Monday, April 4, 2011

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (now on home video)

[VAMPIRE GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL is now available on home video.]
Review by Bob Ignizio

Like a Japanese Troma film with better production values, VAMPIRE GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL aims to entertain, amuse, and offend in about equal measure. The gore is completely over the top and gratuitous, but what would you expect from a film co-directed by the man responsible for TOKYO GORE POLICE? Beyond that, the movie is gleefully politically incorrect, giving us high school cliques of Japanese girls trying to emulate their own skewed, stereotypical views of African-American culture, and another clique who take pride in their wrist-cutting skills.

By comparison, vampire girl Monami (Yukie Kawamura) seems almost normal. She just wants someone to spend eternity with, and she's set her sights on Jyugon (Takumi Saitô). Popular girl Keiko (Eri Otoguro) has the hots for Jyogon as well, and this leads the to girls into conflict. Call it a spoiler if you will, but considering the title of the movie it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Keiko gets killed, only to be resurrected with a few new and improved parts as the Frankenstein Girl of the title.

I think it goes without saying that this isn't a movie for everyone, but if you enjoy gory and tasteless horror comedies, you'll probably enjoy this one. It's certainly better than ninety percent of recent American movies I've seen that try for the same mix of gross-outs and laughs. There are some genuinely inventive effects gags, about 8 zillion gallons of blood, and absolutely nothing to tax anyone's brain cells. The average movie watcher should probably steer well clear of VAMPIRE GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL, but if your sensibilities are warped enough to enjoy movies like THE TOXIC AVENGER or BAD TASTE, chances are you'll get a kick out of this, too. 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.

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