If there's been a more ambitious release from Stagliano's crew all year than Nacho Vidal's Back 2 Evil, well, this reviewer certainly hasn't seen it. Starting with the unsettling, horror film-like title sequence (we'd pre-nom it for Best Title Sequence if only we had such a category) and continuing through several of its five, frequently fetishy vignettes, which range from stylish to not-very-so, from rough and spankable to really rough and really spankable, it's apparent that a lot of thought, planning and TLC went into this production.
The title, of course, works on two levels. It's a reference to Vidal returning to Evil Angel after a directorial hiatus from the company, but it also refers to the dark tone of the production, particularly Vidal's vaguely satanic character (the box cover photo of him is reminiscent of De Niro's Louis Cyphere, aka, Lucifer, character in 1987's Angel Heart).
But let's get Back 2 the most important element of any adult production, ambitious or otherwise - the sex.
The sizzling, atmospheric opener, "Geisha Training," has luscious, Domme-like Velvet Rose teaching geisha girl Katja Kassen how to take a rough face-fucking from Vidal complete with gagging, choking and spider webs of drool. Vidal then reams both girls' asses and pussies and finally j.o.s onto Rose's face.
Vignette No. 2, "Surprise Baby," is a course little number that features lusty Brit import Alicia Rhodes taking off a blindfold only to find Wesley Pipes' and Boz's thick black fishing poles staring her down, then nailing all her holes and blowing all over her comely kisser.
Scene three, "Cherry Mafia," is a manically paced fourway in which Vidal and Manuel Ferrera sodomize Ashley Long and Julie Night, then d.p. both bitches before popping on their asses and making Night lick Long's crack clean.
The edgy "Jealous Monkey" has Vidal putting a gun on big-titted Avy Scott, administering rough, gooey cock training, banging her on a piano - their flailing bodies making a fitting cacophony of noize on the keyboard - then jacking onto her face, howling like a Hell-bound soul. All this while a monkey in a cage goes apeshit.
In a production full of TLC, the most TLC went into the closer, "The Angel Collector," in which Vidal's real life on-again, off-again love interest, Belladonna, plays a dark angel in a cage who Vidal vows he will never set free. He roughly fucks the back of her throat through the bars, enters the cage, spanks and canes her butt, plows her pussy, then bangs and blows on her "angel ass," which frees her from captivity. Hey, sex is liberating, right?
And now for the pre-noms: Best Vignette Tape, Best Director - Non-Feature; Best Group Sex Scene (Long, Night, Vidal, Ferrara); Best Oral Scene (Belladonna, Vidal); Best Sex Scene Coupling (Belladonna, Vidal); and Best Editing (Elin Young).