Elegant Angel’s “Pornstar Superheroes” has done adult parodies one better; not only has it incorporated themes from one popular genre and pornified it, but writers/directors William H. and Graham Travis have also thrown in at least a thousand identifiable film references into this “Kill Bill”-meets-”The Stand”-meets-”X-Men” feature starring girls in and out of tight clothes.
Oh, and “Thundarr the Barbarian.”
Those girls are Asa Akira, Tori Black, Kristina Rose, and Sadie West, who find themselves in a lawless, post-apocalyptic Southern California devastated by a flu epidemic and in need of a vigilante hosedown.
Oh, and “Death Wish.”
Naturally some questions arise. How do the cholo gang members keep their t-shirts so white despite the near-total; breakdown of infrastructure? Why does Tori Black choose black latex in the scorching L.A. heat? At least Kristina Rose sensibly chooses white stretchy material. And must Asa Akira always play an Asian?
William H. is one of porn’s most dependable directors, usually making small-budgeted gonzo movies look much more expensive. In his hands, “Superheroes” suffers just a bit from feature sprawl (and I also wondered why scripted porn generally aims for dark themes when all we want to do with these women is fuck them) but you can tell that each of the talented castmembers is grateful for the change, the costumes, and to add some “bad” to their asses.
Having seen the acting chops of Kristina Rose and Asa Akira before in movies like “Seinfeld XX” and (especially” “Pure” respectively, I was happy to see them back in roles with dialogue (and, in Rose’s case, “early stages of telekinesis”). But the real treat of “Pornstar Superheroes” was seeing traditionally gonzo girls Tori Black and Sadie West chewing some scenery.
Elegant Angel doesn’t tend to have overwrought media blitzes for their movies, so I hope “Pornstar Superheroes” doesn’t fly under the radar.