Excerpt from Ryan’s Reviews:
Something is missing in Tom’s life. Every day he goes through the motions, becoming increasingly detached from those around him. His best friend Dan thinks he has the answer, a mysterious video he’s got to see to believe. What Dan shows him leaves Tom unsettled, flooding his mind with disturbing images and desires, and binding the two friends together with its ugly secret. As he tries desperately to forget what he saw, Tom’s mounting feelings of guilt and disillusionment quickly give way to paranoia and fear. One video soon follows another and another, blurring the line between reality and voyeuristic fascination, and threatening to dismantle everything around them. Continue reading Video Views – Chvad SB “GUT” (2013)
“Gut” is the original soundtrack to an indie movie about some very disturbing videos and their devastating effect on the two very middle-class friends who watch them. In a wonderfully low-budget backstory, Chvad SB is said to have sat himself down in front of the television with the film on and sweated his way through its composition, striving to capture the brokenness of its characters, hunched over the guitar in his lap. Continue reading Avant Music News – Chvad SB “GUT” (2013)
Indie Flix: Gut (2012)
GUT is a study of the obsession and hypersexualization of horror and violence. Tom is bored with his work-a-day life and is trying desperately to change it. Tom is wishy washy and afraid to do anything to change the status quo in any of his relationships. He has grown cold toward his wife, Lily, though she does not seem to notice; and he is trying to find a new home for them without telling Dan. Dan is Tom’s best friend and he is not happy with how distant Tom has become. As childhood best friends they made and watched horror movies though now their only shared activity is a lunch break from work spent at the diner. Tom has a beautiful wife and young daughter and Dan has his bachelor life spending it bumming rides or watching movies. Both seem earnest and likable characters-each with their own faults-until Dan receives a mysterious dvd-r that he originally claimed to have ordered from a website. Dan is in high spirits the day after he watches it and invites Tom over to see for himself. Afterwards Tom is disgusted and outraged and storms out of Dan’s apartment. Continue reading Slashers Starlets and Sleaze – Chvad SB “GUT” (2013)
How much (or how little) does it take to push you to the extremes of who you are? How many unknown places within yourself still exist? How much might you be deluding yourself answering those questions now, taking too much credit for being “normal”? How much of your “gut” feeling is really correct? GUT, the new film written and directed by Elias (from GUT Productions), is a story that makes people ponder just such questions about their human (or inhuman) condition…if they are honest. Why do people do the extremely strange, sometimes even horribly cruel things they do? Yes, it’s an ancient question for sure, nonetheless intriguing for all times, again and again. It is the lack of answers that, perhaps, makes its relevance linger. Continue reading Space Jockey Reviews – Chvad SB “GUT” (2012)
Translated from Dutch:
At one point, Dan has a very realistic horror clinical owned then the friendship begins to falter. The atmosphere of the film is slow, usually observations of the event, fixed camera positions and an oppressive atmosphere because of the distance that exists between people, which occasionally interrupted in family circumstances or during lunch at a coffee cream.
The theme, numbing of feelings, and something can feel through the eye of the camera or screen in this film also touched upon. Especially the mutual miscommunication and the consequences this has, is well portrayed.
The soundtrack is made by Chvad SB (Chad Bernhard), using guitar and effects. The music simply, threatening, slowly and with little layered seamlessly with GUT. Its strength lies in particular in its simplicity. Eighteen tracks take you to quiet moments and the deeper recesses of the soul.
Chvad SB lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and making music since 1991. GUT The soundtrack was released on his own label Facility Records . In the film, the music is a nice addition, but no image is very worthwhile to listen to in a dark room, then your own imagine.
-Jan Kees Helms
Gut is a study of two friends, nondescript Tom (Jason Vail) and nerdy Dan (Nicholas Wilder), who have known each other from adolescence and now work together in stultifying office jobs. Tom has graduated to conventional domesticity, with an attractive wife (Sarah Schoofs) and child, while Dan appears to be charmingly stuck in goofy immaturity, more interested in consuming horror movies and junk food than in making anything identifiably adult out of his life. When Tom develops an enigmatic case of ennui that threatens to drive a further wedge between the two men, who have clearly lost a previous closeness, Dan makes the seemingly harmless but actually momentous suggestion that Tom should visit his home to watch an unusual DVD he has received in the mail. Continue reading icareviews – Chvad SB “GUT” (2013)
So when I first heard about this film and watched the trailer I got a sense of the film but really didn’t know what to expect. I even made sure to shy away from reviews as to not spoil the film for me. Now this is an indie film and I am not sure about the budget but overall the film looks pretty good. Right from the start we get the sense that one of the main characters “Tom” is getting very disconnected from basically everything (work,family,friends) or I should say friend as his friend/co-worker Dan definitely feels that Tom is being very distant from him and I think almost feels kind of betrayed. We learn that Dan and Tom have known each other for a long time and I think that Dan and Tom each view their friendship in a different light. Tom seems to want change and looks like he is stuck in a rut, while Dan seems to like going through the motions and some may say that he might even be stuck in the past and at heart never really grew up. Continue reading Horror Smorgasbord – Chvad “GUT” (2013)
CHVAD SB – GUT (CDR by Facility Records)
Review originally published in Vital Weekly number 868, week 6.
ROTATION: A DARK AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL COMPILATION (CDR by Uncoild Loops/Facility Records)
Well I have just finished watching Gut. My new years resolution was to get more up to date with my blog. Gut is an American thriller that has almost an art house feel to it.
Jason Vail stars as Tom; an everyday American man with a wife and child and a normal 9 to 5 office job. He has started to get disillusioned with his life, to his friends and his family he has started to become increasingly distant and lost. Something is missing. Best friend; geeky, horror film obsessive Dan (Nicholas Wilder) introduces Tom one night to a strange DVD he received at his P.O box that appears to show a woman being sliced open. Repulsed and fascinated by what he sees Tom becomes obsessed, dreaming and hallucinating about it as it takes over his life. While Tom becomes more and more distant and erratic Dan is the opposite, he becomes more confident and reckless. More DVD’s turn up, each showing a similar scene but it all becomes too real when Dan discovers a new film in his box, one starring someone he knows…It seems whoever created the films is now out to get Tom and Dan for reasons unknown putting them and everyone they know at risk. Continue reading Rotting Zombie, The – Chvad SB “GUT” (2012)
more praise for the GUT Score:
I’ll bet a lot of you often hear horror sites and blogs like mine proclaiming that you should ‘support indie horror’ and personally I disagree with that sentiment. For every amazing indie film such as the recent AMERICAN MARY or FATHER’S DAY there are at least a hundred others which quite frankly suck. So I think that the phrase needs to be changed to ‘support good indie horror’ because supporting a bad film for the simple fact of it being an independent makes no sense to me at all. Obviously with the seemingly endless sea of indie films (especially since the advent of affordable DSLRs) it is difficult to separate the good from the bad, but if you look hard enough you can always find a diamond in the rough. GUT is one of those diamonds. Continue reading Silver Scream – Chvad SB “GUT” (2012)
Tom (Vail) and Dan (Wilder) have been lifelong friends and horror fans but when Dan introduces his domesticated pal to a new realm of extreme horror it triggers a chain of events that neither could comprehend nor control.
The issue of snuff in cinema has long been a fascinating one. It’s the last great cinematic taboo and the ultimate act of voyeurism. Many films dealing with the issue look at the human ramifications; how the act of witnessing such a violation of existence in part kills the viewer of the act along with the victim of the act. It’s a notion that’s interesting and well covered. What I like about Gut is that though this issue is present it almost takes a back-seat to one of greater menace. The modern age has birthed a great unforgiving beast in ‘the internet’. It is god-like, ever present all accessing and yet the citizens of the world wide web all too often do not give it the cautionary respect it deserves. In the past in order to avail of items like a DVD (or VHS more to the point) that contain a sexualised act of mortal violence one had to seek it out. You were required to venture out from the safety of your home into unknown, often dangerous, surroundings and acquire the item at your own (short term) personal risk. When Dan orders the DVDs online he breaches the safety of his own home and though he does not have to put himself in any short term risk to obtain the films he has weakened the sanctuary of his home and put himself in a more dangerous position. It’s an interesting issue, one that we never think of whenever we order something online and one you should give thought to the next time you’re ordering bondage gear from a dark little corner of the internet. Would you spray paint your address in a dodgy part of town? Didn’t think so, so what makes you think putting your information into a webpage is any safer? It’s this notion that Gut plays with extremely well and in doing so gives the snuff/horror film a contemporary edge. Continue reading Knived in Venice – Chvad SB “GUT” (2012)
This is the first collaboration of Uncoiled Loops and Facility Records to bring you some of the best dark ambient / experimental music in the genre, with some well known acts as well as new, up-and-coming acts. This includes Dead Voices On Air’s “Power Failure” as one of the 7 peviously unreleased tracks, provides for the first time Controlled Bleeding’s “The Poisoner” (Part 2, excerpt) as a single track download, and Herwig Holzmann’s (of Photophob fame) now out of print “Watching the Abortive Mimoid”. Also, of course, featuring a new track by yours truly! There is tons of great material on this… so CHECK IT OUT!
Omg that was… WOW!! Stuff like that pleases Maynard :) “Gut” is the second feature length movie of Boston-based writer / director / producer Elias – and what a film this is! I went into it with no expectations and ended up completely blown away by the fascinating story of two friends who get to see a disturbing video (kinda Snuff) that creeps into their minds and changes both their lives in dramatic ways. Continue reading Horror Movie Diary – Chvad SB “GUT” (2012)
Controlled Bleeding LIVE this Thursday! If you’ve been hiding from the noise, Thursday is the night to make it out… We’re doing a real chill ambient set so you can reassure your ears they’ll still be able to function properly the next day. We’ll be on early so get there on time!
Gut is a 2012 release from director/writer Elias, available for download off iTunes, Amazon and several other download networks. This low-budget indie film takes a quiet, character-driven approach to a tired storyline, and despite some flaws in execution, it manages to raise some unsettling questions. Continue reading Ravenous Monster – Chvad SB “GUT” (2012)
Long-time friends Tom (Jason Vail) and Dan (Nicholas Wilder) find they are growing apart. When Dan finds a snuff film of a man cutting into the stomach of a woman, both find themselves fascinated with it. When they start to get more films from the same “director”, the films become personal when a waitress they both know is killed. Worried the killer might becoming for him and his family, Tom must find a way to sever his ties to Dan.
Directed by Elias, Gut is a horror-drama with an art house feel. The movie was released to many festivals and was met by mixed reviews. Continue reading Basement Rejects – Chvad SB “GUT” (2012)
Tom seems to be in a rut and he looks tightly wound enough to go postal at the drop of a hat. His best friend from childhood, the geeky Dan, shows him a kind of snuff film one night and the pair of them get a bit obsessed. This is low budget stuff, but the direction is really good and along with an atmospheric soundtrack it really builds up the tension. The acting from the supporting cast is generally weak, although the two male leads basically have to carry the film between them and they do a decent job. It’s well-paced and, despite the subject matter, it’s not particularly graphic, but it works well as a slow-burning psychological thriller and it does keep you guessing all the way through to the slightly disappointing ending.
The film centres around respectable suburbanite Tom (ably played by Jason Vail). A dutiful husband and doting father, Tom nonetheless finds himself chafing against the beige-ness of the life in which he’s found himself. It goes deeper than mere boredom, though. Seemingly innocuous domestic spaces throb and grind with a vague menace (due in no small part to Chad Bernhard’s evocative score). Despite himself, Tom feels trapped by his responsible adulthood. Continue reading Horror News – Chvad SB “GUT” (2012)
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