There are just some genres that can only exist in certain eras. You just don’t get wild trash (and I mean that in a good way) like you did in the 80s (er…I guess I mean 90s?).
Teenage Exorcist has nothing to do with teenagers or exorcists. But it does deliver a good horror comedy nevertheless!
Diane is a young grad student and a bit of an uppity one at that. She’s not big into having fun or letting loose. Wanting to get out of campus housing, she finds a mansion for sale at a price that’s a steal. And we know: if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. And if it’s being sold to you by a man who looks like Michael Berryman*, you might want to ask a few neighbours if they’ve ever seen anything odd.
While in her new abode, Diane begins to feel reinvigorated and inspired. But it might not be only because she’s moved out on her own. She’s got a demon living in her cellar who wants to make her his lackey.
One night, Diane finds a spirit board on her table. She speaks to a spirit through it and is somehow lured into her cellar. It’s then that she becomes a possessed succubus.
After Diane calls for their help, Diane’s sister, Sally, and brother-in-law, Mike, arrive at the house. They’re both surprised to see Diane in all her glory – no longer the quiet, mousey type. They know immediately something is amiss. And when Diane tries to kill Sally with a chainsaw, they knock her out and tie her to a bed.
It’s when Diane’s boyfriend arrives that things get zanier. Once he believes Sally and MIke’s story of possession, they call a priest. When that priest can’t remember how to exercise a demon they accidentally order several pizzas from a local pizza joint.
Does everything make sense from this point on? Absolutely not. Did they make sense before this? Not really. Does any of that matter? Hell no!
Teenage Exorcist was made in 1991, but it did not receive a video release until three years later in 1994. And by that point, it probably felt like opening a time capsule. Horror movies were about to change in a big way come 1996, so I can see why this movie would have been overlooked. It definitely fits the vibe of late 80s sleazy horror comedies like Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama.
There’s surprisingly no gore here. There are no deaths (sorry, spoiler for a 30-year-old movie). But that doesn’t really detract from the film. It remains funny and stupid in the best of ways.
And as an added bonus. This movie includes my favourite thing: an original song.
*MB seems like a sound guy IRL. But I would never buy a house from him in a horror movie. Just saying.