Plot: I could do a traditional synopsis for Women’s Flesh: My Red Guts, but the movie only runs about forty-two minutes and has no real narrative. The film itself has almost no dialogue, but the idea seems to be that a man has left his wife for another woman. She is of course distraught and seeks an outlet for her overloaded emotions. This outlet turns out to be self mutilation and her actions are what this movie consists of. We watch as she does all manner of painful and torturous things to herself, in an effort to discharge the inner turmoil she feels. That’s pretty much it.
Entertainment Value: In the vein of the guinea pig series, Women’s Flesh: My Red Guts focuses on gore and violence. Shot on video, it has that voyeuristic quality that really enhances the sense of realism. Some uncultured helicopter parents would see this and assume it was snuff, that type of thing. While most of the film works well and has the impact you look for, some odd choices were made. The flares and a few other little visual tricks make this feel like a hokey wedding video at times. But these instances are brief and infrequent, though worth a mention, I feel. Otherwise this is just what you’d want from this type of release, a sense of sorrow, lots of blood, and a video you can freak out your squeamish friends with.
There is one scene of possible nudity, but you know those wacky Japanese censors. So a close up of a vagina is pixelated, though under the circumstances, I think some viewers will be glad it is. If you want blood however, Women’s Flesh: My Red Guts delivers that from start to finish. The movie has an early scene that remains my personal favorite, where the girl violently fucks herself with a toothbrush until blood is pooling from her enthusiasm. A great scene and one that really helps this movie stand out from similar products. You also have a finger bitten off and almost eaten, self strangulation, fork stabbings, knife slashings, and as the title suggests, the poor girl even feasts on her own entrails. Very little dialogue, so no memorable lines here. The toothbrush scene alone rates a high insanity score, but coupled with the rest of the bloodshed and the bleak tone, this one deserves the full ten.
Overall Insanity: 10/10