Written by: Cliff Wood on April 25th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Sweden, April 22nd, 1974
Director: Mac Ahlberg
Writer: Mac Ahlberg
Cast: Rune Hallberg, Jack Frank, Jim Steffe, Teresa Svensson, Kim Frank, Berit Agedahl, Brigitte Maier, Monica Andersson, Annica Salomonsson, Suzy Andersson, Peter Berg , Bo Halldoff, Knud Jörgensen, Lars Lind
DVD released: June 24th, 2008
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono Swedish
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: A sexually uninhibited girl named Eva is sent by her sister to a private school to improve her morals. Shortly after Eva and the other girl’s arrival their education begins in the finer arts of carnal knowledge. Surprise visitors put the future of the school in jeopardy. Will the faculty and the girls be able to persuade these intruders with their bodies that the school does serve a higher purpose?
Mac Ahlberg is a Swedish born cinematographer/director whose work includes erotica films like Justine & Juliette and the sexual thriller The Seduction. The Second Coming of Eva is a hardcore feature that explores the sexual evolution of a sexually repressed young woman named Eva. There are some humorous moments in the latter half of the film when visitors start arriving and see what is going on at the school. Mac Ahlberg’s visual eye is one of the films strongest assets. These strong visuals are what set’s The Second Coming of Eva apart from the majority of hardcore films from this era. The plot is paper thin and virtually nonexistent but then does that really matter. The film is filled to the brim with sexual encounters including an all out orgy after the plots main set up.
It also doesn’t hurt that all the women in this film are very attractive especially Teresa Svensson who portrays Eva in the film. One of the school girls in the film is former Penthouse Pet Brigitte Maier. The best scene in the films is a girl-girl scene between Teresa Svensson and Brigitte Maier. Overall the sex scenes are a mix of hardcore and soft-core action which makes me wonder if they were shot for this film or added later. The films score is credited to Claes Oesterdahl who according to the IMDB had no other credits besides The Second Coming of Eva. It is a shame if this was his only film score since the score he provides for this film has all the ear marks of the porno chic sound of 1970’s hardcore films. Ultimately The Second Coming of Eva is very satisfying film that has more strengths then flaws.
The Second Coming of Eva is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. There some instances of print damage and a few frames where the image looks more damaged then the majority of the print. Overall the details look sharp, colors and flesh tones accurate and black levels remain strong throughout.
A Dolby Digital mono mix in Swedish is the only audio option included on this release. The audio at times sounds flat and there is noticeable hiss that is present throughout. Error free English subtitles that are easy to read have been included. This release comes with no extra content. The Second Coming of Eva is another pleasant surprise from Impulse Pictures that fans of classic Swedish erotica will thoroughly enjoy.