Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

söndag 18 mars 2018


Directed by: Marcus Koch
Written by: Stephen Biro
Stars:  Dan Ellis, Shiva Rodriguez, Barron Christian... read more

Country: USA
Style: Extreme
Runtime: 1h 38min

The second part of American Guinea Pig is a written story by Stephen Biro who later handeled it over to director and make-up artist Marcus Koch and letting him go wacky on it. A small crew of extremely passionate filmmakers come together to make something they believe in and make it the best it can be. Embrace yourself and get ready to impending doom, the twisted reality and the effective surgical butchery titled Bloodshock.

Lastly, I watched the first installation of this American interpretation of Guinea Pig, which was 'Bouquet of Guts and Gore' an inspiration and development of Hideshi Hino 'Flower of Flesh and Blood' (1985). And now it's about time to give the second part a chance and as you may know, we’re not watching a Guinea Pig film for its structure of plot.

There isn't much of a story going on here at all and the only thing we see is a man who's delivered to an asylum where he’s repeatedly tortured by a doctor who is apparently trying to harvest his blood as some kind of drug, getting off on the endorphins emitted during extreme pain.

After I was done with Bouquet... I hoped that Stephen Biro would continue the rest of this serie with something out of his very own, but the farther into Bloodshock I came It felt like he once again has been inspired by two earlier Guinea Pig films, namely 'Devils Experiment' (1985) and 'Android of Notre Dame' (1989), with the slight disagreement that most of the film is black and white.

I can understand Marcus Koch's artistic aspect of the whole in using that kind of effect though, but I think it ruins much of the roughness. What we want to see in Guinea Pig is largely the torture, the red colors, flesh and wounds and the strength of its effects, but unfortunately it disappears in the colorless fog. It's as boring as Andrey Iskanov's brave attempt in 'Philosophy of a Knife' (2008), the only differences is that Andrey managed to add a scary atmosphere by using industrial music and that kind of tool saved him alot.

But slap the one who gives up that easy, ey. Give the movie a chance at least because if you like gore, there's plenty of it, practical effects are served to you by make-up artists Marcus Koch, Melanie Dean and Cat Bernier. Instead of severed limbs we have more detailed sinister surgical procedures here, intricate wires cutting through bones, body cavities being opened up and so on and it is really nicely performed.

The dialogue is there as well, keep to a minimum of course, but we get a good sense of each character because of the male and female victims who are building a sort of relationship by passing notes between their cells. All the cast do a great job and not to forget mention Dan Ellis (Hanger) and Lillian McKenney (Infinity Girls) who provides a crazy twist in the story and turns it in a whole new level. Andy Winton (Dead of Night, Hillbillies for Hire) as the doctor, and as well Gene Palubicki, guitarist in the Blackened Death Metal act 'Angelcorpse'.

So what I want to say; The whole concept does not fade even though it's mostly colorless. And I understand that Biro and Koch had to put the movie like this to avoid imitating what already had been done before so that they don't stumble on the narrow thread. It contains strong scenes, and you got a large dose with gore and splatter, but not enough much for my taste when we spoke about Guinea Pig. What I especially want to say is that I thought it was much more original than the first movie, but I hope the violence is much stronger in the next one.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5


Produced by: Stephen Biro
Cinematography by: Donnald Donnerson
Editing by: Peter Bernie Rogers
Special Effects by: Marcus Koch, Cat Bernier, Melanie Dean
Music by: Gene Palubicki, Jimmy ScreamerClauz
Language: English 
Color: Black and White | Color

Distributor: Unearthed Films


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. French Canadian weirdo, lives in the past, afraid of the future, but curious about what to come. Beginner in extreme horror and visual arthouse, and finds it exciting to discover the world down under. Growed in the 80's and discovered cheesy classics, among others John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Stuart Gordon. Live for electro, rock and metal music and have a long story full of concert memories. This is the first time he takes the interest in writing about what he is experiencing.