Directed by David Quitmeyer (2005)
Reviewed by MaT, added on Jun 14 2005
I highly suggest reading our interview with Slaughter Disc director David Quitmeyer. Not only is it an entertaining read, but you'll get some insight and understanding into the film itself and kinda see where he was coming from when making this film.
Slaughter Disc is the tale of a guy named Mike who is addicted to porn. One day, while hitting up his local porn shop, he is told about a porn actress named Andromeda Strange. Apparently, her stuff is so crazy that it's banned just about everywhere. Naturally Mike wants to get his *ahem*..hands...on one of her videos, so he gets on Andromeda's website and eagerly orders a copy of Slaughter Disc. At first, the dvd seems like a normal XXX film, but the more and more Mike watches, the freakier it gets. As his life starts spinning out of control, people he knows begin dying and Mike suspects that Andromeda could be more than just a freaky porn star...
As I sit here typing out this review for Slaughter Disc, I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out what I want to say about it. Maybe I should start by saying that this is not porn. At least not in the sense of watching for tittilation. There are scenes of explicit masturbation, blow jobs, and vaginal sex; just like you'd see in any porn film hidden behind the black curtain and "18+" sign of your local video store, but I never got the sense that the filmmakers were going for cheap thrills. In fact, it was kind of disturbing to watch. Critics will point out that Andromeda's sexual acts go on for a long time before the "horror" starts, and they would be correct. The masturbation scene seemed like it went on for a good 10 minutes before the blood started flowing, but it wasn't shot in an erotic way. Quitmeyer did a good job of making pornography very uncomfortable to watch, which I believe was his intention. So in that respect, Slaughter Disc succeeds on a "creepy/gross out" level. In other words: You ain't gonna get turned on by this.
The idea that porn "kills" is an interesting concept and the overall handling of it was pretty good. I did feel that the long sex scenes hurt the film more than they helped. I understand that the sex needs to be part of the movie, but some of the scenes went on so long that if I hadn't been reviewing it, I would have just fast forwarded through them to get back to the story. It was almost like "Okay, she's been giving him a blowjob for 5 minutes. I get it. Let's move it along." The film would have been much better served to cut down the length of the sex scenes and flesh out the story a little more.
If you are wondering about the other aspects of the film: The movie looks great for only costing $9,000. The acting is shaky, especially from the actor who plays Mike, but Caroline Pierce puts in a strong performance in her role as Andromeda Strange. The gore isn't quite as graphic as I thought it would be, and even though women do it every month, there is still something unsettling about seeing a vagina bleeding all over the place. But that's just me :)
As I come to the end of this review, I'm stuck trying to figure out what kind of "number rating" I should give. I've never really seen any film that I can easily compare to Slaughter Disc. Unlike a slasher film where you have a bank of ten thousand films to go off of, and definite "Greats" of the genre that can be consicously or unconsicously used in comparison, there isn't a hopping sub genre of XXX horror that is easily available to view, making it difficult to rate how this film ranks among its peers. So in the end, it comes down to the basic question of whether I liked the film or not. Personally, I didn't really care for it. There's a lot that's interesting about Slaughter Disc, but I was just put off a little too much by the monotonous sex scenes that seemed to drown out the message of the film and the sketchy acting by the lead character.
Quitmeyer handled the directing duties well, especially when you consider how good the film looks for only costing $9,000. He has a lot of potential and I look forward to seeing what he can do in the future. I'd recommend Slaughter Disc to those of you who are really into alternative horror. Whether you'll like it or not is, ultimately, your decision to make.