Holy shit. I have quite the week ahead of me. These films have been on my list for awhile now, so I figured I'd start watching them this week... all of them. Earlier on facebook, because of these films, I declared it GUINEA PIG WEEK. Yes, a full week of Guinea Pig reviews and articles, just for you! Hell, I'll even link the films below for all of you to see! I'm honestly excited, because these films just have an incredible reputation around the globe that I felt I NEED to see them. Everyone I've ever talked to who is into all of the torture porn/splatter stuff always recommend these films (The first two at least). So here I am, in the Repugnant Dungeon, watching all seven of these fucking movies this week. I might have to bust out the hash for these ones...
Before I get into the first movie I'd like to talk about the history of Guinea Pig. The Guinea Pig films are a series of brutally violent Japanese films, mostly known for depicting severe torture and dismemberment. Hideshi Hino, the producer of the films (also writer and director of two other Guinea pig films, Flower of Flesh and Blood, and Mermaid in a Manhole), created the films as a way to film adaptations of his manga work. I'd love to talk more about Hideshi Hino's work, but I'll save that for another article. Besides being known for graphic violence and gore, two of the Guinea Pig movies gained national attention for a couple other things. One of the films, Devil Woman Doctor, was found in serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki's house, but for a long time it was always considered the second film, because authorities believed Tsutomu re-enacted the torture scenes from Flower of Flesh and Blood. After all the surrounding controversy, the series went out of production in Japan. Luckily it made it's way to the U.S., U.K., The Netherlands, and Austria, to be reissued on DVD. In the early 90's, the Guinea Pig gained even more infamy when movie personality Chris Gore met actor Charlie Sheen and gave him a copy of Flowers of Flesh and Blood. Sheen watched the film and reported it to the FBI, mistaking it for a genuine snuff film. This even led to the filmmakers being summoned to court, to prove that all the special effects were all fake. God damn, what a cluster fuck. The whole Charlie Sheen mess will also be turned into a separate article, just so I can more into depth about the issue. So enough of this rambling, let's get into The Devil's Experiment.
I honestly thought this movie, as a whole, was pretty terrible. I mean the bulk of the special effects that happen towards the end are pretty great, especially that eye gouge scene, but most of it didn't look all two convincing. The "story" of The Devil's Experiment is about a group of men who kidnap a women, and torture her in as many ways as possible. They begin with hitting and kicking, moving up to slashing and burning, and then the good stuff, finger nails getting ripped off and an eye getting gouged out. All of the acting was so completely fake. Just the woman's reaction to pain wasn't genuine to me, and for someone who hates anything related to finger nail torture, even that looked bad. I've got to give it up for the eye gouge though, great special effect, and it definitely got a little reaction out of me. I'm not even sure about what else to say, it's roughly 40 minutes long, and you see someone get tortured in a bunch of different ways. Maybe someone else out there will like it more that me, So I'll link the film below and let me know what you think! Enjoy!