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Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009): Japan – directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura and Naoyuki Tomomatsu

Not rated by the MPAA – contains some sexual content, extreme violence, showers of blood, and some romance

Note: This film is rather violent, in a ludicrous manner, and the following review may discuss some details better suited for those who are not squeamish

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl is everything you could hope for from a movie with that title, and so much more.  It is a fantastic mix of Tokyo Gore Police [review here] and Postal, the most offensive Japanese movie I’ve ever seen, and an absolute blast to watch.

The opening scene squares off Vampire Girl with a trio of bizarre Japanese schoolgirls who seem to be assembled from a variety of body parts.  Vampire Girl soon disassembles them, going so far as to “unwrap” one of their heads, leaving a spinning, bloody skull.  There are showers of blood, and it becomes immediately clear that Yoshihiro Nishimura, who did the makeup effects for Tokyo Gore Police and Hard Revenge Milly [review here], was involved with the production.  Here Nishimura is co-helming the film with Naoyuki Tomomatsu, who directed Zombie Self-Defense Force [review here].

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Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000): Japan/Hong Kong/United States – directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Rated R by the MPAA – contains violence, gore, moments of brief nudity

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is a mash-up in the best sense of the word.  It combines elements from multiple genres, wraps them around gorgeous artwork and an ingrained sense of anime, and spits out a final product that is fun, exciting, and thoughtful, if a bit two-dimensional.

The film is a sequel, in a way, to the 1985 feature Vampire Hunter D, a movie that dwells more on the violence and gore than anything substantial.  The sequel is superior in a number of ways, not the least of which is the gorgeous artwork.

The story is intriguing enough to carry the film.  D (voice of Andrew Philpot; for some bizarre reason my U.S.-release DVD does not have the original language soundtrack, which is disappointing [edit: the film was originally recorded in English, then Cantonese and finally Japanese]) is a vampire hunter, as you may have gathered from the title of the film.  He is a dunpeal, a half-vampire and half-human creature.  As such, he is scorned by the vampire community for betraying his bloodline, and hated and feared by humans for having vampire blood in him.

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Vernon, Florida

Vernon, Florida (1981): United States – directed by Errol Morris

Not rated by the MPAA – contains some mild language and turkey shooting

Errol Morris, after making the amazing Gates of Heaven documentary about a bunch of crazy people who like to bury their pets in pet cemeteries, moved on to a small documentary about a tiny town in Florida.

The movie is simple and I love the simplicity.  There is no director talking or asking questions.  There is no nothing, actually, except citizens of the town talking.  They talk about what they like to do and what they believe and what they’ve already done.

One guy loves turkey hunting.  He’ll close his store down anytime in order to hunt turkeys.  He talks about turkey hunting strategy, what it means when a turkey gobbles twice in a row, and all sorts of hilarious stuff like that.

There are several crazy old men, including one guy who talks about sweeping brains off the sidewalk or something.  He’s seen brains before, you understand, and later in the film we get a slight explanation of why.  There’s another guy who sits on a bench and talks in a funny voice about random stuff.

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