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Gutboy: A Badtime Story

USA 2015
produced by
Gabriel Grant (executive) for Rook Productions, Standard Toykraft
directed by Nick Grant
starring David Homyk, MaryBeth Schroeder, and the voices of Anthony Herrera, Dan Fenaughty, Misty Foster, Megan Rosen, Nick Reed, Charly Bivona, Nicholas Grant, Paul Molnar, Pearl Rhein, Sean Hardaway, Caitlin Graham, Coco Conroy, Gabe Grant, Will Cooper
written by Nick Grant, music by Cormac Bluestone, puppets designed by Daniel Fay, Heather Rose Piper, lead puppeteer: Daniel Fay, puppeteers: Justin Perkins, Charles del Risco


review by
Mike Haberfelner

Goot is nothing but a naked fisherman who wants nobody no harm, but then an evil capitalist, Besto, stops by and buys Goot's skin for a mere three Dollars - and later claims Goot's fishing rod, deriving him of his livelyhood. But fortunately, Goot, who now goes by the name of Gutboy, has met a skinless mermaid, Gutgirl, and she grants him a wish - and he wants to marry Sophia, daughter of cop Kug, whom Besto has tricked into helping him. This doesn't go quite as planned though, as Gutgirl thinks Sophia inhabits her skin, and there is some brain switching going on and ... well, ultimately Gutgirl grants Gutboy another wish, to have revenge on Besto and his cronies - and lots of weirdness follows ...


Basically, Gutboy is a triplike piece of weirdness that defies all sorts of logic - and that's exactly why it works so well: The movie really takes one to a place where the laws of nature don't necessarily comply and goes about it with an anything-goes attitude - which is also mirrored in the film's puppets and its music (yes, there are song-and-dance scenes), and its very macabre brand of humour. Now if madness is not your thing, don't even bother, but if you're into some advanced nonsense, then you should definitely watch this.


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Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
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and your Ex wants
to make up ...
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you can't decide


A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD