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Burlesque (2010)

Director: Dominic Deacon
Starring: Haydn Evans, Christina Hallett, Poppy Cherry, Virginia Bowers, Dennis Kreusler
Unrated  Running time:  approx. 75 minutes
DANK Films 

Frank Bannister (Haydn Evans), a writer of Richard Laymon-style horror sleaze, is spending the night in his apartment, stone drunk, piss soaked, and alone. His night of pathos is interrupted by a knock at the door. It's every man's fantasy come true: two complete strangers, one cool and intelligent (Christina Hallett), the other a bundle of giggling sexual energy (Poppy Cherry), both beautiful, have arrived and want the opportunity to spend the night with their favorite horror writer. After a bit of hemming and hawing, Frank invites them in.

Before this can turn into a film version of a Penthouse Forum article, the women begin to play games with the miserable writer. Dangerous games, both to Frank's body and his mind. The gorgeous, icy Veronica wants to know what motivates Frank to write such nasty books that frequently feature female characters being sexually degraded and murdered. Meanwhile, playful Tammy runs about Frank's apartment like a drunken schoolgirl, and a possibly dangerous one at that.

I won't say much more about the plot, because part of the fun of Burlesque is trying to anticipate what happens next. I will say, though, that before this night is over, Frank Bannister will wish he had never opened the door.

Burlesque is a great example of what can be done with a minimum of resources, a lot of talent (on both sides of the camera), and a bucketful of creativity. It's also a lean, mean little movie running just barely over an hour, which actually adds to the frantic buzz of the film's final act.

I liked this movie, and am looking forward to checking out his previous film, an interesting looking bit of nunsploitation called Bad Habits.

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