FILM REVIEW AND EVENT REPORT UK PREMIERE AT DERBY FILM FESTIVAL
It's 1:01am on Sunday 8th May, which may or may not be a great time to write a review. However, this is not an ordinary Film Gutter review – mind you, we very rarely review anything you could call ordinary. Because I am still absolutely wired and abuzz at returning from Derby QUAD – my hometown independent cinema and arts centre, and an incredible bunch of guys to work with – and the UK premiere of American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock.
I have been waiting for Bloodshock for SO long. When the trailer first emerged on Fangoria, I was immediately hooked – a black and white, visceral nightmare with a surreal angle, an epic of physical and psychological torment, a film that truly looked as though it could break the mould in many respects. The splatter and gore of its American Guinea Pig predecessor, Bouquet of Guts and Gore, didn't draw me in to quite the same extent, even though it does it own task very well. Bloodshock looked as different to that as chalk to cheese – almost arthouse in its presentation and packing a crushing industrial soundscape.
Now and again a horror film comes onto my radar that gets me genuinely excited. Partly it's the trailer, partly it can be the buzz surrounding but – as any regular Film Gutter reader will attest – one of the things that gets me going the most is when something is a bit different. A slew of my favourite actors doesn't hurt either, and Green Room certainly had both of the latter going for it. Patrick Stewart – leaping into the role of the villain, Anton Yelchin (whom I thought was a great lead in Odd Thomas) and the talented Imogen Poots is a great cast for any genre feature. Throw into that a brutal punk/metal soundtrack and this was a movie I was heartily looking forward to. I was also lucky enough to see this one at a special preview at Derby Film Festival, which played to an appreciative crowd. The ultimate conclusion was that this was more a gritty, unsettling thriller than it was a flat-out horror film, but a very good one at that.