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American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock (2015/Unearthed Films/MVD Blu-ray w/DVD & CD)

Picture: B/B- Sound: B/B-/B Extras: B Film: C+

Unearthed Films presents the newest addition to the 'american guinea pig' genre, which originated in Japan many years ago and famously convinced Charlie Sheen that it was real. Upping the ante in terms of gore (if possible) is Marcus Koch's Blockshock (2015) - which is nearly a silent film that is comprised of mainly torture and bizarre surgery on a man to whom we aren't familiar, who is trapped up an undisclosed location.

Locked up in his white-walled cell, the man (Dan Ellis) soon starts to discover handwritten notes on small pieces of paper and soon realizes that there is a woman (Lillian McKinney) in the cell next to him, to whom is also subject to this extreme torture. Said torture isn't limited to cutting open legs, chests, and even heads with grotesque medical equipment over long periods of time. All of this culminates in one of the more disturbing climaxes I've seen in a film in a while and some moments that will truly make you squirm regardless of your tolerance to blood and guts.

What works in the film is the fact that 97 percent of it is in high contrast black and white - which adds to the gritty feel and almost makes it seem like an experimental film. The special effects are impressive as well (which the director Marcus Koch is also a master at as seen in other films by Unearthed head Steve Biro), with one scene involving a heart that when you see it, you'll agree on how real it looks and how twisted the filmmakers are.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 track, the low budget film looks and sounds as good as it can on Blu-ray disc - with some moments of grain and, as noted, great contrast throughout. Also included is a standard edition DVD of the film with the same widescreen and audio features that aren't quite as clear and detailed as the Blu-ray, but being the title of film this is makes it more passable.

Special Features...

Bloodshock: The Making Of

Steve Nemeth's Bloodshock Production Cell Phone Videos

Days of Dead Atlanta 2016 Q&A features Stephen Biro.

Commentary with Marcus Koch and Stephen Biro

Commentary with Andy Winton, Gene Palubicki, and Alberto Giovannelli

Biro's Bloodshock Introduction

Dan Ellis Interview

Lillian McKinney Interview

CD soundtrack of the film that sounds as good as it possibly can

Collectible packaging

Definitely not for the faint at heart, Bloodshock is a film that you won't want to watch in the dark alone.

- James Lockhart



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