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Studio: Penthouse » Review by The Mooninite » Review Date: 1/19/09

XCritic's Advice: Watch On Demand

The Movie:

Vamps proudly touts the headline 'open your door to the creatures of the night' on its cover art but aside from some mild neck biting and some black velvet outfits, this collection of six thematically linked scenes is pretty much cookie cutter gonzo porn. As is the norm with Penthouse features, it's nicely shot and features some reasonably classy sets and good cinematography, but is that enough?

Scene 1 - Jenna Haze And Marco Banderas: The first scene takes place outside in the dark night, fog rolling in from somewhere off camera. Jenna struts around in her outfit and gets our attention and also that of Marco who is pretty stoked to see her top come off. They make out and she gives him head for a bit. He fucks her from behind and she rides him for a bit and then goes back to blowing him until he's good and ready, at which point, he shoots his load onto her mouth.

Scene 2 - Allison Pierce, Sascha And Jay Lassiter: This scene takes place inside with Allison strutting for the two boys who are definitely liking what they see. They start to fondle her, eating her and fingering her for a while until they've got her primed for the main event. She gets fucked from behind with a cock in her mouth, and then they shift gears on her and she gets fucked up the ass. After a bit of that they DP her and to finish her off, they pull out and jerk off onto her face and mouth.

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Scene 3 - Lexi Love And Nick Manning: Lexi wanders around the room looking good. Nick notices and responds by biting her on the neck. They kiss and he eats her out and she responds in kind by sucking his cock for a spell. They strip down to their birthday suits and he mounts her before turning her over and fucking her from behind. She rides him a bit and blows him once more before riding him again. Once he's had his fill he pulls out and pulls off and makes a big mess on her face.

Scene 4 - Jezebelle Bond And Eric Masterson: Jezebelle poses a bit for Eric and once he's turned on, they start making out. They fondle one another and she goes down on him and then he slips it in her from a few different angles before pulling out and putting it back into her mouth for more oral fun. He bangs her and she rides him and he too pulls out and blows his wad on her face just as in the three scenes that came before this one.

Scene 5 - Faith Leon And Tony De Sergio: Faith is swimming around the pool. She sees Tony and they start to kiss. They head inside and make out some more. He sucks her tits and eats her out and then she gives him head for a few minutes. He puts her down and puts it in and pumps away for a good long while until he needs to release some tension so he pulls out and spunks across her stomach.

Scene 6 - Naomi And Jack Venice: Naomi is primping and preening and looking good posing on the floor for Jack. She gives him head and strips out of her black outfit and gives him head and then he puts her on the couch and fucks her from behind. He pulls out of her snatch and decides to use the back door and fuck her up the ass for a bit while she rubs her clit. He pulls out and gives her a big ol' facial finish.

The feature tries to spice things up by toying with themes of vampirism here and there but generally doesn't really do anything interesting with any of that aside from putting a marginally gothic spin on the wardrobe and sets. The sex scenes are nicely shot and steamy enough but there isn't anything remarkable about them. This might be a good one for couples to try out as it's completely vanilla flavored and not likely to upset anyone interested in smut, but those looking for something a little more creative and a little more interesting already know there are better discs out there.



Vamps is presented in a 1080p MPEG-2 1.78.1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Like a lot of the Penthouse 'fantasy' titles, this film is shot with a fairly soft look so don't expect the same amount of detail you'd get from other Blu-ray releases as this one is supposed to have a sort of 'dream like' vibe to it. There are also some minor mpeg compression artifacts visible in some scenes as well as a bit of mild shimmering. It's not a bad transfer, but neither is it a high point in the evolution of HD porno.


The sole audio track on this Blu-ray release is a 48 kHz 192 kbps Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound mix in English. While it's disappointing to see only a 2.0 mix contained on this release, the quality of it is fine even if it doesn't take advantage of the format. Dialogue is clean and clear and the levels are all properly balanced. There are no problems with hiss or distortion and the score sounds nice.


The main extra on this release is a five-minute bonus scene starring Jenna Haze who treats us to a lovely 'private dance' where she starts scantily clad and ends buck naked, fondling herself for our enjoyment as she goes about her business. Rounding out the extras are a still Penthouse DVD and Blu-ray releases, motion menus, Digital Playground contact info, and scene selection.

Final Thoughts:

Vamps is pretty mediocre. The girls all look good and it's got nice production values but the transfer isn't going to blow you away in terms of HD quality and the audio is nothing more than average. The extras are slim, and the feature itself, while nicely shot, does very little to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack even if it does periodically play with vampiric themes. Rent it.

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