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Fantasia 2019: Porno Review

A perfect late-night watch

Some movies work so much better when you watch them at midnight. And Porno, from director Keola Racela, works perfectly as a midnight movie.

Porno (always a fun title to google!) is a horror-comedy that premiered at SXSW last spring. The plot follows a group of (catholic) movie theatre employees who watch a possessed porno film, which leads to a demonic attack.

This film is as wacky and campy as the concept suggests. The violence and horror elements come into play later than one would expect. But the dialogue carries this film throughout its first 40-or-so minutes and keeps the plot engaging.

The script’s well-written characters are brought to life by the cast’s solid performances. Evan Daves, Jillian Mueller, Larry Saperstein, Glenn Stott and Robbie Tann show solid chemistry. It’s their five characters, and not the horror thrills, that make the film as fun as it is. I look forward to seeing each of them in future projects.

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While I prefer a bit more violence in horror flicks, what we do get is effective. Some of the disgusting events work best when experienced at a midnight screening. There are some scenes in this movie that I won’t forget anytime soon.

Due to Porno’s low budget, its production value is at times, lacking. Some of the cinematography looks by-the-numbers. But the crew does an excellent job making the film’s one shooting location work.

Porno is a fun movie, but it’s at its best when enjoyed among a midnight madness crowd. This film demands a late-night watch.



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