Guinea Pig 5: Android of Notre Dame (1989) Review

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The Lollipop Guild Snuff Film

Guinea Pig 5: Android of Notre Dame (The guinea pig 2: Nôtoru Damu no andoroido) (1989): 4 out of 10: Demented DNA dabbling dwarf seeks to cure ailing sister (her ailment isn’t specified, but I’m guessing Ali MacGraw disease as she becomes prettier the sicker she gets). He gets a living dead girl to experiment on from a blackmailing body procurer (Tomorowo Taguchi who has only one expression but it’s a doozy and reminds one of a Japanese Phil Hartman). Taguchi gets greedy, the living dead girl decomposes, the sister gets sicker, and the dwarf goes to a bad place.

The script sometimes writes checks the F/X can’t cash (The legs and flying saw blade scene is particularly unconvincing) And the movie concentrates so much on the anatomical gross-out it starts looking like an alien autopsy film. Yet, an overall goofiness survives throughout.

Maybe it was the complete lack of humor (This is straightforward Poe style moralizing), the video quality that reminded me of a Canadian television movie, or that after watching companion feature Devil’s Experiment anything looks good but this little film wasn’t all that bad.

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