DVD region 0. Club Jenna.
most modern adult film-making tends to stay within very specific
boundaries – these days being either XXX parodies or gonzo
porn – there are still the mavericks out there making stuff
that is unique, challenging and twisted. Jack
the Zipper is one such filmmaker, and his sideshow spectacular
Enter the Peepshow is the most refreshing original
adult move that I’ve seen in years.
This carnival of delights features a series of vignettes, linked
by a sideshow theme, magician geek Murrigen the Mystic and barker
Stanton Lavey, who take us through assorted circus acts of depravity
from the likes of Hollie Stevens, Ariel Adfore, Rebeca Linares
and Zoe Minx.
There’s the Clown, in kaleidoscopic dayglo pink. Telling
us “guess what? You’re watching a movie. This isn’t
real” as she’s pounded; the girl-girl action of the
Fortune Teller’s predictions; Sword Swallowing (in both
the literal and Deep Throat sense of the phrase);
the Gypsy three-way that effortlessly captures an old-school film
look more effectively than any faux-Grindhouse movie has; and
topping and tailing the attractions, Sasha Grey as the Escape
Artist, wiggling out of her strait jacket, trussed up in rope
bondage and then indulging in glory hole action in her dark cell.
This is far from your standard porn. While the sex might not be
that different to any other film (as Michael Ninn once
commented to me, there’s only so many ways to show people
having sex), the style and approach are quite unique. With a soundtrack
that flips from industrial electronica to discordant circus organ
grinding, fast-cut, low angle photography, alt. porn girls and
a burlesque vibe the film toys with the viewer, constantly reminding
us that this is a performance and we are the audience.
film feels like a collision of Rinse Dream’s avant-porn
classics like Nightdreams and Café
Flesh, Richard Kern’s underground fetish work and
The Resident’s notorious game Bad Day on the Midway,
by way of a night at Torture Garden and the underground freak
shows of The Wizard of Gore remake. Flipping
from sepia tone to vibrant colour, and from striptease to thoroughly
nasty sex scenes, this is remarkable stuff.
The final scene with Sasha Grey is the perfect ending –
quite frankly, you couldn’t follow this with anything. It’s
dark, eerie, creepy, wanton and thoroughly filthy. Watching this,
it’s not hard to see why Grey became such a big star in
Enter the Peepshow dances effortlessly on the
border between porn and performance art, cheerfully jumping back
and forth to keep the viewer guessing. It’s a stunningly
good trip into the erotic underground.
And the film itself is matched by excellent packaging and tasty
extras – an interesting, off-kilter ‘making-of’,
deleted scenes that are, in fact, extended solo girl shoots backed
by a droning, hypnotic soundtrack (a juxtaposition that shouldn’t
work, but does), photo galleries and trailers.
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