The Disco Exorcist (2011)
By: Devon B. on June 9, 2013 | Comments
Wild Eye | All Regions, NTSC | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 2.0 | 84 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Director: Richard Griffin
Starring: Michael Reed, Sarah Nicklin, Ruth Sullivan
Screenplay: Tony Nunes
Country: USA
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I don't know why, but I wanted to see The Disco Exorcist. The only thing I could think of that might've triggered my interest was that the title reminded me of Rudy Ray Moore's "classic" The (Avenging) Disco Godfather. At first I assumed that it was just another of my tenuous connections that no one else would agree with, let alone make. However this time I had put my weight on it, because early on in The Disco Exorcist there's a DJ at a club who uses Moore's bizarre catchphrase from that film.

Aside from what I learned in The Disco Godfather, I don't know much about disco other than "disco sucks", so I'm not sure how accurate a portrayal of the disco scene The Disco Exorcist is, but I'm guessing the filmmakers took at least a few liberties. Our hero is the king of the disco, a ladies' man unparalleled. He meets a girl that is so special he thinks she may be worth having a meal with between their sexual hook ups, but then it turns out she wasn't that special and what he really wanted was to fuck a porn star. The scorned woman curses both of them, and unfortunately for them she has some genuine magical powers and now the porn star has a tendency to become possessed and kill people. Maybe she needs an exorcism?

There've been a few of these grindhouse throwbacks, and while there have been some duds I haven't minded this resurgence in interest in cheesy nonsense. The Disco Exorcist isn't the best of this new satirical genre, that's still Machete, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Disco Exorcist is a pretty damn good effort. It reminded me a bit of Father's Day, but it doesn't delve into the depravity and obscenity quite like that one. The Disco Exorcist does have some cheap carnage and lots of nudity, and it does get gleefully offensive, but the focus here is more on outrageous comedy than anything else. So no one's dad gets raped.

Instead of fucking fathers, The Disco Exorcist has some playfully bad acting, and some very funny moments. A few of the jokes are lame, but they're in the minority, and the film remains amusing for its entirety, which is a feat that most of these grindhouse nostalgic flicks struggle to achieve. For once the production's low budget is beneficial, helping the movie mimic the films it's inspired by in look and feel, just tweaking things a little bit so it's clear that stuff is meant to be funny. That's probably The Disco Exorcist's real strength as a satire, at times it almost feels like its aiming to be a seriously wacky but straight horror flick, so the story never gets completely lost amongst ridiculous shenanigans. Of course, another strength of the film is the abundance of nudity. It's mostly female, but fans of disco balls haven't been forgotten and do get a look in, too.

The Disco Exorcist is better than the other disco movie I've seen, Disco Godfather, so I feel safe in saying it's one of the best disco movies ever.
The Disc
The Disco Exorcist has been grindhoused, which makes reviewing the video irrelevant. The film has all sorts of lines, blemishes, muted colours, spots, and grain. Some areas are more processed than others, but even at the best of times the film looks awful. Like it's meant to. The audio has been tampered with less than the video, but still has some intentionally overbearing sound FX. Otherwise the 2.0 mix gets the job done, and a fancy surround mix might've sounded out of place anyway. The DVD has a few extras including a commentary; a deleted scene; teaser, red band, green brand and "hijacked" trailers; and a bunch of trailers for other Wild Eye titles. The commentary is with director Richard Griffin, producer Ted Marr and stars Sarah Nicklin and Michael Reed. They cover the challenges of the low budget, dancing, researching porn, the two stars' real life connection and the impressive use of freeze frames. The group seem to get on well together, which helps make the track an engaging one. The deleted scene is from the porno shoot and it is funny so it probably should've been left in the film.
The Verdict
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Silly fun from start to finish, The Disco Exorcist rises above other stuff in this genre like Linda Blair on a levitating bed. It's made me want to check out the first film from this group, the similarly religiously themed Nun of That, so these people must be doing something right. The DVD has some nice extras too, so this is an easy recommend for fans of this sort of goofiness.
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