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Friday 18th January
5.30pm Gut (Elias / 2012 / USA / 1h 30m)
A mysterious video with an ugly secret that infiltrates into a family man’s life
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GutReviewed By Charles Tatum
Posted 12/01/12 18:24:02
(Worth A Look)"Gut" is an uneasy little film mixing elements of both "The Ring" and "The Human Centipede", and turning in a nifty ninety minute exercise in creepiness.
Dan (Nicholas Wilder) and Tom (Jason Vail) are lifelong friends who now work in an anonymous office doing anonymous office work. Tom is a family man, married to Lily (Sarah Schoofs), and has a cute daughter. Single nerd Dan is stuck in adolescence, obsessed with horror films, and his friendship with Tom is all he has going for him. While the film opens with an act of violence being perpetrated by Tom, we are not sure what is happening until the film's climax. Director Elias then uses his editing skills to give us a realistic peek into the lives of these two men. Dan orders a DVD from an underground video website. The disc is disturbing, showing what looks like an autopsy being performed on a living person. Dan is enthralled with the disc, and invites Tom to watch it, too. Tom already seems to be devolving in a midlife crisis, and the video begins changing both men. They can't stop thinking about it, and Tom withdraws into his own little world while Dan starts getting a bit of confidence, asking out diner waitress Sally (Angie Bullaro).
Tom begs Dan to get rid of the discs, but Dan only comes up with more of them, and the two begin a codependent relationship centering around their bloodlust and disdain for what they are watching. Eventually, one of the victims on a disc turns out to be a person in their lives, and the entire cast is suddenly in mortal danger.
Writer/director/editor Elias does a great job setting the mood early on in the film. I was reminded of David Lynch watching this, each shot has a quality to it that makes the viewer squirm, whether it be something innocent like the daughter's bedroom, or the cold clinical autopsy violence. The cinematography looks drab (in a good way), and the low budget allows the film makers to make use of believable locations that feel like real homes, not a "decorated" set.
Wilder and Vail are fantastic. I believed their friendship, we don't always attract people in our lives who are exactly like us. Schoofs, and Bullaro, play supporting love interest roles nicely. The musical score is also creepy, almost industrial and noisy as the film progresses. The gore effects are also good, without overwhelming the viewer with blood and guts. A few scenes drag here and there, and the ending can be read a few ways. The cast is small, and this intimacy forces the viewer to focus on the two central characters in the film. The roles require quite a bit of nudity and sexuality that never feels exploitative, although sometimes Elias' use of F-bombs feels a little forced.
This is one unsettling film, perfect for late night viewing by horror fans. As a fan of weird underground stuff that most people shun, is it wrong of me to associate with some of this a little too much? I recommend "Gut."
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Gut (DVD) – A story of two guys named Tom and Dan: Tom has a wife and a daughter and Dan is living the single life but they have been lifelong friends. Both are horror movie fans but Tom doesn’t pay too much attention anymore to movies unless its Pixar’s latest for the kids and seems to live a rather dull life. Dan’s annoyed by this and tries to get Tom just too even watch the latest flick he bought over the internet. Finally, Tom caves in and hangs out with Dan and they watch a film like no other they have seen before where it is safe to say it’s a possible snuff film. Dan not forthcoming where exactly he got it is being pushed by Tom to get rid of it. But it’s clear the film has affected both and begins to change their relationship that will of course come to a bloody end! To me ‘Gut’ has to be one of the best independent films of 2012 that I have seen and deserves a much wider release. The film is very professional and looks better than most low budget horror films that actually have the funds from Hollywood to be made. I really enjoyed the dramatic storyline, the subtle music, and the ending was pretty kick ass also. I have to give this flick 4 out of 4 stars along with Jason Hoover’s The Collective Volume 5 being the best independent horror films I have seen this year! Go find out more at www.gutmovie.com .
About Jason Vail.
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