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Guy Not-So-Terrifico

2005guyterrifico.jpgSome of the best lines in cinema come from mocumentaries, like “Spinal Tap is swimming in a sea of sexual retardation,” “Blaine is the stool capital of the world” or “Turn down the suck” (Ok, maybe not the last one). Now we can add “Hump the drum” to that list, thanks to local director Michael Mabbott’s contribution to the genre, The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico. It features Ex-Superfriendz front man Matt Murphy as a fictional, possibly departed, Canadian country star.
Add in appearances by Merle Haggard, professional alcoholic and vampire hunter Kris Kristofferson, and a few other country legends, and you should have a drunken good time, right? Unfortunately, Murphy can’t act and the film flirts too much with sincerity. Along with the new catch-phrase, there’s all but one scene, where Murphy self-destructs on a Nashville TV show, that’s the least bit terrifico.


  • Sofi

    Everyone should go see this movie.

  • Jamie Greer

    Matt Murphy’s “non-acting” is actually a bang on representation of the awkwardness of Gram Parsons. Perhaps a fan of the genre should have reviewed this film, rather than a “film critic”. This is exactly what country needed (in the sense that Spinal Tap was exactly what classic rock/heavy metal needed) in that those in the know (which apparently Jill Murray isn’t) would pick up on all the myths and legends of Country music that Guy Terrifico touches on – there are parts of Waylon, parts of Cash, parts of Parsons and even parts of Dylan. This movie is a must see for fans of old time country, outlaw country, alt. country, or just plain comedic Canadiana.