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DVD Review: Discopath

If one intends to make a send off to the slasher films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, they’d have to remember that their film has to be good to begin with, and cannot just rely on homage to others’ work.

This is exactly the case with Renaud Gauthier’s Discopath. The film follows Duane Lewis (Jeremie Earp-Lavergne) a young man living in New York City. Since a traumatic event is his childhood, Duane can no longer hear disco music without the getting the urge to go on a murderous rampage. In today’s society, this would be a littler easier, but the film takes place in the mid-‘70s, when disco was all the rage.

Earp-Lavergne saves the film with his performance of our Discopath, but for the most part, the rest of the performances in the film feel pretty stiff. One could argue that this is on purpose, due to some of the exaggerated acting in older horror films, but I’m not buying it.

At times the film is actually quite fun, there’s something sickly charming about watching someone cut people up to KC & the Sunshine Band. Unfortunately, the film just feels a little too safe for something that wants to pay tribute to the golden age of brutally gritty horror. Surely, some of the killing scenes are gruesome, such as one where Duane chops off a woman’s head using a record, but it’s the scenes without actual murder that feel out of place.

Special Features

Audio Commentary
Commentary with Director Renaud Gauthier, actor Ivan Freud, and composer Bruce Cameron.

Behind the Scenes
This is more than your average behind the scenes bit. It is twenty-four minutes long and features revealing interviews with members of the cast and crew.

Matt Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman is a Toronto-based cinephile who especially enjoys French films and actresses over the age of 50; including but not limited to: Isabelle Huppert, Meryl Streep, and Jacki Weaver.