FILM GUTTER Come on in, the water's savage... Martyrs (2008)
Dir. Pascal Laugier, France, 95 mINS
Well, we're about at the end of March Madness and that means that we're coming to the end of our audience-selected movies for the month. A huge thanks to all who voted, and gave me a chance to watch The Bunny Game and Antichrist for the first time as well as the opportunity to rewatch the wonderful Excision and today's choice, Martyrs. This one barely snuck in enough votes to take fourth, but I was glad to have another chance to see this French cult favourite. Almost universally acclaimed, this brutal offering is one that I saw shortly after its release but haven't revisited since then. And how to sum up the experience? Holy crap. Let's try that.
FILM GUTTER Come on in, the water's disturbed... Excision (2012) Dir. Richard Bates Jr., USA, 81 mins
So, now the time has come for the third of our movies as chosen by you in our March Madness vote, and I must admit it was one I was really pleased to see come up. Excision was a feature I saw pretty soon after its release in 2012, and remembered really fondly. Honestly I was pretty surprised to see it was so popular in the voting – sneaking home in fourth place – so let's get into it, shall we?
Antichrist (2009) Dir. Lars Von Trier, Denmark/France/Germany/Italy/Poland/Sweden
I've always watched a fair bit of edgy horror, and that quantity has certainly increased over the last 18 months writing for Film Gutter. However there do remain a few notable gaps in my viewing history – for example, I've yet to watch movies such as Salo, Melancholie Der Engel or Cannibal Holocaust. Gasp, right? Of course those are all matters that I will be rectifying, and today I'll be filling in another one of those notable blanks by watching Lars Von Trier's Antichrist. Von Trier is a director I've long been aware of, and have skirted with a few of his movies in the past, but the one that seems to stand out as having the strongest reputation in terms of pure shock value is his 2009 opus, starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Stellar casting, no doubts, but how does the movie itself stand up?
FILM GUTTER Come on in, the water’s disturbed... THE BUNNY GAME (2010) Dir. Adam Rehmeier, USA, 76 minutes
So, the results of our March Madness Poll are in, and today’s we’re looking at the winning movie. I was pretty surprised at the result, in fact – The Bunny Game landed almost 20% of the vote, running nicely clear of the other placed contenders in Antichrist, Martyrs and Excision, which we'll also be looking at in the near future. There were many better known movies in the list than the underground cult hit that is The Bunny Game, so it was genuinely pleasing to see this one come out on top. Kudos, and thanks to all of you that voted. And in the winner you’ve selected what might just be one of the most disturbing movies we've watched yet.
FILM GUTTER Come on in, the water's welcoming... STOIC (2009) Dir. Uwe Boll, Canada/Germany, 91 mins
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Welcome back to Film Gutter, where today we're about to head somewhere a little confined and distinctly uncomfortable. Well, I suppose uncomfortable is something we do particularly well here, but a jaunt to prison is not something that appeals too heavily. We're diving head-first into the world of controversial film-maker Uwe Boll – whom I recently had the pleasure of interviewing for Gutter Talk – with 2009's Stoic.