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Killing Porn

Done one at the film festival is in the books. I only went to two screenings, a short film block and for the movie for this review. There were two other feature length film, but I had already watched those. That worked out for me since I was able to take my time getting here and not miss anything. This is the first film festival I have been to that is in an actual theater. I'm not sure how that will work out in the next couple of days, but time will tell! The short block was kind of cool. The one that caught my attention the most was called Death Metal. All the shorts in this block had to do with horror/comedy. The feature film was called Quad X: The Porn Movie Massacre (2014).

While making a Quadruple X film, a killer stalks the cast. Will they figure out who the killer(s?) are before they all die?

I know, not much of a plot description is it? Given to us by co-writers Carlo Rodriguez and James Christopher, who also directs. Quad X is one weird film. Scratch that, it is one odd film. One would think with a horror/comedy film that pokes fun at horror and porn movies, there would be lots of nudity to be found. Maybe not by men, since that is still fairly rare, but by the women in the cast for sure. While a few go topless in some scenes, there is no nudity to be found. Instead, it is blocked out, with the black square sold for advertisement. The story is hard to follow. Sure there is a killer on the loose, but the film is half documentary and half normal film. It flips in and out of the documentary style with no real rhyme or reason to it. To make things more confusing is all the different characters being introduced. I'm not sure how many characters there are, but it feels like a lot. A new character was being interviewed every couple of minutes for a while there. To add to that, the story is constantly switching to different characters. It was very hard to follow, especially when it is the midnight screening. To make things just a bit more odd, if that was even possible, the characters get on this tangent about how horror and porn are a good match.

Even though I found Quad X to be very confusing, it did manage to be funny in places. A character called Beaver Slayer, played by Colby Wallingsford, was very funny for most of his screen time. He is a porn actor who just can't get it up anymore. Hearing him talk about his private area, and complaining about it not getting hard anymore, turned out to be pretty funny with how he describes it all. Another funny scene is when the same character gets his throat cut and the two female characters who are with him come up with a funny way to hopefully save his life. It has to do with directing the blood flow elsewhere...I'm sure you get the idea.

The effects are just okay. There is a scene where someone gets killed by their own insides and there are a few cut throats. They aren't bad effects really, but like most of this film, they could have been way better. The acting was very mixed. Each actor had some good moments, but some felt like they weren't trying all that hard in some scenes. It was a bit frustrating since you have good actors like Wallingsford who was trying. Not saying this happens a lot, not trying I mean, but enough to take notice, especially towards the end of the film.

Speaking of the end of the film, it does manage to settle into more of a story by then. There is less jumping around between characters being interviewed and more straight up story telling. I appreciated that, but it was too little too late by then. I've said that if a comedy makes me laugh, I'm good with it. Quad X did make me laugh, but it stabbed itself in the foot by just being too hard to follow and jumping around between characters way too much. Not a great way to start a film festival, at least for me, but tomorrow is a new day and a full one. As for all of you, I'm sure some of you will like this film, but I have a feeling it will only appeal to those with a certain taste in films. Might be worth checking out if it sounds interesting to you. Not a complete waste of time even if you decide to give it a watch anyway.
2 out of 5 At least no cats were killed


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