Elias, whose first full-length feature as writer and director, the all too appropriately named GUT, opens this week. These naughty boys, two friends since school days named Tom and Dan, seem to have grown up almost in tandem and now work at the same office, even though Tom has managed to marry and have a sweet little daughter during his off hours. Gut (yes, that title is used as a verb, rather than a noun) has been invited to 20 different film festivals over the past year (mostly, as you might imagine, in the horror and fright categories), and I think it safe to say that, once seen, it will not be easily forgotten.
Sarah Schoofs, as Tom's wife, shown bottom, left -- are quite good). In the role of Tom, the "family" man, Jason Vail (shown at right and below) is alternately nerdy and no-good. He has an odd face that can look quite handsome at times and otherwise utterly ordinary. Spending a good deal of the film looking pre-occupied (and for good reason), he only seems to come fully alive as he grows aroused watching the awful snuff stuff (below).
Nicholas Wilder -- seems torn between his need for Tom (the homo-eroticism is never stated but it's unmissable) and his desire for the sexy and nicely mature waitress in the luncheonette near the office that the two men frequent with regularity. In his single sex scene, Wilder, too, projects an odd distance between himself and his sexual partner. You can feel him feeling the pull of that video, even as he is satisfying his woman.
Cinema Village and is available beginning today on VOD via iTunes, CinemaNow, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox, PS3 and YouTube.