Guinea Pig 2: Flowers of Flesh and Blood (1985): Japan – directed by Hideshi Hino
Not rated by the MPAA – contains violence, blood, torture, disturbing content
Note: this review contains may contain some disturbing images or descriptions of disturbing violence. Only mature readers should venture further.
Guinea Pig 2: Flowers of Flesh and Blood may be better than the first entry in the series, Guinea Pig: Devil’s Experiment [review here], by a factor of ten or a hundred or more, but that still does not mean that it’s worthy of even half a star. The first film was an excruciatingly dull 40-some minutes of inexplicable and moronic torture, with very little shock value. The second film boasts slightly improved production values, and has at least one cringe-worthy moment, but any improvement is vastly overshadowed by an incident involving Charlie Sheen.
This is the Guinea Pig movie that Sheen apparently saw in the early 1990’s and reported to the FBI as he thought it was a true snuff film. Upon further investigation they discovered that it was just a realistic and disturbing film. The fact that Sheen saw the film (where on earth did he get it? Why?) is far more interesting than anything about the film itself. And that it appeared realistic enough to let anyone think it was actually real is fascinating, though the proliferation of fuzzy VHS tapes at the time probably explains much of the phenomenon.