Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Guinea Pig : Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985)

The second video, Za ginipiggu 2: Chiniku no hana is said to be based on a snuff film sent to the director Hideshi Hino by a crazed fan. In it, a man dressed as a samurai drugs a woman and proceeds to cut her apart, and finally adds her body parts to an extensive collection. The snuff film rumour has been shown to be a contemporary legend; the film was in fact based on a manga about a florist who kills women and uses their dismembered parts as the seed of his beautiful flower arrangements. Most of this element of the story is cut out for the making of Guinea Pig due to the low budget and need of shock value. In fact, the actor playing the killer is the creator of the 1970s manga from which the story is derived.

After viewing a portion of this film, actor Charlie Sheen was convinced the murder depicted was genuine and contacted the MPAA, who then contacted the FBI. FBI agent Dan Codling informed them that the FBI and the Japanese authorities were already investigating the film makers, who were forced to prove that the special effects were indeed fake (similar to what Italian film director Ruggero Deodato had to do with his film Cannibal Holocaust). The band Skinny Puppy wrote the song "The Mourn" after discovering the video and believing it authentic. When they later learned it was a fake they incorporated clips of it into their live stage show.

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