American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice. Strong, Stunning Visuals With Philosophical Message
Director: Poison Rogue
Writer: Samuel Marolla
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Release Format: Streaming
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 hr
Haunted by the death of his father and other psychological traumas, Daniel (Roberto Scorza) returns to the home where he was raised. Faced with intense emotional scars, as well as physical — which are realized by the years of self-harm depicted by the cuttings adorning his body — he enters the bathroom to begin a journey of self-exploration, self-mutilation and quite possibly, self-enlightenment. Prepared only with three white candles and some crude instruments, Daniel attempts to beckon the embrace of the Goddess Ishtar (Flora Giannattasio) to assist him on his self-illumination.
American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice is the fourth installment in the American Guinea Pig franchise, and Poison Rogue’s directorial debut. This Horror production from Unearthed Films centers a distraught man who wants to revive Ishtar, the Goddess of fertility and war. He begins a journey of slow self-torture and self-mutilation.
“I wanted to start in a very simple way, and then to turn the bathroom into a very surrealistic and artistic visual background. Especially the contrast with the red and the blue, I think is something powerful and are colors I use often in my work are as well. And the end of the film… I really wanted to depict it like still life paintings, where the decay of animal or food was “frozen” by the artist in a sad poetry out of time. That was my reference for the end, also for the unnatural green color of the death skin.“
American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice Director, Poison Rouge
American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice is an underground cult film that lives up to its hype. It features a strong concept with heavy violence and gore and a deep, philosophical message. Daniel’s buried deep in grief. There is a painful void that festers in him. This leads him to begin a slow journey into self-mutilation, a sacrificial ritual used to summon the Goddess Ishtar.
Gods and Goddesses in cinema have been around for decades and still hold their appeal in modern times. I first heard about the Goddess Ishtar in Herschell Gordon Lewis‘ Blood Feast (1963). The concept of a life for a life in American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice transcends as a slow death into a rebirth. Within, a message is being conveyed through Daniel’s thoughts.
American Guinea Pig productions feature heavy violence and gore themes, and Sacrifice follows in the footsteps of its sister films. It is crude and direct, and it doesn’t hold back delivering strong quality practical effects and stunning cinematography. In fact, it’s obvious a great deal of investment lies in the heart of the practical effects and special effects. The background score is dark but harmonious. The result is a twisted, poetic nightmare.
American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice is a twisted dream in the form of stunning cinematography, strong practical and special effects, and a background score that has the perfect blend of chaotic, subtle, and melodic undertones.