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Canadian Premiere
Selection 2019

Porno

Directed by Keola Racela

Hosted by Director Keola Racela and Producer Chris Cole

Credits  

Official selection

South by Southwest 2019, Overlook Film Festival 2019

Director

Racela Keola

Writer

Matt Black, Laurence Vannicelli

Cast

Evan Daves, Jillian Mueller, Katelyn Pearce, Peter Reznikoff, Larry Saperstein, Glenn Stott, Robbie Tann

Producer

Chris Cole, Sarah Oh

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USA 2019 98 mins OV English
Genre ComedyHorror

“Blends laughably outrageous carnage with a legitimately scary plot to delightful ends”
Jude Dry, INDIEWIRE

“Will charm genre fans who know their stuff and provide plenty of entertainment for newcomers who will not have seen anything quite like this”
Jenny Kermode, EYE FOR FILM

“A cheeky look at temptation and how easy it would be to corrupt the seemingly incorruptible”
Charlie Hobbs, SCREEN ANARCHY

It’s the job that film nerds would die for: working in an old-fashioned, single-screen theatre. Our story takes place in one such venue, circa 1992. Besides being buffs, our teen heroes — assistant manager Chastity, Heavy Metal Jeff, Peeping Tom buddies Abe and Todd, and jock Ricky — are also devout Christians, serving under the watchful eye of manager Mr. Pike. Late one night after closing, the kids stumble upon a dusty film can and unspool the ancient celluloid. It’s a scratchy arthouse skin flick that switches reels to reveal a satanic ritual. The popcorn hits the floor when this secret screening unleashes upon the real world a sexy succubus with lust and murder in mind. The trapped, sex-starved teens are easy prey for the demon, but these Bible-thumpers won’t give up without a fight… even when their balls are (literally) up against the wall.

For horror fans, the 1980s are the gift that just keeps on giving. Latest evidence: SXSW midnight hit PORNO, directed by feature first-timer Keola Racela. Though inspired by past favourites, screenwriters Matt Black and Laurence Vannicelli make this more of a personal affair by weaving in autobiographical bits from Racela’s life. Refreshingly, the filmmakers have also assembled an amiable cast of characters without slamming their religious beliefs. Despite its title, PORNO never devolves into a one-note T&A show. The movie remains raunchy but innocent at the same time. Those looking for a splatterific experience won’t be disappointed, however. A graphic scene of testicular violence will have male members of the audience holding onto their junk for dear life. This summer at Fantasia, be Porn Again and discover the horror comedy that everyone is screaming about! – Tony Timpone