Film Review: Slipknot – ‘Day of the Gusano’

By Rhian Wilkinson

Have you ever wished you could watch a Slipknot show from the comfort of a cinema seat? Well, your dreams are coming true. The band is launching a film documenting their first ever visit to Mexico City in 2015.

On the 6th of September, ‘Day of the Gusano’ lands as a ‘one night only’ event lin over 1000 cinemas globally, including over 100 in the UK.

Directed by Slipknot’s own M.Shawn Crahan, aka ‘Clown’, the film is as much an aural experience as it is visual. It is loud and confronting, but it also shows a side of the band not often seen – they are unmasked for your viewing pleasure. It’s nice to see them on film as themselves, rather than just as their stage personas.

The film has three main parts: it features live footage from Knotfest, behind the scenes commentary from the band’s experience of Mexico, and interviews with Mexico’s top ‘gusanos’. Gusano is the Spanish translation for maggot, the title given to Slipknot fans worldwide.

With huge emphasis put on the sound quality, it’s different to watching a movie and you really do feel like you’re at a Slipknot show. The bass beats in your chest and you can’t help but bang your head along. Expect audience members to throw fists in the air throughout and clap when it’s all over.

Your heartstrings will be pulled when you hear the passion with which the gusano of Mexico speak of their love for Slipknot. You’ll choke up when Corey speaks about what the fans mean to him. You’ll be enraptured by the pure joy of it all. Some of these individuals have waited their whole lives for a Slipknot show, and having the experience immortalised on film is pretty special.

If you’re a Slipknot fan, or at all intrigued by the culture surrounding the band and its maggot fandom, this film is worth seeing.

Tickets for the one off screening on September 6th are available for purchase over at http://dayofthegusano.com/regions. Watch the trailer below.

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