9 March 2019 | lor_
With evident delusions of being Mel Brooks, or perhaps the Neil SImon of "The Cheap Detective" era, Cash Markman perpetrates this very self-serving Penthouse feature promoting the 2008 Pet of the Year competition.
It's a spoof of those creaky Old Dark House murder mysteries of the 1930s, more recently revived in real life with the phenomenon of Murder Mystery Weekends. Markman's usual series of dumb in-jokes (including early on the seemingly mandatory reference to Ron Jeremy) consistently fall flat, and he insists on trotting out repeatedly the old saw of creepy butler Slick Rhodes admonishing "Walk this way", surely a Brooksian vaudeville gag.
Frank Bukkwyd plays the new owner of Penthouse magazine, orchestrating the deadly weekend at a castle where various real-life Penthouse Pets of the month vy to evidence their inability to act. It's all about sex, with the male cast members, including Steve Austin as an obnoxious agent, left to merely watch lesbian sex. Markman manages to deliver 10 sex scenes, some solo masturbation in content and others very brief Sapphic couplings.
Several of the pets play character roles instead of being themselves, for example Alektra Blue as the cook and Katie Morgan as a servant. The others are killed off serially until a dumb finale when Bukkwyd explains what's really going on. Show ends on a cheat: sort of promising we'll find out who actually wins the 2008 contest and then failing to deliver. (I googled the result and found out that Erica Ellyson was the lucky girl.)
Only unusual aspect of this one is the featherbedded crew: many positions filled by the usual suspects for a Penthouse video are here padded ridiculously, perhaps expensively, for example: crediting nine grips instead of the usual 3 or 4.