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AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: THE SONG OF SOLOMON (2017)
Directed by Stephen Biro
Written by Stephen Biro
Starring Jessica Cameron, Scott Gabbey, David E. McMahon, Gene Palubicki, Maureen Pelamati, Jeff Shedden, Josh Townsend, Jim Van Bebber, Scott Alan Warner, Andy Winton
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Those who love their horror full of gore and grossout moments have a new film to be happy about. While AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: THE SONG OF SOLOMON has all of the trappings of low budget horror (some rough acting and a story that relies on shocking gore rather than narrative complexity), it does excel in utilizing some of the most grotesque and disturbing horror elements I’ve seen in a movie all year. This is nothing for the faint of heart or those who simply like to dip their pinky toe into the pool of horror. This is a movie only for hardcore horror buffs who aren’t easily offended.
The AMERICAN GUINEA PIG series picks up where the grossout Japanese films legendary because they have been mistaken for actual snuff films in the past. Personally, I have never seen the original Japanese films, but I feel that having seen this film and AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: BLOODSHOCK, I don’t know if I’ll be seeking them out any time soon. I’m a fan of gore, but usually I want some story in there somewhere and while BLOODSHOCK and THE SONG OF SOLOMON do have a story, it certainly doesn’t take center stage.
THE SONG OF SOLOMON centers on a young woman named Mary (Jessica Cameron) possessed by a demon and all set for an exorcism. Throughout the film, several priests are sent to her home attempting to get rid of the demon, but each falls prey to the demon. The story does have a few unexpected moments and the use of gore here has more of a purpose than the torture porn aspects of BLOODSHOCK, still it’s going to be way too intense for most people as bones are broken backwards, tongues are pulled from mouths, and organs are vomited up and then eaten again. It’s all ultimately heinous and ultra-realistic. I’m serious–I have a pretty iron constitution and even I got a little queasy in parts. Still, I found this film to be engaging despite all of the body fluids and destruction. While the acting is rough in parts and the story is familiar, it is one of the more memorable stabs at the exorcism genre just because of its commitment to gore. And while the tertiary characters are definitely amateur, Cameron gives a fantastic and physically demanding performance as the gal with demons in her. The actors playing the priests are strong as well – indie icon Jim VanBebber, Gene Palubicki, and David E. McMahon. Each taking on the demon in their own futile way. The use of multiple exorcists, each with their own strengths and weaknesses is something new and it was refreshing to experienced something I hadn’t seen in the well tread exorcist genre before.
This ain’t your mammy’s Exorcist. This is a greasy, grody one. The gore and evolution of Unearthed’s attempt to depict ultra-gore with some story compelled me. But trust me, it’s not for everyone. BEWARE: even the trailer below is not for the squeamish.
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