THE DISCO EXORCIST
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Rex is a disco pimp who loves the ladies and all they have to offer. He loves to get down with as many as he can, until he hooks up with Rita. She doesn't love his heartbreaking ways though, and places a curse on Rex's next would- be Donna Summer. Can Rex overcome the possessive curse to boogie down once again?
Is it good movie?
Coming down the pike with a clear grind house-retro vibe, The Disco
Exorcist would fit right in with any of those exploitative and raunchy
old crapfests- and I say that with love. This movie starts off with a
bang, just covering the screen with as much drugs, sex and gore that it
possibly can and never lets up.
The story is pretty predictable as our main main Rex Romanski hooks up
with the wrong crazy broad who falls in love with him, thinking he's
the one. When Rex decides to hook up with local porn legend Amoreena
Jones, Rita uses her skills with the dark spirits to infect Amoreena
and possess her like nobody's business.
Of course, this also comes with a price. The movie looks, feels and IS
cheap, but that can be part of its charm. If you aren't into tons of
nudity, really bad wigs and some less than stellar special effects, you
should probably not consider this one. The acting is pretty goofy too,
and the whole production is way more goofy comedy than it is a serious
film, if you couldn't tell already. In fact, as another warning, you
should know there's a ton of sex in this movie. Yes, it's a grindhouse
tribute, but know that there's a ton of simulated sex. I dig it, but
this isn't for everyone.
The tongue of this film is planted firmly in its cheek, and there's
plenty to smile about, and shockingly enough, there's a fair amount of
decent dialogue and some pretty funny jokes. Did I laugh the whole
time? Naw, I didn't, but that doesn't mean I wasn't mostly entertained.
One of my only real complaints about this flick is that I felt it was a
bit long for my liking. The whole thing felt a bit stretched, but
that's a minor quibble.
Also, it's worth noting that Rex might come off like a bit of a cool
jerk, but he has something about him that doesn't inspire hatred.
You'll find yourself rooting for the guy. I often find that with low
budget indie flicks the creators are far too concerned with making the
main character "cool" and the audience ends up hating him and the film
loses all momentum. Chalk it up to a fun performance from actor Mike
Reed, I guess. I know I said most of the acting is hammy, but I'd be
remiss if I didn't mention Ruth Sullivan, who plays Rita. She's not the
best actress, but that girl is hot and she goes absolutely NUTS later
in the film when her time to go crazy comes around. Impressive.
At the end of the day, the Disco Exorcist looks like a bad 70s disco
horror flick, and absolutely is one. It accomplishes what it promises,
and for that I commend it. Will I put it in my collection permanently?
Maybe not, but I'd sure be happy to watch it again and have a laugh
with some friends.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 16x9 widescreen and is purposely
blurry and crappy looking.
Audio comes in Dolby 5.1 and sounds a bit tinny,
but it works.
Should you be interested in some prolific film commentary, producer Ted Marr,
actors Sarah Nicklin and Mike Reed and director Richard Griffin are
there to offer it it up. To be fair, these guys are super honest and
interesting to listen to. They know what they were making and made it
with love. It can get a bit dry, but it's super honest and offers up
some fun perspective.
You get one deleted scene, which
features some topless military babes, if you're into that sort of thing.
There's also a teaser trailer,
red band trailer, green band trailer and a trailer
for Hijacked. The trailers for
this flick are great.
I boogied to this Disco Exorcism. You should too.