Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Candidate # 8


(July 2008)

In 1984, Russell Mulcahy, armed with a script by Everett De Roche, regaled us with the giant killer pig hijinx of Razorback.
Now, Jim Isaac, after the flawed Skinwalkers, returns with Pig Hunt, which features a giant killer pig, amongst other assorted narrative elements, to give us a title that does its sordid, lurid job whilst delivering some welcome subtext (underscored by the Animal Farm quote which closes the film).

Isaac ably captures the backwoods tone as a group of friends go on a hunting trip, only to have things go, yes, very wrong. DP Adam Kane (who also shot Skinwalkers, and who’s directed episodes of Pushing Daisies, Heroes, Kings, and most recently, Haven) shoots Pig Hunt down and dirty, highlighting the mud and the blood that streaks the body of this tale where men are, perhaps, really no better than animals. (It’s a telling point that there are precious few likable characters in this.)

For my money, Pig Hunt is: one, a lot better than Isaac’s previous effort, Skinwalkers, and two, a lot better than the recent Korean giant killer pig flick, Chaw.

Parting shot: Reviews of Isaac’s Skinwalkers and past ¡Qué Horror! title Long Weekend (also written by De Roche) can be found lurking in the Archive.

(Pig Hunt OS courtesy of

No comments: