American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock Blu Ray Review (Unearthed Films)
American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock is a 2015 horror film directed by special fx artist Marcus Koch (Rot, Snuff Perversions: Bizarre Cases of Death, 100 Tears, & Hi-8:Horror Independent 8). It was written & produced by Stephen Biro (American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore, American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon, & A Serbian Documentary). American Guinea Pig is a spin off from the 1980s Japanese horror series that spawned so much controversy back in the day. Actor Charlie Sheen thought the films were real & contacted the F.B.I. after viewing them one night. This is the 2nd installment of the American Guinea Pig franchise & it follows 2014’s Bouquet of Guts and Gore. Two additional entries have made for the horror series which include Sacrifice & The Song of Solomon from 2017. Unearthed Films is bringing back that underground cinema that pushes boundaries to the extreme!!!!
A man (played by: Dan Ellis from Gutterballs, Hanger, Monsturd, & Star Vehicle) finds himself trapped & used for medical experiments in an abandoned mental facility by a demented doctor (played by: Andy Winton from American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon, Dead of Night, & The Kamasutra Garden) plus his crazed medical staff. He doesn’t understand why or how he got there, but the surgical tortures allow him to experience a new level of pain, sadness & 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. He finds out that’s he’s not the only one in this living hell! He passes notes to his unknown neighbor (played by: set costumer/wardrobe Lillian McKinney from Heist, Extraction, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, & Stressed to Kill) on the other side of the wall. Is it another trap? or Can they find help to survive this endless pain & torture?
At first, I didn’t know what to expect with being shot in black & white but it really elevated this feature. It added a unique vibe to it & it went with crazy atmosphere already set in place. This had a David Lynch feel to it when it comes to style of it. I am talking about the crafty art house look & industrial music not the actual concept of the film. Unearthed Films is great about pushing the limits of cinema & they didn’t disappoint here. These characters are put through hell in Bloodshock. This makes the Hostel films look like a Disney production when it comes to torture. It’s full of gore & intense gruesome moments. The special effects are top notch in this independent film. I enjoy how each American Guinea Pig film is completely different from each other. For a few brief moments this feature goes into color & it manages to show you one of the most disturbing sex scenes ever filmed. It just kept getting more extreme as it got deeper into the experience.
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Unearthed Films. This 1080p (1.78:1) transfer arrives in great detail with this black & white viewing experience. At first, I wasn’t really sold on that look for this type of film but it adds it’s own unique vibe & it works with the atmosphere to the production. The English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is real solid & very clean especially when it comes to the dialogue, Don’t expect your home theater system to roar or anything because it’s not that kind of feature but it’s a very polished & it does the job for this especially the music. For a low budget production it really got every cent on screen for this & it shows!
Let’s discuss the special features from Unearthed Films on this blu ray. You get an Audio Commentary with director/special fx artist Marcus Koch & writer/producer Stephen Biro. They talk about the location for the film. They used an abandoned medical center that was above Stephen Biro’s old video store in Florida. They mention the cast for this a little bit including stuff they had to do for their roles. They chat about Marcus almost dying. They go into detail about certain scenes. They mention the black & white style of the feature. They bring up stuff that might be harder to notice without some color. They talk about the special effects in Bloodshock. Marcus Koch tells a few of his secrets on how he executed some of them which was cool. They joke about how they should let them do the remakes now because they are moving to California. These two have great chemistry & it’s hilarious to hear them crack open some cold beverages during it. Audio Commentary # 2 with the psychopathic doctor Andy Winton plus his evil medical staff Gene Palubicki & Alberto Giovannelli. They talk about how they got involved in the project. They bring up their experience on the production & working with the director on it. They joke around & have fun while watching their scenes for this. They discuss their characters in Bloodshock. They give their thoughts about the feature being in black & white. It was the first horror experience for Andy Winton. He was used to doing comedy before this. He says he never seen a real horror movie until this one. They bring up all the paper eating in this. They chat about the mystery about the two victims & how they really didn’t know what was behind that other wall. They discuss the medical equipment & the special effects in this American Guinea Pig entry. Andy Winton basically does most of the track as his character in this & it’s beyond hilarious! You can tell they didn’t have anything prepared for this & just riffed on what they seen on the screen which made it a very fun & random track. “Bloodshock: The Making Of” is almost 92 minutes. It’s actually shown in color also! It covers all kinds of behind the scenes footage & you really get a fun experience of making this feature. It also shows off the awesome special effects in this. “Steve Nemeth’s Bloodshock Production Cell Phone Videos” is a little over 6 minutes. It has various behind the scenes footage. Mainly location scouting for the production.
The almost 22 minute “Days of Dead Atlanta 2016 Q&A” with writer/producer Stephen Biro & director/special fx artist Marcus Koch. They cover some of the same material from the commentary on here but it also has plenty of new information & stories that’s not on there. They also get some special guests that show up towards the end to join the conversation. “Biro’s Bloodshock Introduction” is a little over 5 minutes. He talks about his old video store & shows what the location is now. He chats about acquiring the original Guinea Pig series & bringing it to America. He goes into about making his own spin off from his company Unearthed Films. He shows you the main location for the feature. “Dan Ellis Interview” is 39 minutes. He chats about his experience on the film. He talks about the special effects for the production. He mentions the location & how much time he spent in it. He goes into great detail about everything including his situation & his character from Bloodshock. “Lillian McKinney Interview” 11 minutes. She talks about her experience on the American Guinea Pig film. She talks having to shave her head & eyebrows for the role. She says she wasn’t on set as much as the others. She talks about being it difficult to shake off a certain scene in this. HOLY SHIT, this release is LOADED with extras! So much entertainment on here, you are in for a treat with this blu ray. If you can still find it, there’s also a limited edition version that includes a DVD copy, a booklet, & a CD soundtrack. If you are into hardcore gore, special effects, independent horror, & fucked up cinema I highly recommend this to you. This retail version is available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!