Torrid Tales (1996)

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Paul Thomas presents three stories in one feature film: The Guest Room, The Gift, and Three on a Matchstick. "The Guest Room" has the burning hot "Melissa Hill" masturbating wildly while ... See full synopsis »


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30 June 2017 | lor_
Imaginative short XXX stories by PT
Shooting on 35mm film adds immensely to the success of Paul Thomas's venture into the short vignette format with this well-regarded Vivid release of yesteryear. It's far better than the generally mindless competition (see most obviously "Playgirl TV" compilations).

Final of four segments is the most imaginative, a pantomime set in the woods titled "The River", featuring busty starlets Jessica James and Bridgette Monroe rather than the usual Vivid contract superstars. The bucolic setting adds romance to a simple threesome, with Gerry Pike the lucky recipient of some 2 on 1 dick action. I enjoyed this idyll immensely.

But as other IMDb reviewers have already noted, star power is what gets folks attention, even more so now but certainly two decades back when Vivid was in its ascendancy.

Clearly, the lesbian 3-way match-up of contract girls Racquel Darrian and Nikki Tyler with the beautiful less-sung Madelyn Knight is a powerful vignette titled "The Gift", especially since PT emphasizes acting, dialog and a nice edge, rather than falling back on all-sex. It has a fine ending too, as we learn that what seemed like genuine drama and conflict was merely habitual role-playing as the scene is turned on its head.

Darrian also stars in "Three on a Match", opposite her man Derrick Lane, who thereby doesn't need to wear a condom. It's a well-directed fantasy threesome with Jon Dough the third wheel (wearing a condom), and also has a nice trick ending.

Most peculiar of the four segments is "The Guest Room", a bit structurally unsound, but stimulating nonetheless. The least porn-star like of the Vivid girls Melissa Hill (and perhaps the label's best actress) is the mysterious inhabitant of a couple's guest room, in a tantalizing and in its own way suspenseful tale of the "what is real, what is fantasy?" mode. Hill and Missy provide plenty of sexual heat, though casting Alex Sanders was, for me at least, a turn-off.

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