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‘Porno’ Trailer: Bloody and Bawdy Teen Horror Sex Comedy Breakout of Last Year’s SXSW — Exclusive

Keola Racela's feature debut is about a bunch of teen movie theater workers fighting a female sex demon, and it's pure pulpy cinephile fun.

'Porno' Trailer: Teen Horror Sex Comedy

Given that it made IndieWire’s list of the best undistributed films of last year, it’s all the more exciting to be able to present the exclusive first trailer for “Porno,” a bloody and bawdy comedy from first-time feature director Keola Racela. One of the most thrilling new voices to come out of last year’s SXSW Film Festival, Racela began his career as an editor and genre buff. While the horror comedy took time finding the right distributor, “Porno” eventually landed a sweet deal with horror platform Fangoria, which is releasing the film in theaters on April 10. IndieWire is pleased to debut the exclusive Green Band trailer, embedded above.

Taking place in a single location, an old school movie theater circa 1992, “Porno” finds four teenage staffers and a cranky older projectionist haunted by a sex demon while closing up one night. When the gang discovers a hidden archive full of dusty film reels, they fire up the projector on what appears to be a softcore porn/horror film — you know, that classic genre. Like some horny version of “The Ring,” it isn’t long before the bloody brunette from the film is unleashed into the real world, and they find themselves in an epic battle with the seductive sex demon.

From IndieWire’s B+ SXSW review: “Racela guides the action with a self-assured hand, pacing the action at a steady clip and eliciting convincing performances from the cast of mostly newcomers. Racela edited the movie as well, and his choices here are perhaps his most effective; a few well-timed sharp camera turns easily establish the film’s comedic style. Also impressive is how the various narrative threads of this proudly pulpy horror outing coalesce into a satirical take on puritanical religious teachings. Though their curiosity unleashes a holy hellscape of demonic proportions, the real demons in ‘Porno’ are self-denial, self-blame, and blind adherence to the rules.”

Following its SXSW debut, the film made the rounds at top genre festivals such as Fantasia Fest, Sitges, and Telluride Horror Show.

“Porno” was written by Matt Black and Laurence Vannicelli.

Fangoria will partner with Cranked Up Films for a May VOD release, where it will ultimately land on premier horror platform Shudder.

Check out this awesome Mondo-inspired official poster as well:

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