Good morning everyone,
Today, we’re looking at a 1980s adult film about a biblical character who develops a penchant for shrinking people. Let’s explore “Lilith Unleashed,” an 85-minute long pornographic production from Henri Pachard. It was released in 1987 per IMDb, but other sources report that it was 1985.
(SIDE NOTE: The credits on the cover were a bit misleading. Barbara Dare also used the name “Kim Wilde.” However both of those names were listed on the cover which implied that they were two separate women as opposed to one woman with two different names. Reportedly, this was Barbara’s first major role.)
The action begins with nude Lilith, played by Tish Ambrose, walking through a forest while ominous music plays and a fog machine does its best to make everything look spooky.
She encounters Lucifer and we learn she has been trying for 10,000 years to hook up (again) with him! (NOTE: Towards the end we learn that he is the only one who can make her climax.) By the way, it’s the 20th century when they meet this time. The two have some fun, but are then caught in the act and exiled. Lilith was sent to an insane asylum because she was distracting Lucifer from doing his job, putting the fear of God into people.
Before further detailing the plot, it may be useful to explain the character of “Lilith.” Some people claim that Lilith was the first wife of Adam. Furthermore, they assert that Lilith disobeyed Adam and was exiled from the Garden of Eden. Then Adam was given a second wife named Eve.
This claim is used to resolve the following contradiction. In Genesis chapter 1 verse 27 the Bible states that God created man and woman at the same time, but Genesis chapter 2 verses 21 through 23 states that they were created separately. To overcome this contradiction, some believe that Lilith was created at the same time as Adam (meaning she was the unnamed woman in Genesis chapter 1) and then she was expelled from the Garden of Eden. Later on Eve (the woman in Genesis chapter 2) was created from Adam’s rib. It’s further conjectured that Lilith believed herself to be Adam’s equal since they were created at the same time. (SIDE NOTE: Because of this Lilith is sometimes used as a feminist icon.) Lilith was exiled because she did not submit to Adam’s will. Accordingly, when Eve was created she was taken from Adam’s rib and specifically intended to be subservient.
Ancient and medieval Jewish literature includes several texts (such as the Alphabet of Sirach and segments of the Dead Sea Scrolls) which mention Lilith. Furthermore, ancient Jewish pottery bears inscriptions which treat Lilith as a demon.
Modern European literary references include, but aren’t limited to, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 1808 book “Faust.” (NOTE: It can be downloaded here.) The following snippet was taken from that book:
FAUST Who is that, there?
MEPHISTOPHELES Note that madam! That’s Lilith
MEPHISTOPHELES First wife to Adam.
Pay attention to her lovely hair,
The only adornment she need wear.
When she traps a young man in her snare,
She won’t soon let him from her care.
Additionally, an 1868 sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti begins with:
Of Adam’s first wife, Lilith, it is told
(The witch he loved before the gift of Eve,)
That, ere the snake’s, her sweet tongue could deceive,
And her enchanted hair was the first gold.
And still she sits, young while the earth is old,
And, subtly of herself contemplative,
(NOTE: That was inscribed on the bottom frame of Rossetti’s Lady Lilith painting. For more information, click here.)
Furthermore, the character has been referenced in a broad range of contemporary TV shows including “Cheers,” “Lucifer,” “Shadowhunters,” “Supernatural,” “True Blood,” etc. Many anime, manga, movies, and video games have also name-dropped her. Various interpretations have called Lilith the mother of all demons or the mother of vampires. Some, like this film, have depicted her as Lucifer’s lover.
All of that may be a bit surprising if, like me, you were raised as a Protestant Christian and never came across Lilith in your Bible. That’s to be expected as searching for “Lilith” in Protestant Bibles, such as the King James Bible, will return no results. Instead, the Hebrew for Lilith לִילִית is translated as “screech owl” in Isaiah chapter 34 verse 14 of the King James Bible:
The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.
(SIDE NOTE: The word “Lilith” has also been translated as night bird, night creature, night monster, etc.)
In contrast, the New Jerusalem Bible, a translation used by Catholics, presents Isaiah chapter 34 verse 14 like so:
Wild cats will meet hyenas there, satyr will call to satyr, there Lilith too will lurk and find somewhere to rest.
As mentioned before, the claim that Lilith was the first wife of Adam was made to resolve a contradiction. None of the canonical books of the Bible explicitly state that. Only non-canonical (also called apocryphal) texts make that assertion. Nonetheless, it’s a popular idea.
All of that background was given to provide context to those folks (like me) who were unfamiliar with the story behind Lilith. Now, let’s return to the plot of Lilith Unleashed.
When viewers first see Lilith in the asylum we learn that she had already been there for 50 years! Lilith seduces her attending doctor not long after viewers first see her in the asylum. He climaxes and then there’s a loud bang and a puff of fire and smoke. (SIDE NOTE: Good to know I’m not the only one who does that.) Apparently, whenever Lilith makes someone climax they shrink. Lilith carefully deposits the diminutive doctor in her doll house. (NOTE: This special effect, if you can even call it that, was achieved by having the actress pick up an inanimate doll while the camera was zoomed out.)
Of interest, Lilith wasn’t concerned about her own pleasure when fucking, but instead only worried about making partners orgasm as soon as possible. She wants them to cum and shrink, but it wasn’t clear why. She didn’t do anything with the tinies after putting them in the dollhouse. Nor did she express any intention to interact with them in the future. It was pointless.
Still, there was lots of sex. Scenes showed a woman performing fellatio on a man, a man performing cunnilingus on a woman, a woman licking a man’s asshole, a woman performing cunnilingus on a woman, anal and vaginal intercourse between a man and a woman, spanking, and thigh slapping. One sequence consisted of a newlywed virgin called Mary who tries a variety of positions with her more experienced husband. Eventually, Lilith joins them. There was also a FFM scene with Lucifer (dressed as a priest) paired with a dominatrix and a submissive. Plus a role-playing scene during which the “priest” fucked a woman while pretending that she was a man.
Unfortunately, there was no interaction between Lilith and the tiny people. Instead, she has sex with several normal-sized people and when they finish there is a brief burst of fire and a little smoke. Her lovers are then shrunken down to around one and half inches tall and Lilith puts them into the doll house. There was no shrinking process or transformation. Nor was an explanation ever given for how she accomplished this feat.
Oversized props consisted only of an aspirin tablet, a crayon, and a pencil. To be honest, the tiny people seemed to be an after thought and the creators did nothing clever with the concept. The small people had several sex scenes with those big props scattered around them, but the fact that they were very small had no bearing on their actions. Instead, they had sex scenes with a few props as mere set dressing.
The biggest drawback was the low resolution. It was never released on DVD; so, VHS rips are the only option. Furthermore, some of the dialogue was apparently improvised like when the doctor was constantly talking while another man was having sex with two ladies. My guess is that the director told him to keep talking no matter how dumb or repetitive he sounded.
Under the pluses column, Tish Ambrose’s performance was great. Furthermore, the newlyweds scene and the threesome scene with the dominatrix were fun. Overall, Lilith Unleashed is recommended, but with the warning that the visual quality is poor and the shrinking theme is not explored. A quick search will turn up a number of different tube sites hosting this, just be careful and make sure your anti-virus software is updated and working first.
That’s it for today folks. Next week’s reviews will begin with “Miranda the Tease” comic strips. Until then, keep growing!
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