Gutterballs (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Gutterballs (2008)
  • Rate: 4.9/10 total 1,424 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Horror | Sport
  • Runtime: 96 min | USA:94 min (uncut version)
  • Filming Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
  • Budget: $250,000(estimated)
  • Director: Ryan Nicholson
  • Stars: Alastair Gamble, Mihola Terzic and Nathan Witte
  • Original Music By: Patrick Coble  Gianni Rossi   
  • Soundtrack: Say Hello
  • Plot Keyword: Bowling Alley | Arcade | Masked Killer | Rape | Male Frontal Nudity

Writing Credits By:

  • Ryan Nicholson (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The phone number the killer calls for the bowling alley is 976-3845, which is 976-EVIL, another 80’s slasher movie.
  • The Producers of this film agreed to base their promotional campaign after the 1980 cult classic Maniac, a decision not lost on its detractors.
  • Nicholson initially submitted the film to the MPAA but released it unrated after he was told 20+ minutes of footage would have to be removed to avoid an NC-17-rating.
  • The film was the subject of much scrutiny for it’s frequent use of the f-word, which is spoken 500+ times.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: During a scene of dead bodies laying around. In a majority of the close-ups you can see the actors breathing.

Plot: A brutally sadistic rape leads to a series of bizarre gory murders during a midnight disco bowl-a-rama at a popular bowling alley… See more »  »

Story: A brutally sadistic rape leads to a series of bizarre gory murders during a midnight disco bowl-a-rama at a popular bowling alley. One by one, players of two teams meet blood-drenched gruesome deaths at the hand of a black bowling-gloved masked killer. This alley runs red with blood by sunrise.Written by Ryan Nicholson  

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Synopsis: A brutally sadistic rape leads to a series of bizarre gory murders during a midnight disco bowl-a-rama at a popular bowling alley. One by one, players of two teams meet blood-drenched gruesome deaths at the hand of a black bowling-gloved masked killer. This alley will run red with blood by sunrise and the shocking twist that reveals the killer will shock even the most jaded viewer!

The film opens at Xcalibur Bowling Centre, a disco-themed bowling alley in Surrey, British Columbia. Egerton (Dan Ellis), the janitor, has allowed two groups of teenagers to bowl against one another after hours. The "prep", Steve (Alistair Gamble), is still bitter after his best friend Jamie (Nathan Witte), the "jock", had sex with Lisa (Candice Lewald), a girl with whom Steve was smitten and even took to their senior prom. After Steve and his friends Joey (Wade Gibb), Patrick (Trevor Gemma) and A.J. (Nathan Dashwood) harass the "tranny", Sam (Jimmy Blais), they are chastised by Jamie. This leads to a brawl between Steve’s team and Jamie’s. Lisa breaks up the fight by dropping a bowling ball on Steve’s foot just as Steve is about to kick Jamie again. Egerton, brandishing a shotgun, tells the teenagers to leave and they can continue their tournament the following night.

Lisa, having forgot her purse in the arcade, returns to find Steve and his friends waiting for her. Steve proceeds to violently rape Lisa while the others watch. Egerton is oblivious to Lisa’s cries for help, as he is downstairs cleaning up the mess the teenagers made. After he is finished raping Lisa, Steve leaves the room. A.J. and Joey rape Lisa on the pool table while Steve is gone. Patrick, who believed the three were only going to "scare" Lisa, refuses to participate in the rape. Steve returns with a bowling pin and prepares to insert it into Lisa’s vagina before Patrick intervenes. Steve retorts by giving Patrick the pin and ordering him to do it himself. Patrick refuses to do so at first but complies when Steve threatens to do the same to him. The four leave Lisa on the pool table, naked and barely conscious.

The following night, the two groups arrive at the bowling alley to continue their tournament. Steve is joined by his "bitches", Julia (Danielle Munro) and Hannah (Saraphina Bardeaux). Jamie arrives late with Lisa, who barely speaks. As the teams begin their first game of the night, Lisa suddenly gets on an elevator. She is confronted by Patrick, who says he’s only at the bowling alley to apologize. Lisa doesn’t believe him, and insists that he is only there to make sure that she hasn’t contacted the police. The players notice a mystery player on the scoreboard, BBK, but believe it is just a glitch. Dave (Scott Alonzo), one of Jamie’s friends, meets Julia in the bar and pays for two beers she ordered. When he discovers that one of them belongs to Steve, he asks if he can urinate in it. Julia tells him that she doesn’t care and that she dislikes Steve too but hangs out with him anyways because he’s dating her friend Hannah. Julia follows Dave into the bathroom and the two begin to make out. A mysterious person wearing bowling attire exits one of the stalls while Dave and Julia are in the "69" position and forces Julia’s head further onto Dave’s penis while forcing Dave’s head further between Julia’s legs, suffocating them both. After they are dead, two strikes appear next to BBK on the scoreboard in the form of a skull and crossbones.

The game continues and Sam excuses herself to the bathroom so she can "freshen up." The person who murdered Dave and Julia is hiding in one of the stalls when Sam enters the girls’ restroom and Sam, frightened by the noise coming from the stall, approaches it and is pulled inside. She tries to bargain with the killer, but the killer murders her by forcing a bowling pin down her throat. The killer lifts up Sam’s skirt and, using the switchblade Sam tried to defend herself with, cuts Sam’s penis lengthwise, giving her a "mangina." Ben (Jeremy Beland) and Cindy (Stephanie Schacter) leave to have sex in a storage room upstairs, but Ben leaves Cindy alone to get a condom from the bathroom. He dies when the killer hits him over the head with a bowling pin and gouges his eyes out with a sharpened pin. The killer finds Cindy upstairs and strangles her to death with a pair of bowling sneakers. Downstairs, Hannah searches for Julia but dies when the killer crushes her head with two bowling balls. Joey goes back behind the pin setters to fix his team’s, which they notice is broken. A.J. notices the strikes appearing next to BBK on the scoreboard and questions Egerton about it, who assures him that it is just a glitch. Egerton sends A.J. to an area currently being remodeled with an "out of order" sign to put on an automatic ball polisher that Joey broke earlier. A.J. turns the ball polisher on and finds it already fixed but dies when the killer uses it to wax his face off.

Steve, noticing that something is amiss, leaves to find Joey behind the pin setters. Joey lies dead on the ground, headless. Steve is frightened by the killer, who bludgeons him with a bowling pin before sodomizing him with a sharpened pin. As Steve tries to crawl away, the killer smashes his head in with the bowling pin. Meanwhile, Sarah and Jamie continue their game. Jamie reaches into the ball return slot to find his bowling ball, instead discovering Joey’s severed head. The two try desperately to escape the bowling alley before coming face to face with the killer. They run and hide in the basement, where they find their friends’ bodies. The killer appears with a shotgun and removes the bowling bag to reveal Egerton’s face. Sarah discovers that Jamie knew about the murders of Steve, Joey and A.J. but not the others. Lisa appears, dressed up as well, revealing it was she that murdered Steve. Jamie explains that Lisa told her father, who turns out to be Egerton, about the rape and Egerton let Jamie in on the plan. When asked why he killed their friends too, Egerton explains that they didn’t intervene when Lisa reentered the bowling alley and are therefore just as guilty. Another person dressed like the killer or "BBK", as Egerton goes on to explain, enters the basement and removes the bowling bag to reveal Patrick’s face. Patrick explains that he confessed his involvement to Egerton and wanted to contact the police, but Egerton let him in on the plan instead and he was the person who murdered Joey and A.J., supposedly to make it up to her. Lisa is furious that her father allowed him to live so Egerton betrays Patrick and slits his throat with the switchblade he got from Sam. Jamie, realizing he’s out of control, wrestles Egerton to the ground and, after a scuffle, blows his head clean off with the shotgun. Lisa cradles her father’s body before grabbing the switchblade and trying to attack Jamie. Sarah grabs the shotgun and kills Lisa.

Sarah shoots the locks off of the emergency doors and the two survivors escape the bowling alley. Traumatized and, above all, upset that Jamie did nothing to prevent the murders, Sarah turns the gun on him. The screen cuts to black and a gunshot is heard.

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Produced By:

  • Michelle Grady known as executive producer
  • Roy Nicholson known as executive producer
  • Ryan Nicholson known as executive producer
  • Dan Walton known as co-executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Alastair Gamble known as Steve
  • Mihola Terzic known as Sarah
  • Nathan Witte known as Jamie
  • Wade Gibb known as Joey
  • Candice Lewald known as Lisa
  • Jeremy Beland known as Ben
  • Trevor Gemma known as Patrick
  • Nathan Dashwood known as A.J.
  • Scott Alonzo known as Dave
  • Jimmy Blais known as Sam
  • Danielle Munro known as Julia
  • Stephanie Schacter known as Cindy
  • Saraphina Bardeaux known as Hannah
  • Dan Ellis known as BBK
  • Brandon Dix known as BBK – second unit
  • Ryan Nicholson known as BBK – second unit

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  • Michelle Grady known as prosthetic designer
  • Alyssa Satow known as makeup assistant
  • Katie Satow known as makeup assistant
  • Laurin Valentin known as key hair stylist
  • Bry Williams known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Colin Fotherby known as construction: Wax-O-Matic
  • Colin Fotherby known as props
  • Werner Pretorius known as art designer
  • Gordon W. Ross known as construction: Wax-O-Matic (as Gordon Ross)

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Production Companies:

  • Plotdigger Films

Other Companies:

  • Creepy Six Films  special thanks to
  • Divine Design  special thanks to
  • Fangoria Magazine  special thanks to
  • Fangoria Radio  special thanks to
  • Finale Editworks  special thanks to
  • Frontline Films  special thanks to
  • Gorezone Magazine  special thanks to
  • Hand Crank Films  special thanks to
  • Lorne Lapham Sales & Rentals  special thanks to (as Lorne Lapham Sales and Rentals Inc.)
  • MTI Video  special thanks to
  • Morbid Vision Films  special thanks to
  • Paladin Show Services  special thanks to
  • Parallel Rentals  special thanks to
  • Steel Web Studios  special thanks to
  • Toe Tag Pictures  special thanks to (as ToeTag Pictures)
  • Trew Audio  special thanks to
  • Wicked Pixel Cinema  special thanks to (as Wicked Pixel)
  • Xcalibur Bowling Centre  special thanks to (as The owners and staff of Excaliber Bowling Centre)

Distributors:

  • Plotdigger Films (2008) (worldwide) (DVD)
  • Danger After Dark (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Cultmovies (2008) (Germany) (DVD)
  • GAGA (2010) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Neo Publishing (2008) (France) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Life To Death FX (special make-up effects created by) (as Life to Death FX)

Visual Effects by:

  • Lars Simkins known as visual effects

Release Date:

  • USA 18 January 2008 (Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors) (premiere)
  • USA 23 February 2008 (Insomnifest Festival)
  • USA 29 April 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • France 27 September 2008 (Weekend De La Peur Festival)
  • UK 18 October 2008 (Gorezone's Weekend of Horrors)
  • Japan 8 October 2010 (DVD premiere)

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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