Synopsis from Durango:
The mid 70's: a timid young New Yorker leads an uneventful life until he is fatefully exposed to the pulsating rhythms of a brand new genre of music: DISCO! Unable to control his murderous impulses that stem from a traumatic childhood experience, Duane Lewis transforms into a dangerous serial killer exiled to Montreal.
Renaud Gauthier is creating cinema that may be filled with the trappings of yesteryear with a slightly humorous concept in the backbeat, and yet the whole thing doesn't feel cheesy or forced. Yes, we had the Disco Exorcist from Wild Eye in the last couple of years and even the spoof Planet Mirrorball in faux trailer form as a part of Midnight Show, but Discopath actually takes the concept of music based murder to a very real place perhaps beyond what you might expect for a movie influenced by 80's music killer flicks. Yes, there are moments of humor, but they are balanced by well timed and executed violence and semi-surreal cityscapes. From New York all the way to Montreal, the beats of the music of the 70's create a killer. It's as simple as that. Watch him kill. How can you turn down a movie that has the tagline "He Was Made For Loving You"?
Of course we should focus on the music which is expertly composed by Bruce Cameron. It helps to create that sense of retro-realistic that helps a faux-grinder along. Nothing worse than a grindhouse style film that doesn't understand how to use its score. Discopath uses its perfectly combining period pop songs with some truly special original compositions. Sure this isn't Saturday Night Fever or other reasonable knock off when it comes to original music, but check out the commentary on this disc featuring Renaud Gauthier, Ivan Freud and Bruce Cameron to understand how the movie is composted to create a very distinct vibe. It also comes with 24 minutes of behind the scenes footage and trailers.
Hell, even the cover of the DVD is made to look like a record and it comes with a still on the reverse of the cover. Discopath has played quite a few festivals and continues to have screenings. It'd be a great experience to catch this incredible energetic movie with a crowd. This movie has the complete retro package from facial hair to suits.
Released June 10th. Distributed by Black Fawn Distribution.