Alberto Belli directs Gatlopp, a 2022 American-English film. Jim Mahoney plays Paul, Emmy Raver-Lampman plays Sam, Jon Bass plays Cliff, Sarunas J. Jackson plays Troy, Shelley Hennig plays Alice, John Ales plays Andre, Amy Davidson plays Briana, Patricia Belcher plays Virginia, Nancy Linehan Charles plays Sheila, and Menik Gooneratne plays Nicole.
The movie’s synopsis was as follows: After a decade apart, a group of old pals reunites for a nostalgic evening of fun and games. They decide to play a drinking game after one too many drinks, but it’s soon revealed that this game has otherworldly stakes.
Mischief turns to mayhem, and the group discovers that if they don’t win the game by daylight, they’ll be condemned to play for the rest of eternity – in hell. Kenny Wood is in charge of music, Xing-Mai Deng of cinematography, and Alberto Belli and Jeff Sharpe of editing.
- Jim Mahoney…Paul
- Emmy Raver-Lampman…Sam
- Jon Bass…Cliff
While GATLOPP is far from the first film to explore this bizarre subject, it is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining. Consider 1987’s The Running Man, except instead of a broadcast gauntlet, it’s just a group of friends sitting out in their living room, forced to drink beers and speak unpleasant truths in exchange for their lives.
Gatlopp is a deadly board game, yet the protagonists in this film are blissfully unaware of the title’s negative overtones. Why would they suspect it, after all? With four shot glasses included in the intriguing game, it should be a fantastic time, right?
We know there’s something wrong with this board game when we see the awful results in the very funny opening sequence: Excessive noise from an adjacent apartment disturbs an elderly woman. Naturally, she investigates while also considering filing a noise complaint.
“Party’s over, you little shits!” she exclaims as she opens the door to find that everyone has left, leaving only the board game remained. GATLOPP has a tonal similarity to Escape Room and Ready or Not right away, but it’s a lot weirder.
Gatlopp , the group believes, is not just the key to repairing their friend’s heart after a tumultuous divorce, but also has the potential to heal their group’s friendship. They aren’t altogether wrong in their assumptions.
They would have known exactly what was at stake between sips if they had read the directions. Because one of the players must finish the game before sunrise, or else everyone would be forced to play indefinitely. What starts out as harmless, lighthearted fun quickly transforms into something terrifying and terrible.
When terror meets comedy, something strange happens. Even at first glance, the two genres appear to be diametrically opposed. It should not work in most situations, yet it almost always does for most horror aficionados.
Some of the most well-regarded horror films of the 1980s were built on this yin-and-yang balance of dread and humor, and for those of you who are strangely oblivious, we’ve been chasing this nostalgia-fueled high more than ever in the last decade. Nonetheless, in a sea of horror comedies, GATLOPP is a one-of-a-kind film.
The phrase “Gatlopp” may ring a bell for historians who enjoy the macabre. Running the gauntlet — a kind of punishment in which the guilty party was forced to go between two rows of armed soldiers who would then poke and beat them with whatever weapon they had at their disposal – is known in Sweden as gatlopp.
The ambiance of GATLOPP is largely humorous, similar to horror comedies such as Cooties. The capacity of horror comedies to temporarily make you forget you’re watching a horror film is a big element of their appeal. This allows the audience to be caught off guard when things go wrong.
The more amusing the picture, the more distressing the transition is likely to be. GATLOPP is quite emotional at times. It quietly explores how fragile life is and how each decision we make has the potential to change everything. In the third act, there is one particularly disturbing moment that calls into question one’s responsibility for one’s acts.
GATLOPP is a film about friendship in turbulent times, despite the enjoyable jazzercise routines and crass jokes. It teaches us not to take things for granted in a really amusing way. It allows for and fosters contemplation. As said in the film, none of us are good or bad – we are simply people.