Plot: A mysterious figure abducts victims and collects their sexual fluids, which are used to nourish a mandrake garden. At the same time, a former soldier named Ariel (Bill Oberst, Jr.) wanders the landscape alone and avoids all human contact, reserved to be on his own. The horrors of his past haunt him, so he sometimes take refuge in abandoned structures to rest and recover. While he is able to remain in solitude and lost in his own inner torment, he eventually crosses paths with the mysterious figure and finds himself the next victim poised to feed the mandrake garden.
Entertainment Value: This is a dark, stylish, and often brutal movie that might only run just over an hour, but Dis packs in more in that short duration than most genre films do with twice the run time. I mean, when one of the early scenes is an unknown person keeping a naked woman chained up, then forcing her to have a squirting orgasm into a collection bowl, you know Dis means business. The narrative is not the usual story driven approach, as the film has long stretches with little to no dialogue, so it feels like more of an experience. This is bolstered by the emphasis on lush visuals and stylish camera work, giving Dis a polished, often beautiful veneer, covering the dark, nasty elements underneath. Of course, this kind of loose take on storytelling is bound to alienate some viewers, but given the content involved, that isn’t really a concern in this case. Those who would seek out a movie like Dis are likely adventurous in spirit, so the esoteric elements should be a positive, not a drawback. This is yet another example of how strong the artistic elements in extreme horror can be, a well crafted, memorable ride into madness.
As the collection of sexual fluids is a driving force in Dis’ narrative, there is some nudity and it is by no means light. This includes full nudity from both male and female performers, so if seeing naked flesh is worrisome for you, this might not be your kind of flick. The forced sexual component is again likely to offend folks and make most at least a little uncomfortable, as both male and female characters are more or less milked with no signs of consent involved. At the same time, the nudity might be strong, but it is fairly infrequent, so it isn’t a constant presence here. There’s also some violence of course and that includes some bloodshed, with some impressive and mostly effective effects that show a lot of polish. The highlight is a brutal penis chomp session followed by spitting out the flesh chunks, but there’s other instances of violence as well, most of which are sexual in some sense or another. No points on the dialogue front, but that is because Dis contains little dialogue and the serious tone ensures those few lines are serious and dark in nature. So don’t take the low score the wrong way, as Dis is simply not a dialogue driven kind of picture. On the craziness front, we have the surreal atmosphere, forced orgasms, and Bill Oberst, Jr.’s unsettling performance, so Dis earns some solid points in this department.
Overall Insanity: 6/10
The Disc: Dis was released on Blu-ray via Unearthed Films and the movie looks fantastic in HD. The image looks crystal clear and razor sharp, the kind of eye popping visual texture that reminds you this is high definition. The movie’s visuals are remarkable, so seeing it in this superb presentation adds so much, as even the darkest scenes retain impressive depth and detail. The colors are a touch muted, as the visual design calls for and contrast is spot on, which is again important because Dis features a lot of dark, dank scenes. Excellent work from Unearthed Films here. The extras includes are director Adrian Corona’s introduction, Portrait short film, a behind the scenes piece, interview with Bill Oberst, Jr., and some still photos, as well as trailers for assorted Unearthed Films releases.