DVD. Wild Eye Releasing.
latest in a stream of retro-flavoured exploitation movies to emerge
in recent years, The Disco Exorcist manages to
outdo higher-profile efforts like Hobo with a Shotgun
through a winning combination of grubbiness and bad taste.
From the director of Nun of That, the film follows
the adventures of late Seventies swinger Rex Romanski (Michael
Reed), who hooks up with bar conquest Rita Marie (Ruth Sullivan),
only to find her a little too possessive and psychotic.
When he drops her in favour of porn superstar Amoreena Jones (Sarah
Nicklin), Rita uses her voodoo powers to put a curse on her love
rival, turning her into a psychotic demon that runs riot at an
orgy and can only be stopped by the rite of exorcism.
Director Richard Griffin has smartly crafted an effectively trashy
pastiche here. As much sexploitation as horror (the nudity is
pretty relentless!), the film mixes gore and boobs with a few
digs at Seventies disco culture to create a fun, deliberately
crude slice of neo-grindhouse. Complete with fake film scratches
and ‘missing scenes’, the style might be a bit clichéd
now, but few of the other grindhouse tributes have managed to
capture the feel of the grubbier end of Seventies sinema so effectively.
And if some of the performances are a bit on the wooden side -
well, I guess that's not too far removed from some of the films
being referenced here either.
Insubstantial, certainly; but The Disco Exorcist
is also a lot of fun, especially if you like your low budget horror
liberally laced with gratuitous nudity. And there is a suitably
salacious commentary track included too!
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