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Borrowing a Little from Bach

by Rich Moreland, February 2013

A final word about the making of this film: the movie is a collaborative project, as I have mentioned previously. Performers Lea Lexis and Brooklyn Lee contributed to the script with Lexis doing the make-up and acting as co-producer for the scenes shot in Budapest. Here is a look at the last episode, “Es ist Vollbracht!”

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The alliance of Father Zoltan and Adriana is in place in the final episode. Their first task is to dispense with the Amira issue. In a scene that is reminiscent of the final chapter in Pauline Reage’s the Story of O, Amira enters a room wearing a mask, the kind found at costume balls. Zoltan is in the background chanting in German.

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“Es ist vollbracht” is heard. The phrase comes from Bach’s St. John Passion and references Christ’s final dying words on the cross. “It is accomplished, what comfort for all suffering souls.” Will Amira return to the living and finally see the sun?

IMG_9563Ritual highlights the scene. Before the ceremony begins, a male blood slave is presented for Adriana’s inspection. Zoltan’s chanting continues as Adriana removes Amira’s mask. Her fangs come out to let the viewer know this is a vampire inspired rite. The act is an unveiling, recalling the Jewish practice of recognizing death. Amira will now grow old and die as a human when the ceremony is completed.

Adriana rips off Amira’s talisman, a circle of green stone she wears around her neck. The type of stone is not clear, but it is emerald-like which carries a water reference. The water motif appears throughout the film as would be expected. It is the symbol of life and rebirth. Shortly the holy water of the church and will play a role in this scene. Incidentally, a talisman is invested with power by its creator. To remove it ends its ability to protect the wearer.

Amira is impassive and in a trance-like state. Manuel supports her from behind as she bends over on top of a platform, her face against the cloth cover, her buttocks raised.

Waiting

Waiting

Adriana’s fangs tell us that we will see the passing of a vampire’s existence in a rite conducted by a vampire.

A satanic guttural voice over is heard. Manuel puts a glass tube shaped like a dildo into Amira’s anus through which holy water will be poured.

Preparation

Steeling the Will to Endure the Pain

With each new application of the water, Amira screams and howls in agony. Like a rite of passage, the water flows into the canal of immortality as it exists in the vampire world. Amira’s site of much sexual satisfaction is now purified of its vampire longing and lust.

Zoltan drives his red crucifix into Amira’s rectum to seal the deal. It is done. Adriana turns to the priest and gives him a kiss.

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The scene shifts to a countryside inn. Morning is breaking and Manuel and Amira are together.

The Lovers

The Lovers

The sex scene in this version is much tamer than others in the film for now we see a love story. At one point Manuel takes Amir to the huge window that looks eastward, bathing her in sunlight. As a reminder that the past is just that, or so the viewer is led to believe, Amira slides down below the window sill with the back of her head against the wall. In a replay of her encounter with Zoltan in front of the Victory Column, she orally satisfies her lover.

The golden angel on the column is replaced with the rising sun.

The Princess sees the Sun

The Princess sees the Sun

The sex continues and is a reminder of the gentler kind found in couples’ porn. Amira has equality with Manuel. Her body is not used for the pleasure of vampires, but enjoys its own pleasuring. The room continually brightens as the sun streams in. All is well, right?

Not quite, because there is a shocker to come before this film is finished. How did Amira became a vampire? What of the conspiracy? Where does Vlad fit into the story’s larger reality now that Adriana has freed Amira? Will the vampires pursue the lovers in an act of revenge? You will have to see for yourself.

To borrow a little from Bach, I’ve accomplished my task. The rest is up to you.

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Before departing from this tale, a brief salutation to the women who make this adult film a real treat. Evil Angel relied on European talent for the most part and the overseas pool of performers is well stocked. By the way, I’ve heard from some girls in the biz that the glam shots are sometimes the toughest to do.

Kudos to this group.

Ivana Sugar, Lea Lexis, Sandra Romain, Brooklyn Lee, and the Buddha

Ivana Sugar, Lea Lexis, Sandra Romain, Brooklyn Lee, and the Buddha

In the recent Adut Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, the film was represented by Brooklyn and Lea.

Getting Ready for the Awards CeremonyPhoto courtesy of AVN

Getting Ready for the Awards Ceremony
Photo courtesy of AVN

 

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You Love This?

by Rich Moreland, February, 2013

My special thanks to Evil Angel Productions for the photos used in this series.

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Voracious’s third episode, titled “Fuckin’ White American Trash,” opens back in Los Angeles. Antropoligist Manuel Batiste has returned to the property ostensibly to purchase it, but in reality he’s looking for Amira. He comes at dusk intuitively feeling that this is the proper time to meet her. Remember the mirror? The house is locked up.

Calling the realtor, Manuel is told the residents are gone.

Just as the house has locked up vampire lore, Amira will have her own trial to “lock up” her clan loyalty.

Returning to his office, Manuel runs an internet search on vampires. A strange article on a dead vampire in Szugio, Hungry, shows up and Manuel notices the circular medallion hanging around the neck of the body. It’s the same as Amria wears. The article suggests there is a vampire clan in the area.

Not surprising, Father Zoltan is referenced and claims the clan talk is just superstition.

Clamping Down a Wandering Soul

The scene shifts to Hungry. Amira enters a room in the house where she is confined by Dracu. A glass enclosed St. Andrew’s Cross (an upright X) is the room’s centerpiece. The Vampire Mistress (Sandra Romain) is positioned with her back arched over the intersection of cross’s arms. Her hands are raised holding onto chains that drop down from the ceiling. She wears breast and labia clamps likewise attached to chains.

The St. Andrew's Cross and The Vampire Mistress

The St. Andrew’s Cross and The Vampire Mistress

According to Christian lore, St. Andrew brought Christianity to Eastern Europe, particularly Romania. At his execution, he was tied to a cross that was positioned on its side, an inferior status to the original crucifixion because Andrew did not feel worthy of Christ. The cross, the conduit of death, resurrection, and martyrdom, is a staple in BDSM play spaces today because a sexual submissive can be bound in a spread-eagled position.

When Amira circles the enclosure, the Mistress’s eyes open and stare in her direction and turn blood red.

Satanic Red is a Head Drop Away

Satanic Red is a Head Drop Away

The message to Amira is clear. You are inferior and not worthy of joining the clan until you prove yourself.

The remainder of this episode furnishes a sexual encounter that is rough and tumble. When I spoke with John Stagliano about Brooklyn Lee’s incredible performance in the film, he singled out Episodes Three and Five as being exceptionally tense and real. I would agree. No matter how long Brooklyn Lee remains in adult film, she will be remembered as a superstar in this movie.

Only the work of Kink.com’s Peter Acworth can compare with the hard hitting BDSM sexuality of the extended scene that follows. There are no nuances here. Amira is tested by the Vampire Mistress, played beautifully by Sandra Romain, who like Brooklyn Lee has a history of performances at Kink.com. The actresses are complements of each other in this scene.

Amira's Tribulations Begin

Amira’s Tribulations Begin

Suffice it to say the clan has detected reluctance and weakness in Amira and it’s time to call her to task. Clamps of different varieties are used on Amira as a form of discipline and dominance. During the sex, the conflation of pain and sensuality common to many devotees of BDSM subjects Amira to the test she undergoes.

The Mistress taunts Amira as the sex intensifies.

“I want to be proud of you!” the Mistress screams at Amira, who will be broken in this trial.

But the Mistress detects weakness early in the game.

“You give up, you fuckin’ bitch,” the Mistress derides Amira. “You give up!”

Brooklyn Lee’s performance ranks with the best I’ve seen from San Francisco masochist and porn icon, Madison Young, whose shoots are the zenith of BDSM.

The verbal tirade continues.

“You are white American trash,” the Mistress yells.

Amira is breaking. “I’m nothing,” she responds in almost a whisper.

The Mistress slaps and kisses Amira, disciplining and seducing her as a dominant would a submission in the theater of BDSM.

“I just want to be yours,” Amira barely utters. But the proof is not there yet. The sex continues, a DP is on the menu, and the Mistress never gives up.

She pounds away verbally at Amira as the two males in the scene work over her body.

How Much Can She Handle?

How Much Can She Handle?

“Am I too rough for you?” the Mistress asks. “You love this?”

“I want to be like you,” repeats Amira.

Vampire triumphant compete, the Mistress withdraws. Amira is left smiling and a body covered with spit and ejaculate. She has broken through to the other side, satisfying the immediate demands of the clan. Or so it seems.

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Don’t Bite Without Permission

By Rich Moreland

Much of  Evil Angel’s Voracious is an in-house project. The male leads in order of appearance are Manuel Ferrara, Steve Holmes, Omar Galanti, and Rocco Siffredi. Each actor also directs for the studio.

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“But you are not alive,” Adriana reminds Amira.

Surrounded by a watery motif—the pool outside the house and the Pacific Ocean in the distance—Adriana and Amira talk. Water is the source of life and rebirth, something worth remembering as this saga continues.

Dusk is setting in.

Amira has violated the code, it seems, because the clan must approve any human she wants to bite. Adriana suspects Amira has doubts about the demonic promise of eternal youth.

“You like him because he is human,” Adriana says with a hint of understanding before hurling an admonishment at Amira.

“You need to learn to control yourself.”

Even vampires, like the monks of the Middle Ages, must exist by regulation and self-restraint.

“We leave tomorrow.” Adriana’s tone demonstrates waning patience with Amira’s transgression. Their impending return to the Old World where vampires are legend will present challenges unforeseen by either woman.

The Hunt

Episode2_003This episode, “Now You Are a Blood Slave,” is about the hunt. In black and white grainy footage, Adriana and Amira emerge from the river that runs through the city of Budapest.

The story quickly shifts to a park in this heart of mythical Vampireland. Hookers apparently frequent this scenic little spot and one girl cautiously reminds a passing pair of nubile blondes that it is not a safe place.

Vampires Prey and Play in the Park

Vampires Prey and Play in the Park

The power imbalance between the undead and the living is revealed in speed and metal during this episode. Adriana and Amira arrive in a car and proceed to stalk unaware victims who will supply blood to hungry vampires. Immediately, Dracu, played by Italian star Omar Galanti, appears on a motorcycle with a female passenger who has a nasty bite of her own. They are part of the clan and it’s time to recruit new members, fresh blood, if you will.

Father Zoltan, a role suited to Transylvanian native and porn veteran Steve Holmes, waits within the darkness. He appears to be a savior with his oddly colored red crucifix. But there are doubts as one of the hookers who would not heed the advice offered earlier comes into his presence. Father Zoltan uses his cross to ward off the girl’s pursuer, the female vampire brought by Dracu. To show her appreciation, the hooker, portrayed by European sensation Zorah White, orally satisfies Zoltan before realizing she is the victim of a hoax. Episode2_009In a comment on religion and sexual repression, Stagliano’s camera captures the small silver crucifix that dangles from the priest’s neck as it floats above his erection and the girl’s mouth.

European pornography, especially in early French stag films, occasionally takes a shot at religion. American prudery generally finds such behavior offensive but when in Rome, as they say, . . . permission is given to be a Roman.

Dracu’s passenger, the Vampire Mistress (the lovely Sandra Romain), corners the poor girl and gets the sustenance she needs with a well-placed bite.

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Among the Motorcycles                                 

Dracu and Adriana have a fresh human captive to initiate into the clan, the willowy Hungarian Bibi Noel .

The Lovely Bibi

The Lovely Bibi

But before ritual begins, Adriana slips the word to Dracu that Amira is not what she should be.

“She tried to bite without permission,” Adriana whispers to him, “I think she has doubts about being a vampire.”

Is vampirism a choice and can a girl check out of the clan whenever she wants?

For the second time, a disciplined Amira is cut out of the opportunity to bring in a blood slave. Dracu exiles her to the house and she watches briefly from afar. Director John Stagliano now sets the tone for the rest of the series. Everything is not all dripping red roses in Vampireland.

The sex in this episode is truly fetish oriented with toe and feet sucking, face slapping and lots of anal and sloppy oral. The action between Adriana and Dracu is intense. Pay particular attention to the blood slave transformation of Bibi Noel. She may start off slow, but the pace is perfect at the end right before the feast.

Ah, the feast.  The viewer should know that it’s truly a heartfelt tribute to the great work of Bela Lagosi and Christopher Lee who, had they performed in a different age, would have delighted in this scene.

Adriana and Dracu feast on Bibi

Adriana and Dracu feast on Bibi

Incidentally, the prolific exchange of saliva in these episodes is a reminder that existence, even a vampire’s, is water oriented, though perhaps among the undead it coagulates a touch more.

The predominant image that prepares the meaning of the sex is Dracu’s motorcycle leap arcing across the screen at sunset. The suggestion is a passage between two worlds, the living and the undead. In fact, a similar bridge is formed during the extended physical encounter that is part of the blood slave ritual. It takes place among scores of motorcycles. Adriana, back arched beautifully—a reminder of the satyr statue in the first episode—positions herself so she can fellate Dracu from underneath. Once again she is seeing a reverse world in which the undead are the living. During the action she is orally serviced by Bibi’s blood slave. The shot forms a stairway effect, rising from left to right, that leads the blood slave to her Master, Dracu.

Adriana’s acrobatics introduce another, more sinister, image. Didn’t they break witches on the wheel in 17th century Europe? Adriana hints later that she has been around for five hundred years. Perhaps her position is a tortured part of her past.

As the episode closes questions arise. How strong are the bonds in the clan? Did the chastised Amira go through a similar initiation?  If so, why does she seem so independent minded? Will a power struggle later emerge? And, most important, who’s running this show?

Maybe a few hints will come around in Episode Three.

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