Ginî piggu 3: Senritsu! Shinanai otoko – HE NEVER DIES – The Dungeon Review!

mermaid and he never diesThe first suggestion/recommendation left for me was an entire series of films I had never seen. Thanks ‘Needleinvain’ for reminding me that the ‘Guinea Pig’ films were out there. I have to admit I was curious to check out what all the hype was about. Now that I’ve seen two films in the series, I must admit these films are more grotesque than the average fair. ‘He Never Dies’ is a 39 minute horror-comedy and was part of a double feature with ‘Mermaid In a Manhole’. After watching trailers for the other films in the series and then ‘Mermaid’ I wasn’t convinced that I was going to be the least bit amused. But ‘He Never Dies’ is actually funny.

A bored and depressed business man is berated by his boss and harrassed by his co-workers. When he fails to show up at work for a number of days, no one calls to check up on him, which depresses him even more. Feeling forgotten and unwanted, he slashes a wrist. Much to his surprise a few seconds afterwards the bleeding stops and the pain disappears. Struggling with his newly found mortality he inflicts all manner of mutiliations on himself. He realizes after a while that he might be able to have some fun with his newly found predicament.

The narrator is this white middle aged English speaking dude which seemed like an odd choice, but it was sort of amusing too. He warns that what you are about to see is based on a true story that could happen to you. There are some very amusing scenes when the action gets going but unfortunately it takes too long to get there. The early part of the film is a bit tedious, and it is only 39 minutes long after all. Like ‘Mermaid’, the budget is tight and it looks like most of it was poured into the gore. They really do some nifty stuff though. It actually looks pretty realistic but it is all so ridiculously over-the-top that it hits that perfect repulsive but humorous note. The ending is quite funny and if you stick around for the credits you get to see him rewind all his mutilations. Nice touch! It’s too bad this film takes so long to get going because it is a lot of fun when the craziness starts. Recommended.

Dungeon Review: 3.5/5

Directed By: Masayuki Kusumi

Starring: Shinsuke Araki, Yumiko Kumashiro, Masahiro Satô, Rie Shibata and Keisuke Shinki

3 Responses to “Ginî piggu 3: Senritsu! Shinanai otoko – HE NEVER DIES – The Dungeon Review!”

  1. I had always thought that the Guinea Pig series was supposed to be about actual footage of death and not films with stories (or lack of stories).
    I once was seeking out the most disgusting movies I could find which led me to the August Underground series. After watching one I can’t bring myself to watch the other two. I actually felt sick to my stomach.

    I’m not sure I can handle much more gore after those but these may provide something in the way of gruesome entertainment instead of pure shock value.

    • goregirl Says:

      This duo of Guinea Pig offerings may be vile but they are NOT snuff (I should say ‘simulated’ snuff). Bloody August Underground series! I had the displeasure of seeing ‘MORDUM’ and can tell you that these two films aren’t even on the same planet! How ‘Mordum’ compares to the other ‘GP’ titles like ‘Flowers Of Flesh and Blood’ or ‘Devil’s Experiment’ I can’t say. It definitely crossed my personal line of tolerance. I can’t believe I sat through that ghastly mess to the end. ‘Mermaid’ is a borderline recommend at best, but compared to the ‘August’ films it is practically Citizen freaking Kane!

  2. hagiblog Says:

    Yeah, the one August film I sat through managed to damage myself, my girlfriend and one of my good buddies. We all had a kind of sick look on our faces after and it absolutely ruined the party mood we were in beforehand.

    These ones sound more up my alley of gore. Disturbing but not damaging to the psyche! I think the Guinea Pig series is one of those things that you always hear about and just have to see. At least that’s how it is for me.

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