Written by: Jimmy the Gent on December 12th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1969 (Slaves of Love), USA, 1973 (Invitation To Ruin), USA, 1976 (Love Slaves)
Directors: Charles Nizet (Slaves of Love), Bob Cresse (Invitation To Ruin), Bob Chinn (Love Slaves)
Cast: Sally Blair, Tina Brown, Desiree West, John Leslie, Kathy Willams, John Leslie, Enjil von Bergdorfe, Desiree West
DVD Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Approximate Running Time: 79 minutes (Invitation To Ruin), 88 minutes (Love Slaves), 73 minutes (Slaves of Love)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio (All Films)
Rating: XXX (All Films)
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English (All Films)
DVD Release: Alpha Blue Archives
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Invitation To Ruin: A color film from the late soft-core roughie era that was ‘enhanced’ with hardcore footage and re-released, another prominent example being Lee Frosts’ The Impersonator which was turned into A Climax Of Blue Power. Here the ’68 film Invitation To Ruin is reworked with some new footage that sort of belongs, and lots of close-up inserts that don’t, then released to theaters in 1975 as The Invitation.
The protagonist in both the new and old footage is played by Jim Gentry, who also directs the new footage. Unfortunately the original plot is a major victim of the renovation because we no longer see what the characters were originally reacting to, that having been replaced with new hardcore footage. What’s left details a white slavery ring very similar to Olga’s House Of Girls. The boss of this dungeon is mute Momma, played by men’s magazine model Elaine Everett who had a very large belly but also humongous teats. The print is in rather rough shape, especially the first 5 minutes or so. The Something Weird Video release was also the ’75 version except with all the hardcore scenes removed. Too bad the original wasn’t included here as the third feature.
Love Slaves: A mad hypnotist has his minions abduct beautiful young women that are drugged and hypnotized then conditioned to serve as both sex slaves and assassins. But fear not for detective Blake is on the case.
This is one of the best realized examples of ‘porno chic’ because it features plot, script, location shots, suspense, graphic violence, and decent acting. It’s also an early starring role for John Leslie and gives him an actual chance to act – he spends much more screen time clothed than not. After the first romantic liaison [sex scene] Leslie’s stud duties are over. We witness a number of abductions and then experience what director Bob Chinn could accomplish with an empty basement, a mannequin, a hooded dummy, and some shag throw rugs. Add drugged naked women and some suited thugs and you have the secret lair of the nefarious Dr. Severin. Played by Alain Patrick (Drum) in a non-sex role, his reflective glasses provide a bit of anonymity and are used to good effect in several artistic and even avant garde images. The best sex performer here is exotic Desiree West, without a doubt, but the female cast includes both obscure starlets and one-shot amateur talent that certainly help carry the abducted girl-next-door concept.
This title has always had a troubled release history, with VCR Co. actually replacing the rape / murder scene with a contemporary sex scene in their mid 80’s VHS release. Talk about incoherence, that scene motivates the entire final act of the movie. It’s presented intact in this in this newly restored version so just keep repeating to yourself: it’s an actual movie, it’s an actual movie, it’s an actual movie.
Slaves Of Love: Something about alien women who swim topless. Hopelessly inept soft-core feature in rather dismal condition.
Both versions of Invitation To Run should have been included in this missed opportunity release. On the other hand, the existence and presentation of a good quality and seemingly intact and uncut version of Love Slaves is cause for rejoicing. You should celebrate by picking this one up, post haste.
Note: If it helps you get through the Love Slaves rape scene, then be advised that one of the duo was the real-life husband of the on-screen victim.