Porno (2020) review

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Porno is the latest offering from Fangoria, and during these unusual times, it certainly gave us a longing for a return to theatres….just maybe not this one.

Set in a small uber-religious town, a small group of teenage cinema workers are given the choice to watch one film before locking up for the night – sadly they chose wrong.

‘Porno’ is dripping with 80s nostalgia and manages to mix multiple narratives and provide some great character beats. You may feel like you have seen some the plot threads before but then the film throws in some twists that will surprise and delight.

Much like last year’s Satanic Panic, Porno also goes all-in on its practical effects with blood and guts galore.

When everything hits the fan, our group learn they have unleashed a sex demon that preys upon their hidden desires. This gives ‘Porno’ a slight nudge in the Elm Street direction but here things are much more straight-forward with hints of wider plots.

Another reference is Fright Night with the heightened sexual element of the plot and a demon that represents sexual liberation and carnage of course.

What keeps you watching is the sheer conviction that ‘Porno’ has for its story and its characters. While we don’t exactly know where the film is going there, director Keola Racela clearly does.

While there are plenty of demonic out there to enjoy at the moment, ‘Porno’ feels like a breath of fresh air in a crowded market. You will grow to love these characters and once those credits roll you will think, can we do this again sometime?

Porno is available now from Fangoria.

 

 

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