Plot: What’s it about?
If you’re a fan of horror movies and a gorehound, then without a doubt, you’ve heard about the Guinea Pig features. But that doesn’t mean you’ve seen them all, as even diehard gore lovers have a hard time in that respect. This is because the series has been banned in many areas and even when allowed, home video editions have often been hard to track down. Now however, that won’t be the case any longer, as Unearthed Films has issued the Guinea Pig series on DVD. A series that is soaked with blood and gore, these movies are made with one intention, to shock audiences and pile on as much carnage as possible. This is the debut release in Unearthed Films’ collection of Guinea Pigs, but rest assured, the others are coming soon.
1. Devil’s Experiment- After setting out a trap in the woods, a group of young men manage to snare a beautiful young girl within the net. Once they’ve taken her down from the net, they take her into a basement, strap her to a chair, then begin a horrific cycle of abuse, torture, and some of the most sadistic acts possible. It starts with slapping the poor girl, spinning her endlessly in the chair, and even using a pair of pliers to twist her blood vessels, but this is nothing compared to the horrors which await her as time passes. As she is further tortured, it seems certain that she will be killed, but how much pain will endure before that happens?
2. Android of Notre Dame- A dwarf scientist will stop at nothing to make his experiment a success, since it truly is a matter of life and death. His sister has a terrible and fatal disease, which means unless he is able to conjure up a cure soon, he will lose her forever. So he conducts various experiments on dead bodies and hopes to come up with something, though his efforts have been fruitless to the point. As he continues his experiments, he also does some work on his financial sponsor, whose head rests within a complex machine, so the dwarf can do assorted experiments on it as well. Will the obsessed scientist be able to formulate a cure in time to save his sister, or will he himself experience the darker side of life?
Video: How does it look?
These features were shot on video and by turn, the full frame transfers found here represent the intended format. As these weren’t high end productions, the source material limits how good these can look, but that rough visuals enhance the experience. After all, these are supposed to be watched as some kind of underground materials, so a slick and shiny presentation would draw us out of that mindset. You’ll see some thick grain, washed out colors, and soft contrast, but it looks very good, all things considered. I mean, these won’t be your new reference selections, but they look better than other editions I’ve seen.
Audio: How does it sound?
Not a whole lot to talk about here, as a basic and unmemorable Japanese soundtrack is provided in each case. I found no serious problems in either soundtrack, but then again, I wasn’t too impressed, both stand as acceptable options. The music is outlandish and sounds solid here, while the offbeat sound effects are also well presented. No issues with dialogue either, as vocals seem clean and never muffled or the like. In addition, you can enable English subtitles if need be, which is a most welcome gesture, of course.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc contains no bonus materials.