Date from Hell (1998)

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31 August 2018 | lor_
Terrific comedy from J. Morgan
I hate so-called porn parodies, because they are rarely parody but nearly always ripoffs of mainstream movies or TV. But this Wicked Pictures comedy vehicle for contract star Serenity was made two decades ago, before the commercial wave of porn parodies, and is instead like Golden Era porn merely inspired by real movies & tv, rather than slavishly copying them.

Morgan cameos in a fun impression of Rod Serling, invoking "The Twilight Zone" explicitly at the beginning and ending of the film in black & white. One sequence also cleverly mocks "Psycho", but otherwise the material is fresh and original.

It concerns a Dates From Hell Support Group meeting, attended by four sufferers who also have to wait for their tardy counselor, played by Ron Jeremy, to show up. This provides the templates for six vignettes, most in flashack, limning their horrible experiences on first dates.

Serenity as star gets to participate in three of the XXX sex scenes, two dates and a lesbian sex finale with another group member. One of her scenes is the "Psycho" riff, starring Ian Daniels as a sinister guy given to taxidermy and putting on a wig to become his mom in drag. Sounds familiar?

Her other flashback is quite amusing, as she imagines her date with Tony Tedeschi as a romance novel situation leading to instant proposal and gift of engagement ring at a restaurant. His actual arrival for the date is a disaster, filled with slapstick humor.

Steve Drake is also in the group, telling of his date with redhead Gretchen, which results in hot and satisfying sex, but saddles him with a stalker who won't let go, what he correctly terms "a collegiate Fatal Attraction".

Steve Hatcher plays an overage virgin who only makes love to his sex doll, but decides to phone a 900 toll line and summon up a call girl to service him. He falls asleep waiting for her to arrive & reading a Hustler Video magazine with Serenity pictured on the cover, waking to get hot sex from Leanna Hart. Turns out to be a wet dream, and a funny cameo occurs when the real prostitute shows up.

Last in the group is Johnni Black, fun and sexy victim of internet dating, where she finds a European prince played by Wilde Oscar who marries her and humps him in his limo, only to be revealed to be a horrible dictator.

This is genuinely amusing fun, with Serenity delightful as usual and multiple NonSex roles for Jeremy, director Morgan and a bald character actor named Michael Louis Albo. Included on the 5-years-after DVD version is a set of wonderful bloopers.

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