Friday, 22 July 2011

Horror Review: Gutterballs (2008)

A brutally sadistic rape leads to a series of bizarre gory murders during a midnight disco bowl-a-rama at a popular bowling alley.

The 1980's is considered by many Horror fans as a golden age of Horror, especially with the amount of slasher film's that came out in abundance during the decade. Gutterballs is a great throwback to the era, a rape revenge comedy/horror written, directed & produced by Ryan Nicholson. With today's Hollywood churning out remake after remake & over CGI'd nonsense, the indie circuit is the place to be looking for good, original horror film's.

This low budget flick is great entertainment, it take's you through a whole range of emotion's, you can be shocked one second, disgusted the next and then you can be crying tear's of laughter. Imagine if you will "Last House On The Left" with joke's! If you watched it not knowing it was a 2008 release you'd feel like you were watching a lost gem from the 80's. The dialogue, the effect's, the characters, even the KILLER soundtrack are all excellent!

The whole film take's place in a bowl-o-rama, after a girl is horribly raped (an 8 mins+ rape scene, that is VERY graphic) by a couple of bitter jocks, this only set's the scene for the rest of the film. I don't want to give too much away but the basic plot for the rest of the film is the teen's return to the bowl-o-rama the next night and people start disappearing, there is a killer, known as "BBK" on the loose. There are GREAT kill scene's, shocking and disgusting to say the least! great humour & great dialogue. It's a film you HAVE to watch to believe! If you're a fan of classic 80s slasher films, you've got to check out "Gutterballs", in time I'm sure it will become a cult classic.

To see the "Gutterballs" trailer click here 

Also if you want to visit Ryan Nicholson's site click here

Miscellaneous Facts About The Film:
  • The phone number the killer calls for the bowling alley is 976-3845, which is 976-EVIL, another 80's slasher movie.

  • The Producers of this film agreed to base their promotional campaign after the 1980 cult classic Maniac, a decision not lost on its detractors.
  • Nicholson initially submitted the film to the MPAA but released it unrated after he was told 20+ minutes of footage would have to be removed to avoid an NC-17-rating.
  • The film was the subject of much scrutiny for it's frequent use of the f-word, which is spoken 500+ times.