LANDMINE GOES CLICK (2015) Dir. Levan Bakhia, Georgia, 110 mins
It’s always a pleasure to head to new shores here at Film Gutter – one of the great delights of the series is that it enables you to watch work from all over the world, and today it’s off to Eastern Europe and a jaunt to Georgia. I’ve seen a couple of Russian films before, which have definitely pushed boundaries aplenty, so I was pretty excited for the journey. This is Landmine Goes Click, a movie I’d heard about long before release and loved the look of the trailer for.
Deadly Famous (2014) Dir. Jim Lane and Eric Troop, USA, 89 mins
There seems to have been rather a spate of movies that take a distinctive swipe at the Hollywood system of late. The most mainstream of those would probably be David Cronenberg’s wonderful Maps to the Star, and the horror genre certainly hasn’t missed the boat with the striking Starry Eyes and Jimmy Weber’s impactful Eat. It’s something that fascinates me, as someone with a real passion for film, and also as a big advocate and viewer of indy film there is a certain appeal in movies taking a swipe at the biz. Which leads us rather neatly on to today’s movie, Deadly Famous, which follows an ageing child star whose career – and indeed life – is taking a serious turn for the worst...
After over a year of reviews over at Film Gutter, we've covered movies from the notorious to the obscure and have trekked most of the way around the world to seek the very best in disturbing cinema. And now it feels like a good time to hand over too you guys for a bit of inspiration! With February's reviews all in the bag, we're asking YOU to help us choose what movies to review in March! The four options with the most votes from below will be covered as part of our March Madness month – you can also check out the trailers below the movie's title...
FILM GUTTER Come on in, the water's sickening... Sick Girl (2007) Dir. Eben McGarr, USA, 83 mins
Welcome back to Film Gutter everyone, and today it's another one of those movies that I knew next to nothing about before venturing into. Sometimes this yields great results and other times it can be an unmitigated disaster. However a title like Sick Girl immediately spoke to me, so I thought this one was worth a shot. So let's dive in, shall we?
Welcome back to Film Gutter, and today's movie well and truly lives up to its grandiose name. This Japanese splatter offering is surrounded by notoriety, having been refused a UK DVD release in 2009 by the BBFC, whom I quote in saying... 'Grotesque features minimal narrative or character development and presents the audience with little more than an unrelenting and escalating scenario of humiliation, brutality and sadism.' Scary stuff, but of course it takes more than that to put us off here at Film Gutter...
FILM GUTTER Come on in, the water's deep... LUNG II (2016) Dir. Phil Stevens, USA, 75 mins approx
Welcome back to Film Gutter, and rest assured it's been a long time since I've been looking forward to dipping my toes into a movie this much. Last year I was lucky enough to catch Phil Stevens' Flowers, which no doubt you've all heard me waxing lyrical about. Flowers scored a perfect 10/10 and was my top film of 2015 here at Film Gutter. So, when I was offered the chance to watch Lung II before its official release, you can bet I snatched that invitation with both hands. Phil Stevens' second feature is a prequel to Flowers,and that's about all I knew besides two things – one, this movie didn't have any dialogue either. And two, this one was in black and white. But if this one matched up to – or even came close to Flowers – then I knew this was going to be something special.
Come on in, the water's contentious... RAMPAGE (2009)
Dir. Uwe Boll, Canada/Germany, 85 mins
RAMPAGE: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT (2014)
Dir. Uwe Boll, Canada/Germany, 93 mins
It's not even our usual time of the week, but we've never been shy of serving up a few extra treats here at Film Gutter, so it's time for not one but two bonus reviews! We were delighted to have the chance recently to chat with controversial and outspoken director Uwe Boll, who has just concluded shooting on his last movie before retirement, Rampage: No Mercy. The story of Boll's career is fascinating, but I'll let his words speak for that rather than mine. No Mercy is the final movie in the Rampage trilogy, so in preparation for that release we decided to spend some time looking at the first two films in the series. Although they are separated by five years, they share an awful lot thematically and each star Brendan Fletcher as Bill Williamson, who portrays the politically motivated mass murderer brilliantly in both movies – his performances really drive both movies and he's an absolutely compelling lead throughout.
Welcome back everyone, and today we're entering some truly agonising territory. Various of our films have been painful to watch, for a whole host of different reasons, but this one is simply all about pain. With a slightly different spin on the classic captive story, this is Vile. A 2011 release that garnered a decent response on the horror festival scene, will this one live up to its name?
A film that's probably been long overdue a review, American Mary emerged in 2012 and announced the arrival of the Soska sisters to the directorial scene in a big way. This one all came about whilst the Soskas were trying to sell what would be their debut film, Dead Hooker in a Trunk, and was a movie that came together in a remarkably quick time – shot over a period of just 15 days, getting this film made at all was an achievement in itself.
Born in January 2015, Film Gutter burst onto the extreme horror scene with a host of reviews looking at some of the most disturbing and disgusting cinema out there. Now, in January 2016, Film Gutter is coming to an e-reader near you...
Yes, after a hugely successful 2015 which saw more than 40 reviews and interviews with some of the biggest names in extreme horror, Film Gutter is taking its next step with the Film Gutter: Volume 1 e-book, released by Ginger Nuts Books. With a complete set of reviews and interviews from 2015, a new introduction from the author and a host of exclusive content never to be featured on the site, this is a not-to-be missed title for regular readers of the series and any fans of the darkest fringes of horror.
Copyright Phil Stevens 2013.
Film Gutter Volume 1 includes:
Cover artwork by Phil Stevens, director of Flowers
New introduction from Alex Davis
Full set of reviews from 2015
Full set of interviews from 2015
Eight exclusive reviews (including May, Sweet Movie and many more)
Exclusive interview with Eric Falardeau, director of Thanatomorphose
Guinea Pig retrospective
Film Gutter's (much requested) top 10 most disturbing film list
All told it's 50,000 words that sums up a year exploring some of the most revolting and twisted movies ever committed to celluloid out there. What's not to like?
Film Gutter Volume 1 will be hitting virtual shelves at the end of January.