Film Review – Porno (2019)

It’s 1992 and a nieve cinema crew, under the auspice of Christian life coach Mr Pike, stumble upon an old movie print in a secret archive. They decide to screen the flick and as a consequence evoke an evil fuck demon with an unquenchable affection for penis mutilation. This motley band of misfits must find a way to defeat the unholy sex pest or become her personal pleasure ponies for eternity.

This consistently hilarious splatter-comedy comes at you like the sexually deviant offspring of The Breakfast Club and Lamberto Bava’s Demons. The film’s approach to humorous horror is much more early Peter Jackson than vintage John Landis, but that is no way detrimental to the film.  Porno is a blast from start to bloody finish, with an avalanche of quotable one-liners and the irrepressible spirit of the drive-in midnight movies of yore.

The predominantly young cast charm with their wide-eyed enthusiasm and comedic prowess. The effects work, from Brett Schmidt and Greg Pikulski, is repulsive in the extreme. The cack-handed attempt at running repairs on a pulverised ball sack is almost unwatchable. Seriously, the dick damage in this flick is off the charts.

As for the film within the film that sparks the cock carnage, it’s actually fantastic. A discombobulating, psychedelic kaleidoscope of ritualistic sacrifice, that looks like something Peter Strickland would direct if he had feasted on nothing but peyote for two straight weeks.s

Plot-wise, things are pretty sleek, with the mean succubus on the rampage premise providing impetus and a perverted twist to spice things up. The movie posters in the corridors, that hint of events to come, are a nimble touch and there is a wealth of pop culture references for fans to lap up.

Porno is the kind of movie that will have you heatedly debating if that really is a Mirkin or not and teach you that you instantly morph into a confirmed nihilist once your testicles have exploded. A rare breed of film, that is pitch-perfect for viewing with beers and a bunch of similarly depraves souls, and also a creatively rich piece of cinema crafted with care and reverence for the genre.

★★★★★


Comedy, Horror | USA, 2019 | 18 | Digital HD | 1st June 2020 (UK) | Blue Finch Films | Dir: Keola Racela | Evan Daves, Jillian Mueller, Katelyn Pearce, Bill Phillips

This is a repost of the original Arrow Video 2019 Frightfest review | original review link
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