“The Disco Exorcist”
Director: Richard Griffin,
Stars: Michael Reed, Sarah Nicklin, Ruth Sullivan
Studio: Wild Eye Releasing
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 80 Mins.
I’ve real been a fan of Richard Griffin over the years. Whether it’s the serious horror films like “Beyond the Dunwich Horror” and “Feeding the Masses” or the not so serious ones like “Nun of That” and “Pretty Dead Things”. I’ve enjoyed the films that he has done over the years. With his latest film “The Disco Exorcist”, this might be his best yet.
I liked the way that Griffin handles the direction aspects, especially with making the images feel grainy. It makes the film look like it was made in the seventy. It also makes you feel like you’re watching a film from that era in horror exploitation cinema. The other thing that I liked about the direction, the performances worked very well. I liked how, Griffin does a very good job making sure that his cast is invested in the material. There is a lot of craziness that goes on, but he does a very good job getting his cast to make their characters interesting and lively. If the characters weren’t that way, then this would have killed most of the film’s crazy sequences and I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did.
The screenplay was written by Tony Nunes, who does a much better job here than his previous film “Zombie Allegiance”. One of the things that made this screenplay good was the way that Nunes throws everything that you can think of into the film’s story. There are lots of gratuitous nudity and over the top death scenes. It all works, because the film pays homage to past horror exploitation films. The other thing that makes his screenplay work was the fact that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I liked, the way that Nunes wrote the film’s dialogue. The dialogue was very funny and it generates laughs. He writes it in a way that you’re able to enjoy the film for what it is. It helped for some of the film’s most outrageous scenes.
There isn’t much in the way of DVD extras. First on the DVD is the film’s audio commentary track, which features the film director Richard Griffin, producer Ted Marr and actors Michael Reed and Sarah Nicklin. I enjoyed this commentary track. Everyone on the track did a good job discussing what took place during the making of this film. You get some good stories on how some of the scenes were filmed and stories about some of the cast. Overall, a solid commentary track.
After that, the disc wraps up with a deleted scene and trailers for this film and other films that currently released from Wild Eye Releasing.
“The Disco Exorcist” is one of those films, where you have to check your brain at the door and have a swinging time.
Review Rating: Four Stars
DVD Extras: Two Stars