First off the beginning is a little creepy but nothing I hadnt seen before, cue to the kill room and still nothing I hadnt seen but I started to get a ominous feeling since I had heard so much horrible stuff. Soon after, Martin's son is. They said that it was just the aristocracy of special effects that had made this look real. The failure of Flesh+Blood was a lesson for me: never again compromise on the main story line of a script. I first heard of this movie when I was 17 so about 13 years ago and it took me 2 years to find it and gather the balls to watch it. A woman walking home late at night is attacked by an unknown assailant who knocks her out with chloroform.
In the castle, Martin asks Agnes where her true loyalty lies; she is noncommittal, hinting that the winner takes all. No fluff, not wasted space. He takes her to his place, and dismembers her completely, and adds her remains to his collection. Quick synopsis: Freaky samurai dude abducts and dismembers a chick, the end. Also the favorite film of the first five in the series, prominently displayed among notorious serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki's 5000-strong video collection, and supposedly the inspiration for his own crimes.
That's a fact , and that's also a reason why movies like this make sense. Sure, certain camera angles give it away that it's not authentic. What I'm saying is, the actual events depicted on screen simply weren't all that gory or sick. This is an extraordinary film. As Martin is strangling Agnes, Steven attacks. These childlike moments are contrasted with the brutality. A girl is kidnapped and tied to a table then a guy in samurai gear proceeds to hack her to bits.
Arnolfini promises some mercenaries 24 hours of if they succeed in retaking the city, and they do so. Even a fucking inkling of a story. Hey, what more could an exploitation filmmaker want? Seeing how the series seems focused on gore although the fourth installment which apparently features a mermaid sounds disgusting and yet oddly artistic, unlike the rest of them and is largely unconnected I went for the 'accomplishment' of having seen what is supposedly the most extreme one. This movie is just a bowl of shit with a few sprinkles of parmesan cheese. Plus, when he is going through the procedure, he updates the viewers on what is going on and what shall come of the act he shall perform.
Second, Flowers of Flesh and Blood isn't something you can just walk to the local video store and get five copies of. Flowers of Flesh and blood is directed by Hideshi Hino, who has made at least Mermaid in a Manhole, the fourth Guinea Pig film. I have my doubts as to whether even owning them in the United States is legal, but one assumes that if it weren't, the sellers on ebay would be arrested pretty quick. This one is called Flower of Flesh and Blood. That film is quite something. A random young woman is kidnapped, drugged and tied to a bed. It was directed by Hajime Tabe and this episode shifted the tone of the series from graphic horror to extremely violent comedy.
Before long, all the mercenaries but Martin are dead. No wonder many people thought it was real. The artist uses the blood and pus from the wounds to paint her portrait, but as he does so her condition worsens and the mermaid dies. You have to play to your strengths, and hide your weaknesses. I saw a Japanese copy. The effects were shockingly realistic.
The only difference here is that the cameraman goes into ultra close-ups every few seconds to give the illusion that this movie is actually doing something that hasn't been done thousands of times. Standard limbs are severed as in every other standard gore movie ever. I suppose that this is something I thought I should see for myself due to its notoriety and reputation. Supposedly, Charlie Sheen saw this and reported it as real. The special effects are fairly admirable, but there is literally nothing else of worth here.
In addition to this, his previous films, notably 1980 , had been protested by members of the Dutch public and it had become difficult to gain financing to shoot productions in his home country. He dismembers one of her hands, then her other hand, and everything else up to her leg, leaving her head alone. Arnolfini is seriously injured, Kathleen, Agnes's lady is stab in the chest and dies and Agnes is hauled away, concealed among her valuable dowry. Inside the castle, Steven needs Martin's key to escape from the shackles, and Martin needs Steven to get out of the well. First and foremost, as has been stated by almost everyone, this movie has no plot.