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People Walked Out of the Super Gross Sundance Movie, ‘Kuso’

Film Festivals breed publicity stunts, although I can assure you that the majority of them are quite real. All of the fainting and walk-outs, they happened, and they weren’t some local actor hired to make a scene. But how about when people walk out of a movie? This is straight-up normal, especially at a festival that acts more like a market for distributors. What this means is that studios and independent companies go to the film festivals to find movies to release under their banner/label. Filmmakers don’t want their films shown on a small computer screen (rightfully so), but instead in a theater with hundreds of people. This forces these buyers to see the films on their list in a theater, at the festival. They aren’t there as fans or film buffs, but doing a job, which means they all sit on their cell phones and annoy everyone around them will walk out of a movie the second they know it’s not for them. Walk-outs? It’s on the reg.

With that said, sometimes there’s a movie that not only turns off buyers, but also the audience. Kuso is allegedly so gross and disgusting that there was a huge walkout — making this my most anticipated genre film of the year. In fact, our very own Ben Larned called it “the quintessential gross-out midnight movie.

Steven Ellison, better known to the public as the incredible musician Flying Lotus, is behind Kuso, which is getting all sorts of press for the walk-outs.

Chris Plante, a reporter for The Verge, chronicled the exodus (via Variety), while also calling Kuso “the grossest movie ever made.” 

“A large chunk of the audience left my screening early, when a boil-covered woman choked a man with a strap until he covered half her face with semen that looked like a muted version of Nickelodeon slime. But the walk-outs continued in a consistent stream up to the final scene. Some gross-out films are one-note, but ‘Kuso’ finds new ways to test viewers’ fortitude. Some folks stuck around after a woman chewed on concrete until her teeth disintegrated, but still peaced out when an alien creature force-yanked a fetus from another woman’s womb (accompanied by a ‘Mortal Kombat’ sound clip: ‘Get over here!’), then smoked the tiny corpse.”

Flying Lotus did downplay reports of mass departures, tweeting: “It was only like 20 people out of like 400 who walked out. Wasn’t as dramatic as they make it out to be. I tried to warn folks.

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COMMENTS

22 Comments
  • Seal Clubber

    I watched the trailer earlier today …. honestly, it looks more weird than anything. I couldn’t tell from the trailer even what the movie was about …. but if it’s just a “gross-out” movie then why bother ? Seems like the 4-year old equivalent of daring a buddy to eat a worm …. gross, entertaining – but pointless.

    • Bla Blah

      yeah, but that’s art for you. Something that is meaningless to one person is a masterpiece to another. This will have its fans no matter how shitty it is. Remember, Troll 2 and The Room have a huge following.

  • zombie84_41

    This movie looks so good. But my only problem is I can’t jerk off to it. 🙁 uber sad.

    • Trent

      Sure you can. I believe in you!

      • zombie84_41

        Heck yes. If I can jerk it to zootopia I sure as fuck can to this. Oh rightt!!! invisible high five.

        • Meisha’s Taint

          RIGHT?!?!??!

          I want to fuck the shit out of that koala!

          • zombie84_41

            Who doesn’t. Forget that better off with the Sloth things will go slower.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Sounds like a challenge……

      • zombie84_41

        Its the new challenge for 2017, who can jerk off to this movie. LOL.

  • Creepshow

    The section with the line through it is classic. Haha!

  • amir ezra

    Still interesting to check out, because of the trailer and I can dig weird gross out movies. Pity those poor stomachs, I believe I’ve seen worst filth with no pretense of creativity values other than the sole purpose to repulse (like those worthless August Underground series)

  • Peter Kushing

    Movie sounds awful.That super gross shit is for fuckin weirdos.Nobody can top that fetus scene from ‘Anthropophagus’ anyways.

  • Bla Blah

    Dafuq did I just read?

  • Meisha’s Taint

    You had me at: ” an alien creature force-yanked a fetus from another woman’s womb (accompanied by a ‘Mortal Kombat’ sound clip: ‘Get over here!’)

    Say no more I’m in

  • wrestling fan 36

    WTF??

  • Blade4693

    That’s Flylo for you tho lol this dude’s mind is in another place, but his art is great because of it!

  • J Jett

    interesting.

  • Mr. Dry

    Well, a bunch of people walk out from Swiss Army Man screening saying it was “gross” and it ended up being one of my favorite movies from last year, so good news I guess.

  • This sounds like a good time.

  • AdamX

    Challenge accepted.

  • F. This

    I will watch while eating a ham salad sandwich and masturbating.

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