Disco has always been a divisive genre of music. Half of the Mother's Day siblings were prone to shouting "Disco's stupid!" and Sick Of It All took things even further on Yours Truly by stating "Disco sucks fuck everything!" This might seem like an extreme statement, but it's pretty close to the viewpoint of the killer in Discopath.
|Director: Renaud Gauther
Stars: Jeremie Earp, Sandrine Bisson, Ingrid Falaise, Christian Paul
Screenplay: Renaud Gauther
It's the dawn of the disco era in New York, and one man finds himself really struggling with this new style of music. Hearing disco tunes sends him into a trance, and if he finds himself in a Steve Guttenberg type situation where the music can't be stopped, things get ugly. Taking a cue from Silent Night, Deadly Night he puts himself in a situation guaranteed to make him snap, and then he has to flee the country. He heads to Canada, where he unfortunately learns that the disco craze has gone international. Unable to escape the driving rhythms, the violence continues.
On the Blu-ray cover and the movie's title card the movie's called Discopath, but on the Blu menu it's Discopathe, which is the French title. It makes sense to refer to the movie in both languages on the one release because in true Canadian tradition the movie is in both English and French. Roughly the first 20 minutes are in English, then when the movie relocates to Montreal it switches to French. A few more lines are in English after that, but most of the remainder of the film is in French with optional English subtitles.
Being largely in French actually caused some confusion on my part. Discopath has a distinct giallo feel to it, but given the very name for that style of movie is in Italian, I struggled to match up the spoken language with the Italian genre. It didn't help that unlike most giallos there is no mystery as to who the killer is, which means Discopath is not really a giallo, it's just giallo inspired. It's gialloesque.
Following the killer like the story does reminded me of Maniac, though Discopath is not as gruesome as that one. It's also more humorous than Maniac, but it's not chockers with laughs. The origins of the killer's psychosis is funny, and there are black comedy elements in some of the deaths, but mostly Discopath plays like a serious slasher.
Discopath doesn't look high budget, but the filmmakers got solid production values with the money they spent. One guy seems to be a poor man's Nicholas Cage, so maybe the budget couldn't cover Cage's fee, but it didn't seem like too many other concessions had to be made to conserve money. There were even sufficient funds available to license disco hits for the soundtrack, including an immortal classic from those disco masters KISS.
I think the last French Canadian movie I saw was about a guy who believed his father was a tomato, and Discopath was way better than that one, so I'm happy to declare it the best French Canadian movie of all time.