We haven’t heard anything in a while but it was announced back in December 2011 that Matthew Holness, the man who was Garth Marenghi, was working on his debut feature, The Reprisalizer.
Since then, radio silence, but Holness had already made a short from the same concept and that film, A Gun For George, has just now been made available online via the Film 4 website.
Here’s the film’s official blurb:
Terry Finch – a man alone. Forgotten author of The Reprisalizer, Britain’s toughest pulp paperback vigilante, Finch pens tall tales of brute force and rough justice from his isolated caravan, treading a thin line between reality and fantasy in an attempt to exorcise painful memories of his brother’s death.
When his ailing writing career grinds to a final halt, Terry’s compulsive and cathartic visions of violent retribution refuse to die with it, and a dark new chapter in the story of The Reprisalizer unfolds – where actions speak louder than words…
Holness blogged about the short film this week, using the same “he’s a real author, honest” device that powered Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.
The Reprisalizer was my hero in days when it was acceptable to play with toy guns and hard violence was a staple of basic childhood entertainment. Times change but human nature does not. Despite their rightful place in another world and era, Terry Finch’s tough tales of vigilante justice retain a brutal power to this day, still packing thrills and an emotional punch.
Perhaps it’s vapid, sterile, modern Britain that makes one ache to read these ‘unacceptable’ books. Grit from the gutter. Books rightfully judged by their lurid covers, penned and pounded out with sweat and blood as disposable product. Books consumed at breakneck speed to help stomach the hard truth you feel in your gut. Books showing how it really is, despite what They tell you. Escapist fantasies wrought from bitterness, struggle and pain.
I wish there was a reference to the feature in the blog somewhere, but it seems to have stalled. Its brilliant official website hasn’t been updated in a long time, but is still worth a good rummage.
Perhaps a great response to the short will help move things along. If not, we still have this bloody good short. Get sharing it.