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Donkey Punch

Review by: 
Head Cheeze
Release Date: 
2008
Studio: 
Magnolia
Genre: 
Thriller
Format: 
DVD
Region: 
0 NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 
1.78:1
Directed by: 
Oliver Blackburn
Cast: 
Jaime Winstone
Sian Breckin
Nichola Burley
Jay Taylor
Tom Burke
Movie: 
3
Extras: 
3
Bottom Line: 
3

 "Have you ever heard of a 'donkey punch'?"
 
It's a question Bluey (Tom Burke) asks of his friends and nubile young guests as they soak in the warmth of the Mediterranean, and it's the catalyst that turns a drug-fueled pleasure cruise hook-up into a bloody nightmare.
 
Three young girls - Lisa (Sian Breckin), Kim (Jaime Winstone) and Tammi (Nichola Burley) - are vacationing in Spain, where they happen across three fellow Brits, Bluey, Marcus (Jay Taylor), and Josh (Julian Morris).  Marcus and Josh are crewmen aboard a luxury yacht, whose owner has gone home for the season, leaving the boat in their care. The boys invite the girls back to the boat for a drink, where ship's engineer (and Josh's older brother), Sean (Robert Boulter), awaits. Despite Sean's protests, the others decide to take the boat out of the harbor for more privacy. As the revelers imbibe all manner of drugs and booze, sordid tales of sexual exploits become the topic of conversation, including Bluey's  rather crude mention of the "donkey punch" (a sex act/urban legend in which a man supposedly punches his partner in the back of the head to enhance his orgasm). While the more reserved Kim and Sean opt to spend time alone above deck, the rest retreat to the master bedroom for a truly salacious orgy whereupon Josh is attempts a donkey punch on the all-to-willing Lisa. Things, of course, end badly, as Lisa is killed instantly, right before the lense of Bluey's video camera. Now, as the men attempt to cover up their friend's misdeed, the girls are put in the position of either agreeing with the men's plan or suffering the same fate as Lisa.
 
Donkey Punch starts out as a fun and frivolous sex romp that quickly transforms into a gore-soaked fight for survival. There are no real heroes or villains, here, as everyone's got a decent enough reason for doing what it is they do. The men want to save their careers (and Josh's life), while the girls don't want to sell out their friend and pretend her death was an accident. Even then, with the exception of Kim, the characters are all fairly unsympathetic and I found myself rooting on all of their demises. The film maintains a decent level of suspense, but, as one would expect, running around a ship can only hold one's interest for so long, and I found my attention waning in the final minutes.
 
Performances are fairly good across the board, especially when one considers that a great deal of the action takes place with the actors and actresses completely in the buff! This is quite the dirty little picture, here, with simulated sex acts galore, and the sort of nudity usually reserved for hardcore pornography.  When you factor in the buckets of gore in the film's second half, it's easy to understand why this British import didn't even bother to try for a rating from the MPAA.
 
Part of Magnolia/Magnet's Six-Shooter Film Series, Donkey Punch comes to DVD loaded with cool special features, including a director commentary, deleted scenes, cast and crew interviews, and a brief behind -the-scenes featurette.
 
While perhaps a little longer than it needed to be, Donkey Punch is still a dark, down, and dirty slice of horror suspense that will titillate as much as it will terrify, and will surely please both gorehounds and smut fiends alike.

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