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Addams Family XXX, The

Review by: 
Sinferno
Release Date: 
2011
Studio: 
Exquisite Pictures)
Genre: 
Adult/Parody
Format: 
DVD
Region: 
1 NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 
1.85:1
Directed by: 
Rodney Moore
Cast: 
India Summer
Evan Stone
Brandy Aniston)
Movie: 
4
Extras: 
4
Bottom Line: 
4
Video: 
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Who among us doesn’t remember the Addams Family?  A loose extended household of morbid mutants created by a man named Charles Addams in a series of cartoons originally published in the New Yorker in the late thirties, this creepy clan would eventually inspire all manner of tertiary media products from two big budget movies, a Broadway musical, countless video games, the final top ten hit by MC Hammer and the best-selling pinball machine of all time. None can doubt that they were truly “The Simpsons” of a previous generation.  And much like The Simpsons, perhaps they will best remembered for their weekly television show.  Yet as the internet teaches us, time and time again, you haven’t truly become a true cultural icon until someone releases an adult film porno parody of your syndicated work.  That day is now, for Exquisite pictures version of the Addams Family is a rendition of the ancient television show that is as arcane as it is profane. Let us check it out and see if this television show from our youths arouses something more than our sense of Nick at Nite nostalgia as an adult audience.

First it should be stated (as usual in a film from Exquisite Pictures), that the costume design is absolutely incredible, in addition this film features several of the main characters in creature effect make-up which is used sparingly enough (face only) where it doesn’t drip from the actors and stain the bedding by the end of the scene (as in the Munsters adult film) thus preserving the surreal nature of theses these things until the end of a scene where an unsightly mess belongs. Additionally, one of the extras on the second disk is a full length black and white version of the film which actually does somehow make it more “strangely” authentic.

Beyond the costumes and creature effects it should be stated that the characters in this film act exactly like their long lost network inspirations from the mid-sixties. Morticia walks around in her little mincing half steps. Lurch groans accommodatingly; monosyllabically whether he is suffering the cruel torments of the children or the pleasures of the flesh and Thing “the hand in the box” sexually interacts with the Addams women in perhaps the only a way that expect a disembodied hand can. (Hand jobs?)  Of particular notice is Father Addams himself played by Evan Stone.  Surrounded by other actors who are playing wooden, joyless sounding characters, with the secondary acting skill of most adult film performers he is an absolute madman and his zany, animated antics providing much life in this somber house of the dead, giving a portrayal of Gomez with an authentic zeal that has not been seen onscreen anywhere since the late Raul Julia. In addition, Young Wednesday (while naturally eighteen years of age as is mandatory) is still homicidal and fantasizes openly about murdering her brother, Pugsley (as well as a few other things which will be discussed in a bit). 

Despite the visual aesthetic, perhaps the most “Addamsy” thing about this parody which will most fans of the actual series will immediately recognize is the use of “normal characters” to help underlay the bizarre and brutal everyday  tendencies of the Addams’s themselves.   On the original series they would be constantly visited by normal often bewildered humans from around the community, only so they could torment them and drive them away screaming by the end of the episode as comedy ensued.  In this porno parody, it seems the constant steady stream of nameless visitors allow much of the cast someone to have sex with (because incest is the wrong kind of creepy).  Gomez hires a prostitute for Pugsley, Uncle Fester has relations with a visiting School official and the yak meat eating plant has been replaced with a couple insatiable women dressed like plants named (Cleopatra and Catherine) who literally “feed on” a couple of visiting Mormon missionaries. (Penis fly trap?)  As can be expected, the interactions between “the spooks” and “the straights” are rife with some comedy relief and give this a quiet sense of authenticity that few porno parodies achieve.

Now one thing I hate doing in an a review of an adult film is talking about a particular scene because I think its uncomfortable for me to write about almost as is for the good Horrorview audience to read but there is one moment that is worth some special mention, simply because it shatters convention and is perhaps my personal favorite scene I have ever seen in a porno parody from this company.  I will describe it here in non-explicit terms to see if it strikes resonance with any of you as well.  After a scene where Morticia gives Wednesday a sex talk and she learns the importance of fantasy, she settles down with “Thing” for a private session.  Her dream sequence begins and she suddenly finds herself wearing a uncharacteristically bright cheerleaders outfit just as a couple jocks step onto the set and remark to one another creepily how “this must be prize that coach promised them for making a double play”. At this I started to sigh aloud out of boredom because this scene looked exactly like another DEBBIE DOES DALLAS male chauvinistic blow bang scene seen in thousands in adult movies between a couple of jocks and a comely (coughs) cheerleader who is treated as an object to use. It is then that Wednesday breaks the fourth wall and says to the viewer, as to no one at all: “If this is my fantasy then I should be able to do this” From there she snaps her fingers (Addams family style) and the scene changes to that of a proper Addams Family inspired sex dungeon.  Not only is Wednesday now clad in proper black leather seductress attire, but the two cocksure jocks are now naked and locked in various foreground torture devices.  As the scene ensues she makes use of them on her terms as well as a pretty blonde cheerleader (played by “Supergirl” Alanah Rae) who really picked the worst possible moment to wander into the wrong room run by an insatiable horny Goth girl raised on insane extremes. By the end of the scene there can be doubt that (as usual in any Addams Family rendition) you shouldn’t take Wednesday lightly (so to speak).  I can’t decide whether this scene was so uniquely hot because it shattered the chauvinistic sexploitation tropes force fed to me in 99% of the films I review, or because this scene had an angry, vengeful quality seldom seen in mainstream adult film filmed today.  Either way, if you hold a personal belief system where you honestly feel that it is possible for pornography to ever be liberating to women, if not an exercise in visual feminism, this scene will seem modern, mean and more than a little wickedly funny. But what would else you expect from an Addams Family porno? Uncle Fester’s incorporating a light bulb into his sex acts? Oh, it’s got that.

If there is one disappointment in this film which captures every facet of the Addams Family unclothed, it is the fact that the ornate Victorian house of 0001 Cemetery Lane from the original series is not accurately represented whatsoever in this film aside from the set pieces. The walls for the individual scenes seem to be festooned with a motley collection of museum replica weapons and Halloween store plastic props (which mysteriously seem to follow the actors from room to room in various scenes) but it is obvious that this thing was filmed on just another set. For a porno parody such as Family Guy or American Dad, this setting is both expected and adequate because these onscreen families all seem to live in common suburban homes. Yet in the case of the Addams Family, the house they lived in was so integral to their sight gags, plots and personas that it was almost like they left out a character, especially when you watch this thing in black and white.  I know it certainly must have been a cost issue, but they came so close to perfection in every other way it is a glaring error.  As it stands it’s  still an “awful good time” by someone who loved the original series enough to appreciate the irony of this statement.

Extras include a second disk containing the black and white version, “the making of” and a behind the scenes mini documentary.

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