I don’t recall really how I ended up on Fancy Steel‘s mailing list. But there was one unique feature they had which kept me from removing them – they had movies. Now, I’m not typically the person to pay for these (I did sub to a particular site once years back), but they kept cropping up and keeping in the forefront of the chastity mindset that was laying dormant.
I kept bookmarking particular ones, curious to how these films were structured, scripted, what kind of things were featured within.
So today I bit the bullet and purchased two: Qualified Maid and Forbidden Love. I sat down and managed to find some time to watch through the first, Qualified Maid, and let’s say I loved it. Here’s something of a review of it.
The film is well shot, with some good camera work. Usually niche and obscure productions are typically lower quality with the camera work, often employing static shots, the actors/actresses glancing at the camera (which to me breaks the fourth wall) – but this is really well done. From the opening scenes of the maid, Lexii getting ready in her bathroom, there’s no obvious sign of cameramen in any of the reflections that can give it away.
The colour grading and focus is well done too.
There is something of a plot, and I was really pleased with how the scene plays out. Lexii, a maid at some hotel of sorts, is tasked with housekeeping a room that has seen some “action” earlier that day. Obviously this doesn’t phase her, as she sees toys and lingerie strewn all over the place. As she cleans, we get flashbacks of the session that occured earlier, and in some sequences, these are cleverly overlaid with Lexii cleaning as the earlier scene plays out as something of a visual echo. I really like this narrative device.
When she finally discovers handcuffs, she tries one on. Initially I thought – bit weird, but on reflection I would also at least try one. One small detail missing her was a visual clue that the key was on the unit, but this was revealed later after she had put both hands in the cuffs.
From here, Mantra Rope turns up, and the whole “shit, I’ve been caught in cuffs” sequence got a good laugh from me. The embarassment and tension in this scene is palpable. Being trapped, Lexii has no choice but to submit to Mantra Rope, who, by the way, seems really really good at rope play.
A scene of Lexii being examined leads to the discovery of the chastity belt, with her wet and dripping. Very, very hot.
Mantra Rope demands the keys and I guess Lexii is now a slave to Mantra Rope’s wishes. It’s my only criticism that this is implied, and not explained, but it’s apparent from the ending, in which we see Lexii in a clear PVC outfit and so much steel it’s unbelievable. Really good stuff.
Overall, for a first impression – 4.5/5. I loved the cinematography, the soundtrack was good and fitted well, dialogue was minimal but well written and placed. Scenes were well lit, colour grading was great and transitions between the current (Lexii as the maid), and earlier (Avery and Mantra Rope) created some clear space to understand what was going on. Clever use of some storytelling tricks to show both at the same time helped a lot too.
The video format was in HD (1920×1080) and a good high bitrate, meaning there was no real artifacting or any issues with playback or audio.
Some things didn’t click too much for me, as a Brit, the Aussie accent is unusual (but definitely not a deal breaker), and the transition of Lexii from Maid to Servant wasn’t clearly explained – maybe a small line of additional dialogue something along the lines of “You’re mine now.” as Mantra Rope takes the keys from Lexii, would have really sealed the conclusion.
I’m happy to report I’ll definitely watch this again, and it’s got me really intrigued to get some of the other films from this back catalogue. I’ll be doing a review of ‘Forbidden Love’ sometime soon, as well as getting some of the other films on my bookmarks.
Qualified Maid is available for purchase and download at Fancy Steel. Price: £13 (based on current conversion rates at time of writing). Released on 1st of November 2023. Runtime: 27mins. Format: 1920×1080 mp4.