Right where it hurts!
If you’re new to this franchise, know that it is, for lack of a better word, simulated snuff. It’s hard to watch but you can’t look away or else you’d miss the fun. This is one of the most cerebral of the bunch, not that it shies away from gore. This being mostly shot in black and white, some of the violence is left to the imagination. When it comes to Bloodshock, story and clarity are secondary.
This film sends shivers down your spine, and I’m not just saying that. You feel the tingle when the patients get the scalpel, or when one of them gets his tongue cut off. Watch out for the dentistry! We don’t know how the patients got there, or who the sadists are, but we understand the universal language that is pain. As is the case with other Guinea Pig films, dialogue is limited.
This is not a masterpiece. It does that one thing Japanese and American Guinea Pig movies do so well: it makes you feel like shit. It’s a fever dream. It’s concentrated terror. Most troubling of all: the patients don’t scream. Director Marcus Koch decides what he wants us to see and hear. For a film with no arc, it has quite the ending. Don’t watch this with friends. Wait till everyone’s asleep...