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Guinea Pig: Ginî piggu - Akuma no jikken (1985)

A group of guys capture a young girl with the intent of hurting her. They torture her in many ways, from beating her to putting a sharp piece of needle-like metal through her eye which ... See full summary »

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A group of guys capture a young girl with the intent of hurting her. They torture her in many ways, from beating her to putting a sharp piece of needle-like metal through her eye which pierces across her retina. Written by Chris Mayo <cmayo@thezone.net>

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This movie was once rumored to be a snuff film. See more »

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During the close-up scene of the eye where the torturers insert the needle-like object in her eye, clearly a fake piece of skin was used since her eyebrow and nose cannot even be seen. Her nose and eyebrow cannot be that far from her eyeball. See more »

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Followed by Making of Guinea Pig (1986) See more »

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Guinea Pig 1 – Devil's Experiment is one of those films I have wanted to see ever since I saw a trailer for it, and the first sequel in the early 90's. It was impossible to get back then because customs would stop any video on their banned list from entering the country, and I didn't feel like going to Japan just to see it either.

The piece is not a movie in the conventional sense though it belongs firmly in the horror genre. What you have is a horror film stripped to the bare essentials of what makes a good horror movie: atmosphere, violence, and gore. Devil's Experiment is more like a piece of funereal art than a movie. It is something you would run day and night on a large flat-screen monitor and put up on the wall next to your Hieronimus Bosche prints.

It is quite a short movie, but it belongs up there with other classics of the period like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Cannibal Ferox, etc. This film however is art because the makers were making a point about extremity. These days, mainstream movies are far more extreme in terms of violence and special effects, but mainstream movies use context to justify what is on the screen. Take away plot, narrative, and meaning though and you would have a hard time justifying the rest of it. Charlie Sheen waged a personal campaign to have the Guinea Pig movies banned in the USA in the early 90's, which just made them more popular. I only mention it because I don't remember seeing Charlie Sheen in any movie of merit. While his films will be forgotten over time the Guinea Pig movies will live on – possibly being included on the curriculum at film makers school along with Metropolis, Citizen Kane and the like.

Devil's Experiment is a `have-to-see' movie for lovers of movies (not just horror movie fans either) and art. Time has taken its toll on the impact of the movie, so you must view it with a mind of when it was made. Indeed it could probably be shown on free to air TV channels in forward-thinking areas such as Europe, UK, and Japan (the UK showed an artist eating the flesh of a real dead baby at the beginning of the year on free to air TV).

It is an interesting movie, the special effects are well-done considering the miniscule budget on which it was made. Don't believe the hype about it either. It is not the most sick or horrific movie you will ever see. Chances are, if you are reading this review then you have seen a more horrific movie already.

8 out of 10, and I am now after the sequels.


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