The Disco Exorcist is a film I knew I’d unashamedly enjoy.
A throwback to 1970’s nostalgia with plenty of blood, guts, boobs, drugs and voodoo, this flick is perfect for anyone who enjoys an underground midnight movie, reminiscent of the days of grindhouse cinema.
With a grainy filter in place throughout its 80 minute run adding to the seedy effect, The Disco Exorcist is a porntastic exploitation film that knows exactly what its doing and succeeds well in that.
Rex Romanski (Michael Reed) is a charming, womanizing disco king, who spends his time getting down and dirty on the dancefloor. Leaving many broken hearts in his wake, Rex meets his match when he hooks up with the alluring Rita Marie (Ruth Sullivan) who doesn’t take it too well following the perfect one night stand when Rex trades her in for tantalizing adult film actress Amoreena Jones (Sarah Nicklin). The scorned Rita places a curse on the couple, mainly Amoreena who becomes possessed by an evil voodoo demon that only one man can stop! The Disco Exorcist!
But has Rex gotten more than he bargained for?! And is he up to the challenge?!
There’s plenty of weirdness and witchcraft galore, in this Richard Griffin directed piece that its hard to believe it was made in 2011 as the whole movie is a 70’s homage you’d be forgiven to think it was actually produced during that period. The bold red and blue lighting as well as moments where a title card flashes up with ‘shot missing’ truly gives the full experience of viewing the type of movies that were created in that era.
The soundtrack also adds to the nostalgia factor with the Matthew Jason Walsh produced, ‘Boogie’s Gotta Boogie Down’ and ‘Exordisco’, the latter which samples the classic ‘Tubular Bells’, unapologetically referencing The Exorcist (1973).
The cast completely play it straight at times bringing in that sense of surrealism but at the same time tongues are planted firmly in cheeks. The film does break the fourth wall on numerous occasions including sequences where Rex and his buddies participate in viewing similar style porn films at a grindhouse theatre, giving us the whole movie within a movie trope.
The film’s pacing is just right; it never drags on or feels like it ends abruptly, there are also some fun gory effects in place guaranteed to please bloodthirsty horror fans.
Reed as Rex Romanski brings a charismatic screen presence and is particularly appealing to watch. Nicklin as his partner in crime Amoreena Jones is equally as entertaining on screen and an example of an independent female character confident of her sexuality. The chemistry between them is electric creating believability in them as a couple. Sullivan is delightfully devilish in her role as the villainous voodoo priestess; her wrath is truly felt as concocts her revenge.
Despite being an exploitation film, the sex scenes are pretty much tastefully shot, with the subject focused on women taking matters into their own hands; it gives the impression that it’s a celebration of female sexuality rather than an objectification during the majority of the nude scenes.
Ideal for a cult audience, The Disco Exorcist won’t be for the general movie-going public but that’s not who it is made for, the 3.8 imdb rating certainly doesn’t reflect its true enjoyment factor.
It’s a trippy thrill ride that’s guaranteed to leave you satisfied (much like Rex Romanski’s women!).