January 1, 2001

Crash Pad Series

On the web: Blog, Subscription Site, Pink and White Productions

In 2005, Shine Louise Houston released the film The Crash Pad, which remains a monument of queer pornography: porn that includes a variety of sexualities, genders, and practices. The film won the 2006 Feminist Porn Award for Hottest Dyke Sex Scene. Since then, Houston has directed a number of other films and (as of April 2016) over 200 additional "episodes" of the Crash Pad Series. Some of these were released on a series of DVDs by the same title. But these releases, we have been told, have come to an end, largely due to concerns about piracy. The primary outlet for Houston's work is now the website The Crash Pad Series.

The sex in these movies tends to be very natural, realistic, and playful. It is also extremely varied, as one might expect. Strap-ons and sex toys are frequently present. Many of the episodes have elements of BDSM, sometimes a little and sometimes more. Quite a few of the episodes feature fisting, which Jincey Lumpkin once called "the forbidden lesbian sex act", since it is essentially illegal to show on DVD in the United States. There are plenty of genderqueers: trans-women, trans-men, and people whose gender identities are non-binary. And there are lots of sizes and types of bodies.

The camera work, at least in the episodes we have watched, has been uniformly excellent. Houston definitely has her own way of shooting sex. There is a great deal of intimacy to it, with the camera often focused tightly on the performers, though there are not a lot of genital closeups. More recently, Houston seems to have included more distant shots, and some of the videos have an almost voyeuristic quality: In all of them, there are shots of someone—played by Houston herself—who is watching the action remotely and operating the cameras by computer. There's some sort of commentary there on the nature of pornography, it seems to us. Or many.

If we have any criticism to make, it is that there is rarely any sort of pre-story that introduces the characters and explains the relationship between them. Maybe that is part of the idea: They just show up at the Crash Pad to fuck, and perhaps our perspective is supposed to be that of the mysterious voyeur. Still, even the voyeur might overhear the guest's talking about how they came to be there, and we always appreciate even a little bit of context. It makes the sex hotter.

All that said, we cannot recommend the Crash Pad Series highly enough. Queer porn is tremendously important, and there is hardly any better queer porn that what Shine Louise Houston is producing. Even if—hell, especially if—this isn't normally your kind of thing, you should watch it anyway. Not only might you find some of it actually is your thing, you just might learn something, too. We did!


One of the challenges of exploring a site like Crash Pad Series is the sheer number of videos that are available. It's great that there are are so many, but how do you find the ones that are actually good? Well, we've watched a lot of them, and we've rated them along several measures. How hot is the sex? How genuine is it? Does there seem to be a real connection between the performers? Does she, in particular, seem to enjoy herself? Is there good 'balance' in the camera work? Is she always the focus? Do we also see his body and face? Or is he just a disembodied cock?

We also list several 'features' that the different videos have, since some of us really like certain sorts of things---or, perhaps, don't like others. If (unlike us), for example, you don't want to see anal sex, then you'll know right away whether a particular video features it.


Heterosexual

★★★★☆ Mickey Mod and Syd Blakovich: Episode 35

Lesbian

★★★★★ Amarna Miller and Nikki Silver: Episode 193
★★★★½ Daisy Ducati and Ella Nova: Episode 186
★★★★½ Daisy Ducati and Odile: Episode 160
★★★★★ Dylan Ryan and Nikki Hearts: Episode 122
★★★★½ Kay Kardia and Lex Fury: Episode 194
★★★★½ Lea Hart and Mona Wales: Episode 198
★★★★½ Lily O'Reilly and Ozrael: Episode 195
★★★★★ Nenetl Avril and Verta: Episode 199

Queer

★★★★½ Chelsea Poe and Sugar Blair: Episode 167
★★★★☆ Hayley Fingersmith and Sadie Lune: Episode 166
★★★★½ Jacqueline Woods and Stefani Special: Episode 157
★★★★½ Tiffany Starr and Leah Lockhart: Episode 197

Heterosexual

Mickey Mod (28yo) and Syd Blakovich: Episode 35

★★★★☆

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 23:42, Date: 2007

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Features: 69, Strap On

Syd and Mickey have sex on the bed at the crash pad. Mickey sucks Syd's strap-on "cock" for some time, then puts on a glove and fingers Syd while continuing to suck her cock. He also eats her pussy, with her straddling his face, and she sucks his cock in a 69. They fuck with Syd on top of Mickey, and with him stroking her cock. She then gets off him and straddles his chest, fingering herself as he masturbates. "I have to cum", she then says, and she pulls of the strap-on and fingers herself to orgasm. Mickey cums not long after she does.

The sex is very natural, but we didn't find it to be as varied as in other of the videos we have seen. Mickey spends quite a lot of time with Syd's cock in his mouth, without a lot else happening.

This particular video is also shot from very close to the performers, and there are a lot of shots from very close to their bodies. Not "medical" shots, as are so common in mainstream porn, but just shots where we can't really see their faces. That made it difficult for us to have a good sense for what was happening with both of them, and it didn't help that the video is very dark. So it's a good scene, but not nearly as good as most of these are.

Lesbian

Amarna Miller (25yo) and Nikki Silver: Episode 193

★★★★★

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 27:52, Date: 2015

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Female Orgasm: Yes

Features: Analingus, Rough Sex, Strap On, Vibrator

They make out, standing, and Nikki Miller tosses Amarna on the bed. She plays rough with Amarna's tits, then slaps her ass a lot as they take off their pants. Nikki Miller pushes Amarna face-first onto the bed and sucks her pussy and ass from behind. Nikki Miller goes down on Amarna as she lies on the bred, then straddes Amarna's face. She then puts on a smallish strap-on and fucks Amarna as she rubs her clit. They switch positions a bit, and then uses a Hitachi as Nikki Miller fingers her, and then fucks her again, until Amarna. They take off the strap on, and Amarna rubs Nikki Miller's pussy and kisses her as she lies on the bed. She then straddles Nikki Miller's face while Nikki Miller uses the vibe until she, too, cums.

This is playful, fun sex, and it is incredibly hot. They are clearly very into fucking each other—there is a lot of talking and giggling—and Amarna especially is wonderfully expressive. They both seem to have an excellent time. The roughness is clearly consensual and part of the fun. Our only criticism is that we would have liked a bit more cuddling at the end.

Frankly, Amarna Miller has quickly become one of our very favorite female porn stars. She just exudes a sort of confident, playful sexuality that we can't imagine anyone not finding attractive.

The camera work, as always, is terrific: intimate without being intrusive.

Daisy Ducati and Ella Nova: Episode 186

★★★★½

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 28:21, Date: 2014

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Female Orgasm: Multiple

Features: Female Ejaculation, Fisting, Spanking, Strap On, Vibrator

They fool around on the bed, and then Ella goes down on Daisy. Daisy gets out a wand vibrator, and buzzes herself to a few squirting orgasms as Ella does her g-spot. They lube each other, and Daisy puts in a Feeldoe to fuck Ella doggy style, slapping her ass repeatedly. Ella uses the vibe on herself for a few orgasms, and then Daisy pulls out and fingers Ella hard until she says her pussy is too sensitive.

Daisy gets onto all fours, and Ella fingers her hard while Daisy uses the vibrator again, cumming and squirting a few more times. Ella then lubes Daisy up some more and uses a very big dildo on her until she squirts again and again and again. Ella cleans up some of the girlcum with her mouth.

Daisy turns over, and Ella starts fingering her again, working her hand into her. Daisy starts using the vibe again as Ella fists her, and Daisy squirts all over Ella again.

As often with these, the sex is playful and fun, with lots of talking and giggling, and there is a lot of variety. They both seem to have a great time, too, having several orgasms each.

Our only complaint is that the scene slows down a lot in the middle. They may well need a rest, but we weren't sure we did, and it made a long scene feel even longer.

The camera work, of course, is excellent.

Daisy Ducati and Odile: Episode 160

★★★★½

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 25:54, Date: 2013

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Female Orgasm: Multiple

Features: Butt Plug, Dildo, Spanking, Strap On, Vibrator

Daisy and Odile have sex at the crash pad, with Daisy being very dominant. It is clear that they have played this game before.

Daisy pushes Odile onto the bed and spanks her several times. She then puts on a strap-on and tells Odile to "service [her] cock". She fucks Odile's mouth, then fucks her doggy style. Daisy then takes off the strap-on and tells Odile to "worship" her ass. They put jeweled butt plugs into each other, and then Daisy fingers Odile's pussy until she cums hard. Daisy then lies on her back, and Odile fingers her until she cums. Odile then puts on a strap-on herself and fucks Daisy until she cums again. Odile then gets out a speculum and to open Daisy's pussy. She then puts most of her hand into Daisy while masturbating herself—she doesn't quite fist her—and they cum together as Daisy rubs her clit. They finish by using Hitachis on each other while they each fuck themselves with a dildo.

The sex is very natural and convincing, and they both seem to have an excellent time, as well as several orgasms.

The camera work, however, is not as good as in most of the later episodes we have seen. It is shot from too close. It's not that there are a lot of closeups of their genitals. There aren't. It's just that the camera is so close to them that it is hard to have a sense for both of them at the same time. It's as if the camera is dictating where we have to look, when we'd prefer to choose ourselves. There seem to be some techincal problems with the sound, too.

If it weren't for those issues, we'd have rated this five stars. It's otherwise that good.

Dylan Ryan (25yo) and Nikki Hearts: Episode 122

★★★★★

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 23:02, Date: 2011

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Female Orgasm: Multiple

Features: Female Ejaculation, Fisting, Strap On

They kiss and make out for a good long while, and then Dylan Nikki kneels in front of Dylan to finger her. Dylan starts masturbating and has a quiet but intense orgasm that leaves her giggling. Nikki slowly works her hand into Dylan and fists her while rubbing her clit. Dylan cums again, hard and long, then sits up and kisses Nikki, trying to regain her senses.

Dylan falls back onto the bed and says she wants "another one", asking Nikki to fist her as fast as she can. Dylan tells Nikki she is about to cum, and Nikki pulls out her fist just as Dylan starts to ejaculate. Nikki then puts on a strapon and fucks Dylan as she lies on the bed. Dylan reaches down and rubs her clit, and she has yet another orgasm.

There is a ton of kissing in this scene, which we really liked. In fact, they pretty much kiss for the first eight minutes of the scene, except for a short break here and there. That's just one sign of how intense the connection seems to be between these two, and that makes the sex all the hotter. We were especially struck by how loving the fisting sequence was.

The photography is very intimate. Here are a lot of closeups, especially while Nikki is fisting Dylan, but they seem absolutely right for the scene somehow.

Kay Kardia and Lex Fury: Episode 194

★★★★½

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 28:39, Date: 2015

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Female Orgasm: Multiple

Features: Butt Plug, Cunnilingus Orgasm, Dildo, Spanking, Strap On, Vibrator

Lex and Kay went to a burlesque show and now are back at home. Lex says she's always wanted to do burlesque, so Kay says she should do it for her, which she does. They then switch positions, and Kay does a bit of "dancing" herself. Lex starts masturbating, which Kay says she isn't allowed to do, so then she has to "punish" her by spanking her, which leads to sex.

There is a fair bit of light BDSM throughout this scene, which we found very, very hot, as well as varied and authentic. There are ankle cuffs and a crop, as well as open-hand slapping of asses, thighs, tits, and faces, and plenty of verbal dominance. Besides that, there is a lot of pussy eating, and they use a strap-on, a glass dildo, a butt plug, and a wand-style vibrator. Both women have quite a few orgasms.

As usual, the camera work is excellent: Very intimate and sexy, without too may closeups. Our only complaint is that the scene seemed a touch long. We found our attention wandering a bit through some of the middle sequences.

Lea Hart and Mona Wales: Episode 198

★★★★½

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 28:06, Date: 2015

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Female Orgasm: Multiple

Features: Dildo, Rough Sex, Spanking, Strap On, Vibrator

After kissing and undressing and generally fooling around, Lea goes down on Mona, then fingers her while Mona rubs her clit to orgasm. They switch positions, then kneel up and slap each other's tits very hard. Mona reaches down and fingers Lea again, and then Lea puts on a strap-on and fucks Mona, who grabs a Hitachi and buzzes herself to orgasm. She turns over, and Lea fucks her doggy style until the Hitachi has Mona cumming again.

Mona rolls onto her back, and Lea lies over her and kisses her as Mona puts the Hitachi against Lea's clit. Lea cums, then rolls onto her back, and Mona kisses her pussy, then fingers her hard as she applies the Hitachi to her clit. Lea takes over the vibe as Mona gets three and then four fingers into her, and Lea cums hard.

Mona kneels up, and they fuck each other with dildos. Mona leans over Lea and kisses her, and then both women grab Hitachis and start using them as they fuck themselves. Mona cums first, then focuses on fucking Lea hard as she holds the vibe on her clit. She is the last to cum.

The sex begins very quickly in this episode, without much foreplay. But there is still a lot of kissing throughout, and there is good chemistry between them. The sex, as usual, is natural and playful, and they both seem to have a terrific time. There's a lot of vibrator play and finger-fucking, as well as the use of a dildo but with and without a harness.

The sex is not terribly rough, but they do slap each other's tits and asses quite hard, and there is a bit of choking.

The camera work is, as usual, excellent. This episode is shot from closer, though, than most of them are. Not from close to the genitals, but just from close to the women themselves.

Lily O'Reilly and Ozrael: Episode 195

★★★★½

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 28:38, Date: 2015

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Female Orgasm: Multiple

Features: Cunnilingus Orgasm, Strap On

It is Ozrael and Lily's anniversary, and Ozrael leads her, blindfolded, into the Crash Pad, where they proceed to have sex on the bed. After kissing and undressing, a bit of tickling, and grinding onto each other, Ozrael goes down on Lily until she cums. They switch positions, and Lily eats Ozrael to two orgasms. Ozrael then puts on a strap-on and fucks Lily in a few different positions.

These two are totally convincing as a couple celebrating their anniversary, and it certainly does not seem like the first time these two have had sex. The sex is natural and playful, and they seem very comfortable together. There is a lot of kissing and talking, and a fair bit of giggling, and the build up is long and slow. There is no real genital sex for the first ten minutes. It should perhaps be said that, overall, the sex here is much softer than in most Crash Pad episodes, but no less hot.

The camera work is terrific, but there are the same sorts of problems with the audio that we've mentioned in other episodes. It sounds as if one of the microphones gets jostled from time to time.

Nenetl Avril and Verta: Episode 199

★★★★★

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 27:26, Date: 2015

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Female Orgasm: Multiple

Features: Analingus, Spanking, Strap On, Vibrator

Verta and Nenetl make out on the bed, and Nenetl discovers a strap-on beneath Verta's dress. She sucks her cock a bit, and they stroke and lick and suck each other for quite a while. Verta then gets behind Nenetl and licks her pussy and ass before fucking her doggy style, fliping her over after a while, and breaking a few times to go down on her a bit.

Verta gets out a Hitachi with a g-spot attachment and uses it on Nenetl, which has her cumming over and over again. They switch positions, and Nenetl goes down on Verta as Verta strokes her cock. Verta has a quiet orgasm, and thenYY gets astride her on her knees and rides her cock. Nenetl asks if she can cum again, and does, then falls over onto Verta and kisses her. "You're so much fun!" she says.

This is a really hot scene. There is great chemistry between these two women. We really loved how much they kiss, especially at the beginning, and the slow buildup. There's no actual genital contact for almost six minutes. Once they start fucking, though, it gets very hot very fast. Nenetl is on the verge of orgasm for quite a while before Verta gets her off for the first time. Once Nenetl's started, though, she just keeps cumming, over and over, until she is all but begging Verta to stop.

There are some problems with the audio. The microphone keeps getting bumped, or at least that's what it sounds like.

Queer

Chelsea Poe and Sugar Blair: Episode 167

★★★★½

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 20:44, Date: 2013

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Female Orgasm: Multiple

Features: Anal, Rough Sex, Spanking, Trans

Sugar has been away on a trip, and Chelsea claims to have missed her. But how much?

Sugar lies back on the bed, and Chelsea lies over her and kisses her, then fingers her to an orgasm, then eats her to another one. They flip over, and Sugar sucks Chelsea's tits and cock, which gets very hard. Chelsea asks Sugar if she wants to fuck her, which she says she does, so CD puts on a glove and fingers Chelsea's ass, while leaning over to suck her cock. Chelsea says she is "going to squirt", and she does, and Sugar leans over and to lick up some of the cum from Chelsea's stomach.

Chelsea then goes down on Sugar, who asks her to slap her tits, which she does, and to finger her. Chelsea chokes her, too, and keeps slapping her, and Sugar cums hard. Sugar flips onto her stomach, and Chelsea fingers her and spanks her until she cums again.

Chelsea then asks Sugar if she wants to sit on her face, so Sugar squats over Chelsea's face so she can lick her pussy. Sugar flips onto her back, and Chelsea fingers her, going hard after her g-spot, until Sugar cums one final time.

The acting is terrible, frankly, but the chemistry between them is great, and the sex is natural and convincing, as well as blistering hot. Chelsea cums once or twice, but she can't possibly keep up with Sugar's nine or ten orgasms. The whole thing left us feeling like we might need to go take a break ourselves....

Hayley Fingersmith and Sadie Lune: Episode 166

★★★★☆

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 23:45, Date: 2013

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Female Orgasm: Yes

Features: Anal, Blowjob, Rough Sex, Trans

After they kiss and make out, Sadie sucks Hayley's cock, then slaps her tits hard, then gets astride Hayley and rides her cock. They work through a few more positions, and then Sadie puts on a glove and starts to probe Hayley's ass, sucking her as she fucks her. She then lubes Hayley up and starts riding her again.

Sadie flips onto her back, and Hayley straddles her chest and thrusts into Sadie's mouth. Hayley then lubes Sadie and fingers her as she masturbates. Sadie cums hard, screaming, and then Hayley re-enters her. Sadie rides Hayley, slapping her tits and squeezing her nipples, then sucks her cock again until Hayley cums into the condom.

Although they both seem to have a reasonably good time, the sex is not as passionate as we would usually expect from this series. It's not unnatural, but there's less communication than in other scenes, and that makes it harder to sense much of a connection between them. It isn't as varied as in other Crash Pad videos we've seen, either. But we do like how they build their arousal before they cum.

The camera work is very intimate, as if it were shot from almost right next to them: a style that is more common in the earlier videos. We found that this made it harder to connect to the performers. (There are several videos like this.)

Jacqueline Woods and Stefani Special: Episode 157

★★★★½

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 25:39, Date: 2013

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Features: Anal, Analingus, Bondage, Deepthroat, Rough Sex, Spanking, Trans

Jacqueline says that she just did a long shoot during which she didn't get off, and now she is playing with Stefani at the Crash Pad.

Stefani is bound with rope and is wearing a mouth stretcher. Jacqueline turns her onto all fours and spanks her several times, first with her hand and then with a paddle. She licks her anus, then lubes up Stefani's butt and starts fingering her. She slaps her tit several times while feeding Stefani her cock and fingering her ass. Stefani then rolls onto her knees, and Jacqueline fingers her butt and spanks her before entering her. Jacqueline flips Stefani over, then unties her arms from behind her back and removes the mouth stretcher. She then reclines on the bed and has Stefani suck her cock, and Stefani takes it down her throat several times. Stefani then lies on her stomach, and Jacqueline jerks off onto her ass.

This is very much a BDSM scene, with Jacqueline dominating Stefani. It's also very queer, as both Jacqueline and Stefani are transwomen. Nothing is specifically made of that, which is fairly typical for Crash Pad videos, and we find that welcome.

The sex is natural and convincing, though the end was a bit disappointing. It takes Jacqueline a very long time to cum, and it isn't that interesting watching her masturbate from the rear. It's quite hard to see very much.

The photography is fairly typical for these videos, too. It is very voyeuristic, and the camera tends not to move very much, though there are a number of angles from which the scene is shot.

Tiffany Starr (29yo) and Leah Lockhart: Episode 197

★★★★½

Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

Time: 23:25, Date: 2015

Director: Shine Louise Houston

Screenshots: On our Tumblr

Female Orgasm: Yes

Features: Anal, Rough Sex, Spanking, Strap On, Tit Fuck, Trans, Vibrator

Both Tiffany and Leah are transwomen, which makes this very queer porn indeed. It's especially nice to see transwomen treated as people, and not as fetish objects. Nica Noelle has made efforts in this direction in the movies she made under the TransRomantic label (and, somewhat less successfully, under the newer TransSensual label). But we do not know of very comparably sensitive presentations of trans-lesbianism.

As for the story that sets up the sex, it is pretty minimal. Leah comes into the room in lingerie, and Tiffany is waiting for her in bed, also in lingerie. So they have sex.

The sex involves a Hitachi, which Leah says she has gotten a present for both of them and uses it uses on Tiffany's genitals (clit, or tiny cock, as the case may be). Leah then spanks Tiffany pretty hard, asking her to beg for it. She then flips Tiffany onto her back, saying she is going to fuck her (ass) until she cums. She fucks Tiffany for a while, then puts a glass butt plug into her. She then gives Tiffany her other gift, which is a strap-on, which she puts onto herself and uses to fuck Tiffany's ass until she does indeed cum.

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