Chip Gutchel is an IT engineer who is bored with life until a simple physical examination has a curious effect on him and an addiction begins to grow. He gets a surge of excitement when he puts things up his butt, and he puts anything and everything up there. The addiction gets dangerous when it leads to the disappearance of a child. This reins Chip back in as he buries his desires and tries to move on with his life by dealing with his addiction at Alcoholics Anonymous.
Years later another child goes missing and Chip becomes the suspect when newly sober detective Russell Fox figures there's something more sinister afoot with his AA sponsor Chip, and that his addictions may not be just alcohol. He lets his superiors know that he believes Chip somehow puts everything up his butt, including animals and children and somehow digests them. That he does it in sprees almost serial killer fashion. His story is a little hard to swallow, even by his superiors. Who's going to believe his wild theory? It's now up to Russell to prove that Chip uses his butt to make people disappear.
Written by Tyler Cornack and Ryan Koch, this is the directorial debut of Tyler Cornack who also stars in the film as Chip in this comedic thriller. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest and got positive reactions from both critics and festival attendees. Butt Boy started off as a joke on a limited budget, but it took on a life of its own and the result is a very original film that's either going to hold your interest completely or disgust you.
The two main characters are the focus of the whole film and Tyler Rice, as detective Russell Fox, is superb in his performance. Suitably dishevelled, with craggy looks and greasy hair, he is the epitome of a recovering alcoholic, with the swagger of a detective. He's hypnotic in his performance and dives deep and explosively.
Tyler Cornack's character Chip is a lot more dull, limp and monotonous and a little bit off. He plays it well, phasing in and out of reality, and away with the fairies. What at first seems dull makes perfect sense when the detective walks in the door and the two characters spark off each other and are the perfect halves that achieve explosive results.
You could call this film absurd and tasteless, but it's not a movie easily dismissed. It's clever and complete with an unexpected revelation of detective Russell's pain. It's only then that you understand the sequence of scenes beforehand that culminates in a moving conclusion. A true original, it had me in its grips. It's no doubt a film that'll achieve cult status and could be one of the best films of 2020. It goes where angels fear to tread.
This film is available for On-Demand viewing from 6 May 2020 via Google Play, iTunes, Fetch TV & Umbrella Entertainment. The DVD is also releasing 6 May with a run time of 100 minutes and rated MA15 plus.