Friday, June 22, 2018

Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985)

Original title: Gini Piggu 2: Chiniku no Hana

Director: Hideshi Hino

Writer: Hideshi Hino

Starring: Hiroshi Tamura, Kirara Yugao

More info: IMDb

Plot: A woman walking home late at night is attacked by an unknown assailant who knocks her out with chloroform. When she regains consciousness, she finds herself tied to a bed in a blood- spattered dungeon, at the mercy of a white-faced man in a samurai helmet who wants to turn her into a "flower of blood and flesh." He then proceeds to slowly dismember and disembowel her as the camera records it all.

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

The picture's only a 43 minutes long and in the first 14, a woman is kidnapped off the street, gagged and tied to a bed, the kidnapper severs the head off a chicken onto her, gives her a shot and prepares to get down to business.  That's a long time to devote to what little setup is needed and it illustrates part of the problem with this movie.  But then again, you don't watch this series for the plot.  It's all about the realistic gore effects.  Meet your host for the evening...

You should check out his Tinder profile.

Our samurai host talks to the audience and assures us that she's going to dig being dismembered so we shouldn't feel bad about it.  Let's dig in, shall we?

Hmmmm.  Well that was...that.  There's still 9 minutes left.  What's left?  Spending 6 minutes glimpsing into his trophy room (of sorts) with probably what amounts to stuff from other films by the filmmakers or things cut from them.  And it finally wraps with 3 minutes of end credits.  So how was it?  Boring.  If you'd asked me in 1985 when I was 16 I would've told you it was fucking awesome.  This uncut version released on DVD by Unearthed Films is the way to go but be warned that quality is that of a dimly lit, shot on video movie.  The pictures here convey how dark it is.  You don't get a good look at how well done the gore is although you can at least see that it was good enough.  That it's slow, not much happens and it's difficult to see the goods is enough to keep me from continuing with any of the other films in the series unless someone gives me a decent recommend on one.  I've know about this series for more than twenty years and now that I finally saw one, I'm disappointed to say the least.  Sometimes notoriety is best appreciated the closer you are to a film's escape unto the world.  The DVD comes with a making of feature which is the exact same length as the movie as well as text interviews with the director, an original F&B manga, gallery, text history of the series and trailers for these two films and for five others in the same vein.

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