House of Milan

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House of Milan (better known as HOM, Inc.) was a successful publisher of bondage magazines and BDSM videos, managed primarily by fetish photographer and producer Barbara Behr. HOM was considered one of the three big houses during the so-called Golden Age of Bondage productions, along with Harmony Concepts and California Star in the Eighties and Nineties. They began in the late Seventies making crude bondage and spanking film loops before moving on to full-length features with live sound a few years later.

The explosion of the VCR home video market in the early 1980s led to more sophisticated productions to meet this demand. HOM responded with an extensive line of F/F "Whips and Chains" BDSM videos that were slickly produced on a moderate budget and included many of the most well-known performers in the industry. These were nearly all mistress-punishes-slave stories featuring flogging, spanking, paddling, bondage, suspension, and breast torment. (They also produced a few femdom titles.) Most of their videos were filmed in the same well-equipped dungeon set complete with rack, slant-table, stocks, St. Andrew's cross X-frame, and an elaborate suspension apparatus.

One notable exception is Slave Farm, partly filmed outdoors at a horse farm (and includes scenes of cart-pulling pony play). This also has a classic "turnabout" ending with the mistress overpowered and turned into a slave — a plot device used in many of their films.

While the majority of the stories were contemporary, many titles were costumed period pieces such as Dungeon of the Borgias, Prisoners of the Inquisition, No Mercy for the Witches, Terrors of the Inquisition and the futuristic Zena: Mistress of the Universe. These reflect writer/director Brian Tarsis's interest in historical settings. From 1991 to 1997 Tarsis directed (and often wrote) every video for HOM and its parent company London Enterprises, over 150 titles in all.

Casting

Many of HOM's performers became stars in their own right with their name featured in the film titles. A few, such as Tanya Foxx and Sharon Mitchell, already had a following as sex stars in pornographic films. Alexis Payne made frequent appearances as the cruel, whip-wielding Domme. Be Be LeBadd was also a stern dominatrix in many features, but also played submissive roles. HOM's stable of recurring players included Kiri Kelly, Greta Carlson, Ashley Renee, June Bauer (aka Julia Parton, Nina Alexander), Desi d'Angelo, Patricia Kennedy, porn star Marilyn Rose, and Fawna (aka Tori Sinclair).

In Spell of the Whip (1993), Pacific Force founder Jacqueline Omerta made a rare guest-star appearance as Mistress Jacqueline.

Sale to London Enterprises

HOM produced videos from 1985 until 1998 when the company was sold to London Enterprises Ltd. London reissued the bulk of HOM's titles under their own brand name, London Video, on DVD. This has compounded the difficulty in separating the two companies — especially since London also produced scores of nearly identical films using the same performers and sets as HOM. Some of the re-released HOM videos have "London Video Presents" or "From the London Library" appearing before the title credits.

Selected Films

Also see the page [ House of Milan--MMP ]


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