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There are no critic reviews yet for Za ginipiggu 4: Manhoru no naka no ningyo (Guinea Pig 4: Mermaid in the Manhole). Keep checking Rotten Tomatoes for updates!
Probably the most ambitious of all the guinea pig movies, more of a sad film than a shock fest. Of course, plenty of gross effects to go along for the ride, but there is a strong melancholic sensation in the story.
When it comes to originality this movie certainly deserves some gold stars, but I think it was the pace that put me off of the movie more so than anything else. I found it incredibly slow and even when things did happen I had become so desensitised by the atmosphere that I was not as shocked as I was relieved that something was happening at all. On screen the leads had wondeful chemistry but at the basis of this movie is a story of love and want, rather than anything else. A good movie in its own right, but not my favorite of the guinea pig series although certainly one of the most original and tragic.
I decided that my first Guinea Pig experience would be this one because it sounded like it had more of a plot and an interesting one at that.
Well the story is certainly unique and it's definitely gross but it's about 20 minutes too long and made just a little too much on the cheap.
A painter named Hayashi(Shigeru Saiki)finds a wounded mermaid(Mari Somei)and saves her.He takes her home and puts her into his bathtub where she keeps decomposing,the spreading disease spurting blood and pus.Hideshi Hino's "Guinea Pig 4:Mermaid in the Manhole" is easily one of the most disgusting horror movies I have ever seen.The make-up effects made by Nobuaki Koga are incredibly revolting.The character of Hayashi is pretty sympathetic and the film has a mood of a very sad romance.The mermaid represents painter's wife and "all the beautiful things" he has lost,so she is bound to rot and vanish too."Mermaid in the Manhole" works as a piece of extreme art,so anyone who loves Japanese horror should give it a look.However if you're easily offended avoid this one like the plague
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