Hey folks, Valkor here. Halloween is just a few days away and pretty soon little monsters aka children will be beating down your door, begging for that sweet delicious candy… and I'll be one of them. Hey its free candy!! Moving on, we continue with TOV's 15 films of horror, and while number four on the list isn't actually scary, it does feature a comedic and outlandish take on classic horror characters. Plus it's from Japan, so you can't go wrong! It's Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (Kyûketsu Shôjo tai Shôjo Furanken) and it's one the most off the wall films I've seen to date.
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein is a clash of two women over one man. First we have Monami (Yukie Kawamura), descendent of Vampires, quite possibly the last, who has spent most of her years alone. She soon falls in love with Jyugon (Takumi Saito), who really has no back story; he's just there acting as the pawn for these sexy, sexy women. Finally we have Keiko (Eri Otoguro), spoiled brat who gets what she wants and she wants her some of Jyugon. Why? Because she does and you don't need to ask any further! Or else she'll call her daddy, Vice Principal Kenji Furano (Kanji Tsuda), who secretly has a lab underneath the high school, dresses up in crazy makeup and considers himself the next Dr. Frankenstein.
On Feb 14th it is customary in Japan for a girl to give a boy chocolate (Oh man that rules!!) and on this day all the girls in Jyugon's class had their sweets taken away, save for Monami who only had a small piece. She offers the chocolate to Jyugon, who takes a bite and it's revealed that blood makes up the center – Monami's blood. She wants Jyugon for herself to stay with her forever so she isn't alone. But the chocolate only makes him half vampire; in order to become full vampire he needs to drink more of her blood, which he agrees. But when confronted on the rooftop by Keiko, the two girls go at it and Keiko goes over... aaaaaand *Splat*, she's dead Jim. Of course her crazy daddy resurrects her as Frankenstein Girl. And now the battle for the love of Jyugon is on!
There is one more important piece of the story that needs mentioning and it's a doozy! Jyugon's class is mostly made up of chick cliques – there's the girls who wanna be black (Afro, one girl has a plate in her lip, another is dressed in african garb), you have the girls who cut themselves, and the snobby bitch clique lead by Keiko. Why is this important? Because the parts needed to bring Keiko back are used from the black girl and cutter cliques.
Needless to say hilarity will ensue. And trutheshly? I can't stop laughing!!!
Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, just from the box looks, like it'll be a serious fantasy style horror, with loads of blood and guts. But I was surprised by how much humor was added to really round out the film. The story is simple and fun, based off of a manga by the same name. I haven't read it, but I don't think I want to after watching this film. The humor is off the wall slapstick and visual gags; the clique of Japanese girls who want to be black will have you on the floor – HOLDING YOUR SIDES, it is THAT FUNNY! I'm not even gonna go into detail, just watch the film. The level of blood and gore is heavy, but not squeamish enough to make you turn away. And a lot of it is met with some kind of humor. The acting is crazy cheesy and everyone hams it up big time, again it meshes with the overall humor of the film. PerfectView nods go to Yukie Kawamura and Eri Otoguro for looking so delicious.
I wanna say at times the film is a bit too over the top, especially in the area of the Kenji Furano character – when he's in his disguise. But then something'll happen that'll make you focus once again.
Oh man, where do I begin? You know what? Forget it! Just watch the film!
Halloween doesn't always have to be about having a good scare; it can also be pretty humorous and fun. And with that, I say make Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl as part of your film rotation, which will really bring out the laughs. Hey after watching scary films all night you'll need a good chuckle and this is the laughter medicine that Dr. Val orders you to take. Out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving the film a 4 and it's been Valkor tested and TOV Approved.