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Gutterballs is Canuxploitation at its filthiest. And I mean that in a good way. I mean, not many horror films can advertise death by a maniac with a bowling bag for a mask as he smothers teengagers performing 69 on each other with their own private parts.  Choke on this!  But this film can and, for some horror hounds and gore-gore girls, that’s enough to get them to watch these Gutterballs roll by.

"Gutterballs is NOT easy to sit through at times. It can be downright terrible, but that’s part of the journey"

With a solid tone, this horror/comedy hybrid delivers the goods as teenagers get trapped in a bowling alley with a psychotic killer after them. The kills are splatterific and the attitudes as filthy as can be as two rival teams re-match to work out their problems.

Gutterballs is NOT easy to sit through at times. It can be downright terrible, but that’s part of the journey in this homage to slasher flicks from the early 1980s. The film begins innocently enough as two groups of teens meet at the bowling alley after hours in a fiery competition which quickly ends in a violent smackdown as balls are used to break feet and so on.  {googleads}

But that’s just a precursor to what’s to come as Lisa (Candice Lewald) forgets her purse in the arcade part of the bowling alley and goes back to retrieve it.  What follows next is pretty damn graphic as Steve (Alastair Gamble), the dude who got his foot smashed, and his gang are waiting for her. The gang rape that occurs is VERY long as his gang takes turn with Lisa before inserting a bowling pin right into her vajayjay.  

All of this while Egerton (Dan Ellis), the janitor who lets the teens in after hours, cleans the bowling lanes, picking up after the teens left it trashed. He’s oblivious to what’s happening upstairs, but the guys’ brutality against the poor girl doesn’t go unpunished . . . 

. . . we just have to wait for THE NEXT NIGHT.Gutterballs

Gutterballs, written and directed by Ryan Nicholson, is a freaking wild-ass film in which heads are lobbed off, private parts are smashed, blow jobs are common occurrences, and annoying teenagers get exactly what they deserve under the brightest of neon lights.  

With a great setting - the bowling alley is an awesome place for a slasher - and gags galore, Gutterballs and its location, Xcalibur Bowling Centre, offers plenty of gore as the actors (maybe) adlib their lines, manage to offend everyone along for the ride, and then get offed in very interesting and demented ways.  To say their deaths are deserved is an understatement.   

Gutterballs is now on blu-ray in an extended, uncensored cut courtesy of Unearthed Films.

3/5 beers



Blu-ray Details:

Collector's Edition

Home Video Distributor: Unearthed Films
Available on Blu-ray
- April 14, 2020
Screen Formats: 1.78:1
: None
Dolby Digital 2.0 NR
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

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.  Unearthed Films packs this release with over 30 hours of never-before-seen outtakes of the filming of Gutterballs and 10 hours of never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage straight off the master tapes! 


Unearthed Films presents Gutterballs on blu-ray with a pretty average 1080p transfer.  Framed in 16:9, the transfer to HD is appreciated as much of the gore gets an upgrade, but that doesn’t mean this is a pretty looking film.  It’s not.  Shot cheaply and quickly, it does have some nice editing and cuts which are bolstered by the riche black levels.  Neons are brighter and colors pop, but there is a lot of fuzziness in the shoot and that’s due to how it was originally filmed.  No HD upgrade is going to clean up some of the skuzziness of the shoot . . . but maybe that’s also part of the charm of Gutterballs.


A Dolby Digital 2.0 NR track carries Steve Moore’s fabulous soundtrack.  That soundtrack is worth picking up over at bandcamp, by the way.



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Special Features:

On the first disc, you get the movie, the extended cut (as well), the making of, a commentary, and a photo gallery.  On the second disc, you get a TON of Outtakes, making this purchase well worth the money.

  • Behind the scenes
  • Interviews
  • Massive amount of out takes!!!
  • Commentary with director Ryan Nicholson
  • Photo Gallery
  • Pin-etration Edition
  • Behind the Balls, Making of Gutterballs

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 3/5 stars
  Video  2/5 stars
  Audio 2/5 stars
  Extras 4/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

3/5 stars



MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language.
96 mins
: Ryan Nicholson
Ryan Nicholson
Alastair Gamble, Mihola Terzic, Nathan Witte
: Comedy | Horror | SPort
Strike....on your head!
Memorable Movie Quote: "Make sure you spray these things good, Eggerton. I don't want to catch your gangrene."
Danger After Dark
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Release Date:
April 28, 2008 (Canada)
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
April 14, 2020.
Synopsis: A bowling night will turn into a bloody death match for a team of teenagers, as a deranged serial killer is taking them down one by one.




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