Written by: George Pacheco on June 4th, 2015
Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 1981 (Fast Cars Fast Women), USA, 1980 (Starship Eros)
Director: Scott McHaley (Both Films)
Writer: Scott McHaley (Both Films)
Cast: Kay Parker, Ron Jeremy, Sylvia Benedict (Fast Cars Fast Women) Lily Rogers, Becky Savage, Beth Evans (Starship Eros)
DVD Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Approximate Running Times: 70 minutes (Fast Cars Fast Women) 67 minutes (Starship Eros)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen (Both Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono (Both Films)
DVD Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98
One of Vinegar Syndrome’s latest double feature releases is a pairing of the only two theatrical releases from director/writer Scott McHaley, an obscure filmmaker from the tail end of adult film’s 1970s golden age and into the video era 80s.
Fast Cars, Fast Women is the superior film of the two in nearly every respect, detailing the exploits and goings-on behind a car racing team who is dealing with some unwelcomed and unfortunate intrusion from organized crime. Veteran adult actress Kay Parker plays the racing manger who hires a young lady-the seductive but sadly wooden Sylvia Benedict-as the team’s latest racer, while fellow legend Ron Jeremy appears as a mob enforcer muscling in on Parker’s territory.
It’s a relatively simple plot which serves a light and breezy back drop to your typical adult film fare. Parker and Jeremy are the only decent actors on deck, although the camera certainly does love Benedict whenever she’s on screen. Elsewhere, a fuzzy/funky soundtrack and some warm photography courtesy of Pablo Lepell is above average for the style, creating some interesting set-ups and angles throughout the film.
Lepell also worked behind the camera on this disc’ s second feature, 1980’s science fiction parody Starship Eros. Unfortunately, there’s a lot less going on here when compared to the first feature, as McHaley’s script really just jumps from one sex scene to another as our three woman space crew work over each other, their droid companion-played by Mike Ranger in what’s likely a store bought C3PO mask-and a female Darth Vader character who attempts to take on the “Eros” in battle.
This is a workmanlike film with very little going for it, both during the couple sequences as well as what little story holds this thing together. Granted, the C3PO/Quasar scenes are worth more than a few laughs, but Starship Eros is probably best left forgotten when compared to its predecessor.
Both films here on this Vinegar Syndrome double feature disc look great, with Fast Cars, Fast Women showing up with a pleasant amount of warm grain, while the latter picture looks sharp and colorful, with very little instances of print damage. The audio tracks for both films are solid, if unspectacular, while extras include the original theatrical trailer and softcore outtakes for Fast Cars, Fast Women as well as a producer introduction for Starship Eros, recorded apparently via telephone. The latter is a bit muffled as a result, but it’s still an interesting aside for what is otherwise an adult film obscurity from 1980. Overall, this disc receives a strong release from Vinegar Syndrome.