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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Forbidden Sins/Human Desires
Forbidden Sins/Human Desires
Columbia/Tri-Star // R // February 19, 2002
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Review by G. Noel Gross | posted April 11, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Playboy discovered her. Home video made her a star. In fact, MORE horndogs have fast-forwarded through MORE Shannon Tweed flicks than those of every other busty B-Queen combined. Whether playing a shrink or a stripper she was six luscious feet of sensuality and class who, with her sultry video covers, had an unmatched ability to keep rental registers ringing well through the '90s. Unfortunately, some of her best work hasn't made the digital leap. Those Night Eyes flicks with Andrew Stevens. The immortal Last Call. Ah, memories. Yet, it's dern near impossible to go wrong with ANY Tweed flick as evidenced by Forbidden Sins (1998, 86 minutes) and Human Desires (1996, 94 minutes) available on this delectable double-feature disc.

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Forbidden Sins: Kinky sex and a strangled stripper land real estate tycoon David Mulholland (Corby Timbrook) in court with a murder charge and enough crooked-cop evidence to land him in the pokey for a long, long time. Ms. Tweed plays his able-bodied defense attorney, and toward the end of the flick, his after hours Twister partner. Her brooding investigative minion Brian (Timothy Vale) does the dirty work of ferreting out the sorted truth of the unfortunate dancer's death one table dance at a time. Ultimately bagging a case-making lead while pumping erotic entertainer Molly Malone (Amy Lindsay) for information. In all, there's a bit more drama in the courtroom than the bedroom, but Molly's antics are certainly delish. The "shocking" double-cross finale is typical of the erotic thriller genre. Although, perhaps a bullet-between-the-eyes MORE ferocious than most. CineSchlockers enamoured with Ms. Lindsay should track down an out-of-print disc called Girls of the 'B' Movies featuring interviews and seductive contortions by Amy and other starlets such as Griffin Drew, Shauna O'Brien and CineSchlocker fave Linnea Quigley (who keeps her clothes on).

Forbidden Sins Notables: 22 breasts. Two corpses. Multiple diddling (Six quick-cut scenes). Novelty cigarette-lighter gun. Gratuitous polygraph scene. Lawyer speak. Mace to the eyes. Gratuitous strip club deejay.

Forbidden Sins Quotables: Mulholland to his booty call playmate, "You like when they look at you, don't you! You like to show off like some cheap street whore!" But chirps an angelic tune to his leggy defense attorney, "I'm not looking for a Johnny Cochran who can get me off using smoke and mirrors."

Forbidden Sins Time codes: Ms. Tweed joins the flick (11:10). Molly Malone does her crowd-pleasing schoolgirl striptease (19:33). Freeze-frame pervert's delight (33:36). Molly accepts a late-night contribution to her Hawaiian vacation fund (55:55). Shannon FINALLY gets down to business (1:09:15).

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Human Desires: Shannon is modeling tycoon Alicia Royal whose swingin' Hollywood pajama party hits a snag when one of her girls turns up nekkid and mighty dead in the pool. The cops call it a suicide given the buckets of dope in Julia's system (Peggy Trentini) and the fact her pre-dip activities included slashing her wrists. But her fellow model and bisexual gal pal Zoe (Dawn Ann Billings) ain't convinced. She enlists a booze-addled private eye (Christian Noble) to do some snooping and given the genre, their professional relationship also turns rather personal. Where's Shannon in all this? Well, she vanishes from the flick for a full 30 minutes before eventually returning for the final, ahem, climax. Come to think of it, there's a heckuvalot more canoodling than detective work going on here. Like when the victim's ex-boyfriend starts yapping about helping Julia bust into modeling, which naturally segues into a fleshy flashback of the two rutting like jungle animals in his seedy photo studio. Other erotic red herrings also riddle the flick on its way to a particularly baffling, yet somehow upbeat ending. CineSchlockers should beware that this flick is sometimes billed as Indecent Behavior 4, yet has no real connection to Ms. Tweed's "Rebecca Mathis, Sex Therapist" franchise.

Human Desires Notables: 10 breasts. Three corpses. Multiple diddling (8 scenes). Peeping. Lingerie soiree. Mexican standoff. Lesbian tongue rasslin'. Gratuitous photo shoot. Kindly barkeep.

Human Desires Quotables: Cokehead model rebuffs her friend's concern, "Don't be such a Nancy Reagan!" Horndog cop ogles a potential date, "That's the best looking stiff I've seen! [email protected]#$! I might have to break my rule about the pulse."

Human Desires Time codes: Dean emotes (52:15). Amazing migrating ivy on building (56:31). Ms. Tweed earns her keep (1:06:50).

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Audio/Video: Both flicks are presented in decidedly lackluster, but passable fullframe transfers with utilitarian Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks.

Extras: Nada.

Final thought: An entertaining sampler of Ms. Tweed's illustriously salacious career as THE queen of late-night cable. Recommended.

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G. Noel Gross is a Dallas graphic designer and avowed Drive-In Mutant who specializes in scribbling B-movie reviews. Noel is inspired by Joe Bob Briggs and his gospel of blood, breasts and beasts.
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