Like many film noir heroes, card dealer Tom Singer (Herschel Savage, PRETTY PEACHES 2) is lured into a deadly plot by the allure of a femme fatale: in this case, the mysterious Messina (Jacqueline Lorians, BLONDE GODDESS), the mistress of high roller Big Man (Jamie Gills, LUSTFUL FEELINGS). When Big Man offers him ten thousand dollars to track down a rare book rumored to be the part of the Book of Revelations that God told John not to record, Singer believes that he is interested in the blue diamonds encrusted into the lid of the book-shaped box. When people around him start to drop dead, Singer discovers that a secret society of Nazis – lead by General Stuttgart (SALEM'S LOT's Reggie Nalder, billed as "Deltaf Van Burg") hiding out in a South American fortress and San Francisco-based one-eyed playboy junior Nazi Manfred (CATACYSM's Richard Bulik billed as "Long Chaney" although he does not participate in the sex scenes) – is also after the book hoping to achieve immortality and take over the world. He also realizes it is really Messina that wants the book for unknown reasons and is using both him and Big Man to get it.
A gorgeously-designed and shot homage to film noir, BLUE ICE is disappointing draggy in between sex scenes with none of the familiar performers coming across with their usual charisma and the script's attempts at wit falling flat. The film is at its best when the camera follows its characters through sets and locations and lingers on the set decoration. As lush as the film looks, the film's best visual asset is Lorians who looks suitably old world glamorous even as the climax takes her and hapless Savage into a mystical netherworld that looks like a disco lightshow with synth accompaniment by Zok Richards (CAREFUL, HE MAY BE WATCHING) and Jacque Martikay (IF MOTHER… ONLY KNEW). Paul Thomas (FANTASY WORLD) plays the part of Singer's loser friend who pays the price for trying to cash in on the lost book himself, Shanna McCullough (XTASY) is Singer's prostitute roommate whose function is to get roughed up and raped (including a facial from Ron Jeremy's slimeball john), Helga Sven (MY SINFUL LIFE's Zsa Zsa) is the Nazi dominatrix, while William Margold (LUST INFERNO) and Francois Papillon (TRASHY LADY) are on hand as depraved Nazi officers. In spite of its shortcomings, the sex is enthusiastic and well-photographed, and the other visuals are captivating to appreciate Marshak's ambitions. Producer Joe Repaso is credited with "additional scenes and dialogue" so it is possible that Marshak did not have control of the final cut, and that the film's narration may have been added to clarify developments rather than a homage to film noir.
This article was originally written by Eric Cotenas for DVD Drive in.