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Guinea Pig: Mermaid in a Manhole / He Never Dies (2004)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: unearthed Films
Running Time: 103 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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An infamous painter looking for inspiration visits the place of his childhood. In the years that have passed, the beautiful river where he used to play has been turned into a sewer. They say that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. That comes easy as the painter finds a mermaid in the depths of the sewer. He remembers that she visited him when he was a kid and has since haunted his mind. He realizes that the mermaid has a disease, and brings her to his home to care for her. That is where the dream stops and the nightmare begins in Mermaid in a Manhole.

He Never Dies is a gore-soaked comedy that should thrill and disgust everyone who sees it. The tale begins in Tokyo, with a man tired of the status quo of his daily grind. He takes off from his job, locking himself in his small apartment. As his mind starts to lose grip on reality, he decides to kill himself by slashing his wrist. He notices that the blood stops and his death rattle is far from close. Thus begins a self-mutilation spree that has to be seen to be believed.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Bon Appetit by Chiend February 10, 2006 - 6:36 PM PST
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Mmmmmmm...good! This is one of the most appetizing films I've seen in a long time, the kind that's best appreciated while having dinner. I recommend serving Lasagna smothered with tomato sauce with a dab of Bernaise on the side while watching. And oh, don't forget the red wine. You might also consider keeping a bucket near by just to be safe.

Disappointed, yet again by dh22 May 27, 2004 - 7:40 PM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
" of the most repulsively violent film series ever created..."


"...created to push graphic horror fans to the very limit..."


I did some research and rented this expecting it to be one of the most horrific, and disgusting, films I will ever see. I wanted to see something that would give me nightmares. After seeing this, such a statement is laughable.

Mermain in a Manhole was not scary, and only mildly disgusting. The first 40 minutes, or so, were comical and campy. It did reach a point of creepyness, and disgust, when the decaying mermaid began vomitting and spewing worms. However, this did not make up for the terrible acting and cheesy piano score.

He Never Dies was even more disappointing. The plotline of this film was simple. A man wants to kill himself, but for some reason he cannot die. He tries many different things to get the job done, but nothing seems to work, so he spends a lot of time hacking himself to bits. Sounds like a decent premise, but its so campy that its difficult to do anything but laugh at it.

Trying to be as objective as possible, I'd say the films were different, interesting, even fun to watch, but it was so far from what I wanted it to be that I felt disgusted, and not in the way I wanted.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 4.91)
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