Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009)
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (Japan, 2009) - Color, Director(s): Yoshihiro Nishimura & Naoyuki Tomomatsu
MPAA Rating: NR
Approx. 85 min.
Z-rating: 8 out of 10 stars for its stylized violence and Japanese sex appeal
No wonder I enjoyed this film so much!!! Director Yoshihiro Nishimura has done special effects work for films like Suicide Club, Sukeban Boy, and The Machine Girl while also having his hand in directing projects such as Meatball Machine and Tokyo Gore Police. Our other director, Naoyuki Tomomatsu, has directed slew of low-budget Japanese zombie films including one of my personal favorites, Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies. These guys have been involved in a TON of my favorite Japanese splatter films, so it's only natural that this film was right up my alley as well.
The movie opens with a couple wandering through the desert before they're stopped by three Frankenstein-looking girls. The vampire girl makes quick work of dispatching with all these girls before the intro cues and we flashback to the beginning of the story. An average student at a local Tokyo High School catches the eyes of both the most popular girl in school as well as the new transfer student. Apparently, it's Valentine's Day and it's customary in Japanese culture for a girl to give a boy chocolates to show her affection. After being forced to be in a relationship with the popular girl, seemingly against his will, he's pulled aside by the new transfer girl who presents him with a "special" chocolate that she handmade. After biting into it, he realizes what the "special" ingredient is... it's her blood!! Soon he begins to feel a little strange as he starts going through some changes. (No, not puberty... he's turning into a vampire smart ass)
As it turns out, the popular girl's father is also a mad scientist who claims to be the successor of Dr. Frankenstein that's attempting to continue his work of reanimating corpses. When the popular girl confronts the vampire girl, she is inadvertently killed during the struggle and is reanimated by her own father. And so begins the final showdown between Vampire Girl and Frankenstein Girl!!!
Gore: PLENTY. Within the first few minutes, three different girls are decapitated and their skulls completely stripped of skin. Throughout the film, there is no shortage of splatter as blood is spilled by the gallons and limbs fly all about. There is one disturbing gag about a Wrist Cutting Club where a group of girls get together regularly and cut themselves. This plays into the storyline later but is just plain disturbing in the beginning.
Awesome: Very. I love quirky Japanese cinema and this is no different. A play on high school movies with a supernatural twist, I really liked the clubs and cliques that they introduced. (Although I initially thought the "Super Dark Club" was borderline racist, I came to find that it's actually a subculture in Japan to dress that way. Apparently this brand of fashion is called Ganguro) With that being said, I have to say that the make-up will haunt you for a long time to come. This film is highly recommended for fans of The Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police. If you've seen any of the aforementioned films from these directors, you should know what to expect from this film. This is a really fun film and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Japanese cinema.