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Studio: Sin City » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 12/23/02

XCritic's Advice: Recommended


Sin City/Cinema West, Inc.

Genre: Feature, Fetish

Director: Michael Raven

Cast: Bridgette Kerkove, Chennin Blanc, Shelbee Myne, Pat Myne, Shane/Cheyne Collins, Eric Masterson, Katja Kean, Tavalia Griffen, Mr. Marcus, Julie Meadows, Dillion Day, Shay Sweet, Sydnee Steele, Randy Spears
Non-sex roles by: Chris Cannon, Evan Stone, Mike Horner, and George Kaplan (among others)

Length: ~83 minutes(a time code would've been nice...)

Date of Production: 7/19/00 (copyright), 1/13/00 (cue card on the behind the scenes feature although they were tough to read, that's what I think it said)

Extra's: photogallery, 6 trailers, spam, 5 minute Behind the scenes feature, partial credits, double sided dvd cover

Audio/Video Quality: The movie was shot on film and at the time, so early in Michael's career, he was unable to compensate for it. The movie is therefore grainy to the point that it looked much like a VCD and some of the colors bled in a few scenes. The audio was generally well done although a few minor problems popped up there too. The music was interesting and appropriate with the lead song by a band named Millenium.

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Body of Review: Watchers is a story about supernatural forces of good and evil fighting over a young woman's soul. I'll skip the religious aspects of it since my background in that area is fairly limited but those who went to Catholic school as kids will probably recognize much of it, albeit in a porn twisted manner. The story itself is interesting and it's well cast with mostly attractive people who enjoy having sex. Fans of features with a plot and acting will like this one a lot more than raincoaters who burn through speaking parts with their remote control. I'd say this was designed, like most of Michael's works, as thinking man's porn. The sex doesn't get in the way of the story, nor does the story get in the way of the sex (at least too much). It's good to see a porn movie where the two compliment one another and this has always been a strong point of his movies. Here's a short breakdown of the sex scenes:

Scene One: This was a 6 person orgy with Bridgette, Chennin, Pat, Shelby, Eric and Cheyne in a warehouse. I'm not generally a fan of orgies since they are tough to get right and this was a well recorded/edited scene but not quite right for me. It had anal (remember, Bridgette was in it) and an ATM (ass to mouth) for fans of such action. It wasn't bad but not great either.

Scene Two: The following scene had Katja in it. She was great but then, isn't she always! Oh yeah, it also had Mr Marcus and Tavalia, both of whom were swell in their roles here. It's easy to forget about the others when a favorite is on the screen with them. I liked the front dvd cover so much, I wish I had a big poster of it for my reviewing room. Sigh! The sex was hot!

Scene Three: Julie, sporting her then new implants, took on Dillion on a couch. The two played cops who were surprisingly likeable together. She's a great looking gal who has always been enjoyable to watch. I'd have preferred her to stay away from implants but others seem to like them (or require them) so I'm okay with her choice. The sex was energetic and showed chemistry between the two.

Scene Four: Katja, again looking quite heavenly for such a little devil, enjoyed the company of Shay. Fans of toys and beautiful women should note this scene as one to look for. Personally, I would've liked it to last another 10 minutes but then, I'm not a porn director who watches how well the sex works within the constructs of the script like Michael does.

Scene Five: Sydnee, a long time hotty from Texas, had sex with Randy in an erotic scene on a bed. I wonder if she ever looks bad or like she doesn't have something going on in a scene as she looked as good as always. The condom used detracted from the story a bit (he was an angel after all) but given the every day realities of porn, it made sense.

Summary: The worse scene had pretty good sex and most of the women looked at least good here. It's a shame the production values weren't up to par but Michael's come a long way since then and I'm told he rarely has as much grain nowadays. The story was also interesting although Randy's acting has been better before. I'm calling this one a keeper for fans of feature movies. As a side note, I thought the dvd cover looked great!

Note to Sin City: I still hate those forced commercials for phone sex at the beginning of the movie. I would've liked a longer behind the scenes feature and more extra's too. Other than my complaints about the limitations of film as a recording medium and the missing time code, I liked the movie as an above average feature. Thanks!

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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