Director – Dustin Mills (Slaughterhouse Slumber Party, Ouija Blood Ritual)
Starring – Dave Parker (Gay for Pray: The Erotic Adventures of Jesus Christ, Feaster Sunday), Brandon Salkil (Kill That Bitch, Halloween Spookies)
Release Date – 2021
Rating – 3.5/5
Writing reviews has granted myself the opportunity to check out some pretty awesome movies over the years. It’s a privilege to check out these films especially when they are movies that I’m looking forward to or made by the people that I love and respect. A few days ago producer Chet Turner reached out to me to review a new short that was directed by Dustin Mills and starring Dave Parker. Dave is a good friend of mine and I’m a huge fan of Dustin’s work so I was quick to accept the invitation to check it out. Thanks Chet for reaching out to check it out.
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows Justin (Parker) who finds himself hard up for cash owing a huge sum of money to the local drug dealer. With his back against the wall he is told to give a doctor a call. Reluctantly, he does and discovers that the doctor wants to remove his nuts while filming it. He agrees and soon finds himself in the middle of an occult ritual while his testicles are being removed.**Spoiler Alert**
I didn’t know what to expect from Paying Up when Turner reached out to me. I had no idea what this one was about or that Mills was even working on a short. However, I went into it excited and I actually enjoyed it. It was a bit odd but I love a good story centered around a cult.
The acting in this one is great. Dave never disappoints and it’s the rare occasion that he actually stars in a film. He’s extremely natural and comfortable in front of the camera so his performances always seem genuine. Similarly, Brandon Salkil is always a joy to watch. His characters are always bigger than the screen and always stand out with me. The supporting cast is small but all the performances were fun to watch they just didn’t hold that much to the story.
The story for this one is very unexpected but it’s a wild ride. I liked the idea of a surgeon harvesting nuts for a weird sexual occult ritual. However, the short doesn’t really do a good job at explain why. It’s a cool visual to see the beautiful women fully nude under their robes eating parts of Dave’s nutsack but the film needs a little more story as to why this is a thing. The short leaves the viewer with more questions than answers.
Finally, this short has one of the wildest scenes I have ever seen. Watching that dick rubber banded and then cut open really made me uncomfortable but holy fuck did it look amazing. What a wild fucking scene and imagery. Overall, Paying Up was a different short but I enjoyed it. I wish it would have delivered a little more story but it’s still fun as it. Fans of Dustin Mills should really check this one out.