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Splatter Disco (2007)

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Director:
Richard Griffin Richard Griffin
Starring:
Ken Foree Ken Foree
Lynn Lowry Lynn Lowry
Trent Haaga Trent Haaga
Debbie Rochon Debbie Rochon
Sarah Nicklin Sarah Nicklin

4.4 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Horror, Musical, Slasher Film
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Review by Tristan
Added: February 04, 2009
With all the controversy surrounding Repo: The Genetic Opera recently, I decided to check it out and see what all the hubbub was about. While it wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for, it most certainly wasn't the disaster some people would make it out to be. I was thoroughly entertained and oddly enough, in the mood for another musical. Unfortunately I don't have the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, but I did have another film sent to me a few months back, Splatter Disco. Boasting such an impressive cast including horror favourite Ken Foree, this movie had a lot of hype to live up to.

Kent Chubb (Trent Haaga) is living the life. He's got a beautiful wife (Debbie Rochon) and his father Shank Chubb (Ken Foree) owns the hottest night club in town - Den O' Iniquity. This particular night club is known for catering to the more eccentric residents of the town; namely anyone with an off-the-wall fetish. As you may have guessed, the town has a problem with it. Headed up by Kent's mentally disturbed mother (Lynn Lowry), the city council threatens to close down the night club if some changes aren't soon made. Kent, with the help of his father sets out to convince the community that their night club is actually helping the town. It's a safe place where all the nut jobs can get together and stay off the streets. Not the strongest argument, but certainly enough to keep the mayor off their backs a little bit longer.

Just when it looks like things are starting to get back on track for the Chubbs, a serial killer pops up and starts picking off Den O' Iniquity's employees. It seems that serial killers have a tendency to pick the worst times to start killing. Valentine's Day, Christmas, in the middle of saving your fetish night club, you get the idea. Whoever the killer may be, it's up to Kent and his father to figure out before he bumps off all the Den O' Iniquity staff and the father-son team have to shut their doors for good. All of that, plus some singing.

I didn't bring up the singing that much because it wasn't a major part of the film. There were maybe 5 songs tops, and they just sort of dragged on and on, and for no reason. Repo's songs were fantastically done. I didn't expect the same caliber of singing or sound quality, and I know Splatter Disco had a smaller budget, but I still wasn't very impressed. The singing just seemed too out of place for me to really enjoy it.

Ken Foree doesn't have much of a part, but the little screen time he did have he used effectively. He's still the same bad ass he was all those years ago, and almost every scene he was in had me laughing. His flour sprinkled eyebrows and mustache were a nice touch as well. I was also quite impressed with Trent Haaga's performance. I enjoyed him in Suburban Nightmare and his past Troma films, and it seems that he's only gotten better as the years have gone on. It was nice to see Debbie Rochon in her 83247th movie, even if her screen time was minimal. Over 40 years old and she still looks great. Nothing like a little eye candy to pump up a movie's standings with the horror geeks.

Splatter Disco is actually a misleading title. Not only is there not much "splatter" there is no disco to be found. There's a disco ball, but does that really count? The musical numbers aren't disco themed; the night club doesn't even play disco. I suppose Splatter Disco has a nicer ring to it than Splatter Music or Splatter Tunes. As far as splatter is concerned, these scenes are few and far between. They were nicely done, sure, but a movie calling itself a slasher should really deliver in the red department.

Richard Griffin is a man you can trust. Feeding the Masses was one of the better zombie movies of the last 10 years, and his recent effort Necroville was one of the funniest horror-comedies I've had the pleasure of reviewing. Somewhere along the line, something went wrong. What could have been a fantastic slasher film ended up being a boring, middle-of-the-road horror film. Personally I think the "musical" angle was merely to differ this film from every other one of its kind. Because really folks, do we need another indie slasher film at this point? I can appreciate what they were trying to do, but in the end it just felt like any other cheesy slasher film.

It really is too bad this movie had to fall a little short of his other films. All the right parts were there, I guess they just weren't fit together correctly. I had a lot of laughs, but that isn't enough for me to go raving about this film. If you're a fan of Griffin's other work, and are looking for a nice campy slasher flick, give this one a shot. It's by no means awful, it's just a bit of a letdown. After his previous two hits I had such high hopes for this one. I guess every good director has that one career low.

6/10.
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