Friday, April 20, 2018

American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock (2015)

"Bloodshock" is definitely a step up from the previous debut film in the "American Guinea Pig" series, although, much like how that movie was basically a remake of the Japanese GP entry, "Flower of Flesh and Blood", this one is more akin to "The Devil's Experiment". Still, I'm pleased to report, "Bloodshock" does have a slight bit of originality behind it (mostly in comparison to the other movie), as well as a glimmer of PLOT, unlike it's bland predecessor.

A guy finds himself in the clutches of a depraved doctor and orderlies in some kind of unknown facility where he is subjected to cruel and violent torture methods. When not, he's locked in a padded cell where he discovers a captive female is residing in the next cell who he's able to exchange notes to through the gaps in the wall. As things progress and the painful experiments become more severe, we learn that the doctor is siphoning their blood and injecting it into himself which seems to give him an intense 'high'. The film eventually concludes in a pretty stylish and bloody way...

While "Bloodshock" IS, like I said, superior than the first AGP installment, I'm honestly just not finding this kind of stuff all that 'disturbing' or 'shocking' at this point. By now I've pretty much run the gamut on this type of material so I'm not all that affected by episodic sequences depicting torture and gore. There ARE one or two fairly "inventive" methods of pain-infliction; namely the carving through bone with a wire, however, I really didn't find the gore and violence to be all that 'rough' or impacting with this one. The scene with the little spiky 'wheel' implements was pretty weak and went on way too long, especially. It must be said that nothing in this comes close to the 'graphic' eyeball scene from "The Devil's Experiment". I DID like the tone of the movie as well as the "climax" which, as out-of-place as it feels, IS the highlight of the film and the effects work, as a whole, are pretty solid so kudos to Marcus Koch once again. In all, I've yet to be all that impressed with the "American Guinea Pig" films, though I'm still willing to give the next one a fair shot. I hope future entries take off in a more unique and original direction and don't continue to mirror their Japanese counterparts so much.

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