Diary of a Schizo
Diary of a Schizo is a hardcore porn film of the storefront variety,
so called because they were most often shown in vacant storefronts to an audience sitting
on folding chairs. These sorts of films were often shot in a day on 16MM and
followed 8 mm loops as the next logical progression in hard core, thus paving a
road that led to more sophisticated grindhouse films and later to porn with high production values.
Neither this storefront film nor any other would cause us to sit up and take
notice except when the female leads have become noteworthy elsewhere. Such is
the case here. This one stars Rene Bond, who started in exploitation films, had
her boobs done, and then became a hardcore workhorse. Rene, of course, shows
everything here, including her implant scars.
As was common, the plot was simplistic. The heroine grew up in a restrictive
home and married someone of a similar background. She has suddenly become
subject to migraines, and has periods where she blacks out. This is explained as
schizophrenia (the disorder they are actually talking about is Dissociative
Identity Disorder), and during her blackouts she becomes increasingly sexual.
Rene seems to specialize in blowjobs, and has several good ones in this film,
but also uses a vibrator and has intercourse with more than one man. Nina Faus
is also seen in the opening scene where Rene is fantasizing about a three-way.
If you are not familiar with our grading system, you need to
explanation, because the grading is not linear. For example, by
our definition, a
C is solid and a C+ is a VERY good movie. There are very few Bs
and As. Based on our descriptive system, this film is a:
could be rated C- if graded within the narrow sub-genre of storefront films.
Almost all such films would be rated D or lower, since even the people who were
interested in them back in the day would have no interest in them today, but
this one has at least a tiny audience that will be curious about Rene Bond's
work in cheapies.
On the other hand, that grade is strictly for porn historians and Rene Bond
fans. If you are simply looking for a good hardcore sex film, you probably
shouldn't be looking among storefront films because much better material has
appeared in the intervening years, and this "film" is only 52 minutes long. The condition of this film is par
for the storefront course; that is to say, full of scratches. D
as hardcore erotica.
THE CRITICS AND ACADEMIES
No reviews online. The product description is as
"Until high-gloss 35mm productions stole the stage during the
mid-1970s, 16mm grindhouse features were usually screened in storefront
mini-cinemas containing only a handful of seats and echoing with the muffled
groans of amplified pleasure. These were the days before home video, when film
prints were scratched and damaged by shoddy projection and when grindhouse
consumption was a public act requiring a certain reckless fortitude, an
indifference to public hygiene, and a trench coat placed over your lap."