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Porno (2019)

When five teen employees at the local movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious old film hidden in it's basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education...written in blood.

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Keola Racela
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Cast

Credited cast:
Evan Daves Evan Daves ... Abe
Jillian Mueller 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
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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 to have a lot more than just gum stuck to the seats. When a remnant of the theater's porno past surfaces, the kids are visited by a sex demon that gives them a taste of the dark side.

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If you use it, you'll lose it...

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Country:

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9 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenport, New York, USA

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Evoke See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Heavy Metal Jeff: Yeah, right. The only lady you've seen naked is your mom.
Todd: My mom's dead, freak!
Heavy Metal Jeff: Prove it!
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Porno
6 November 2019 | by mrphreek-982-886834See all my reviews

When the employees of a Christian owned movie theater happen upon a demonic sex film in their basement, all hell should break loose, which it does in Keola Racela's fun horror comedy Porno.

It's 1992. For a small theater in an even smaller town, the choices are Encino Man or A League of Their Own. For the kids working in the theater, the decision of what to watch will make or break their night. Chaz (Jillian Mueller) has been promoted by their super-religious boss Mr. Pike (Bill Phillips) to assistant manager despite her recent flirtation with goth culture. Abe (Evan Daves) is a burgeoning peeping Tom who shares his predilection with his best friend Todd (Larry Saperstein). Ricky (Glenn Stott) has just returned from Christian camp to his rightful place as the high school jock. Heavy Metal Jeff (Robbie Tan) runs the projector and lives a rigid life of Christian straight edge.

The deal is, after all the patrons leave, they can watch any movie they like. A crazy homeless man (Peter Reznikoff), however, leads them to a forgotten section of the theater where they find an unmarked film canister. This instantly becomes the choice, but upon watching the movie, they find it filled with satanic ritualism and sex. In fact, the film itself conjures a sex demon (Katelyn Pearce) and now it's up to the employees to defeat it and escape from the theater.

Essentially, writers Matt Black and Laurence Vannicelli have crafted an excellent screenplay that teeters between John Hughes teen dramedy and, well, Evil Dead. Every one of these characters is instantly recognizable either as someone we know or a portion of ourselves. When combined with a stellar cast, the results are simply magical. Racela does an excellent job of allowing the laughs and dramatic moments play out so nothing seems out of place in its particular moment. We really care about these characters and we want to see them win.

The one drawback is the "porno" in question. Perhaps to a group of teenagers in a Christian run movie theater in 1992, it's scandalous, but to someone desensitized by early Wes Craven, Ruggero Deodato, Pier Paolo Pasolini and A Serbian Film, it doesn't really seem like much. Sure, there's nudity, but does that constitute pornography in and of itself? If so, the Friday the 13th franchise is porn. Of course, nowadays you can't show too much lest the uptight idiots at the MPAA doom your film to obscurity by slapping an unreasonable rating on your movie, but it calls into question whether the filmmakers bothered to research the subgenre of Satanic-themed X-rated movies made throughout the '70s or if the title is just there for shock value.

We do need a good laugh once in a while though, and while Porno lacks in actual pornography, it fully delivers in strong characters, good humor and enough tension to keep you poised at the edge of your seat once things get going. It really is a good time, and for that reason, it's worth a watch or ten.


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