Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl @ Fantasia

Watching this film was the most fun I've had at a film in a long time. It was cheesy, low budget, over-the-top, and a heck of a lot of fun. Seeing the film at a crowded screening filled with horror film fans made it even that much more fun. They were hooting and hollering along with all the action. Fun was had by all.

Flying limbs, oodles of blood, tons of stereotypes, and general craziness rule with this film. Could a horror or even a comedy fan ask for anything more? What is great about this film is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. Their tongue is planted firmly in their cheek throughout the whole film and I loved it!

Tokyo High School seems like any other high school, but upon closer examination you find out quickly that plenty is going on behind the scenes. Keiko (Eri Otoguro – Shaolin Girl), who has her own group of loyal Harajuku girls, is the daughter of the school science teacher/vice-principal. She has a crush on Jyongo (Takumi Saito), who has also caught the eye of quiet, pretty transfer student, Monami (Yukie Kawakura).

Despite the fact that there is a ban on having non-academic or personal items in class, Monami is able to hide a small piece of chocolate and gives it to Jyongo. He eats it and immediately is intrigued by its flavour. Jyongo comes to the realization that the center of the chocolate is made of blood. When he confronts Monami she admits that it is her blood, that she is a vampire and wants to make him one so that they can be together forever.

The closeness between Jyongo and Monami is driving Keiko mad. She wants to find a way to keep them apart. In anger she attacks Monami, but falls off a rooftop and dies. Fortunately for Keiko her father is not just a science teacher, but a mad scientist. He is the successor of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein and has just come up with a way to reanimate dead flesh. He does what any father would do and brings Keiko back to life. Keiko goes to find Monami. Let the games begin.

Directors Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) and Naoyuki Tomomatsu are two very creative men. Besides possibly being a little crazy! And they show that creativity does not need a lot of cash just a lot of imagination. The film will seem like a product of a drug induced stream of consciousness. But really is there anything wrong with that? The film is campy and gory, but it makes no apologies for that it just takes the ball and runs with it. And runs. And runs. I would advise you to run to Fantasia to see this film or buy it when the DVD version becomes available.

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