I Spill Your Guts (2012) Review

I Spill Your Guts (2012) Review

It’s a new year which means new reviews!  First up on the chopping block is indie slasher/revenge film I Spill Your Guts!

I Spill Your Guts is the tale of Dennis and Joe.  They are old friends who both sign up to go overseas to fight in Afghanistan.  While on a routine mission the two come under heavy enemy fire.  Joe immediately freaks out, and is only saved when Dennis stands in front of a bullet for him.  Unfortunately, military doctors give Dennis only a few hours to live.  When Joe tells Dennis’s comatose body that he took all the credit and is being shipped home early with hero honors, Dennis gets a new will to live.  But not only does he want to live, he wants Joe and everyone close to him to die.


What can I say about I Spill Your Guts?  Director James Balsamo definitely has a very good idea for a movie in mind, and I was really looking forward to watching it.  This is the type of movie I like to call a “Wasteland Movie” because if I were watching it in a crowded room full of half liquored up horror fans it would be hilarious and a grand time.  Unfortunately, I was watching the movie at home alone, and it felt much lamer than I expected.

Most of the issues I had with the movie are issues that I have on other no budget slasher movies as well, lack of character development and blaring death metal soundtrack.  I love slasher flicks, and the original ways people can come up with to kill characters, but if I don’t know a single person’s name or care about them it takes a ton of the enjoyment out of the experience.  High body counts are great, but I need a little meat on them bones too.  Mix in this issue with a loud, obnoxious death metal soundtrack, and all of the kills that I am ready to enjoy become lame filler as I wait too get back to the main story.  I’m sure there is a market out there that love the combination of high body count with loud metal music, but it’s not me.

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I was also disappointed in the fact that the movie was called I Spill Your Guts and advertises that it’s unrated, but most of the kills were done off camera.  I understand it’s a low budget movie, and effects cost money to pull off, but I felt a little gypped.   One final minor issue is the large number of guest spots featuring the likes of Lloyd Kaufman, Lynn Lowry, Balls Mahoney, and Andrew W.K.  I have no issues with guest spots, and I am a fan of everyone that was added to the movie, but I would think some of the extra cash that probably went into adding names could have gone to better use on those kills I mentioned.

I will say that I Spill Your Guts has a lot of heart in it and James Balsamo has a lot of good ideas and a bright future if he continues to make movies.  I didn’t want it to sound like I hated the movie, just that I was disappointed in the execution.  But what do I know?  I have never made a movie.  Watch it for yourself and prove me wrong.  I Spill Your Guts is out now on DVD from Acid Bath Productions.

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Matt has been a fan of horror films since his first trip to the video store when he was transfixed by classic vhs cover art. Now he primarily enjoys films from the grindhouse era of the 70's and 80's, but holds a soft spot in in his heart for low budget flicks.

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