Porno – USA, 2019 – reviews

‘If you use it, you’ll lose it…’

Porno is a 2019 American comedy horror feature film about a group of seemingly wholesome young movie theater employees being tempted and terrorised by a female demon.

Directed by Keola Racela from a screenplay written by Matt Black and Laurence Vannicelli. The movie stars Evan Daves, Larry Saperstein, Jillian Mueller, Glenn Stott, Robbie Tann, Bill Phillips, Katelyn Pearce and Peter Reznikoff.

Plot:

1992: Abe is a burgeoning perv with a guilty conscience. Todd is Abe’s spazzed out BFF and partner in grime. Chaz is a girl with a boy’s name who hides her feelings behind a thick layer of goth eyeliner. Ricky is the star jock with a secret in his pants he dare not expose.

What these uptight dweebs could never have guessed is that the wholesome movie theater they work at used has a seedier past and when it surfaces, the kids are visited by a licentious demon that gives them a taste of the dark side…

Reviews:

“Director Keola Racela makes excellent use of what appears to be a real cinema. Some funny jokes are made around or about the two features showing there, as well as the duties of working in a movie theater. These things accentuate the far-out plot. Porno is a skillfully-made, no-holds-barred horror-comedy. It’s extreme and not for the easily offended. And you know what else? It’s totally freaking awesome.” Mike McGranaghan, The Aisle Seat

“While it is not the most original story, the characters and overall concept keep things fun and entertaining. While Porno may not hit all the marks, when it does, it works well. It is an entertaining and bloody thrill ride that will keep you laughing until the credits roll.” Brendan Frye, CG Magazine

“Smart, deceptively sophisticated and beautifully crafted, this is artisan cheese. It blends the awkwardness of adolescence with playful grotesquerie to great effect, adding a little existential terror in the closing stages just where it’s needed.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

“Katelyn Pearce gives a suitable hypnotic performance as Lilith and despite spending much of the film naked, manages to convey the malice of her character. Her nakedness in no way dilutes her viciousness, if anything, it reinforces it. A couple of the other characters suffer from being slightly underwritten…” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

” …retains a sort of sweetness that takes the edge off the cynicism.  An entry in the very occasional monsters-from-the-screen/trapped-in-a-cinema sub-genre (Demons, Popcorn, Movie House Massacre), this has smart writing, decent running jokes and a feel for sleaze – though, given the title, it’s surprisingly restrained in its sex horrors.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“The characters – all outsiders with sexually repressed desires – are well-drawn, and effortlessly executed by the talented young cast. The blood and gore is on the right side of cheese and the irreverent script doesn’t hold back on making light of right-wing Christian American ideals (thank you!).” Peter Fuller, Kultguy’s Keep

“Here liberals are the succubus, a leftover of the cinema that existed before the current ultra-Christian one (one hell of an analogy), preying on the teens who represent clean-cut America, an America that really doesn’t exist in any other form than as an ideal, a throwback to the past – which is apt given this films setting almost 30 years ago.” Phil Wheat, Nerdly

” …you move from one laugh-out-loud set piece to another seamlessly with just enough time to catch your breath. Despite the name and everything you might expect from the plot description the movie rarely dives into anything too raunchy to be off-putting.” Jonathan Deehan, Nightmare on Film Street

” …does a superb job of keeping one hilarious set piece after another rolling along smoothly. Porno is not shy on the horror end of things, with plenty of gross-out gags and red stuff to spare. The film has a surprisingly big heart to it, and the protagonists are rather sympathetically written and portrayed to be laughed with, not at, though plenty of their actions welcome the latter.” Joseph Perry, The Scariest Things

Porno is a cheeky look at temptation and how easy it would be to corrupt the seemingly incorruptible by simply offering them the kind of sexual release any normal teenager with a smartphone has access to these days. It’s a bloody, funny, Troma-esque romp through teenage fantasy with a dash of moralizing that doesn’t quite take away from the fun the way it could.” Charlie Hobbs, Screen Anarchy

“Lest it sound like Porno is a serious drama, it isn’t. It just does an incredible job of working all of this into a film about a succubus stalking a bunch of Christian teens. And that is maybe the film’s strongest point. You won’t notice any of it until after you’ve enjoyed it as a horror film.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

 

Cast and characters:

  • Evan Daves … Abe
  • Jillian Mueller … Chaz
  • Katelyn Pearce … Lilith
  • Bill Phillips … Mr Pike
  • Peter Reznikoff … Lord Beekman
  • Larry Saperstein … Todd
  • Glenn Stott … Ricky
  • Robbie Tann … Heavy Metal Jeff

Technical details:

  • 98 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1

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