Ranking the American Guinea Pig Films

When it comes to the world of extreme horror cinema, few titles are as iconic as the Japanese Guinea Pig series from the 1980’s. During the 90’s they became incredibly sought after VHS titles, a must have for fans of underground gore flicks. To date there have been a couple different home video releases on DVD, but they are currently out of print and will fetch a pretty penny on eBay. Back in 2014, as a tribute to those original Japanese films, Stephen Biro and Unearthed Films started their own series of extreme horror, the American Guinea Pig series. What follows is my ranking of the AGP films. While it doesn’t appear that the series is done, these movies are excellent and deserve to be watched.

4. AGP: Sacrifice (2017)

Haunted by the death of his father and other psychological traumas, Daniel 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 to assist him on his self-illumination.

This debut directorial effort from Poison Rouge is pretty unsettling. You can’t help but feel for the main character due to the trauma he experienced in his past. He is longing for some kind of nirvana, going to great lengths to accomplish this. The story doesn’t get any more involved than that, but it didn’t need to. The real star here is the spectacular gore effects. There are numerous scenes of unflinching brutality, that is sure to make even the most hardened extreme horror veterans cringe. I definitely want to see more of Rouge’s work.

3. AGP: Bloodshock (2015)

American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock (2015)

A man is imprisoned by a psychotic doctor who tortures him in increasingly gruesome ways in order to extract chemicals from his bloodstream. Along the way, he develops a relationship with a female prisoner.
The second entry into the American Guinea Pig series was a tremendous follow up to the original film. Directed by Marcus Koch (who was part of the amazing team that did the special effects on the first movie), this picture successfully continued the brutality displayed in the first film. The mad scientist/crazy doctor motif is one of the most iconic in the horror genre, and the way that was displayed in this film was jaw dropping. This movie is beautifully sick, and has one of the most insane endings I’ve ever seen.

2. The Song of Solomon (2017)

Jessica Cameron and Gene Palubicki in American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon (2017)

Mary witnesses the brutal suicide of her Father. His death unleashes the savage forces of demonic possession in his daughter. The End of Days is upon the world, famine, drought, looting and chaos is ripping the world apart and the Catholic Church is trying to save an innocent soul from the ravages of satanic possession. Wave after wave of holy men are sent to confront the possessed.

This particular film has a different feel than the others. While still classified under the banner of “extreme horror,” there’s a lot more at work here. While the gore effects are there, and they are awesome, they aren’t the main star of this film. Intensely driven by a sinister plot and terrific acting, Song of Solomon is a truly terrifying foray into the world of demonic possession and exorcism. This is not just one of the best extreme horror films of 2017, it’s one of the best period.

1. AGP: Bouquet of Guts and Gore (2014)

American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore (2014)

Two women are abducted by a group of snuff filmmakers and brought into a Hellish nightmare of unmistakable brutality, viciousness and destruction that will leave every viewer shocked, amazed and awestruck.
Written and directed by Stephen Biro, this first film is an excellent tribute to the original Japanese series and a great way to kickstart the new one. This is one of those movies that makes you feel like you need a shower. Not a whole lot of dialogue, just 70ish minutes of pure unadulterated gore-soaked violence. This is NOT a film for everyone.
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Ah now for the one thing everyone loathes...writing about themselves! Well for starters, my name is Chuck, and I am a south Jersey transplant living in Amish country. I’ve been a horror fan since 5th grade, about 16 years ago. My horror fandom started when I got my hands on a copy of Jay Anson’s novel The Amityville Horror. The book terrified me, and I knew I just had to watch the movie. An older cousin of mine had a copy of it, and that was the genesis of my obsession with the genre. Over the years I have expressed my horror fandom in many ways. Since about 2005 I have been regularly attending horror conventions. These have been great ways to amass collectibles, movies, and to meet some of my favorite celebrities. My best friend Mike and I used to run our own horror blog years ago, and we also dabbled in script writing. I am looking forward to going back to writing about horror, something I’ve always loved. When I’m not working (I work at PNC Bank), my non-horror interests are studying theology and economics, watching Japanese tokusatsu, and doing play-by-play commentary for professional wrestling. I’m also a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and singing in a Barbershop quartet. Oh, and I’m probably the biggest fan of the Golden Girls you’ll ever meet. My top 5 horror flicks (definitely subject to change): 1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980) 2. Basket Case (1982) 3. Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) 4. The Beyond (1981) 5. Dawn of the Dead (1978)