The Disco Exorcist Review

The Film

imageIt's 1979 and Rex Romanski can have any woman off the dancefloor he chooses. Any woman.... sometimes two or three but never less than one. Strutting his funky stuff, cranked up on coke, Romanski is always on booty patrol, and one night he meets knockout Rita and dances through the night right into the sack. It would be lust at first sight if it wasn't for a chance meeting that brings Rex into the world of classy porn star Amoreena Jones, and leaves Rita dropped flat on her ass and busting for revenge. Rita uses her voodoo skills to ensure the path of true love doesn't run smooth. Can Rex survive and what will be left of him?

Pastiche is often a dirty business. When Tarantino and Rodriguez spent millions upon millions to make their Grindhouse project, they were so careful to turn the digital photography into the kinds of battered prints they remembered from their youths that they forgot how to follow through on their ideas and how to keep it down and dirty. Years later, both film-makers are still lost in these kinds of please themselves doodles and still shoving the filthy lucre and their formidable address books at their overblown projects failing to properly imitate cheapies of yore.imageUnlike those films, The Disco Exorcist has the advantages of being low budget, bereft of big names and affectionate rather than clever clever. Shot digitally, full of bad seventies wigs and deliberately odd performances, director Richard Griffin shows he understood his inspirations by keeping it real. Money is managed excellently and the effects that can be afforded are exploited in good old Russ Meyer (I mean breasts) fasion and good old Hershell Gordon Lewis (I mean gore) stylee. Camaraderie, good intentions and just an excellent attitude win over the over produced hollowness of their big budget compadres.

Not everything works and the writing doesn't always have the bite that this kind of homage sometimes needs; similarly the small scale plot and limited number of locations doesn't quite allow the silly story to breathe or reach a proper climax either. Still, the affection for the schlock and the clear inspirations of Meyer and Waters is obvious and the fun that is had is the kind we can all join in with as it doesn't feel precious. All of us who are over 18 and genre fans, that is.imageThe Disco Exorcist is great popcorn crunching fun. Ideal for a late evening lubricated in whatever social fashion you choose.

The Disc

Those good people at Monster give the film a region free release on a dual layer disc - given the deliberate lo-fi approach, a HD presentation is probably out of place. Special features on the disc include a very jolly commentary with producer Ted Marr, director Richard Griffin and stars Reed and Nicklin, who are married in the real world. Griffin leads the commentary and Marr is on hand to explain how they kept to budget and wher they used sets and locations. They are all having a blast and are really proud of what they have produced, Griffin is particularly good at celebrating the nudity and when asked about their sex scenes Reed says it was like another thursday!

A deleted scene extends the sequence shooting at the porn film, and adult and less adult trailers are also included with various other product from Monster. The transfer is at 1.78:1 whereas I think the OAR is 1.85:1, the R1 disc seems to be at 1.85:1. The transfer is jolly good though, converted properly to PAL and sharp enough with a nice colour balance and strong black levels. Given the low budget, it can't look eye popping and this is very good considering the project's origins.imageSadly, no English subs are included which is a shame for hard of hearing viewers and the single mono track is sound, clear and lacking obvious mastering or source faults.

Summary

A lovely call back to the days of disco devils and exploitation gets a good region free treatment.

Film
6 out of 10
Video
7 out of 10
Audio
6 out of 10
Extras
5 out of 10
Overall

6

out of 10

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