Video Vixens (1975) from Tuna

Video Vixens is a sexploitation comedy directed by the famous Ronald Johnson. Never heard of him you say? Well, he has 356 credits at IMDb, including three last year at age 65, about three times as many as Michael Caine. You might know him by his porno name, Henri Pachard.

The premise is simple. The KLITT-TV station manager has decided that a hand soap additive is causing men to lose interest in sex, and turning women into lesbos. His plan is simple. He will preempt programming and present the Stag Film Awards. To help him, he hires Buck Flower, a stag film maker, and his assistant Robyn Hilton. He forces conservative critic Gordon Gordon (Harrison Phillips) to present the awards, much to the dismay of his wife (Angela Carnon) and young son. He finds sex industry sponsors, assuring them of top ratings.

The film is a series of vignettes, supposed commercials, and clips from award winning films.

  • Robyn Hilton flashes her breasts near the end.
  • Angela Carnon does a full frontal when hubby comes home after the broadcast.
  • Sandy Dempsey is a porn actress having her pubes curled when Buck Flower is called.
  • Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith shows full frontal as the Twinkle Twat Feminine Spray girl.
  • Starlyn Simone does full frontal and rear nudity in a film where the milk man whips her.
  • Linda York is the dial-a-snatch girl. She is fondled by men with rough hands wearing a diaper to show she is softer than the diaper, then strips completely.
  • Robyn Whitting is in two scenes, the first as a reluctant actress to director/actor Buck Flower, and the second as a patient ravaged by her shrink. She shows it all.
  • Terri Johnson also shows everything in an ad for Magic Merkin, which her mother suggests since she is worried her boyfriend will notice her pubes don't match her hair.
  • An actress credited as Gil shows breasts in a film clip that parodies Dragnet, about two women who are raped by "vacuum salesmen with really long hoses."
  • Maria Arnoff shows breasts and bush as the other rape victim.
  • Celenthia Monett shows breasts in a perfume ad. She is chained along with another woman in a dungeon, and then each is given a different perfume. When a convicted rapist is left alone with them, he picks her.
  • Tracy Handfuss does a full frontal in an ad for Kentucky Dildos that parodies the Virginia Slims ads. You've come a long way, baby.
  • Marva Farmer shows breasts in the Dildos add.

Buck Flower, who appeared in both exploitation and mainstream films, was a riot. The Twinkle Twat commercial with Rainbeaux was inspired, and she has never looked more lovely. Not every skit worked for me, but there were all short enough that a klinker or two didn't matter. I thought the Dragnet parody was very well done. The video quality was rather typical of recent Troma efforts, in other words, not much better than VHS, and the sound was mushy in many sections. All in all, it was a quick watch with a generous helping of politically incorrect material, and a huge amount of nudity.



Profuse nudity, which is the entire point of the film.

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  • IMDB summary. IMDb readers say 3.0, and based on only 30 votes. Troma has just released this on DVD, and I would expect the score to rise a little, as genre lovers weigh in on this film.
The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

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  • D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-. Films rated below C- generally have both bad reviews and poor popular acceptance.
  • E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre.
  • F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C. If you like soft-core sex comedies, it meets your minimum daily requirements: lots of flesh and many sophomoric gags, some better than others. If you don't like the genre, it will probably seem like an E, or maybe an F because of the poor transfer..

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