Ginger Nuts of Horror
“Sometimes you have to be willing to go places you'd rather not to get what you need for a scene”. I knew what he was saying but I didn't get the gravity of it till now."
This May it was a great privilege to present Film Gutter's first ever event, and one that will hopefully be the first of many. We had the even greater honour of hosting the UK premiere screening of American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock, the breathtaking second installment in the new revival of the 80's Japanese movie series. For anyone with an interest or passion for extreme horror, this is a flat-out must see and a rare movie in scoring 10/10 from us. And what's more, we also had the opportunity to chat to lead star Dan Ellis about his role in Bloodshock...
Recently at Film Gutter we had the pleasure of watching and reviewing Contracted, a unique zombie movie with a strong body horror element. Pleasure might not quite be the right word, because this one had me squirming uncomfortably throughout. So, to find out more, we spoke to director Eric England on body horror, make-up, effects and much more...
"I swear to god I'm a nice person but I sure play a lot of bad bitches.".... Pollyanna McIntosh
Here at Film Gutter, we're more than a little familiar with the works of Jack Ketchum – The Girl Next Door remains a staple of many 'most disturbing films' lists out there, but for me even more striking is the stunning cannibal duology of Offspring and The Woman. A particular highlight of both of those movies is the superb, animalistic performances by Pollyanna McIntosh as 'The Woman' who plays such a key role in both movies. We had the opportunity to chat to Pollyanna about both those movies, and plenty more besides...
"Yes! I didn't really realize how much shit was going to be in this movie when I originally signed up for it. I didn't want to go through with the first shits smearing scene"
As far as I'm aware, our recent Film Gutter 'watchalongs' present a unique, social experience in film viewing. We began with the gloriously over the top Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) and that was swiftly followed by Crazy Murder, a movie I had been looking forward to watching for a while and one I was heartily looking forward to watching with many good friends and new acquaintances. And, just to make this one even more special, I was lucky enough to have to chance to invite the lead of Crazy Murder, Kevin Kenny, to join us for the experience. We had a blast watching his by turns hilarious and disturbing performance on this one, and having watched the move we spoke to Kevin on comedy, shit, homelessness and 'fucking megapixels'...
"well, mostly. A good magician never explains. I'm more of neutral sorcerer, so I just explain vaguely."
In 2015 we reviewed a lot of movies, but there were very few that had the same kind of bone-crunching impact as Headless. Presented as a lost 1970s slasher, the story of our brutal, unnamed killer and his constant companion, Skull Boy, this was truly one of the most disturbing movies of the year. And we had the pleasure of talking to director Arthur Cullipher about this horrible homage to the field...
I was taking massive amounts of LSD and Nitrous Oxide to find God. Not only did I find him, but I also found the Devil
If you're a fan of extreme horror cinema, the name Stephen Biro will doubtless be well known to you. As one of the founders of Unearthed Films, as well as a producer and director, Stephen has been a hugely influential figure in the field for many years and has recently written and directed the first of what will be many American Guinea Pig movies. We spoke to Stephen in the latter part of 2015 about all things Unearthed, the revival of Guinea Pig in the US and much more.
I decided that finding the beauty