Written by: Cliff Wood on March 31st, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: Canada, 1974
Director: Bob Hollowich
Cast: Debbie Collins, Jamie Orlando, John Alexander, Tim Lowery
DVD Release Date: April 9th, 2013
Approximate Running Time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Screen
Sound: Dolby Mono English
DVD Release: Impulse Pictures
Region Encoding: All Regions NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
What would you do if you made the most perfect man out of all the best parts available and then found out he was unable to pleasure you? Naturally you would enlist the help of your super sexy friend Sexcula, who’s charms no man can resist.
Sexcula was made during a time, when hardcore sex films had a semblance of plot. And when it actually comes to the story at hand in this film, it is actually a few notches above many of its contemporaries. Sure the sex scenes dominate the bulk of this film’s running time, but then what hardcore sex film has more dialog driven moments, then sex scenes?
Content wise, the film starts off as a hardcore riff of the classic monsters that many of a Cinefile has cherished memories of. Then once the train gets rolling things take a slight detour and a few far out moments are thrown in for good measure. Most notably a scene with a scantily clothed woman and a gorilla.
Though this film was obviously made with very limited resources. The film’s visuals are actually very good, especially the more sexually charged moments. Pacing is never an issue as things move along nicely from one sexual rendezvous to the next. And even the in between moments that give the viewer more character back-story are all very entertaining and at times extremely amusing.
One of the key attraction for this film is that its leading lady Debbie Collins bears a ‘passing’ resemblance to one of the more prominent actresses to immerge out of the porno chic era, Marilyn Chambers (Behind the Green Door, Insatiable). Overall if there ever was a hardcore sex film that deserved a cult following. That film would be Sexcula, a widely entertaining oddity that finds a perfect balance between it’s more zany moments and the more geared for the raincoat crowd.
Impulse Pictures presents Sexcula in its intended 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. Reportedly this transfer was sourced from a film print that was rescued from the basement of the library and archives of Canada. ‘Hyperbole’ aside so how does this transfer look? Colors tend to fluctuate and rarely look consistent. Black levels are at best average, with details often lacking clarity during the darker moments in the film. There are no problems with compression and though there may be some print damage, it is minimal and never intrusive.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Range wise though things tend to sound flat. Dialog comes through clearly enough and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film and liners notes that give a brief overview about this film and those involved in making it. Overall Sexcula gets superb release from Impulse, who continue to breathe new life into films that would have otherwise languished in obscurity.