Director(s): Unknown/Claude Goddard
Vinegar Syndrome

It's cold outside and Vinegar Syndrome's PEEKARAMA BIG 2 UNIT! SHOW gives you the opportunity to curl up with a pair of vintage seventies porn pics.

ABDUCTION OF AN AMERICAN PLAYGIRL takes place in a chilly upstate New York town where fast-talking Will (Eric Edwards, THE VIRGIN AND THE LOVER) and slow-witted Fred (Alan Marlow, ORIENTAL BLUE) abduct Julie (Darby Lloyd Rains, NAKED CAME THE STRANGER) reasoning that the sex will be so good she'll thank them. The plan changes slightly when Will realizes that Julie has a rich father. He sends Fred off to place a call with a ransom demand, but the father says they can keep her; and they find out why as Julie turns out to be quite a handful in and out of bed. Julie blackmails Will and Fred with prison into keeping her satisfied as they continue to lower their ransom demand. Not only do they bring in additional "help", Julie also manages to entertain herself with a pair of hunters (including MARTIN's Roger Caine). Julie's father finally agrees on five hundred dollars for the ransom amount and sends Julie's little sister to deliver it, but the siblings are not so quick to cut the kidnappers loose until they've had their fun.

No director or writer is credited, but neither is really necessary – although there certainly must have been someone at the helm – since Edwards was a trained actor, and presumably Marlow and Rains had dramatic training or were just naturals given their work in other classic adult films (Marlow and Rains were seemingly go-to performers for Radley Metzger's "Henry Paris" films, and all three appeared together in Metzger's THE PRIVATE EVENINGS OF PAMELA MANN). That said, whoever helmed the film presumably told the cameraman when to stop and start he camera as Edwards' and Marlow's effortless "George and Lennie" improv act does drag on past the point of being humorous in a number of exchanges, and the comic aspect falls back on the same sight gags repeatedly (including undercranked long takes of the bedroom antics to illustrate Julie's insatiable appetite). The comic value of ABDUCTION OF AN AMERICAN PLAYGIRL's "she raped me" twist would probably be offensive (given the guys' initial premise that she'll be thankful for the fantastic lay) if not for film's overall light tone (and in the context of its double billing here with WINTER HEAT).

In WINTER HEAT, ex-cons Stevie (Jamie Gillis, THE OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN), Joey (Mickie Humm, SEXTEEN), and slow-witted Benji (Alex Mann, THE DEFIANCE OF GOOD) – along with Stevie's wife Agnes (Helen Madigan, LUSTFUL FEELINGS) – happen upon an isolated cabin and brutalize a trio of vulnerable women: Clair (Susan Sloan, ANYONE BUT MY HUSBAND), Gail (Bree Anthony, THE TAKING OF CHRISTINA), and "hot-to-trot" virginal Jenny (Jenny Lane, BARBIE'S FANTASY). That's pretty much all that happens. Although considerably darker than the A-feature on the disc, WINTER HEAT winds up being a rather half-hearted, hardcore "roughie". Gillis throws in some verbal and physical abuse – Madigan nearly upstages him in this area during her molestation of one of the abductees – while Humm apparently comes across as more sensitive in comparison. Madigan and Mann disappear halfway through the film for no apparent reason, while one of the aggressors has an unlikely change of heart and the other apparently has the table turned on him (entirely offscreen apparently). Either pseudonymous director "Claude Goddard" was uncomfortable with the escalating depravity of the scenario or just did not care about wrapping things up in a satisfying manner.

Apparently never released on tape or DVD previously, ABDUCTION OF AN AMERICAN PLAYGIRL looks great in Vinegar Syndrome's 2K mastered transfer of the original negative with strong colors and an image seemingly as sharp as the photography allows. The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono track is hissy without being distracting. The film's trailer (1:39) is the only extra on the disc. Previously released by Midnight Video and Alpha Blue Archives, WINTER HEAT – mastered here from a 2K scan of a 35mm archival print – cleans up after a scratchy and crackly opening title sequence, although there are still some bumpy splices (which may have originated with the editing instead of any repair). The Dolby Digital 2.0 mono is hissy but dialogue always comes through clearly. (Eric Contenas)