Porno (2019) Review

Set around 1992 in small town USA, comedy horror Porno takes place in a cinema run by a devoutly Christian boss and staffed by a bunch of teenagers. Between ushering in screenings of Encino Man and League of their Own the under paid and over worked staff mess with each other and argue over what they should show at their weekly Friday Night Movie club.

Unable to decide their bickering is broken by the rantings of a deranged homeless man who has sneaked into the screen. When the uptight Projectionist nicknamed by all Heavy Metal Jeff (Robbie Tann) tries to eject the old man he escapes tearing down a part of the wall and crashing through a hitherto secret boarded up section of the cinema.

The staff follow him into the unknown and discover a creepy archive full of burned books and ash filled film cans. When they stumble upon the only complete movie and find the loony invaded has left they insist the film gets played but this sets in motion an evening full of sex, death and Satanic rituals.

Heavily evoking Demons in its setting and plot line Porno is a carefree comedy horror with plenty of gore, gratuitous sex, nudity and jump scares alongside its many laughs. Making the most of the minimal cast and limited location director Keola Racela does well on his first feature and the characters are interesting enough to keep the audience engaged between brutal bloodletting.

Seen by everyone as a perv because he was caught peeping Todd (Larry Saperstein) is the unwitting accomplish of the real degenerate Abe (Evan Daves) and both are blown away when the sexy succubus Lilith (Katelyn Pearce) emerges from the psychedelic Satanic film they find into their work place.

Chaz (Jillian Mueller) meanwhile is trying to work out why her crush Ricky (Glenn Stott) is unwilling to return her affections and as Lilith attempts to seduce them all by adopting the form of their deepest desires several secrets from the staff spill out along with their innards.

Deeply critical of Christianity the script penned by Matt Black and Laurence Vannicelli although simple plays out well and the cast all do great jobs making such a ridiculous scenario seem both scary and significant enough for you to care about them all.

Featuring more mangled penises than you may have ever seen on screen before Porno is perfect for horror fans looking or something less than serious and what it lacks in real scares it makes up for in guffaws and gross out moments.

Movie Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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