Feb 1, 2016

Director: Marcus Koch
Stars: Maureen Allisse, Norm J. Castellano, Barron Christian

American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock is a movie that made my most anticipated films list earlier this year. Bloodshock is the second film in the series. It is directed my Marcus Koch, who is also a gore effects master. His career is extremely impressive and his work is absolutely amazing. As an effects man, I think he right up there with Savini. In that area of film, however, it seems impossible to really be famous. Tom Savini, after all is the only effects guy that most people have ever heard about. Koch, however, is also a talented director. His work on 100 Tears was greatly underrated in an industry dominated by mainstream production companies exercising way too much control over what a filmmaker can accomplish.

Koch’s work in Bloodshock blows anything you’ve seen in the mainstream completely out of the water. While I was a fan of the first film in the series, I feel like this one was more original. It is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, even from the Japanese Guinea Pig series. It has scenes of intense torture mixed in with strange scenes of stylistic visuals and a mysterious story-line. I saw a longer screener than most people saw when this film was released. So I had the version that could use some trimming. The length of this film, however, was not a major concern in my eyes. It is hard to say that this film dragged, there were just certain scenes that were a little long. These will probably be the ones trimmed down for the official release.

One thing you can be sure of is the fact that he won’t cut out any of the needed violence and gore. The torture scenes in this film involve slow methodical torture. While some of these scenes may be cut in length, I’m sure Koch will find every way possible to include all of the gore that he can fit into the film’s time frame. With that being said, the film leads up to one of the bloodiest and most disturbing film endings that I have ever witnessed. I am completely impressed by this film, mostly due to this very memorable ending.

As a company, this film shows us just how far Unearthed has come. They have developed a following that will provide whatever they want if they ever do a crowd funding campaign. They have created a reputation in which they can now produce their own films that are even better than the ones they began releasing from other filmmakers. The growth that this company has shown in its culmination with the Bloodshock release is totally what the underground film scene needs. It is just too bad that the home video market is really disappearing. It is due to illegal downloading and corporate controlled streaming media, after all, that Unearthed cannot find its way onto a more profitable platform. I think, however, that the geniuses behind this company are having a great time doing what they are doing, and that is something that many people working in the “real world” would love to say about their own professions.