy and ass (including an early DP). The ATM, PTM, and other oral antics were fine but it was her overall sense of energy, enthusiasm, passion for cock, and sexual skill that really drove the scene to lofty eights of depravity. As far as gangbangs go, Hillary was on fire and a sweet choice to work the men over, keeping up with them at all times as she actively rode their meaty members to oblivion. The scene continued to provide lots of penetration, with a distinctive emphasis on anal and oral, until the men dropped their loads into her mouth for gargling and swallowing, making the opening scene for the opening movie of the company a winner. Whew!

Scene Two: Sierra Sinn, the very lean gal on the front DVD cover, was up next as she tried to convince a club owner that she'd be the perfect choice to work for him as a stripper. He was unconvinced until she took his dick in her mouth and started slobbing his knob with a lot of skill and saliva (Batiste enjoyed every second of it too). I'm not her biggest fan because I like women with curvier bodies but she provided the three orifices up well enough to Lefty LaRue, Ace, Jean-Claude Batiste, Tone Capone, and Lee Bang; from the initial throatfucking to the anal romp to the DP's and air tight action she seemed to favor. Her dirty talk was as continual as Hillary's was and she wasn't as well versed with large cocks slamming into her mouth and ass, but she gave a decent performance that led me to think she was into the action more than a little big on the bed and couch. It took her awhile to get actively pumping on cock (nearly a half hour in fact) but she never hesitated and always seemed willing to take on all comers as they took advantage of her need for seed. If you're a fan of hers and interracial gangbangs, this will be a sweet scene for you to enjoy, probably her best of the year for how many cocks she did. It ended with a series of facials but she seemed unwilling to swallow the loads if that matters to you.

Scene Three: Alexa Lynn, a lean little cutie with an all natural body sporting a neon pink thong and about a million freckles, was up last as she aggressively worked the meat pipe in bed. The males for the scene included Tyler Knight, Deep Threat, Ace, Jean-Claude Batiste, Tone Capone, and Lee Bang, but she concentrated on Deep first (according to Juan) as she got freaky on him orally. He fingered her and then started banging away on her tight pussy with abandon, her ass in the air and head on the bed as he drilled her no end. As the scene progressed, more men joined in so the one turned to two, two turned to three, until the full compliment were getting her mouth and pussy ravaged. She's another one that could use about twenty pounds in the right places but the active little Texan gal seemed to appreciate how to make the men give her even harder performances, taunting them a little to coax it out of them. She did not do anal but her PTM and pumping skills were solid, making it a good scene (better than Sierra's though not even close to Hillary's). It ended when they popped loads onto her face and in her mouth, with her swallowing as much as she could take.

Summary: Alone In The Dark wasn't my favorite Juan Cuba release and was best when showcasing the lovely Hillary Scott. She shined far and away above the other two who, while cute in their way, were not really working for me. If you like the ultra lean type of gal, Sierra and Alexa might appeal more to you but they showed lots of energy without chemistry; limiting the value of their work in most ways. I rated Alone In The Dark as a Rent It though if you like the entire female cast and interracial gangbangs, you'll want to get a copy for yourself as it had that in spades (pun intended). Check it out and you'll see what I mean as the ladies did their thing to the best of their abilities.

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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