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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Double Heat (1986)

Directed by:
David Michel

This obscure 80-minute adult video is divided into two parts and is rather atypical as far as these things go; featuring more story than sex and casting two lead actresses who don't participate in any of the scant hardcore action. I'm including it here because of its first story, which involves an Invisible Man. Up first is Double Heat, which takes up roughly half of the running time. At High Tech Industries, dull and uptight scientist Linda (Alexandra Day) is “on the verge of making an important discovery in the world of physics.” However, she's so involved in her work that she's become antisocial, frigid and an uptight bitch in the process. The fact she won't settle for anything less than someone she deems her intellectual equal doesn't help matters either. Linda's roommate / colleague Julie (Tamara Longley) doesn't have that same problem and keeps herself busy with another coworker named Tony (Robert Bullock) and tries to encourage Linda to put down the science books, loosen up and find herself a lover.

Unbeknownst to her, Linda does have a secret admirer in Ray Stavinski (Richard “Steele” / Karle). Unfortunately, he's about the polar opposite of what she thinks she wants. He's fat, balding, works as a janitor in her building and passes the days sitting in a room flipping through Polaroids of her saying things like “Oh, I love you. I love your hair. I love your eyes. I love your nose. I love your lips. I love your hands. I love your feet...” Ray agrees to work late one night for a coworker and ends up walking into a restricted area of the lab. He enters a glass pod, the doors close, the machines start up and he ends up making himself invisible. He then uses his invisibility to break into Linda's apartment, where he spies on her and causes other problems, especially since he can't keep his hands off the object of his obsession.







After Julie sets Linda up on a blind date with a sleaze ball named Allen (Lee Anthony), Ray cock blocks him by removing a photo of Allen's wife and kids from his wallet and sticking it to his forehead. Since she's already been kissed and touched by someone not even there, Linda eventually just goes along with it and Ray becomes her invisible lover. She goes to see psychotherapist Dr. Kinerd (H. Chris Cristano) to tell him about what's been going on and he recommends she pick the least likely candidate from work to date so she ends up with Ray, anyway. The end. There are some cheap special effects of the invisible man flipping through pictures, pouring himself a drink, etc. plus a scene of Day lying in bed nude writhing around while making love with the air. Strangely, there is just one hardcore scene between Longley and Bullock in front of a fireplace, which is stretched out over two scenes.







Under the name Lindsay Freeman or just "Bibi," the British Day began her career with a January 1976 spread in Penthouse magazine titled “Free as a Breese.” The fact she looked so young in her centerfold and wore a jersey with the number 12 on it caused something of a controversy at the time after Bob Guccione encouraged readers to write in and try to guess her age. Turns out she was actually 19 years old when she took the photos. Still, she used her jail bait notoriety as “Baby Breese” to land other modeling jobs (including the cover of For Men Only with the headline “I can't help it people insist I'm 12!”) and small parts in films like Young Lady Chatterley and Fairy Tales. In the 80s, she dyed her hair blonde, began professionally using the name Alexandra Day and became an even more in-demand men's magazine model plus landed a handful of other roles, including the lead in the original SOV horror BOARDING HOUSE (1982) and a bit in Brian De Palma's Body Double (1984).


Double Heat Part II, which also runs 40 minutes, is next. This segment has no credits but most horror fans will instantly recognize its female star as being none other than Scream Queen Michelle Bauer. Professional gambler Dice Whitaker (Dick Howard) goes to a stable to visit his favorite horse Lucky Star and ends up literally bumping into female jockey Susan O'Maly (Bauer). Though he's a smooth talker and popular with the ladies, Susan's the daughter of the stable owners and is spoiled, snobby and already has a rich older lover who takes good care of her. Not one to give up so easily, he later approaches her having dinner with her parents, makes a 100,000 bet with her father and gives Susan a 1 dollar lottery ticket before heading off. He goes to play poker with some friends, where he loses out on a bet with Jerry Butler to bed cocktail waitress Rita (Lois Ayres), then hits the Vegas casinos with Kimberly Carson to “blow some steam off.” These are the only two hardcore moments in this segment and both are brief and last only about 3 minutes apiece.







Lucky Star turns out to not be so lucky after all and Dice finds himself 78,000 short of being able to pay Mr. O'Maly. He also discovers via a newspaper that the lottery ticket he gave Susan is the winning ticket. Desperate to get it back before she realizes she's won, he breaks into her apartment and starts rummaging through her things. She returns home and he hides under the bed as Mrs. Bauer (who looks just stunning in this one) treats us to some gratuitous nudity as she strips off her clothes, jumps into the shower and then applies makeup in front of a mirror. An intruder breaks in and wrestles Susan onto the bed. Dice assumes they are having sex so he falls asleep. When he wakes up he finds Susan's been bludgeoned to death. This leads to a predictable twist.








Double Heat plays out more like a cheap B movie than a porn. They actually used a script, shot in many different locations and even attempted to do special effects and stylish lighting. If you removed all the explicit shots you'd still end up with a 70 minute movie so maybe at one time it was intended to be released in two different forms. By mainstream standards this isn't very good but by hardcore standards it's fairly ambitious. There are two men who appear mostly in the background in both stories and I assume they are probably the director and producer Dax Anthony, who also made a few other films around this same time with many of the same actors. I'd love to know a bit more about the background of this weird production. There was one VHS release, from L.A. Video in 1986, but that's it to my knowledge.

★★

45 comments:

spookyx3 said...

such a strange little film. bauer had so many weird credits before the scream-queen thing happened, it's a shame she's reluctant to discuss her early work. noticed that director "david michel" vanished the same year traci was outed (she appeared in his first two films).

exterior of the bullocks-wilshire building stands in for the "high-tech industries" laboratory. wherever it was done, the entrance/elevator-bank stuff has a slight guerrilla feel. for some reason, in part two, the money shots are lifted from other companies' tapes: that's jamie gillis with lois, in BLAME IT ON GINGER!

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

I can't figure out why Michelle is so reluctant to discuss her early work. Some of it is more interesting (and - at times - actually BETTER) than most of her later stuff. Cafe Flesh, for instance, is probably the best movie she ever appeared in. At one point she was even over in Japan making movies but none of those have surfaced and since she won't talk about it, who knows.

Your comment about lifting the money shot makes me wonder if this was originally intended to be a soft-core film. Alexandra Day / Lindsay Freeman and Michelle are odd choices for stars in a porn since neither was willing to do the hardcore stuff.

spookyx3 said...

do you know anything about the japanese movies? news to me.

bauer was interviewed (c. late-1989) in jewel shepard's book, INVASION OF THE B-GIRLS (1992); talks of "shame", "resentment" and self-violation when asked about early nude layouts/magazine work. she also only cops to doing CAFE FLESH, & with doubles. haven't seen CF in forever; not sure how accurate that is.

> wonder if this was originally intended to be a soft-core film

tries to move out of pornland, has trouble attracting buyers. sounds plausible. think a similar fate befell what eventually became BAD GIRLS 4.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

I made a note of it based on a Scream Queens Illustrated interview with her. The interviewer brought up her doing movies in Germany and Japan and she kind of glossed over it. I know the three she did in Germany were porn films but she was not involved in any of the sex. One of the Japanese ones was called "California Girls" but that's one of the only places I've ever seen it mentioned.

The way the Cafe Flesh scene was shot it's hard to tell. It was filmed in a way where it COULD have been a double. She claims it was someone else and the director says it was her. The guy in the scene died in 1990 and I don't think he was ever asked about it.

Yep, that's probably what happened. The soft-core Bad Girls IV was apparently unable to get any release until the hardcore was added to it later. It was filmed in 1982 but not released until 1986.

spookyx3 said...

either way, she does a bit more than just simulation in BAD GIRLS '81.

i liked BAD GIRLS IV (about a hundred years ago), but the inserts do wreck it, IIRC.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Yep. The guy in the scene with her in Bad Girls is rumored to be her first husband!

spookyx3 said...

i thought so, too. one credit, matching 'nym, middle name michael.

Unknown said...

I used to draw Alexandra Day (nee: Lindsay Freeman) in art workshops in the Los Angeles area in the late '90s and early 2000s. She was beautiful but a bit strange mentally.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

I wonder what ever happened to her. I read an 80s interview with her where it said she did a lot of mainstream TV / films, but none of that really shows up on her IMDb filmography. Must have been small uncredited bit parts.

spookyx3 said...

cult/horror fans might almost be interested in the obscure home-video release PARTY GAMES FOR ADULTS ONLY. hosted by john byner, the other celebrity participants (see rhonda shear as a brunette!) are playing characters, or have been given different names. apart from the main segments, barbara peckinpaugh (BAD GIRLS 2, SPECIAL REQUEST), alexandra day and linnea -- credited as "linnea quickley" -- all appear nude in a series of silent comic interstitials. copyright 1983.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Ha, forgot all about Party Games. I have that on DVD-R along with Nudes in Limbo. I turned Nudes off midway through and never got around to Party. I'll have to dig that disc out sometime.

spookyx3 said...

i didn't mind NUDES IN LIMBO. short running time helped. a bit too "generically arty" for me, but ocassionally a nice image.

just a heads-up for b-horror fans who would normally avoid this type of thing like the plague: check out vestron's CANDID CANDID CAMERA video series. they use michelle bauer in five segments across volumes 4, 5 & 6. dumb as it sounds, i don't think i've loved her more than when she's improvising in a few of these bits; she's so naturally funny and confident here. early brinke in volume 2 (1982/3), shot mostly from the back; i recognized her voice first. also, debra lamb in #3, ty randolph & crystal breeze in #4. (becky lebeau, too. somewhere.)

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

I love those Candid Candid Camera tapes. We used to rent those all the time in school. If they'd ever release something like a box set I'd buy it in a heartbeat!

I watched 'Nudes' for Linnea and Michelle and hell if I could find either in it!

spookyx3 said...

i missed michelle. she should be obvious. linnea's segment is at 16:09 (add 0:36 for piracy warning/MCA logo); she's laying on her side as the camera pans across.

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spookyx3 said...

> At one point [bauer] was even over in Japan making movies but none of those have surfaced

not sure how far along you got with these, but i found brief clips from CALIFORNIA GIRLS on a demonstration disc for VHD, a japan-only video format.

https://youtu.be/fKLwAwIfZT4?t=836 (@13:56, already cued up)

lddb.com lists it as a 1983 adult title with a running time of 53 minutes: https://www.lddb.com/vhd/00374. michelle on the cover: https://www.lddb.com/cover/vhd/00301-00400/00374.jpg (nudity).

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Wow! Can't believe you managed to solve this mystery and even provide a few clips (the redhead in some of them looks an awful lot like Monique Gabrielle)! I tried looking up on it a bit but came up completely empty and usually ended up pointed in the direction of some 1980 movie starring John Holmes. The fact it was a VHD release in Japan (only?) also may explain why no copy has popped up online as of yet and it's usually absent from Bauer's filmography.

Also recently learned of the existence of two more Bauer movies usually not listed among her credits: Hot Tub Fever and an oil / mud wrestling thing called Video Party. The latter even has Linnea Quigley in it. It's hard to tell how many obscure videos these ladies were in!

spookyx3 said...

eventually found it on LDDB then started looking into the format. i was aware of CED, but not this. a 1986 promo disc showed box-covers for a variant called _AHD_ that initially combined audio with still-images, and CALIFORNIA GIRLS was among those, sporting different art. possibly only a mock-up, but had me confused at first, thinking CG was maybe a type of multimedia slideshow bauer had posed for. that video clips were used during a different tech demo was just a stroke of luck.

it's amazing that "new" titles from their prime years keep being uncovered. e.g.: "special appearance by linnea quigley" in something called JOURNEY OUT OF THE 23RD CENTURY (a compilation of older short films, from 1990) wasn't on my main list the last time i checked.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Don't know a thing about Journey but I wonder if that was ever released? Any other info on it? Surprised it is listed on IMDb but they have it catalogued as a German documentary.

spookyx3 said...

this from the director's website:

http://www.bastiancleve.com/wp-content/uploads/23rdCenturyS2.jpg

lists the date as 1988, actually.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

I *tried* to add California Girls to IMDb based on the information you provided so we will see what happens there! (I may be rejected since I was not able to give out the director or much additional information). Also attempted to add additional information to the Journey listing, correct the English title and remove the documentary tag. Seems that one was only shown at film festivals and has never been on home video.

spookyx3 said...

CG credits:

production: nu videa inc.
production supervisor: eiichi naito
videographer: takeshi kimi
lighting: joseph yadoe
screenplay: john owen
video engineer: mark bement
make-up: sascha
hair: daniel scarborough
on-line editor: charley randazzo
executive producer: yoshiharu kuno
producers: makoto hasegawa, gen morita
director: makoto hasegawa

(photographer takeshi kimi was VP at nu videa inc. same exec. producer & director credited with this 1982 dave grusin show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT43gpiGypw)

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The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Surprisingly, they actually accepted it! Having the link to the database probably helped matters there.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10631146/reference

Just need to now fill in some more of the blanks. Can you share the link to the back cover again? That one sent me to youtube.

spookyx3 said...

shorturl.at/brv06

original: https://auctions.c.yimg.jp/images.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/image/dr000/auc0401/users/7/5/9/4/shi_ritori-img900x1200-1515252297vvhpol28402.jpg

spookyx3 said...

deleted the short URL, since it now links to a random youtube account. weird. maybe they only work temporarily before wires get crossed somewhere.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Sucks it's got nudity on both the front and back so now I can't submit it to IMDb. I may still submit it to Letterboxd though.

But seeing the back is great as it gives away some of the rest of the cast! That is indeed Monique Gabrielle in it. And the "Teal" looks to be Teal Roberts of Hardbodies fame. "Barbara" is probably Barbara Peckinpaugh who was in a lot of other Michelle movies. Now I wonder if we could find out the identities of "Susan" and "Angelika" (who actually looks a bit like Traci Lords in that photo). The menu also lists an "Alexandra" who I wouldn't be surprised is Alexandra Day / Lindsay Freeman.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

I edited the back cover into a passable (?) poster so I could throw this on LB. Barb unfortunately had to get cut out so I could fit it in the 500x700 space. I added a lot of the credits also so this now finally has some proper online representation. It should be up on LB in a day or so.

https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/640737-california-girls?language=en-US

spookyx3 said...

nice work. had the same thoughts, 'cept i couldn't ID teal roberts. CALIFORNIA GIRLS was a difficult one: single cast member, a super-generic title and no other written information to search on!

there's a susan in BEVERLY HILLS GIRLS, susan austin. slight resemblance, particularly around the mouth and chin. similar angles when she's by the fireplace at the party. nothing remotely conclusive with only that small still to compare, but i thought i'd mention it anyway.

> Video Party. The latter even has Linnea Quigley

did you dig up anything on this, aside from the fanzine page? i think i have a clip.

spookyx3 said...

google "80s Oil Wrestling 1".

features LQ, lines up with the description in SLEAZORAMA. unless it was put out under an obscure sublabel, i don't see mainstream distributor "videospace" handling something like this.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Well that didn't take long. I checked LB this morning and the California Girls page is already up right here: https://letterboxd.com/film/california-girls-1983-1/

Sleazorama was my source for Video Party and I can find nothing else about it online except that one write-up. I watched that Linnea clip. Pretty sure she used some of those same moves in Sorority Babes fighting with the zombie and Bride of Frankenstein. haha. I then clicked on "80s Oil Wrestling 2" and, wouldn't ya know it, there's Alexandra Day yet again. Too bad we don't know what the actual tape release was called.

I did recently find Cheri and the Pirates. It's dumb but worth watching b/c Michelle has a is absolutely hilarious in it!

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Beverly Hills Girls is another one where much of the cast is a mystery. There are a lot of other girls in it aside from the known ones that seem to use fake names in the credits.

spookyx3 said...

> Hot Tub Fever

google "ph5c6970dc61166" for the whole video. crystal breeze is in it, too. seems like bauer did a few of these "savage video" catfight tapes, not just this one.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

These are hilarious. You can tell they gave the girls some basic story (probably one or two sentences of "plot") and then had them ad lib the dialogue (not that you can even hear it half the time b/c of the wind!). And that has to be the worst volleyball game ever filmed.

So that sent me to that female wrestling site someone linked in the comments. Looks like "Beth," er Michelle, is in at LEAST four of their movies: HTF, Nature's Naughty Nudes, Shocking Shorts and Sand Witches. Too bad none seem to have a box even though they offer them on DVD and (lol) Blu-ray. Not knowing the year it was released (probably around 1984-1986 I'd guess), director, etc. makes it difficult to add to her credits but her filmography is definitely the gift that keeps on giving.

The blonde in some of those is probably Melanie Scott, a porno actress who was in Roller Blade with Michelle and Crystal and had a scene with Brinke in Body Double. She was also in Michelle's Jane Bonda exercise video.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Adding a little note here but I figured out another cast member from Beverly Hills Girls. The blonde who plays "Christie" is Pamela Manning, billed as "Pamela Mandl" in the credits. I caught her in some hilariously dumb female boxing / comedy thing called Stallone's Knockouts from 1992.

spookyx3 said...

> Stallone's Knockouts

haven't dared watch this yet.

spookyx3 said...

> Cheri and the Pirates.

"lotta used to be big fashion designer in the... european country!"

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

LMAO!

It's kind of weird how many of these things are classified as pornos when they have no sex and usually even less nudity than your average R-rated B movie. Cheri has one topless scene and it's listed as a porno. wtf

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Stallone's Knockouts has another selling point: Traci Lords is in it with massive shoulder pads and even gets to promote her workout video. I got the year wrong though. This was from 1990 and likely made before she was in Cry Baby. I think it was originally a Pay Per View special.

spookyx3 said...

yep. bambi's t-shirt during the strap-match: "only on PPV. feb. 9, 1990." woulda been right when GLOW was ending, which it's obviously patterned after.

traci's also in then boyfriend/manager stewart dell's FOXY BOXING (1986) -- shot the month before she got busted -- as a round-card girl. he's credited with some of her last pornos & the later mainstream workout tape.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Much of the cast of Knockouts is GLOW girls so this was probably their last chance to milk some $$$ out of the concept. I do like the fact they've recently revived GLOW with the documentary and series but I haven't been able to check out either yet. Seems like Dell and Lords milked all they could out of *her* notoriety as well. I bet they made a small fortune off all her post scandal stuff.

Foxy Boxing is listed on IMDb as a porno film though it's clearly not. I *would* try to correct that but they keep rejecting my submissions for no good reason. They rejected my change of Mandl > Manning even though it's her, only accepted ONE of the Bauer Savage Video submissions (they put Shocking Shorts on there but not the other three despite using the same website to verify the titles) and then rejected my submission of Lords for Knockouts even though I provided a link to the video and the exact times she appears.

There's really no rhyme or reason behind what they accept or reject. At one point they had over 100 false submissions for Marilyn Burns up on her page and it took me forever to convince them these were fake. Years ago when they still had the message boards I got into a long and irritating argument with an admin about a fake submission for Sandra Peabody/ Cassell (from Craven's Last House on the Left) as part of the cast of Legend of Boggy Creek when she's not in the film at all. It was "settled" when they determined she could *possibly* have been cut from the finished film in lieu of them providing even one stitch of evidence she was ever in it to begin with. Really, really stupid. For the record she's also not in the Sean Cunningham film Case of the Full Moon Murders. They moronically have two different actresses listed with playing the same role. Huh?

spookyx3 said...

almost gave up on IMDb when they screwed with the layout back in 2010. [random exchange from the troubleshooting forum at the time: "During user research, we found that many users were not discovering any of the links on the left-hand side of pages. / May I ask where you did your research on this? A convention of blind people? The nearby graveyard?"]

luckily you could still default back to the original "reference" view then. and though i never participated, without the live message boards it may as well be one of those old movie-guides on CD-ROM. used the site less and less after that. since switching to LB visits have dwindled to almost none. only when i need a specific detail i can't get elsewhere.

i submitted one title page, 15 years ago. my attempts to correct release & filming dates were ignored. all the budgets they did accept seem to be gone now.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

There's so much unreliable stuff on IMDb now that it's utterly useless. Much of the trivia is also falsified there so people need to be more careful before spreading their stuff elsewhere. I stopped using anything from there years ago.

I was just on Linnea Quigley's page and someone added "She was originally cast as Muffy/Buffy in April Fool's Day (1986), but scheduling conflicts with The Return of the Living Dead (1985) forced her to leave the movie." Bizarre there was a "scheduling conflict" when those two films were shot AN ENTIRE YEAR APART. And as if Quigley would turn down a lead role in a Paramount production in 1985 and instead appear in those shot-on-video bondage videos from California Star she was in at around the same time. lol

The new "trivia" also states she turned down the lead role in The House on Sorority Row (1983), which is ridiculous considering it was made before she was even known and was mainly doing tiny uncredited nude parts in stuff.

It appears the admins IMDb hired know next to nothing about film and can't even use basic common sense or timelines.

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spookyx3 said...

> Hot Tub Fever ... These are hilarious.

when crystal breeze started messing up her rivals' hair, causing all three to burst out laughing... (can't believe i watched the whole thing.)

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