Skinemax (and other late-night softcore cable fare)

Discussion in 'Films' started by Harrison Gentleman, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. Harrison Gentleman

    Harrison Gentleman Darien In The Dub

    Feb 2, 2017
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    So, I recently checked out the main reason why Skinemax all of a sudden died out completely last year, even though they were making movies as late as 2017 (the same time Cinemax started to fully phase out their programming) although HBO Zone still aired the Max After Dark movies on Friday nights until fairly late into the summer of 2018.

    First, I thought it was because of Cinemax's continued efforts to re-brand itself (which had been ongoing since 2013) combined with the internet making the main appeal of these films limited but apparently the real reason was not because of financial or artistic reasons, but rather it was a result of the AT&T buyout of Time Warner, which included HBO and Cinemax in addition to Turner and Warner Brothers.

    Initially, the plan was to remove Max After Dark from Cinemax as part of the re-branding that had been gradually ongoing since 2013, completely phasing out the shows but keeping the softcore films as they were both cheaper and more popular than the episodic shows. While the shows would be gone no matter what, the movies would simply remain on HBO Zone and maybe expand the block to both Friday night and Saturday night.

    However, when AT&T bought out Time Warner, they said from up on high that they did not want any softcore Skinemax-type programming on their channels at all, presumably due to the current cultural and political climate.

    So in August of 2018, everything in the Late Night programming went away.

    I'm curious as to what will happen with the library of softcore flicks and shows that HBO and Cinemax produced throughout the 1990's, 2000's, and early 2010's, because they could probably be sold for a very cheap price and I'm sure AT&T doesn't want them on their hands anymore.

    I've heard rumors online that they may sell the Max After Dark library to someone else for a possible streaming service with the most recurring names mentioned are Fred Olen Ray and the guys who own Pornhub, although I have also seen The Asylum mentioned a few times.

    It could be true, there is a wealth of footage out there that still has fans even in the days of easy-access internet porn, even if most of the fandom is rooted in a sense of irony and snark nostalgia.

    Honestly, I hope someone does get the rights to these movies, especially the ones starring Christine Nguyen or the Misty Mundae parodies. I'm not sure how profitable producing new softcore films can be (even with the low budgets taken into account) but I could definitely see the back catalog of programs being a draw either on a cheapo streaming service or as an official channel on some place like Pornhub.

    On a semi-related note, I am curious as to how this could affect the actresses who nearly exclusively do softcore films as Max After Dark/HBO Zone was sort of the main source of demand.

    Most of all, I'm curious as to how this will affect Christine Nguyen, my favorite of the softcore stars. Aside from some solo masturbation videos made very early in her career and possibly a scene in an episode of a Playboy reality show whose name I forget, I don't think she's done anything hardcore.

    While the reality show had hardcore scenes, it also had softcore scenes and Nguyen's scene looks like it could easily be a well-edited softcore scene or maybe a hardcore scene with some stuff obscured. The fact that she only appeared in a single episode of the show is also odd, making me think it was probably a softcore scene.

    I casually follow Christine Nguyen on social media and she hasn't said anything on the issue at all, mostly just sperging about sports (she is apparently a huge fan of MMA) and occasionally promoting the still-unreleased "Girls, Guns, & Blood" although a while back, she did post some censored pictures of her and some other models in different skimpy outfits (including fetish wear) and making suggestive poses.

    I don't know if this was for another photo shoot or if she is migrating to hardcore. Honestly, of all the softcore exclusives, I always figured she'd be the one who would not do full hardcore (those early solo videos aside) but instead re-brand herself by starring in low-grade B-movies like the kind produced by The Asylum and SyFy Channel, as she did appear in a couple of those films, namely "Attack Of The Killer Donuts" and "Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre" and if her social media is anything to go by, she is a fan of the genre.

    Honestly, my best guess is that Christine Nguyen will probably keep doing lewd photo shoots on occasion and starring in B-movies for now, I don't expect her to do hardcore but given the collapse of Max After Dark, it could now be a very real possibility.

    Sad, because not only is she very attractive, she actually has some acting ability, at least when compared to most of her Skinemax co-stars.
  2. ToroidalBoat

    ToroidalBoat "Modernly Tech Savvy"

    Jan 21, 2017
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    In other words, another casualty of the "culture wars" of Current Year.
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  3. Trilby

    Trilby Local Nut

    Jan 21, 2017
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    It's sad when anything and everything we might ACTUALLY like is now problematic. :crash:
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