What if I told you that a horror film would have a beaver shot, what I thought to be a real blow job scene, an 8 min rape scene, genital mutilation, more F-words than “Scarface”, Skanky Girls, over the top gore…..ohh and a Tranny!
If you are still reading, I present you “Gutterballs”
“Gutterballs is not only exploitive, it focus’ it’s strengths serving loads of sex and grisly death to no end. Just when you thought you had seen all that the genre had to offer, Writer/Director Ryan Nicholson brings you creativity in ways you don’t want to imagine.
The film begins with a quick jolt right out of the gate. Lisa ( Candice LeWald) is lining up in her lane at the bowling alley preparing for their upcoming tournament, when she starts to bend over and the camera pans down to her backside and the gratuitous beaver shot begins. I literally looked around to see if my wife could see what I was watching, because honestly I had no idea what I was looking at.
It is getting late and the midnight bowling is ready to begin, as the other classes of young characters begin to arrive, their personalities fail to mesh and arguing begins,a fight breaks out and everyone gets booted. Looks like the fun will have to wait until the next night when they are allowed to return. Unfortunately for Lisa, she has forgotten her purse and will have to turn back and go back in to the bowling alley, alone! Cue the serial killer and forward “Gutterballs” HOOOOO!!!!!
I was surprised for this homage to classic 1980’s horror to be right on point. What I don’t remember about those 80’s favs was if the acting was as atrocious as “Gutterballs” is. GB’s was truly hard to sit through with the over acting, underacting, lack of acting that was going on. I know 80’s horror didn’t garner the greatest of acting talent , but Nicholson couldn’t shock me enough to forget about it. I will give Nicholson some credit in the shock department. He is mostly known for his FX and this film was another success to his credit. The FX was very well done and quite realistic. One scene in particular that was hard to watch was a horrifically perfect penis mutilation scene….just the words PENIS MUTILATION is enough to make me cringe….yeah it was bad!
“Gutterballs” was great for it’s writing and content. The FX was excellent. I could easily tell that the majority of the films budget was spent on gore. Unfortunately not enough of it was budgeted on actors with even a little ability. Maybe Ryan Nicholson needs to focus on his writing and FX strengths and steer clear of directing, because he goofed right from the get go with the casting. “Gutterballs was a decent attempt but falls short with the lack of acting ability to carry it to the next scene.
It misses the lane altogether and ends up exactly what it is…… a Gutterball.