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Darker Side of Desire
Darker Side of Desire
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Studio: Sweet Sinner » Review by
Review Date: 3/19/17
Genres: BDSM, Couples, Feature
Writer/Director: Jacky St. James
DP: Hank Hoffman
Cast: Cassidy Klein "Natalie Ray", Cherie DeVille, Gia Paige "Sydney", Riley Nixon "Robyn", Mickey Mod "Bryce", Tommy Pistol, James Deen "Alex", Michael Vegas "Mike"
Length: 2 hours 39 minutes
Date of Release: February 22, 2017
Extras: Slideshow, Trailers, 24:46 minute BTS
Audio/Video Quality: Very good. Well lit, superbly shot. Audio is crisp and clear. Keep your volume control handy during Cassidy's scenes, she's quite vocal during her orgasms.
Overview: This is a tale of a girl and her friends exploring their secret desires and fantasies, or wrestling with the idea that submitting to someone completely might actually be empowering and enjoyable. Cassidy is plagued by recurring dreams of being dominated in a dungeon, and over the course of the movie she and some of her cohorts admit that maybe that it isn't abnormal at all. Others disagree with the whole concept based on preconceived notions and set out to explore their own views counterpoints.
In my usual manner of reviewing features, I won't get into plot details.
Scene 1. Cassidy Klein, Mickey Mod
Cassidy and Mickey are fresh off of a date and she's hot and horny. She wants him now, but he doesn't want to move too fast. Once she's assured him that it's not fast enough, his tongue is planted firmly between her thighs and things get started.
The action goes down on a couch that is well lit for the performers and it's believable that this is actually how the room might look. The action is shot by a team who seem well versed in the "rule of thirds" and use it quite effectively to showcase everything from Cassidy's triangular patch, to her spit streaming onto Mickey's cock before she goes for a ride. If you happened to catch "Little Red", a performance Cassidy was nominated as Best Actress for, then you'll be aware how well she can sell her emotions through facial expressions. She does that in spades here, highlighting every orgasm she has and punctuating each thrust of Mickey's dick deep inside of her. You will want to keep your volume control handy though, because she's really vocal!
As for the sex, the pair tumble effortlessly through the usual porn positions, the chemistry hot and steamy. They start in the middle of the couch, his BJ goes down on screen right, and she gets hammered hardest on screen left. As Mickey pumps her in spoon, she begs and pleads for him to cum all over and make a mess, she doesn't care. Their faces exude genuine chemistry as he fucks her with determination, pulling out to pop across her patch and onto the couch.
Scene 2. Cherie DeVille, Tommy Pistol
We find Tommy and Cherie in a dungeon, artfully framed behind a spider web made of chain. The whole setup has the feel that it might have been a good fit for the "Dream Warriors" music video back in the day, had there been an X-rated version of it. As Tommy collars up his sex slave, there is an omnipresent soundtrack nestled deep below their voices.
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Tommy's words are matter-of-factly delivered, while simultaneously being quite authoritative, as he tugs Cherie around by a leash, tapping her body with a leather paddle. The camera views switch between closeups and being shot through the spider web, shadows of Tommy and his flog emphasizing his whipping as they cast onto the rear wall. Tossing the flog aside, he positions his whore front and center and tugs at her now exposed nipples and teases her a bit with some slapping and pussy rubbing. Cherie pleads with him to let her cum as he paddles her pussy. I've seen Cherie as a restrained sub before, and she is always great in these roles.
As Tommy licks her slit, the shadow of a chain artfully displays across her ass, as she lies folded in half with her leash between her teeth. Tommy kicks things up a notch when he attaches two metal talons to his fingertips and drags them across her body as he holds a vibrator on her clit. Remember that "Dream Warriors" reference I made earlier? Yeah. Tommy finally unholsters his pistol and Cherie gets busy slobbering all over it before Tommy plunges into her fuck hole. She succumbs to her master's desires, fucking him like the seasoned pro she is in forward and reverse cowgirl. He bangs into her box from below before forcing her to her knees to catch his stream.
Scene 3. Gia Paige, James Deen
Gia's recounting her experiences with a Dom she used to succumb to. There wasn't a lot she didn't try. Breath play, bondage, flogging, electrical stimulation, the whole nine yards. Many of the activities are showcased at the beginning in brief sequences of a montage while others are lengthier as James flogs her in a dimly lit, fully-stocked dungeon. Her pretty little body is showcased nicely as James has his way with her on a leather horse.
As she kneels in front of him, James tugs her head back and forth by her hair on his cock and leads her around like a dog. Her eyes are bright in the dimness as she works her mouth up and down him, James attaching nipple vacuums to her. Bent over the horse, she begs for his cock as he holds a vibrator to her clit while rolling a Wartenberg wheel on her ass before pounding into her pussy. He flogs her as they fuck, she's panting and squealing as he slams into her.
He cuts her pantyhose open and off and binds her arms to her chest and makes her stand and spin before allowing her to slide down onto him. He sits while making her stand and fuck him as a punishment. As her hands get untied, she fucks him in a frenzy, like a good girl. He tosses her back onto the horse in missionary and pumps a way at her, his goo splashing across her ass.
Scene 4. Riley Nixon, Michael Vegas
To prove a point, Michael allows himself to be strapped to the bed and dominated by Riley. He smiles broadly as she works his cock into her mouth. As she strips down, her body and face are lit nicely by window light as she squats and grinds on his face. The camera shares time between a wide shot, her expressions in closeup, and his tongue lapping as she rubs his dick with her foot.
Riley decides it's time to sit on his cock rather than his face and she lubes it up with her spit before sliding onto his pole. Michael tries to rub her jiggling boobs as she rides, but she forces his hands back down as she romps on his rod. He rips off his ankle bindings and slams her onto the mattress in a power reversal, his face and fingers getting buried in her snatch before he starts banging away at the babe. They somersault back and forth between top and bottom as he rabbits into her hole. She cums as he slams, and he pauses to do some wet finger sloshing before pounding back into her. Their gazes are locked on each other as he hammers himself to fruition across her tushy.
Scene 5. Cassidy Klein, Mickey Mod
Cassidy, following orders, blindfolds herself and leans against a St. Andrews cross. Mickey comes in and they discuss boundaries, curiosities, and desires. She wants a kiss, but has to earn it and gets shackled to the cross. Soft spankings and feathering are explored as they maintain an open conversation. She's lit from above, which caresses her face, ass, and tits with soft illumination as Mickey fingers her from behind. Her feet dance around as she has a screaming orgasm, her ass pushed out to meet his fingering.
She gets unshackled and her boobs get slapped as she slides down the cross to suck some cock. Her body convulses as a power reversal happens, and he sticks his fingers deep inside of her as she kneels on the floor. Propped on a padded shelf, she's made to spread her legs open as Mickey smacks and caresses her light-bathed body as he teases her with the tip of his cock until she begs loudly enough to earn its insertion. She pants as he pumps into her, begging to be allowed to cum on his cock. She's near tears at feeling good like she's never felt before as he stretches her nipples. She wants something on her nipples and Mickey finds some little suction cups to attach to them as he again teases her with the tip of his dick.
She screams her appreciation as he finally pounds back into her pussy with determination. She plays with her nipple suckers causing one to full off and pleads for it to be put back on. He instructs her exactly how to get in position for what's going to come next and she obeys. She rides him in cowgirl, under the rule that she rides until she cums. Even though she's blindfolded her eyes turn to watch herself slam onto his shaft until she orgasms. She is allowed to cum again in spoon as he uses her pussy for his own pleasure, his load again being delivered to her patch.
Final Thoughts: I watched this front-to-back twice and I can't put my finger on why I wasn't enthralled with it. The performances are sincere and the sex is good. From a technical standpoint, I can't find anything amiss. The editing, sound, lighting, set dressing, and camera work are all very well done. I just didn't see a "spark" in it. The story is well-crafted, but again...there's just something missing. Maybe Jacky St. James set the bar too high for herself with her Emma Marx trilogy, which I admit I came into late. I only saw the last one and loved it. I've been told by others that the previous ones are even better! Maybe it's the fact that Cassidy's fantasies are being played out by another woman, Cherie DeVille? Again, she and Tommy play that really well but perhaps it would have made me love this title more? Like I said, there's really nothing wrong with this flick, there's a ton of things right with it, but it just didn't really click for me. I'm going to say it's a recommended movie for couples wanting to explore a bit of BDSM and see what it's about. If you are looking for hardcore, rough dungeon porn, this isn't it. It's a good glimpse into the BDSM world if you're curious.