Elias first needs to be credited with making a very well-executed piece of film. Elias has a very strong grasp on his camera work and manages to give the impression that the camera is observing the world of the film, rather than presenting it to the audience. Considering the premise of the damn movie is on the way we observe a particular type of film, his technique was incredibly smart. Unfortunately, his directing style felt a bit constrictive and the pacing needs some serious work. I'm a big fan of slow-burn style horror films (call me, Ti West!), but there's a huge difference between slow paced and downright dull. Gut leans a little too far into the latter for my liking.
The snuff films themselves deliver a genuine amount of gross-out moments, which is a decent pay-off for the snail pace of the film. I'd like to have seen a little more of the gore, if only to invoke a stronger reaction out of me. Ultimately, if the characters had been more developed and I actually gave a shit about them, I would have been far more invested into this film. Unfortunately, where the plot and atmosphere soar, the character development and dialogue greatly suffer. In a world where we're obsessed with things like 2 Girls 1 Cup, Goatse, and The Pain Olympics, a film like Gut clearly has a place in our world. If you're looking for a change of pace from the jump-scared loaded horror films of Hollywood (and don't mind slow pacing), Gut is worth a one time watch.