|Released||Jun 27th, 2012|
|Running Time||139 Min.|
|Company||Zero Tolerance Entertainment|
|DVD Extras||Interviews, Still Gallery(ies), Trailer(s), Widescreen|
|Cast||Anthony Rosano, Tommy Pistol, Evan Stone, James Deen, Chastity Lynn, Brian Street Team, Andy San Dimas, Katie St. Ives, Chanel Preston, Lizz Tayler, Stevie Shae|
|Non-Sex Roles||Peter O'Tool, Redd Dyver|
Sam Hain has been a creative force behind several top-notch porn parodies, including homages to The X Files and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Now he’s tackled a totally different genre—film noir—in Zero Tolerance’s The Valley. Hain has come up with a script worthy of admiration by film buffs, deftly referencing Raymond Chandler’s detective novels.
Tommy Pistol is Marlowe, but here Chandler’s iconic private eye has been reimagined as an Iraqi war vet and the action has been moved from Hollywood to the San Fernando Valley. As in Chandler’s The Big Sleep, Marlowe has been hired by a rich man with a wayward daughter, and there’s another daughter—played by Andy San Dimas—who doesn’t seem to want her sister found.
As Marlowe follows the trail of the missing girl (played by Chastity Lynn), his investigation takes him into an alternate universe where pornographers are still making a fortune; there he meets a sleazeball producer (Evan Stone) and falls for a beautiful porn star (Chanel Preston) before the big reveal at the end.
The story is fun, the performers are solid (particularly Pistol, Stone and Preston), and the sex scenes are hot. But true film noir fans will likely quibble with the lighting and the camerawork—a notable weakness for an homage to this genre. The best-looking scene features Chastity Lynn, James Deen and Anthony Rosano on an elaborate porn set with dramatic, shadowy lighting—and the look here is what the whole movie needed: stylish, dramatic and polished. To be sure, classic film noir often used multiple types of lighting to set different moods, but here the lighting seems random and inconsistent. And in rating this title it was necessary to shave points off for three instances where one hears murmured verbal directions to performers during sex scenes. That’s not the kind of voiceover you’re looking for in film noir.