Steve Noir’s latest project, Freakmaker: Sparrow Caught, is now available at SHG-Media. Noir has developed something of a cult following in the genre for his stylistic approach to heroine peril; he often deals with characters and situations not often found in the majority of heroine videos. I enjoyed Sparrow Caught for its visual style and its two attractive heroines, and fans of heroine beat-downs should check this video out, as the second half of the video features an absolute pummeling of the main character, Sparrow.
The video begins with “amateur detective Amy Austin” snooping around an empty house which she believes to be the home of the dreaded Freakmaker (whose real name, we learn, is Arsen Venga). She sneaks around for a while, hoping to catch a glimpse of the masked evildoer and to (I assume) capture his likeness on camera. He appears and surprises her, leading to a very short scene in which Amy Austin is rendered unconscious. Just as things are looking really bad for our heroine (bad in ways that involve bondage and a ball gag), our real heroine appears—Sparrow, played by the lovely model from Noir’s Revecca: Resident Virus.
Sparrow appears to be something of a home-grown heroine. She doesn’t seem to have any special powers, and the homemade feel of her costume brings to mind the Bruce Willis character from M. Night Shamalamafanakana’s Unbreakable and the main character from the recent film Kick-Ass. Sparrow attacks Freakmaker and attempts to defeat him, but this doesn’t work out well for her.
Freakmaker brings his two unconscious, defeated heroines back to his hidden evil lair to torment them. Sparrow makes another attempt to defeat Freakmaker at an opportune moment, and this results in a very, very long beat-down sequence that basically comprises the remaining ten minutes of the video. Freakmaker delivers a ton of belly punches to the weakened Sparrow as a bound, gagged and blindfolded Amy Austin sits helplessly nearby. Sparrow has her hands chained together and receives more brutal beatings from Freakmaker (who clearly enjoys every minute of this). I liked the ending of the video a lot, even though I suspect that one characters’ fate may not be what it appears (you kind of have to see the video to understand what that means).
So I recommend Sparrow Caught for fans of Steve Noir, belly punching fans, and viewers who might enjoy a heroine peril video that resembles something like a Tarantino-inspired postmodern horror scenario. I suppose I might have liked more of a build-up with the Sparrow character, perhaps seeing how capable she is before her severe beating, but that’s just my opinion. For fans who checked out Noir’s recent Star: Hard Punchers, I think this video is a pretty good follow up as it implements a similar stylistic strategy (repeating most of the punches in slow motion and so forth) and is very heavy on belly punching. Check it out and leave comments!