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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

SITA: Sort Of Valentine's Day Horror Movies

Since it is Valentine’s Week I thought I would fire up The Divine Search Engine early and see what would come up if I entered “valentine“ as a keyword for any horror or sci-fi movies.  Expecting to get one or two results you can imagine my surprise when twenty-seven titles came up.  Well not one to miss an opportunity at an easy writing assignment, I chose seven of the freakier ones and now present them by year of release for your entertainment.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

  • Genre: Drama – Horror – Mystery
  • Directed: Peter Weir
  • Produced:
    • A. John Graves 
    • Patricia Lovell 
    • Hal McElroy 
    • Jim McElroy
  • Written:
    • Joan Lindsay (Novel “Picnic At Hanging Rock)
    • Cliff Green (Screenplay)
  • Starring: Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse, Kirsty Child, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Jacki Weaver, Frank Gunnell, Anne-Louise Lambert, Karen Robson, Jane Vallis, Christine Schuler, Margaret Nelson
  • Music: Unknown
  • Cinematography: Russell Boyd
  • Editing: Max Lemon
  • Studio:
    • The Australian Film Commission 
    • McElroy & McElroy 
    • Picnic Productions Pty. Ltd. 
    • Z
  • Distributed:
    • Greater Union Organisation  
    • Atlantic Releasing Corporation  
    • Vestron Video  
    • Roadshow Entertainment Video  
    • The Criterion Collection  
    • Umbrella Entertainment  
    • Z
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 2 February 1979 (USA)
  • Running Time: 115 minutes
  • Country: Australia
  • Language:
    • English 
    • French

Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1975 Australian drama and mystery film directed by Peter Weir.  The film was adapted by Cliff Green from the 1967 novel of the same name by Joan Lindsay.  The film relates the story of the disappearance of several schoolgirls and their teacher during a picnic to Hanging Rock on St. Valentine's Day in 1900, and the subsequent effect on the local community.  Picnic at Hanging Rock was a commercial and critical success.

At Appleyard College, a girls' private school, near the town of Woodend, Victoria, Australia, the students are dressing on the morning of St. Valentine's Day, 1900.  Miranda, Irma, Marion, Rosamund, waifish Sara and outsider Edith read poetry and Valentine's Day cards.  The group prepares for a picnic to a local geological formation known as Hanging Rock, accompanied by the mathematics mistress Miss Greta McCraw and the young and beautiful Mlle. de Poitiers.  On the authority of the stern headmistress Mrs. Appleyard, jittery teacher Miss Lumley advises Sara that she is not allowed to attend.

Driven by buggy operator Ben Hussey, the party pass through and arrive at the Rock by mid-afternoon.  After a meal, Mr. Hussey notes his watch has stopped at the stroke of twelve, as has the watch of Miss McCraw.  With permission from Mlle. de Poitiers, Miranda, Marion and Irma decide to explore Hanging Rock and take measurements, with Edith allowed to follow.  The group is observed several minutes later by a young Englishman, Michael Fitzhubert, who is lunching at the Rock with his uncle Colonel Fitzhubert, aunt Mrs. Fitzhubert, and valet Albert.  At the top of Hanging Rock, the group lies on the ground, apparently dazed by the sun.  Miss McCraw, still at the base of the Rock, stares up.  Miranda, Marion, and Irma awake and move, as if in a dream, into a recess in the rock face.  Edith screams and flees down the Rock.

The distraught and hysterical party eventually returns to the College, where Mlle. de Poitiers explains to Mrs. Appleyard that Miss McCraw has been left behind.  Sara notes the absence of Miranda; and Mr. Hussy explains to Mrs. Appleyard that Miranda, Irma, Marion, and Miss McCraw went missing.  A search party, led by Sgt. Bumpher and Constable Jones of the local police, finds nothing, although Edith reveals that she witnessed Miss McCraw climbing the Rock without her skirt.  Michael Fitzhubert is questioned and reveals he watched the schoolgirls but can provide no clues as to their whereabouts.

Michael becomes obsessed with finding Miranda; and, with Albert, he conducts another search of Hanging Rock. Despite Albert's protests, Michael decides to remain overnight and begins climbing again the next day, leaving a trail of paper.  When Albert follows the markers, he finds a nearly delirious Michael.  Just before leaving on a buggy with a local doctor, Michael passes to Albert a fragment of lace from a dress.  Albert returns to Hanging Rock and discovers Irma, unconscious but alive.  The residents of Woodend become restless as news of the discovery spreads.  At the Fitzhubert home, Irma is treated for dehydration and exposure, and tells the police and Mlle. de Poitiers she has no memory of what happened.  A servant notes that Irma's corset is missing but is advised by Mrs. Fitzhubert that it is not important.

Michael befriends the recovered Irma but alienates her when he demands to know what happened on the Rock. Mrs. Appleyard advises Miss Lumley that several parents have withdrawn their children from the school.  Before leaving for Europe, Irma visits her classmates a final time; but they become hysterical and demand to know what happened to their missing friends.  Mlle. de Poitiers intervenes; and, as Irma flees, she also notices that Sara has been strapped to a wall by Mrs. Appleyard to correct her posture.  That night, Miss Lumley gives notice to a drunken Mrs. Appleyard that she is resigning.

Mrs. Appleyard tells Sara that, as her guardian has not paid her tuition, Sara must return to the orphanage. Afterwards, Mrs. Appleyard lies to Mlle. de Poitiers and claims that Sara's guardian collected her early that morning.  The next morning, Sara's body is found in the greenhouse by Mr. Whitehead, the school gardener. Believing Sara committed suicide by leaping from her bedroom window, Whitehead confronts Mrs. Appleyard, who is calm in full mourning dress with her possessions packed.  Michael tells Albert he has decided to travel north, with Albert revealing he had a dream in which his lost sister Sara visited him.

During a flashback to the picnic scene, Sgt. Bumpher states in a voice over that the body of Mrs. Appleyard was found at the base of Hanging Rock and that the search for the missing school girls and their mistress continued sporadically for several years without success.


Hospital Massacre (1982)

  • Original Title: X-Ray
  • Genre: Thriller – Horror 
  • Directed: Boaz Davidson
  • Produced:
    • Yoram Globus 
    • Menahem Golan 
    • Geoffrey Rose 
    • John Thompson 
    • Christopher Pearce
  • Written:
    • Marc Behm 
    • Boaz Davidson
  • Starring: Barbi Benton, Charles Lucia, Jon Van Ness, John Warner Williams, Den Surles, Gloria Jean Morrison, Karen Smith, Michael Frost, Jimmy Stathis, Lanny Duncan
  • Music: Arlon Ober
  • Cinematography: Nicholas Josef von Sternberg
  • Editing: Jon Koslowsky
  • Studio: Golan-Globus Productions
  • Distributed:
    • Cannon Film Distributors  
    • Citadel Films  
    • MGM/UA Home Entertainment  
    • Shout! Factory
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: April 1982 (USA)
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

Hospital Massacre (also known as X-Ray, Ward 13 and Be My Valentine, or Else...) is a 1982 horror film directed by Boaz Davidson, and written by Marc Behm. 

A girl named Susan Jeremy is adored by all the boys at her school.  However, there was one boy, Harold, who is taking it way too far.  He sends Susan love notes constantly, asking her to be his girlfriend.  Finally, when he was turned down for another boy named David and mocked on Valentine's Day, Harold decides he's had enough.  After breaking into Susan's house, he kills David by breaking his neck on a coat hanger and running away, laughing maniacally.

Now, nineteen years later, Mrs. Jeremy seems to have forgotten the murder and, more importantly, Harold. However, Harold has not forgotten about Susan.  When Susan is sent to her local hospital for a "routine checkup", she discovers someone does not want her to leave.  A masked killer disguised as a surgeon is stalking her and stabbing, strangling or beating anyone that gets in his way.


Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989)

  • Genre: Comedy – Horror 
  • Directed: Anthony Hickox
  • Produced:
    • Dan Ireland 
    • Jack Lorenz 
    • Jefferson Richard
  • Written:
    • John Burgess 
    • Anthony Hickox
  • Starring: David Carradine, Morgan Brittany, Bruce Campbell, Jim Metzler, Maxwell Caulfield, Deborah Foreman, M. Emmet Walsh, John Ireland, Dana Ashbrook, John Hancock
  • Music: Richard Stone
  • Cinematography: Levie Isaacks
  • Editing: Christopher Cibelli
  • Studio: Vestron Pictures
  • Distributed:
    • ASCII Entertainment  
    • Avid Home Video  
    • Indigo  
    • Lionsgate Home Entertainment  
    • Vestron Video
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 13 January 1990
  • Running Time: 104 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat is a 1989 American Western horror/comedy directed by Anthony Hickox.   Filmed in and around Moab, Utah, in 1988, Sundown was Vestron Pictures' last film and it was never released to theaters.  Its only public screenings were at film festivals in Seattle and Palm Springs, as well as a Cannes release in 1989.  Released in 1991 on VHS and in 2008 on DVD, it has earned a cult following.

Under the leadership of their ancient and powerful leader Jozek Mardulak, a colony of vampires seek a peaceful life in the desolate desert town of Purgatory.  Key to the transition is the town's artificial-blood making facility and it is just not working.  Mardulak summons the human designer of the plant, who brings his wife and two young daughters along for what he thinks will be a pleasant desert vacation.  Soon, he and his family are caught up in a civil war as another vampire elder, who abhors the idea of vampires being anything other than predators, organizes a revolution, and a descendant of the Van Helsing family arrives intent on destroying all vampires.


Raising Cain (1992)

  • Genre: Comedy – Crime – Drama
  • Directed: Brian De Palma
  • Produced:
    • Gale Anne Hurd 
    • Michael R. Joyce
  • Written: Brian De Palma
  • Starring: John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Steven Bauer, Frances Sternhagen, Gregg Henry, Tom Bower, Mel Harris, Teri Austin, Gabrielle Carteris, Barton Heyman, Amanda Pombo, Kathleen Callan
  • Music: Pino Donaggio
  • Cinematography: Stephen H. Burum
  • Editing:
    • Robert Dalva 
    • Paul Hirsch 
    • Bonnie Koehler
  • Studio: Pacific Western
  • Distributed:
    • Universal Pictures  
    • Argentina Video Home  
    • United International Pictures  
    • CIC Video  
    • CIC-Taft Home Video  
    • Fox Network  
    • MCA/Universal Home Video  
    • Umbrella Entertainment
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 7 August 1992 (USA)
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language:
    • English 
    • Spanish

Raising Cain is a 1992 psychological thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma.  During production on The Bonfire of the Vanities, Brian De Palma toyed around with the idea of a suspense movie set on a playground.  He was concerned however, that returning to the suspense genre was dangerous for him as it could be regarded as a step backward in his career.

Dr. Carter Nix is a respected child psychologist.  His wife, Jenny, becomes concerned that Carter is obsessively studying their daughter, Amy; he regards her like a scientist tracking the development of his creation.  Carter actually suffers from multiple personality disorder.  His multiples are Cain, a streetwise hustler, Josh, a traumatized little boy, and Margo, a middle-aged mother figure.  Carter/Cain is killing young mothers to procure their children for his experiments.

Jenny is having an affair with Jack Dante, the widower of a former patient.  She had a relationship with him years ago, but he left her.  Now she plans to leave Carter and elope with him.  When Carter accidentally discovers their tryst, he descends completely into his madness and begins leaving subtle clues for the police that Jack is the real killer.  Next, he attempts to kill Jenny by submerging her car in a lake.  She escapes and confronts Carter at home.  Unable to find Amy, Jenny demands Carter tell her where she is.  Carter replies that she is with his father, whom Jenny knows has been dead for years.

Carter is apprehended for attempted murder.  The police bring Dr. Lynn Waldheim to interrogate him.  Waldheim interviews Carter and informs the police that she co-wrote a book with Dr. Nix Sr. called Raising Cain, about a boy with multiple personality disorder.  Dr. Nix Sr. had extensive detailed knowledge of Cain's tortured childhood, including taped recordings of their sessions.  However, Waldheim was never allowed to meet Cain.  She pieced the situation together: Dr. Nix Sr. dispassionately put his own son through years of severe child abuse to gain firsthand accounts of his traumatic psychological development and study the emerging personalities.  Horrified, Waldheim quit the project.

During interrogation, the "Carter" personality disappears, and "Margo" (the mother) and "Josh" (the child) act and speak for him.  Josh recites a rhyme and vanishes, and Margo assumes control of the body.  She stonewalls Waldheim from any further questioning.  Eventually, Carter/Cain breaks from their confines.  They pounce upon Dr. Waldheim, knocking her unconscious and leaving the building disguised as her.  The police soon find Waldheim begging them to arrest Carter before any children are harmed.

Dr. Nix, Sr. is in fact alive, having faked his own death to elude prosecution for attempting to buy babies.  He has established a new identity and a clandestine research facility in Norway.  He has been using Carter and his multiples to procure the children so he will have an adequate control group to study the development of MPD. Jenny follows who she thinks is Waldheim to a motel, but it is actually Carter/Cain.  She follows Carter/Cain, who is now Margo, into an elevator.  When it opens, she sees Dr. Nix Sr. with her daughter Amy.  While Jenny begs for Nix Sr. to give back her daughter, Carter/Cain/Margo stabs "their" father from behind.  Jack arrives with the police, and Carter/Cain/Margo disappears.

The movie ends with Jenny and Amy in a park.  Amy runs off into the woods calling "Daddy, Daddy".  Jenny follows her and finds Amy, who says her father has gone away.  When Jenny bends down to pick Amy up, Carter appears behind her in a wig and a dress; Margo is now in control.  Jenny holds Amy in her arms, oblivious to who is behind her.


Sssshhh... (2003)

  • Genre: Horror – Mystery
  • Directed: Pavan Kaul
  • Produced:
    • Prem Krishan 
    • Siddartha P. Malhotra 
    • Sunil Mehta 
    • Kulthep Narula 
    • Rachvin Narula 
    • Vijay Singh Phoolka 
    • Alistair Woodham
  • Written: Arshad Sayed
  • Starring: Tanisha, Dino Morea, Karan Nath, Gaurav Kapoor, Suvarna Jha, Kushal Punjabi, Tina Choudhary, Alyy Khan, Maya Alagh, Alistair Woodham, Nassar Abdulla, Shaukat Baig
  • Music: Anu Malik
  • Cinematography: Hiroo Keswani
  • Editing: K. Rajgopal
  • Studio: Cinevista
  • Distributed:
    • Eros Entertainment  
    • Shemaroo Video Pvt. Ltd.
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 24 October 2003 (India)
  • Running Time: 142 minutes
  • Country: India
  • Language: Hindi

Malini Gujral and her boyfriend Sunny are brutally murdered in the college campus at Shimla by joker-masked person.  This incident shakes Mehek Gujral, Malini's younger sister and six months after the incident she starts getting threatening phone calls from someone who claims to have killed Malini.  She is extremely disturbed and confides in her best friend Gehna who ridicules it as some sick joke being played by one of the college students, however Mehek is unconvinced.  One day in the washroom, Mehek hears her name on the intercom and it is the voice of the same person.  She is terrified, but soon the principal announces that it was just a prank of a college student and that no one should be bothered any more.  Mehek is momentarily relieved but the murder of a teacher Mrs. Roy makes things worse.  The police come to investigate and see footprints.  They ask Rocky, a spoiled brat with an odd personality and Suraj, a new student to provide samples to match the footprints.  While Rocky's do not match but Suraj's do; but since the police do not have any evidence, they leave and tell Mehek to be cautious.  One night when Mehek is alone at home, the joker comes to attack her but Mehek manages to call the police.  She also burns his cloak and the attacker escapes.  She tries to get out of the house and bumps into Suraj and he comforts her but she finds in Suraj's wearing the same watch as her attacker.  Just then the police arrive and she accuses Suraj who is then arrested.

Mehek is very upset as she trusted Suraj.  So Rocky, her childhood friend who also has a longtime crush on her, organizes a party to cheer her up.  Although reluctant at first, Gehna convinces Mehek to come with her.  On their way back, the joker appears out of nowhere in front of Gehna's car.  She loses control, and the car goes off the road and crashes into a river.  Gehna loses consciousness but Mehek gets out of the car and notices that the joker is right there.  The joker tries to drown Mehek, but at that moment the Commissioner Kamath and Suraj arrive.  The police shoots at the Killer but he jumps off the other side of the river into the reservoir.

It is revealed that the night Mehek was attacked, Suraj was with the Principal the whole time and was helping him and while returning he decided to meet Mehek and he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. After his release the commissioner drives him back from the police station where they see Gehna's crashed car.

Mehek is very embarrassed and apologizes to Suraj who understands her and forgives her.  Gehna and Suraj become good friends and she confides in him about her dad's infidelity and how he died in a car accident when she was young.  Rocky is jealous now that Suraj saved Mehek and that they are bonding.  Rajat, Rocky's best friend and a Bollywood buff repeatedly keeps telling Rocky to confess his feelings.  Meha's friends including Rocky, Rajat, Gehna, Nikhil and his girlfriend Riya make a plan for a holiday to finally take a break.  They decide to go to Bangkok.  However on arriving at the airport they come to know that only two tickets have been confirmed, with rest schedules to depart two days after.  Mehek and Suraj leave much to Rocky's dismay.  Meanwhile Mehek's mother is also killed in Shimla by the joker.  Suraj and Mehek grow close to each other during their stay in Bangkok.  After everyone arrives, they go to a disco where Rocky gets in a tiff with one of the Hotel staff who kick everyone out.  Upset about the whole thing, Rocky suggests an island he learnt about earlier and they all decide to give it a try.

On arriving there, Rocky decided to confess his feelings but when he goes to see Mehek he bumps into Gehna instead who pulls him over and kisses him madly, claiming to love him.  Rocky turns her down saying he only loves Mehek, very much to Gehna's chagrin.  During a football game on the beach Rocky trips over Gehna and she hurts her leg.  She believes he did it purposely and also angry with Mehek, she refuses to take her help and decides to stay in the shack for a while.  While the others are taking a shower, the joker enters Gehna's shack and smothers her to death.  But the others think that she is asleep, and they decide to explore the island.  On returning they find Gehna missing and Mehek finds a letter from her saying that she couldn't bear the pain of her leg and so she left with the boat.  That night Mehek sees the joker in her room and she runs screaming and seeks help from Rajat.  Rajat sits near the window and comforts Mehek but suddenly the joker breaks the glass and slits Rajat's neck.  Mehek screams and calls Rocky and Suraj and when they return they don't find Rajat's body but see blood smeared all over.  Meanwhile, Nikhil and Riya go for a jog and they run over the sand where they notice Gehna's body partially buried.

Afraid that the killer is lurking somewhere and would kill them one by one, they decide to escape by making a raft. But midway in the sea the ropes are slit and everyone fall over.  Riya who can’t swim drowns and before Nikhil can find her she is killed underwater.  Nikhil is distraught and unable to bear the pain of Rhea's death swims back to the island vowing to kill the killer.  When he does not return after a long time, Rocky goes to find him and he sees that the killer has also killed Nikhil.  He calls Mehek and Suraj and they both think that Rocky killed him since he was the last person to see him and there's no one in the island apart from them.  Rocky defends himself and tells Mehek that he loves her and can never hurt her.  Suraj and Rocky get into a fight when suddenly, Commissioner Kamath and Inspector Rathore arrive with their boat and stop Rocky and Suraj.  They tell Mehek about her mother's demise and she becomes unconscious.  That night due to an oncoming storm, they decide to stay.  The next morning when Mehek wakes up she finds Rocky sitting on her bed who tries to tell her how much he loves her but a scared Mehek runs out of the room but she trips and falls over Commissioner Kamath who had been stabbed.  She screams and goes into Suraj's shack and the joker attacks her from behind but Suraj shoots him several times.  Rocky comes and uncovers a masked Rathore.  He starts laughing hysterically asking Mehek to come with him and promising to protect her but then suddenly Suraj shoots Rocky and tells Mehek that he was the joker the whole time.  Mehek runs for her life on the beach but Suraj catches up to her and explains to her why he did all this.  Mehek's father's promiscuous nature had ruined his family as his mother killed herself followed by his dad who shot himself too leaving him and his younger brother orphaned.  From that day on, he promised to destroy Mehek's family and so he staged her father's car accident and killed her mother and sister.  Suraj drags Mehek and ties her legs and hangs her upside down.  It is then revealed that Rajat is alive and is Suraj's younger brother and it was he who had attacked Mehek in the river.   As they're about to kill her, Rocky comes, wounded but not dead, and shoots Rajat dead.  Mehek unties her legs and stabs Suraj, finishing it for once and for all. Rocky and Mehek then take the boat and leave the island.


2LDK (2003)

  • Genre: Drama – Horror – Thriller
  • Directed: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
  • Produced:
    • Yûji Ishida 
    • Shinya Kawai 
    • Kazuki Manabe 
    • Susumu Nakazawa 
    • Munehiro Umemura
  • Written:
    • Yuiko Miura 
    • Yukihiko Tsutsumi
  • Starring: Eiko Koike, Maho Nonami, Daisuke Kizaki
  • Music: Unknown
  • Cinematography: Unknown
  • Editing: Nobuyuki Ito
  • Studio:
    • DUEL Film Partners 
    • Micott 
    • Times In
  • Distributed:
    • Rapid Eye Movies  
    • TLA Releasing  
    • WE Productions
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date:
    • 4 October 2003 (Japan) 
    • 11 April 2003 (USA)
  • Running Time: 70 minutes
  • Country: Japan
  • Language: Japanese

2LDK was paired with Ryuhei Kitamura's film Aragami as the Duel Project.  Producer Shinya Kawai issued a challenge to directors Tsutsumi and Kitamura to create a feature-length movie each consisting a duel, two actors and one setting, along with a rule that the filming should take just one week.  Tsutsumi's 2LDK was filmed in eight days, with the cast and crew often working throughout the night.  The title is a Japanese real estate acronym for an 2-bedroom apartment with a Living-room, Dining-room, and Kitchen.

Although aspiring actresses Nozomi and Rana share a Tokyo apartment that's owned by their talent management agency, they're a world apart.  Nozomi is a soft-spoken country girl from Sado Island who prides herself on being demure.  City girl Rana, who grew up in a rough area of Tokyo, is more worldly, experienced and jaded.

Whilst in apartment, they learn they have auditioned for the same part in a highly anticipated film called Yakuza Wives and that there will be a phone call in the morning that will reveal who wins the role.  They decide to stay in for the phone call.

A conversation between two actresses turns sour, bringing their hidden resentment to the surface, which pushes them into committing a series of violent acts against each other while arguing over their backgrounds, lifestyles, choices, and love lives.

As they lay dying from severe injuries they inflicted on each other, their apartment phone finally rings at dawn. When it goes unanswered, it's switched to their answering machine.  A male voice on the machine announces they both won the part.


Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009)

  • Original Title: Kyûketsu Shôjo tai Shôjo Furanken
  • Genre: Action – Comedy – Horror
  • Directed:
    • Yoshihiro Nishimura 
    • Naoyuki Tomomatsu
  • Produced:
    • Masatsugu Asahi 
    • Hidehiro Ito 
    • Yôsuke Miyake 
    • Jun Nakajima 
    • Remi Ohtsuka 
    • Tsugio Oikawa 
    • Shûji Omata 
    • Ruka Tanaka
  • Written:
    • Shungiku Uchida (Manga "Kyûketsu Shôjo tai Shôjo Furanken")  
    • Naoyuki Tomomatsu (Screenplay)
  • Starring: Yukie Kawamura, Takumi Saitô, Eri Otoguro, Sayaka Kametani, Jiji Bû, Eihi Shiina, Kanji Tsuda
  • Music: Kou Nakagawa
  • Cinematography: Shu G. Momose
  • Editing: Yoshihiro Nishimura
  • Studio:
    • Concept Film 
    • Excellent Film 
    • Pony Canyon
  • Distributed:
    • Excellent Film Partners  
    • Concept Film  
    • Eleven Arts  
    • FUNimation Entertainment  
    • Pony Canyon
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date:
    • 15 August 2009 (Japan) 
    • 26 June 2009 (USA)
  • Running Time: 84 minutes
  • Country: Japan
  • Language: Japanese

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl is a 2009 Japanese gore film.  It was directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura and Naoyuki Tomomatsu and premiered at the New York Asian Film Festival in June 2009.  It is based on a manga of the same name by Shungiku Uchida.

In a typical Tokyo High School a perpetually teenage vampire named Monami falls for her classmate, Mizushima, who happens to already be the reluctant boyfriend to the vice-principal/science professor's daughter, Keiko, a leader of a Sweet Lolita gang.  The ensuing love triangle leads Keiko to seek the assistance of her father who, unbeknown to his daughter, moonlights as a Kabuki-clad mad scientist with the school nurse as his assistant.  The pair experiment on students in the school basement hoping to discover the secret of reanimating corpses (akin to the work of Victor Frankenstein).  Their hopes are answered when they discover a solution of Monami's blood holds the properties to bring life to dead body parts and inanimate objects.

The story begins to unfold after Mizushima carelessly accepts a honmei choco, (literally, "true feeling chocolate") in Japan is chocolate given by women on Valentine's day to men whom the giver has romantic feelings for, spiked with Monami's blood, causing him to become a half vampire.  When Keiko discovers their secret, she attacks Monami but accidentally throws herself off the school roof in the process.  Her premature death leads to her father using the blood solution to transform her into a vicious Frankenstein's monster determined to get revenge against Monami.  From then on Monami and Keiko battle each other in the pursuit of winning Mizushima's heart, regardless of his feelings towards either of them.  Monami ultimately kills Keiko by using her powers to turn droplets of her blood into spikes that rip the flesh off the latter's body and leaves her skeleton impaled at the top of Tokyo Tower.  At the end Keiko's father turns himself in a Franken Advanced Composite Life Form with use of Monami's blood.

 

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