Ginger Nuts of Horror
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Those extreme horror fans out there with long memories will no doubt recall the Japanese series Guinea Pig, which exploded onto the splatter scene in the mid-80s and ran for several years, serving up everything from hardcore torture and dismemberment to bizarre comedy through to disturbing character pieces. Even if you haven't watched the originals, you might well be aware of the furore that surrounded the earlier movies in the series, with director Hideshi Hino famously having to prove Flower of Flesh and Blood wasn't a genuine snuff film following an FBI investigation...
These are movies with a place in extreme horror folklore – and when it was announced that Unearthed Films and Stephen Biro would be launching a new series, American Guinea Pig, there was a lot of buzz to go along with it. This was a chance to bring a more modern take to the originals, and the first two movies certainly delivered. Bouquet of Guts and Gore was an effective updated version of the aforementioned Flower of Flesh and Blood, while the second piece, Bloodshock, was a stunning reimagining of the experimental angle of The Devil's Experiment which genuinely left me speechless on first viewing. A black and white nightmare with a cleverly-constructed soundtrack and a nihilistic finale, it's a movie I can't recommend enough to fans of the extreme side of horror.
But you can rest assured that American Guinea Pig certainly isn't done there. Next on the horizon is the third entry into the series, The Song of Solomon. I was fascinated when I first heard of this one as an extreme take on the exorcism movie – a horror subgenre that had enjoyed some mainstream success and was surely overdue a more visceral take. The first trailer for Song certainly hints at it – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6fTNoCncvs – but the next trailer doesn't leave anything to the imagination. Check it out when it hits and you'll see what I mean. And with a cast featuring cult icons Jim Van Bebber and Jessica Cameron, this one promises to be as unmissable as the first two installments of AGP.
The IndieGoGo campaign is running as we speak, and there is some absolutely awesome stuff up for grabs alongside the DVDs and limited editions – you can land yourself a range of signed goodies and props from the movie to boot. And the great thing with this IndieGogo is that the movie is already in the can – all the money raised will be going towards the next couple of movies and continuing this awesome series. When the campaign hits $25,000, that will also unlock the fourth movie in the American Guinea Pig series – Sacrifice – which is looking like the most brutal of an already vicious bunch. The directorial debut from Poison Rouge, Sacrifice is going to be pure, pull-no-punches, dark and disturbing cinema.
I've already got my copy of Song of Solomon in the bag via Indiegogo, and I'd encourage any Film Gutter regular readers to give this one a look. In fact, this one gets the official Film Gutter seal of approval. Stephen Biro and the whole crew at Unearthed Films have been leading the way in extreme for a long time, and American Guinea Pig is pushing new boundaries in creating incredible films for those brave enough to take them on. So swing by the IndieGoGo at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/american-guinea-pig-the-song-of-solomon-horror#/ – even if you can't pitch in or pick yourself up any perks, even giving it a share on social media is a great way to support and help American Guinea Pig keep rolling!
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