One of the most expensive porn movies undertaken in recent years, Miss Lucifer’s “Malice in La La Land” was shot over several months in 2009, during which time it flew its production team back and forth to Belgium, filmed in several locations around L.A. and in the desert, ran out of money, switched distributors, and finally released its finished product more than a year after production started.
I imagine it cost at least $175,000 which, considering that companies are spending around $25k per picture lately, gives you an idea of profit expectations.
The staff behind Miss Lucifer is a well-connected group of mainstream pros with European licensing deals, so the limited push being given the DVD by distributor Vivid might pale in comparison to softcore, hotel, and European set-top box revenues. I hope so, because the movie is worth watching.
Studio: Miss Lucifer
Director: Lew Xypher
Starring: Sasha Grey, Dirty Fred, Andy San Dimas, Keni Styles, Ron Jeremy, Kagney Linn Karter, Phoenix Marie, Chayse Evans, Billy Glide, Stephen Powers, Chris Johnson, Danny Mountain, Alan Stafford, Mackenzee Pierce, Alyssa Reece, Kristina Rose, Juelz Ventura, Sadie West, Tommy Gunn, Jenna Presley, Lew Xypher, Tanya Moon
“Malice in La La Land” is an ambitious Europorno shot with American talent and paying homage to great Americans like Hunter S. Thompson and Quentin Tarantino in its depictions of things people can get up to in the desert.
Malice (Grey) is rescued by a rabbit from incarceration in an asylum and, before she is recaptured, leads her stalwart pursuer, orderly Jabbowski (a former street clown named Dirty Fred in a non-sex role), on a chase through desert motels and Jumbo’s Clown Room. Along the way, she meets Keni Styles in a covertible and Hunter Thompson hat and Ron Jeremy, playing a sleazeball strip club kingpin.
The dialogue is economical, befitting the dusty dream Malice is having, and the movie benefits from an efficient and evocative soundtrack as well as bits of animation that takes us where costly real-life transitions can’t.
“Malice” is fun because we spend very little time in L.A. itself, despite the title; it’s a Belgian’s perception of California or, as Cahiers du Cinema calls it, a Waffle Porn. We are treated to a juicy scene with Kagney Linn Karter playing a hick, a la Juliette Lewis in “Natural Born Killers,” as well as what appears to be the asylum’s real function: as some kind of fellatio lab for Andy San Dimas.
Unlike some porn epics, “Malice” does not overburden the viewer with story over sex, but we never really see enough of the performers, just the same. It’s as if the production was erring on the side of artfulness and, because it wasn’t going for Rocco Siffredi-style clinicality, let the pendulum swing too far back into restraint.
“Malice” might well be Sasha Grey’s last big feature for a while, now that she’s all famous and stuff, so, if not for the chance to see a dwarf or actual nipples (courtesy of Jesse Capelli and Mackenzee Pierce) in Jumbo’s Clown Room, see it for Sasha.
- Buy “Malice in La La Land” here
Previously on Porn Valley Observed: Sasha Grey grooms a rabbit; Mackenzee Pierce and Jesse Capelli bring nipples back to Jumbo’s Clown Room
See also: Miss Lucifer