I love to see special effects crews pushing the boundaries of existing gore effects. It seems such effects get more and more realistic as the years go by. Blood thickens and pools realistically, innards glisten as they’re ripped out, and even heads explode. The carnage gains more realism as we viewers scream for more. I’ve even heard of some effects teams using real animal entrails as human organs for certain shots!
The American Guinea Pig series is well-renowned for its bloodletting and butchery, however this latest entry, BLOODSHOCK, offers an artistic view of the cruelty. Shot primarily in black-and-white, this is not your typical torture flick. And while I don’t find it as impactful as previous AGP films, this one is still interesting to watch and a heck of a movie to boot.
If you are not familiar with AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BLOODSHOCK, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Unearthed Films & MVD Distribution:
A man finds himself trapped and used for medical experiments in an abandoned mental facility. He doesn’t understand why or how he got there, but the surgical tortures allow him to experience a new level of pain, sadness and reality he has never felt before. As the levels of maniacal mutilation enfolds, he finds himself down the rabbit hole. Grasping onto anything, the tormented finds a way out. Clutching onto what every human being is desperate for…little does he understand, his ending is all of our endings.
As mentioned, the majority of the film is not shot in color. As a result, the torture and bloodshed lose some of their shock value; after all, it’s hard to distinguish between blood and chocolate syrup when a lack of pigment is introduced. This is the primary reason I didn’t enjoy the film as much as its predecessors.
The acting in AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BLOODSHOCK is very good, with the whole cast doing a great job. The two victims are very convincing, as is the “mad doctor” who is doing the experimenting.
The story is curious, as the flashbacks tend to deepen the mystery until the very end. I admit I didn’t see the “big reveal” coming, and I like its clever nature. I have read reviews that stated the viewer did not like the twist, and felt it was a cheap way to end the movie; I disagree completely…it changed my whole perception of what I had just seen, and therefore changed the way I felt about the victims.
The gore in AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BLOODSHOCK appears to be excellent, although as mentioned above, the lack of color depletes its effectiveness quite a bit. However, the final scenes, which are colorized, offer a gut-wrenching and disgusting foray into severely messed up territory. The scenes fit the film perfectly, and I squirmed until they were over.
Despite its lack of punch, AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BLOODSHOCK is still a hell of a film, and I recommend giving it a look…that is, if you can stomach it. Viewer beware: many of you will still probably find the movie too grotesque to endure. But if you’re a gore hound or if you simply appreciate the obscure and don’t mind some carnage, I’ll bet you’ll love this one, too.
AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BLOODSHOCK is available now in a Limited Collector’s Edition that comes with a CD containing the soundtrack.