Archive for May, 2011

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (2009)

Directed By: Yoshihiro Nishimura

Starring: Yukie Kawamura, Eri Otoguro, Takumi Saito, Eihi Shiina, Takashi Shimizu, Sayaka Kametani

Subgenre: Gore & Shock

Synopsis: When Monami, a vampire, starts attending High School, it starts off a feud between her and Keiko.  Keiko’s father is a science teacher who moonlights as a mad scientist, experimenting on students in the hopes of learning the secrets of reanimation.  When he gets his hands on a drop of Monami’s blood, his experiments reach a new level.  Gallons of blood and severed body parts aplenty fill the screen for the rest of the movie.

Thoughts: Wow, just wow.  Those familiar with Nishimura’s work on Tokyo Gore Police should have an idea of what they are getting themselves into here, but it is still one wild ride.  The gore is so over the top and the sheer amount of blood on screen removes any tension, and makes this laughable at times, much live Dead Alive.

There are some crazy aspects to the movie, but one of the oddest parts for me was the wrist cutting.  This was also a theme present in TGP, so it obviously interests Nishimura, but it is just a foreign concept to me.  This is far from the only crazy shit you will see in this movie though, just something I picked out.

I really appreciated the cinematography though and think Nishimura has one hell of an eye behind the camera.  I am not sure how long he can stretch his career with these explosive gore movies, but I would love to see him film something toned down a bit.  Not too much though, just maybe a notch or two.

I thought the finale dragged on a bit, and the final showdown was a bit of a letdown, perhaps I had been desensitized by the time the ending rolled around.  Overall this is a crazy flick but can be hard to follow at times.  Personally, I like Tokyo Gore Police more.

I had an absolute blast at Frightmare this year even though I had to come back Saturday.  Horror fans are some of the best in the world and I am fast building a network of fellow fans, so it is always fun to get to meet some of these guys and gals at shows.  This year produced some great memories.

I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Englund, Angus Scrimm, Don Coscarelli, Michael Baldwin, and the cast from Laid to Rest 2.  I also got to talk for some time to Jason Eisner and can’t wait to see Hobo with a Shotgun. 

The crowning jewel in my weekend happened Friday night.  After the bar had closed, we happened to run into Norman Reedus outside and talked with him for a bit.  Before we knew it, he called Sean Patrick Flannery to come hang out as well.  David Della Rocca was around as well, so I got to hang out with the Boondock Saints and drink the night away.  It was surreal. 

Be on the lookout a little later when I post some pictures of the goodies I came home with.