Unearthed Films’ American Guinea Pig series began in pleasingly vicious fashion recently with Bouquet of Guts and Gore, and the second film – entitled Bloodshock – is on the way. Far from stopping there though, the revival of the cult underground Japanese series is planned as an 8-film project, as revealed by Unearthed’s Stephen Biro, in a recent interview with Ginger Nuts of Horror. Biro, who directed Bouquet of Guts and Gore, and is planning to direct the final entry, told the site: “The hope is to get a total of 8 films in the new series. No one is doing an ultra gore series of movies and no one has since the original Guinea Pig Films. I’m putting my personal stamp on all of the stories and screenplays and if luck is with us, I will jump back into the director’s chair for the last one, bookending it.”
Bloodshock is directed by Marcus Koch, who provided the gruesome effects for Bouquet. He is also known for his FX work on recent films such as We Are Still Here, Sacrament and the upcoming Frankenstein Created Bikers.
American Guinea Pig certainly seems to be staying consistent with the nihilistic spirit of the original Japanese series, which comprised of six films, each under an hour in length. A seventh film was released, but was made up of clips from the first six. Most commonly available across two (usually bootlegged) VHS tapes, the series is best known outside of cult circles for causing a stir when Charlie Sheen famously reported the most notorious film – Flower of Flesh and Blood – to the FBI, believing it to be a snuff film.
In Biro’s words, Bloodshock “has to do with blood and what chemicals are produced during surgical, mutilation and extreme psychological torture.” Sound like your kind of thing? Then watch the assaultive trailer below.