Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 7th, 2014
BluRay released: June 3rd, 2014
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
BluRay Release: Vinegar Syndrome
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $24.98
Synopsis: An actress is hired by the lover of a recently deceased erotic film star who died under mysterious circumstances. Then the lover uses the actress uncanny resemblance to her dead lover to exact revenge against the man who she blames for killing her lover.
Sugar Cookies was co-written and directed by Theodore Gershuny who is most remembered for directing Silent Night, Bloody Night. Key collaborators on Sugar Cookies include screenwriter / producer Lloyd Kaufman who would go onto form Troma Entertainment and filmmaker Oliver Stone who worked as a producer on this film.
Content wise this film can best be summed up as an erotic thriller. With the main plot device that drives this film’s narrative involving an act of vengeance. The strongest scenes in this film revolve around Camila Stone, the woman who seeks revenge and Julie Kent the actress hired to portray Camila’s murdered lover Alta Leigh. Where the scenes involving porn film producer Max Pavell’s nephew Gus being the moments that you will want to quickly forget. Besides the moments with his nephew the Max Pavell character actually serves a purpose as he is also the source of Camila’s vengeance since she blames him for Alta’s death.
In regards to the erotica angle for this film the film actually handles these moments in an almost artful way. With that being said, there is never a shortage moments in this film’s with its two leads in various stages of undress, especially Lynn Lowery in the dual role of Julie Kent / Alta Leigh.
From a production stand point things are actually a lot better than one would expect considering all the limitations that this film faced. The film’s visuals look strong throughout. Pacing on the other hand is inconsistent and most of this comes back to the moments involving Gus which disrupt the flow and kill any momentum.
Without a doubt the one area that carries this film are the performances from its two leads Lynn Lowery (The Crazies, The Score) and Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000, Eating Raoul) in the role of Camila Stone. They have an undeniable chemistry that makes their characters all the more tangible. With my favorite moment involving these two character being the scene where Camila introduces Julie to Max. Ultimately Sugar Cookies is an alluring, yet unconventional thriller that slowly pulls you into its web of seduction.
Sugar Cookies comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This release has been transferred from a brand new 4k source and the end result is great throughout. Details look crisp, black levels look very good, grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD mono mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.
Extras on the DVD include a trailer for the film 1 minute 44 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), an alternate trailer (2 minutes 53 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio), three interviews the first one with actress Mary Woronov (4 minutes 58 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio), the second interview with producer Lloyd Kaufman (35 minutes 56 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and actress Lynn Lowry (13 minutes 38 seconds – anamorphic Widescreen).
Topics discussed include how each person got involved with the film, Lowery and Kaufman discuss how they first meet and subsequently worked on Battle of Love’s Return, the cast and director Theodore Gershuny, Oliver Stone’s connection to the film, how Vertigo inspired this film, difficulties that arose during post production and how this film lost everyone involved money.
Overall Sugar Cookies gets a first rate release from Vinegar Syndrome.