PHILADELPHIA—Once upon a time, AVN was just a 16-page, two-color, center-stapled movie-store giveaway, but in its sixth issue, June of 1983, it reviewed the tenth release from acclaimed XXX director Cecil Howard: Scoundrels.
“Scoundrels is certainly the most erotic hardcore film released so far this year,” we wrote. “Thanks to Anne Randall’s magnificent script, Scoundrels gives us three-dimensional characters that rarely find their way into adult plots. This family is sensitive and very normal in their feelings; the abnormalities come from the unstable setting. Scoundrels takes serious themes (the kinds that Taboo and Roommates tried to tackle) one step further, showing that its subject can be erotic and dangerous at the same time. … Scoundrels classifies as thinking man’s porn.”
In the decade since videotapes have gone the way of rotary dial phones and laserdiscs, Scoundrels has been off the market … but thanks to HotMovies.com, adult movie fans will now have another chance to see the film that won AVN’s first Best Film award, and which garnered its first Best Director and Best Editing trophies also.
“I’ve been involved with Cecil Howard, who produced this film, going back for three or four years,” HotMovies.com spokesman James Cybert told AVN, “and I’m the only one who’s been able to do a deal with him in the last 20 years to get any of his product out on the marketplace.” Read the rest of this entry »