DVD Review: Vampire Girl VS. Frankenstein Girl

By JoshB on October 30, 2010

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Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl is one of those movies that is hard to explain or classify. Yes, it is a horror movie. Yes it is full of Gore and blood. But it is so out there that it no longer functions as a horror movie and ventures into the absurd.

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The movie simultaneously shifts from obscene, over the top gore and bloodshed to goofy social satire of Japanese subcultures. It's a movie that doesn't know what it wants to be.

The story centers around a new girl at school named Monami, who falls in love with the one normal kid at school, Mizushima. The rest of the class is filled with characatures of Japanese subcultures – the wrist cutters, the gothic lolita, the gangryu. Problem is that another girl, Keiko, one of the gothlolis has her eye on Mizushima as well. Also a problem is that Monami is a vampire.

Did I mention that Keiko's father, the vice principal, is also a mad genetic scientist? Keiko meets her unfortunate end and her father re-animates her, thus becoming Frankenstein Girl. From there it's an all-out batshit insane battle for the heart of Mizushima.

When I say insane, I'm not exaggerating. Brutal face ripping is accompanied by a 60s girl-pop soundtrack. There's a undead sumo monster with a gun on his head. A wrist cutting competition sponsored by a school. The school club that is so obsessed with being black that two have surgically altered their faces. The nurse who launches eyeball-hands from her chest. The hunchback japanese janitor named Igor. Shall I go on?

Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl is brought to you by Yoshihiro Nishimura, Creator of Machine Girl, Robo Geisha and Tokyo Gore Police. It's pretty much in the same vein. One odd thing I noticed is that despite all the gore and violence, there's not one bit of nudity in the whole movie. Go figure.

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray from Funimation Entertainment on a 2 DVD set. The set includes the full movie on disc one (in English, or Japanese with English subtitles) and disc 2 features extras and special features such as:

  • Opening Day Stage Greetings
  • Making Of Video
  • Original Trailer
  • Trailers

For more information visit http://funimation.com/vampiregirl/

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