M.L. Miller here! Because you and I love the horror so much, I’ve decided to post a “Worth Noting” pick along with each of my “Best of the Best in Horror 2018” choices each day through October. The same rules apply. The film must have been released before September 30th, 2018 to the masses (no festival picks). This means that is available to view in theaters, On Demand, DVD/BluRay, or digital download. I’ve tried to indicate in the reviews how you can watch and enjoy these films.

How did I compile this list? Some of these films have similar themes to their counterparts in the main countdown. Some just missed the countdown by an inch or two. Others were just squozed in because there’s nothing like them out there. Horror is such a broad and varied genre that sometimes, while these choices may not represent the best—something about the film is worth taking notice to and that’s what this series of posts represent. I hope you’ll join me daily and don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web.

So let’s get to it! Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, and most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!

Worth Noting – AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: SONG OF SOLOMON!

While SONG OF SOLOMON might not be for anyone but the hardcore fans of horror, it is representative of the quality product Unearthed Films is dedicated to putting out. This is a company who goes for the extreme and that sometimes can be a tough pill to swallow. Still, if you are a gorehound, this AMERICAN GUINEA PIG series is something you’ve gotta see. You can check out AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: SONG OF SOLOMON on DVD/Bluray from Unearthed Films and on Amazon!

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
Find out more about this film here!

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 (low tier acting, uninspired direction, and a story that relies on shocking gore rather than narrative twists and turns), 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. While the acting is rough in parts and the story is a bit flimsy, 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.

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.




WORTH NOTING SO FAR…


David Moscow’s DESOLATION
LEATHERFACE
GERALD’S GAME
ARE WE NOT CATS
GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM
THE HERETICS
B&B
TRAGEDY GIRLS
SOFT MATTER
VERONICA
NIGHT OF THE VIRGIN
AMERICAN GUINEA PIG: SONG OF SOLOMON


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