Dis – USA, 2017: now with HORRORPEDIA review

Dis is a 2017 American horror feature film written and directed by Adrian Corona. The movie stars Bill Oberst Jr., Lori Jo Hendrix and Peter Gonzales Falcon.

Plot:

An ex-soldier with a criminal past takes refuge in the woods. A demonic figure seeks the seed of killers and the blood of the damned to feed his mandrake garden…

Review:

Approximately twenty minutes into the hour long Dis, and there is no dialogue whatsoever. Beautifully scored and filmed, that is the extent of this primitive horror film brought to us by the unwavering Unearthed Films. Although I might catch extreme heat for this observation, Dis is a slow burn that never truly ignites. It begins promisingly with a naked woman chained up in a filthy abandoned structure in the woods where a masked axe-wielding killer initiates a self-gratification scene in order to collect bodily fluids. Uncomfortable and sickening, the scene is engaging as we ponder what is to follow.

Bill Oberst Jr. is solid as an ex-soldier, roaming through the dark and dreary woodlands, hunting for food and solace. He comes across the deserted building where the naked woman was violated and is mesmerized by what appears to be a costumed figure from afar. Following the vision, Oberst is now entranced into an ethereal world stylized like a Marian Dora film raising the question: what is real and what is sheer illusion? Greeted by the same sharply-dressed killer, Oberst is locked up, confused and eventually drugged for his… man juice.

This is a figuratively confusing mind-f*ck of a film. The lack of dialogue, muddied motivation for collecting specimens and foggy perspective of the entire plot line left me completely perplexed. In the fashion of Jacob’s Ladder, all elements try to collide amongst a pure and enlightened environment, only to leave the audience lost in the shallow woods behind. Oberst continues to be mesmerising as his talent shines through. He’s a broken man. He’s an inquisitive man. And he has a dark past which unfortunately never truly comes to light.

Left with many unanswered questions, I cling to the cerebral notation that this semblance of being hunted for the creation of a new species can only exist within the murky mentality of a beaten down combatant. In conclusion…skip Dis.

Meredith Brown, HORRORPEDIA

Other reviews:

Adrian Corona truly delivered with this, it’s an experimental film but it doesn’t come across as pretentious in any way, it’s quite euphoric in parts and yet psychologically challenging in others. It makes you think but also leaves you almost disoriented, much like if you spin-around and suddenly stop, but after a while it comes to you.” Chris Savage, Horror-Movies.ca

“It’s a horror movie by foundation, but its approach is very artsy in the best possible way, it looks amazing, is very strong on atmosphere, intentionally keeps the narrative segments at a bare minimum to fill in the rest with associative images, doesn’t waste any time with explanations , and thus leaves itself wide open for one’s own interpretations.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash

“I wouldn’t say I enjoyed Dis, it isn’t really my thing, however that doesn’t take away the craftsmanship put into this movie, it is an attractive piece. It has a cohesive mood that never falters, while Oberst Jr. is the perfect fit for the troubled ex-soldier escaping (or confronting) his past.” Daniel Simmonds, The Rotting Zombie

Dis is well shot and the pacing has a nice variance throughout without feeling “all over the place”. Things seem to move in an organic fashion for the most part, but I will say that some of the information you gain from the black & white flashbacks seems a little disjointed because of just how minimal the backstory seems to be.” Bacon Kractor, Extreme Horror Cinema

“And as graphic as the film is […] someone (Rodriguez and/or Corona) clued in that those mid and long-shots ala The Texas Chainsaw Massacre makes for a different viewer involvement and reflection than the extreme (and often unnecessary) close-up.” Michael Rajnovic, Film Guinea Pig

Filming locations:

 Perote, Veracruz, Mexico

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