Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 5th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2007
Director: Richard Griffin
Writer: Richard Griffin, Ted Marr
Cast: Ken Foree, Lynn Lowry, Trent Haaga, Debbie Rochon, Sarah Nicklin, Jason McCormick
DVD released: November 18th, 2008
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Shock-O-Rama Cinema
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Synopsis: Den O’ Iniquity is a nightclub that caters to an eclectic clientele who often push the boundaries of decency. Den O’ Iniquity comes under fire when the mayor is pressured by his overbearing mother to close the place down for corrupting the youth. When some of the club’s regulars start to disappear the pressure to close the place down is intensified.
Splatter Disco was co-written and directed by Richard Griffin (Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon, Pretty Dead Things, Necroville, Beyond the Dunwich Horror). Visually Richard Griffin does so much with his limited resources. Even though the plot features many elements that are prominent in horror films, the core of the story is about the characters in the film and their relationships with each other that drive this story. Splatter Disco is fast moving plot that is just a blast from the beginning to the end.
The killings in the film are not as bloody as most horror films. This doesn’t take away from their impact as most of them are done off in imaginative ways that show just enough without ever going too far. There are many amusing moments like a scene were the bouncer feels up a muscle bound man in a mesh shirt for an obscenely long time. Another fun moment involves a character named carpet. He is actually a man who rolls himself up in a carpet and let’s people walk all over him. These are just a few of many outrageous moments in the film.
The cast features two 1970’s cult movie icons Lynn Lowry (The Crazies) and Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead). Both of their respective roles are unlike the type of characters they usual get cast as. All the performances in the film are all very good especially Trent Haaga (Terror Firmer). The film’s sublime musical numbers were written by Tony Milano. The most memorable of these is the “Let’s Do it” segment were two characters profess their love to each other while dressed in animal costumes. Ultimately Splatter Disco is a humorous send up the horror film genre with its witty dialog and oddball characters.
Shock-O-Rama Cinema presents Splatter Disco in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This shot on digital video production has been given a strong transfer that looks detailed and colors look nicely saturated throughout. There are no problems with artifacts or compression and edge enhancement is minimal.
This release come with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. The audio is clean, evenly balanced and at times robust. The audio is most dynamic during the film’s musical numbers.
Extras for this release include trailers for other titles available on DVD from Shock-O-Rama Cinema and two alternate scenes (5:05). The two scenes are the first musical number “Let’s Do it” and a scene were a model is murdered at a graveyard. Other extras include a thirty seven minute making of documentary titled “Inflicting Joy: The Making of Splatter Disco”. This documentary includes interviews with Ted Marr (co-producer/co-screenwriter), Richard Griffin (director/co-screenwriter), Christopher Calcagni (first assistant director), Tony Milano (composer), Ricardo Rebelo (second unit director of photography) and several members of the cast including Sarah Nicklin, Jason McCormick, William Decoff, Carlos Brum, Brandon Aponte and Brian L. Mullen III. This is a thorough behind the scenes look that features comments from the majority of the cast and crew. The main extra for this release is an audio commentary with director Richard Griffin, actress Lynn Lowery, actors Jason Witter, Jason McCormick, Jason Krangel and producer Ted Marr. This is a laid back audio commentary that is filled with a lot background info about the film. Overall Shock-O-Rama Cinema gives Splatter Disco a fully loaded DVD release that is highlighted by a detailed audio commentary track.