coming soon: Cecil Howard's October Silk

The original movie poster

PHILADELPHIA – HotMovies.com announced today the release of its eighth exclusive classic from the famed but nearly impossible to find Command Cinema library. October Silk will premiere on the popular VOD site just in time for the month for which it was named.

Once again, legendary Producer/Director Cecil Howard agreed with HotMovies to screen the film in Pay-Per-Minute and streaming rental formats for an exclusive one-month run. Like most of Howard’s highly regarded movies from the 1980s, Silk has never seen a DVD release so those without a rare VHS or Beta copy will finally have the chance to view it, but only during the month of October.

“Howard’s movies are all special,” said HotMovies director of business development James Cybert. “They all have the right mix of plotting and eroticism, just enough lead-in to get the audience invested for the good stuff. What we really liked about this one is the amazing lineup of ten golden age starlets at their absolute hottest.”

Featuring a gorgeous cast of ’80s talent headlined by Abigail Clayton, Candida Royale, Howard favorite Samantha Fox, and redhead bombshell Lisa DeLeuew, the movie took home Hustler’s prize for Film of the Year in 1981 and was also voted as the top movie of the year by the magazine’s fans and the NY Critics Group.

Gloria Leonard, Arcadia Lake, Merle Michaels, Christine de Schaeffer, Christie Ford and Tara Smith round out the gorgeous cast of workers and guests at the naughty boutique that serves as the main setting in the film, which was produced by Howard and directed by late porn legend Henri Pachard.

Premiering originally in 1981, Silk shows off the duo’s eye for the naughty niche. Secretary sex? Check. Naughty nurse? Check. Dominatrix? Check. Cheerleaders? You bet. Not to mention a climax worthy of the term as one man gets all he can handle for the trio of voluptuous vixens.

The movie, said Howard, came about because of the success of another movie you will find exclusively on HotMovies.com. “I was having lunch with Henri Pachard one day and we decided for kicks to team up and make a movie together. The result was the famous, award-winning Babylon Pink. Because of the humongous success we had with that, we decided to go at it one more time.”

Additional HotMovies exclusives from Command Cinema include Dangerous Stuff, Neon Nights, Platinum Paradise, Scoundrels, Star Angel, The Last X-Rated Movie and Foxtrot.

Cecil Howard's "Scoundrels"PHILADELPHIA - Two days after ABC debuted a new hour-long weekly TV show by the same name, Hotmovies.com will premiere the original, award-winning Scoundrels starting today for a limited window. Thus, 27 years to the month after its original release, Cecil Howard’s legendary masterpiece of adult cinema will make a new kind of history.

For the first time since the advent of Internet Video On Demand, a movie will run on planned limited release. Scoundrels, which won AVN’s first ever Best Film Award in 1983, as well as Best Director and Best Editing, will be available to the popular website’s viewers for one-month only, with no further distribution plans in the hopper.

“It’s an historic deal in so many ways,” said HotMovies director of business development James Cybert. “Here is the first movie to win the porn equivalent of a best picture Oscar, with a living legend in his first serious starring role, by the greatest adult director to have ever lived. Then, you take all that, and you have 30 days to watch it. You may never have this chance again. It’s a whole new way of doing things but we believe it’s worth it for this man and this movie.”

The movie – shot, like all of Howard’s earlier works, on 35MM film – stars HotMovies spokesman and porn all-star Ron Jeremy is his first non-comedic feature role, as well as Hustler covergirl Copper Penny in her lone foray into adult movies.

Jeremy said he relished working on Howard’s ambitious films because they aimed to be more than just porn flicks. “Back in those days, when you worked on his films, you worked maybe 10 days as an actor and then maybe one day of sex,” said Jeremy. “Wake up in the morning and feel like an actor that day…. That’s why it was called the golden age of porn—the early ’80s.” Read the rest of this entry »

Cecil Howard's "Scoundrels"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 »