Day 5: Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl (2009)
By Sam Reeve
Today’s featured movie for Japanese Horror Month is Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl. One of the directors, Yoshihiro Nishimura, is probably better known for having directed Tokyo Gore Police. If you’ve seen it then you’re familiar with the style of this movie.
If you aren’t familiar with these movies but are a fan of bizarro, I urge you to get into them. Blood showers, cyborg-franken-human-hybrids like you’ve never seen and always lots of adorable (but violent) Japanese girls – what more could you ask for?
It’s a pretty simple tale of rivalry: Monami, the Vampire Girl and new student at a Tokyo high school, steals (and converts) another girl’s boyfriend. Of course this leads to the girls fighting over this poor guy who seemed at first to want nothing to do with either of them. Monami’s rival, Keiko, ends up dying after falling off the school’s roof. Luckily her father, the vice principal, also moonlights as a mad scientist trying to re-animate corpses. You can guess who gets to become Frankenstein Girl. The fight over the boy continues on, though it’s not any real surprise who wins since the opening scene in the film is of the final fight between the opposing girls.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: This movie is the epitome of ridiculousness. First I’ll show you this clip of the intro, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Besides having a lot of bizarre gore and violence, they make fun of some of Japan’s subcultures in the most satisfying way. This is the perfect kind of movie to watch with a group of friends during the Halloween season. It’s a WTF goldmine!
Here I’ve posted one of my favourite scenes, and below that you’ll find an English subtitled copy of the full movie. If you’ve seen Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl, let us know what you thought in a comment below!