If soft-core direct-to-video films are judged solely for prurience, MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS can be counted a success. Although plot logic often goes AWOL and the story line takes frequent vacations to allow time for sexcapades, the film is redeemed by its steamy interludes.
Sexologist Vanessa (Carol Hoyt) gives advice to the chronically horny on her late-night talk show. Among her less bloodthirsty listeners are self-stimulator Mariana (Julie Strain); Ryan (Doug Demarco), an 18 year old attracted to an older woman, Rachel (De Ann Powers); and a couple (Diana Cuevas,
Tate Sprenger) troubled by premature ejaculation. Although Vanessa's honeyed voice usually just helps rumple her listeners' bed sheets, it also incites one of them to murder streetwalkers. The mounting death toll alarms Detective Harris (Richard Lynch). Could the killer be Vanessa's technician,
Peter (John Dagnen)? Or perhaps her assistant, Mitch (David Millbern)? Egged on by the insane brother he seems to be visiting in jail, Mitch fights off his unrequited love for Vanessa, who's being stalked by a mystery man. When Vanessa succumbs to Mitch's ardor, she learns that he has a split
personality: his "convict brother" is actually his own evil alter ego urging him to kill. Vanessa survives an attack by Mitch to field more neurotic calls, while Mitch is jailed.
The plot of MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS (rather liberally ripped off from RAISING CAIN) is a thin excuse for various erotic fantasies. As callers phone in their erotic dilemmas, viewers witness the results of Vanessa's sage advice (which is: if it feels good, do it, and do it slowly enough that the
camera can catch every groan and palpitation). While the players' bodies are better toned than their acting, at least they tackle their roles with relish. (It's always heartening to witness actors who enjoy their work.) Ultimately, it doesn't matter that the movie explores Vanessa's flesh but not
her interior life, or that Mitch's brother is obviously a figment of his fevered imagination. The suspect pool is so tiny that even the most obtuse viewers can spend all their time enjoying the juicy talk without troubling themselves as to who the killer may be. (Extreme profanity, extensivenudity, graphic violence, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1995
- Review: If soft-core direct-to-video films are judged solely for prurience, MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS can be counted a success. Although plot logic often goes AWOL and the story line takes frequent vacations to allow time for sexcapades, the film is redeemed by its ste… (more)