Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Disco Exorcist (2011)

Director: Richard Griffin

Writers: Ted Geoghegan, Tony Nunes

Composer: Daniel Hildreth

Starring: Michael Reed, Sarah Nicklin, Ruth Sullivan, David Adams Murphy, Alex Aponte, Brandon Luis Aponte, Babette Bombshell, Jon Brandi, Ken Breese, Gio Castellano, Bruce Church, Alexandra Cipolla

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Get Down. To Hell.

Plot: Suave swinger and womanizer Rex Romanski loves and leaves evil black magic priestess Rita Marie. Naturally, Rex incurs Rita's lethal wrath by spurning her. Can Rex figure out a way to stop Rita's subsequent rampage of revenge, murder, and destruction as well as reclaim the soul of his new porn starlet gal Amoreena Jones before it's too late?

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

After falling in love with Richard Griffin's NUN OF THAT (2009) last year I did something I'd never done before and bought every film this guy made (within financial reason) and he's made a lot.  The first few films I watched had me re-thinking what I'd done.  They were either too silly ala Troma or dull and amateurish.  Granted, some of them were pre-NUN.   Well, Micheal Reed (Jesus from NUN) is back and he's a disco dancin' stud that fucks the wrong broad.  The first thing you'll notice is the faux dirty print and 70s look.  Fortunately they don't give up on that and maintain it until the end.  Don't get too picky with this as it only sometimes really looks like a 70s grindhouse film but I give them lots of credit for at least trying despite their limited budget.  The acting is all over the place but there isn't a truly horrible performance in the lot and some of them are very good.  I'm pleased that Griffin & pals took the gratuitous nudity route as it helps the picture.  Some of his other films feel like they avoid skin on purpose as if to alienate the audience.  And there's an unusually large amount of nude men, too, which is wild.  But what I really dig about this picture is how much fun it is.  Not only can you tell they had a blast making it but it's got some great gags that will find you laughing out loud frequently.  It does have some pacing problems as if it's struggling to maintain an 80 minute run time.  I'd be OK trimming a few minutes making it tighter at even 70 minutes but don't let any of that keep you from getting this.  Hell, maybe that would have been fixed if the screenplay had been given another tweaking. Fans of NUN are going to dig this and I'd so far to say that you shouldn't be disappointed with blind buying this.  The DVD extras include a commentary, deleted scene (VERY funny) and trailers.

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