Movie Review: Porno (2019)

May 16, 2020

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

It’s 1992 and it’s Jesus o’ clock at a small town movie house owned by religious fanatic Mr. Pike (Bill Phillips). But it’s all in a days work for Chastity (Jillian Mueller), projectionist Heavy Metal Jeff (Robbie Tann), and ushers Abe (Evan Daves), Todd (Larry Saperstein), and Ricky (Glenn Stott)… and after hours they are rewarded with watching a free flick, but the current hits of the day are quickly forgotten once a freak-ass hobo breaks into the joint leading them to discover a stash of porn.

Before you can say missionary position, the gang watches one of the skin-flicks and unleashes the succubus Lilith (Katelyn Pearce). Sex and violence ensue.

Produced on a lower budget with an inexperienced cast, Porno manages to be funny, shocking, and surprisingly touching.

Admittedly, things get off to a dicey start though as our pious teens are grating from the get-go, but they calm their tits soon enough… especially after Lilith makes the scene (in a silent but impressive performance courtesy of Pearce), and ultimately their faith is secondary to their getting a handle on their own sexuality (all of which is deftly handled thanks to the narrative skills of screenwriters Matt Black and Laurence Vannicelli) and all the craziness that can entail.

On a side note, the film within a film in this thing is my kinda Satanic spectacle; nudity, colored gels, goat masks… just pure chef’s kiss sent out to director Keola Racela for that one!

It’s the gimmick of the holy being chased by the unholy, along with discovering what makes your loins tingly that makes this thing special… plus it doesn’t hurt that the performances rock, the cinematography and lighting are top-shelf, and the horror and comedy are given equal time to shine!

 

 

 

Porno is now available on VOD from Fangoria, and can be found here!

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