10,000 Bullets   Exploring the world of Cinema from the Arthouse to the Grindhouse™

Carnal Haven / Her Last Fling 
Written by: on October 25th, 2014

Theatrical Release Dates:
USA, 1975 (Carnal Haven), USA, 1976 (Her Last Fling)
Director: Carlos Tobalina (Both Films)
Cast: Sharon Thorpe, Lesllie Bovee, Turk Lyon, Annette Haven, John Leslie, Bonnie Holiday, Joey Silvera (Carnal Haven), Annette Haven, Candida Royalle, Paul Thomas, John Holmes (Her Last Fling)

DVD Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Approximate Running Times: 78 minutes (Carnal Haven), 74 minutes (Her Last Fling)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Rating: XXX
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (Both Films)
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $17.98

Two adult features directed by Carlos Tobalina with assistance from Sharon Thorpe.

Carnal Haven, from 1975 is as by the numbers faithful to the three pronged Supreme Court Miller obscenity test as any feature from the ‘porno chic’ era. The story structure is rather unusual if not unique, with three basic arcs and then a few extra scenes tacked on to pad it out. Part 1 is vignettes of different couples featuring their lackluster (at best) sexual and personal relationships. In Part 2 the couples undergo sex therapy which, after a brief lecture, requires them all to participate in an orgy. Part 3, of course, is the newly energized relationships now made whole and exciting due to rampant sex. These scenes are rapid cut and jump all over over the place, but the ‘climatic’ seven money shots in a row montage is a jaw-dropping presentation.

That first part is most unusual as the couples struggle with their physical and emotional relationships. Apparently it was determined that it would be too mundane and off-putting, so clips of the orgy scene are inter-cut throughout, never mind that the orgy hadn’t even happened as yet.

The biggest draw to Carnal Haven is seeing three iconic stars in early feature film appearances: Leslie Bovee, Candida Royalle, and John Leslie Dupre. John Leslie, especially, is rather charming prior to becoming a rough and randy rapist in many of his early roles. Annette Haven does not appear in the primary storyline but in a later threesome lesbian therapy session.

Her Last Fling does follow a more traditional linear storyline; a young woman is diagnosed with two weeks left to live, so she goes coast to coast from one orgy to the next. And that’s what we see, seemingly endless footage from three orgies (perhaps more, who could tell?) interspersed with brief travelogue shots of San Francisco, Las Vegas, and New York City. Sandy Pinney plays the title character and presumably provides voiceovers for her street scenes. Performers include Annette Haven, Candida Royalle, Paul Thomas, and John Holmes.

The DVD:

Two more superior quality OAR widescreen adult presentations featuring early appearances of iconic stars from the mid seventies.

If orgies are your cup of tea then this double feature experience will be nirvana. For every one else it’s more likely to be a perplexing jumble of unidentifiable body parts and orifices.

Disclaimer: Some of the reviews contained here at 10kbullets contain screenshots that may not be suitable for those surfing the website at work and discretion is advised while viewing these pages. All of the screenshots and other images used on this site are solely for promotional purposes and are copyrighted to their respective owners. All reviews, bios and interviews unless noted in the text of the review, bio or interview are original content that was written exclusively for 10kbullets and has never been published anywhere else. On occasion there may be typos or errors in the text and if you let us know we will be more then happy to correct all typos or misinformation in the text. All opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the author(s) and not that of any company or person referred to. All the written material contained on 10kBullets is intended for informational purposes only and it is copyright © 2004-Present by the authors.