Sundance’s Grossest Movie Ever? Multiple Walkouts Reported at ‘Kuso’ Screening

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The midnight screening of “Kuso” was not well received by some Sundance Film Festival attendees.

Audience members began walking out of the theater after just “10 minutes of boil-bursting, pus-oozing revulsion,” according to Variety reporters.

Chris Plante, a reporter for The Verge, chronicled the exodus:

“I’ll start with the footage of an erect penis being stabbed. As with most footage of an erect penis being violently gored by a long steel rod, it’s certainly unexpected. 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.”

The film — which is the directorial debut of deejay Flying Lotus, whose real name is Steven Ellison — apparently chronicles the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Los Angeles. But viewers wouldn’t be able to tell that from the trailer — a psychedelic stream of disturbing images, including boil-covered faces, and at one point, an inflatable sex doll. It stars Anders Holm, George Clinton, Hannibal Buress, and Tim Heidecker.

Flying Lotus downplayed 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.” He agreed with a Twitter commenter who asked if he was influenced by avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, tweeting back, “Maybe a lil” and saying his next film would be even more so.

Consider yourself warned, but here are a few other advisories.

Plante said “Kuso” is “the grossest movie ever made.” Variety film critic Peter Debruge called it “a film so off-putting and/or upsetting you wish you could take your eyeballs out and scrub the experience from memory.”

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  1. victorgoeke says:

    So, when does it hit Movie Theaters?

  2. capoprimo says:

    These “avant-garde” Liberals think that showing filth somehow translates as art couldn’t be more wrong! The public expects beauty and entertainment not filth!

  3. kemo says:

    It sounds like a huge Shart

  4. Bill B. says:

    Cut out the political shit. Left or right, this is obviously an exploitative piece of disgusting cruelty. It’s not a film for general audiences. It is a gross out thing that will appeal to only the weirdos that exist anywhere from NY to Alabama.

  5. KDubb says:

    Ridiculous, no value, drivel. Sounds like something a college student would do for an art-house project for class. And you know way more than 20 walked out. Who needs more gross when the world is already filled with it. The unusual would be something nice, that uplifts people, and encourages GOOD things in this world.

    We deem this pure garbage – and feel pretty certain most everyone else who was subjected to it do too. ha

  6. Joel Harmon says:

    This is art…….for Democrats. Sad.

  7. GC says:

    20 out of 400?…how sad and pathetic for our society.

  8. Daniel M Roth says:

    Tired of all the anti-Trump stuff. Lefties offer little or no facts to support their positions and the name calling is getting very old. They say science and facts are what count but offer almost none to support all their weird claims. It’s really enough already. Lefties, go away and start over. You have run your clock out.

  9. TexBill says:

    Are there really enough sickos to spend money to watch this garbage? I have a hard time believing that. Are they really enough sickos in Hollywood to actually think this will be a hit. You bet!

  10. Bob M says:

    “I’ll start with the footage of an erect penis being stabbed” We just had a Woman’s March. I PROMISE you not ONE of them would have left over that!!

    “fetus from another woman’s womb” That is just another day in the life of Planned Parenthood.
    Isn’t that a Constitutional right. Who could POSSIBLY object to seeing that? OHHH that is right; they don’t want actually SEE what an abortion is all about, they just want to be allowed to do it and get the rest of Amercian to PAY for it.

  11. Jack says:

    This kind of film is garbage, complete trash…the screenplay writer and film producer are most likely the type of scum who wish real snuff films were legal….they are probably beating off right now to kiddie porn somewhere…losers…I hope they lost money on this film

  12. Kelly Laraia says:

    Art….or something.

  13. Charles says:

    And people wonder why our society is in the shape its in? Its because of trash films by trashy film makers. I’d feel sorry for this guy if he weren’t so disgusting.

  14. What is wrong with this man and the people who stayed for the show? Good grief. Stephen Ellison, who is unknown to me, must want attention. Reminds me of my junior high students.

  15. Bob Ho says:

    the sounds like an accurate portrayal of Hollywood culture

  16. James Morgan says:

    It’s the pinnacle of African film-making.

  17. dlethe says:

    I bet it was better than Zoolander 2.

  18. WhiteyHimself says:


  19. I. Rony says:

    How clueless is the writer of this article? – No research, no references,…

    -He calls Flying Lotus a deejay with no reference to his producing or influential record label.
    -He list “the” George Clinton as just some actor with nor reference to Funkadelic.
    -He list Tim Heidecker as just some actor with no reference to Adult Swim.
    -He lists Anders Holm & Hannibal Burress with no reference to them being comedians.

    • cadavra says:

      As this is a trade publication, the author assumes readers know who those artists are. And by the way, not mentioning people’s credits doesn’t come anywhere close to the definition of “fake news.”

  20. Holly Wood says:

    “Kuso is the term used in East Asia for the internet culture that generally includes all types of camp and parody. In Japanese, kuso (糞,くそ) means “crap” or “shit”, and is often uttered as an interjection. It is also used to describe outrageous matters and objects of poor quality.Sep 11, 2014

    Bravo, Flying Lotus!

  21. Marty says:

    anything for publicity. No wonder tim heidecker is involved.

  22. So, what flyover state are you from?

    • EightYearsOfTrump says:

      Nice — it was condescending snark like that that got Trump elected. Please, don’t ever change! Support Elizabeth Warren, 2020!

  23. Pigford says:

    What is the point of making a movie like that?

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