(1998) from Tuna
Restless Souls is a direct to vid soft-core
supernatural thriller that doesn't seem to be listed at IMDB. The plot
set-up is old news. Newlyweds have car trouble, and decide to spend
the night in a haunted mansion. When the bride is abducted by the
house, the groom's rich father hires a team of paranormal researchers.
It is here that the writers had some original ideas. One of the team
could see past and future by touching objects, which meant that he
could see simulated sex from throughout history. The other man was the
team leaders. One of the women, get this, was sexually irresistible to
spirits (and living people as well), but the real genius was the
fourth team member, who had telekinetic powers, which, at one point,
she used to sexually arouse her partner.
|The team discovers that the house is
indeed haunted. It was owned by a civil war general, who made a pact
with the devil. He would furnish the devil a virginal bride to procreate
with, and the devil would make the south win the civil war.
Unfortunately, the generals blushing bride failed the purity test. Now
the general, long sense dead, is taking a last try at fulfilling his
part of the deal.
The good news is lots of nudity and simulated
sex, including full-frontal from Amy Hite, Leslie Lindsay,
Maureen Flaherty and Ravenelle Richardson. Crotch patches were
very evident during the hottest sex scenes.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a D+. Admiring the writers few
inspired plot elements was not enough for me to like this film,
but a good transfer would have made it an acceptable genre
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