The Disco Exorcist (out now in the UK from Monster Pictures) is the perfect throwback to 70's exploitation cinema. Everything from the wardrobe, to the grainy effects on the film scream "Grindhouse". The acting is over the top, the gore pleasing and if you consider this a plus, the nudity and sex scenes plentiful. There are also a few nods to the glory days of Italian cinema which certainly managed to plaster a smile across my face.
The film is set in the late 70's (something both the scenery and costumes recreate authentically), and we meet a seductive player by the name of Rex Romanski. He is the king of disco, which also means he is constantly bedding every woman that approaches him. He makes the biggest mistake of his life when he jilts Rita for his favourite Porn actress Amoreena Jones. He finds out that Rita is a voodoo priestess who has a tendency to raise demons when wronged. Rex sees Amoreena change before his very eyes, and from then on, he must fight the demons who come to kill him, all the while trying to save his love from being possessed by a demonic force.
The film is played incredibly straight, and this helps the film immensely. The integrity of the filmmakers vision is kept intact throughout, and the numerous scenes of comedy, sex and gore keep the film moving along at a brisk pace. This is sexploitation at it's finest, and while the elements of horror are sometimes pushed away for the movie to revel in sex and nudity, it never seems to hurt the picture, and only makes the scenes of violence and horror even more shocking.
The nods to Italian cinema are something else that made me fall in love with this film. Most notable are nods to Lamberto Bava's Demons and Lucio Fulci's The City of the Living Dead. I will not spoil these nods for you, but i urge you to check this film out just to see how loving these homages to these greats of horror cinema are.
The Disco Exorcist is escapism in its purest form. If you watch films to be taken away from the toils of life, the The Disco Exorcist will be right up your street. Fun is the whole reason this movie exists, and believe me, it certainly provides so much of it, that you will find it rather impossible to turn away from the screen while the movie is playing, and you will find yourself drawn back to it again and again for it's ability to shock and make the viewer laugh.
If raunchy, tasteless and over the top horror/Sexploitation comedies do it for you, then the Disco Exorcist is a movie you should check out as soon as possible!
Get down with the Disco Exorcist. You won't regret it!