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.
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.