Love Slaves, Full (1976)

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Description: Can John Leslie possibly rescue all those beautiful girls from the clutches of the evil doctor who has turned them into oral automatons?
Scene Breakdowns
Scene 1. Veronica Taylor, John Leslie
Scene 2. Laura Bourbon
Scene 3. Laura Bourbon, Ken Scudder
Scene 4. Tanya Shea
Scene 5. Enjil Von Bergdorfe, Tanya Shea
Scene 6. Enjil Von Bergdorfe, Turk Lyon
Scene 7. Desiree West, Ken Scudder, Turk Lyon
Scene 8. Tanya Shea, Ken Scudder, Turk Lyon
Scene 9. Sharon Thorpe
Scene 10. Astrid Gordon, Janis Lake
Review:
When Bob Chinn set out to make The Love Slaves, producer Bob Cresse requested that Chinn make a hardcore version of Kôji Wakamatsu's 1966 film The Love Robots. The resulting film, The Love Slaves, is a dark, gritty, and, at times, nasty adult feature.

In The Love Slaves, a rash of kidnappings in San Francisco over the course of a few days along with increased narcotic traffic causes Steve Blake (John Leslie), a special investigator for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, to investigate the happenings. Both are caused by Dr. Paul Severin (Alain Patrick), who is hypnotizing the abductees to be sexualized killers. When Blake gets too close, Severin kidnaps Karen (Tanya Shea), Blake's sister.

What makes The Love Slaves works so well is due to how Chinn handles the material. The Love Slaves has a strong, and engrossing, story that isn't just a throwaway plot to fit between the sex scenes. The sex works with the story, instead of against it, resulting in a great plotted adult film. On top of that, the story itself is interesting and would hold up, without the sex, as a grindhouse film.

The cast handles the material well. Leslie steals the show as Steve Blake putting in his normal strong performance with the non-sexual and sexual material proving why he was one of the heavy-hitting male stars from this era. Alain Patrick makes an excellent villain in the film and it is easy to see why Chinn cast him in the role. Most of the female cast members play hypnotized women, so there wasn't much to their roles, however, those with dimensional characters, like Tanya Shea, do great.

The sex scenes are well done. As to whether the viewer likes them or not is due to how much the viewer likes sex scenes where cast members stay in character. Many of the sex scenes occur with hypnotized women and the actresses in these roles play them well. There is also a non-consensual scene in the film, which obviously isn't the most erotic. However, other scenes, like the opening scene with Leslie and Veronica Taylor, are excellent and erotic.

The Love Slaves is beautifully shot with some very inventive camera work and great sets and locations giving the film an appropriately gritty feel that fits with the mood of the overall film. The film has nice and tight editing resulting in a visually appealing seedy adult feature that could have only come out of the 70s.

The Love Slaves is an excellent adult feature film from the 1970s that isn't as well-known as some of its counterparts but is just as worth watching as they are. The film has an engrossing story, nice camera work, and a solid cast that doesn't let the viewer down in either the sex or the acting. The Love Slaves is highly recommended for fans of the genre.
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