Released: Mar 10th, 2011
Running Time: 101 Min.
Director: Martin Mayo
Company: Life on Mars Entertainment
DVD Extras: Trailer(s), Widescreen
Cast: Paul Barret Brown, Courtney Gains, Jim O'Donoghue, Lisa Marano, Alexandra Divecchio, Caryn Cellaigh, Mark Archuletta, Eric Campos, Others
Critical Rating: AAA 1/2
Jack's project is to record music based on human screams, no instruments, just screams!
BDSM enthusiasts may get a kick out of this uproariously campy effort from first-time director Martin Mayo, who spent an almost unimaginable 20 years of his life putting it together bit by bit as an ongoing passion project. Because the majority of it was shot so long ago, it has a (albeit unintentional) retro feel to it similar to that of 2009's The House of the Devil that lends it some kitsch value.
Obscure actor Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn, Can't Buy Me Love) plays Jack, a music student obsessed with composing some brilliant tunes using natural sound. Enter batshit Professor Lafitte (Jim O'Donoghue), who rambles maniacally through most of his screen time about ecstasy and pain in a cartoonishly exaggerated Slavic accent along the lines of Udo Kier in Flesh for Frankenstein. Taking Jack under his wing as an apprentice of sorts, he tasks the protégé with capturing genuine screams of human agony to use as the palette for his music.
Turns out that Lafitte oversees some sort of secret society of aristocratic types who gather to watch people get murdered in sadistic ways, as inspired by the writings of the Marquis de Sade ... and Jack and his girlfriend are the professor's next victims.
Discipline is a little all over the place narratively, but its over-the-top, Ed Wood-like absurdity isn't without its guilty-pleasure charm. And with a little gratuitous nudity and glimpses of S/M activity thrown in here and there, it's kind of a hoot.