Cult Retro, the producers of the Nyoka the Jungle Girl series have proven themselves to be among the best filmmakers in the heroine genre. Here’s a look at one of the company’s earlier films, Story Tempest, Unmasked.
Stormy Tempest, played by Nicola Rae, is a kind of space law enforcement officer. Unbeknownst to Stormy, she is being tracked by the bounty hunter known as “Clayton The Sleeper.” Stormy’s ship has been damaged, specifically the sensors, which allows Clayton to approach her without being noticed. Clayton’s ship A.I., named L.A.S.S, is able to take temporary control of Stormy’s A.I., named S.H.I.P. This is probably a good time to mention that in the Stormy Tempest universe, ships computers are represented by disembodied hands. Think Thing from the Addams Family. Is it a little strange? Yep. But it works.
S.H.I.P is forced to stun Stormy. Clayton, unable to beam Stormy directly to his ship, has her transported to the surface of a nearby planet. Clayton takes a ship to retrieve her and this is where the action really picks up. Stormy and Clayton play a rather long game of cat and mouse. There are laser battles, some hand-to-hand combat, and several scenes where the foes outwit one another. I thought the ending was well written and contained a nice little twist, so I’ll refrain from spoiling that.
Although not known primarily as a fetish producer, Cult Retro decided to give a little love to that portion of their audience here. Stormy is unmasked twice, handcuffed, crushed in an extended bearhug, tasered and knocked unconscious. Nicola Rae is very attractive, wears a revealing costume, and in general has a real nice Anne Hathaway thing going on.
Those of you who are big into production values will find a lot to like here as well. Both the writing and acting are excellent. The sound effects and music are top notch. Good special effects have always been a hallmark of Cult Retro and they take things to another level with this episode. The planet that the bulk of the action takes place on is inhabited by dinosaurs, and they are brought to life by excellent CGI.
As you can tell I greatly enjoyed this film. It is a little talky for the first 11 minutes or so, but the last 25 minutes are incredibly entertaining. This is high-end work from an incredibly gifted team of internet producers, and one of the best films I have ever seen in the heroine genre.