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Long Pigs – 8

Director – Nathan Hynes, Chris Power

Cast – Anthony Alviano, Jean-Marc Fontaine, Paul Fowles, Shane Harbinson, Roger King, Kelly McIntosh

Release Year – 2007

Reviewed by John of the Dead

Long Pigs is a film that I only heard of recently despite it being released at film festivals and winning numerous awards since its debut in 2007. It could be that I just do not pay enough attention to “news” in the horror community (I’m more concerned with discovering older than newer horror flicks) or just that this low-budget effort did not receive love outside of the awards it won, and I think the latter is the case here. Shot the popularized documentary fashion, Long Pigs gives us a very realistic take on a brutal serial killer and leaves very little off camera, providing a pretty engaging and quite frightening experience that was better than I expected.

Two young “aspiring” filmmakers come across the ultimate documentary subject, 33 year old Anthony McAllister. What makes Anthony such an interesting subject to them? Anthony is a cannibal. He agrees to let them record his every move in documenting his violent lifestyle, which not only opens the filmmakers up to new philosophies of life but also the horrors that result from their desire for fame.

Despite them being a modern day fad I do have a personal love for pseudo-documentary horror films. I find them unique and something “different” for the time being, and if they are executed well enough then they allow the viewers to envelop themselves into the film and make for a very realistic experience. Long Pigs has to be one of the most realistic of horror mockumentaries, and while I place that more on direction than story, this storyline came well-written despite some faults. The flick takes off with the young filmmakers coming across Anthony and learning of his evil ways, and they quickly put their morals aside in hopes of making money off a documentary about this cannibal. Initially they are horrified at the acts that he commits, acts that they film with metaphorical “front row seats”, and despite the brutality of what they are viewing then can only think of the success they will find as a result of it. Eventually the film takes a turn where the filmmakers are becoming monsters themselves in their search for fame, and while they do not stoop to Anthony’s level of cannibalism they do exploit others negatively affected by Anthony’s actions, a despicable act that was portrayed very well in this piece. I could go more into detail, but this is one of those experiences viewed best with only enough information to know what it is about so I will leave you at that regarding the story.

The film’s directors did the biggest job in selling this film to the viewer, which despite an obviously low budget managed to provide some really good horror thanks to incredible practical FX. Early on in the film we witness Anthony carving up a prostitute he just killed, and the filmmakers filmed this section in a very full-frontal manner that honestly looked as real as could be. I will not say that this film is going after shock value because the scene was actually filmed in a very positive and effective manner, showing the subtle Anthony as the true monster he really is on the inside. The acting performances were also very engaging and did not come off as acting at all, another element of direction that surprised me given the film’s low budget and the filmmakers lack of filmmaking experience. There were times that I felt the film took a bit to long to bring the horror at times, and while this could lie in fault of the writing I do believe the directors could have done more to keep me engaged, but nonetheless this was an effective watch that I can appreciate and will not soon forget.

Overall, Long Pigs is not just a technical marvel, but a good horror film that makes for one of the better pseudo-documentary films I have seen. The horror is full-frontal and slow-burning at times, giving us an emotionally and visually haunting experience.

Rating: 8/10

  1. May 2, 2012 at 1:49 am

    I want to see this now! I haven’t seen a lot of horror mockumentaries, except for Blair Witch Project (hated it) and more recently Paranormal Activity. This definitely sounds far more gruesome and unique. Thanks for sharing-as always, great review!

    • May 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for reading. This was definitely much more realistic. It came off as amateur as you would expect such a documentary to be (if it were real), but was not an amateur effort at all. Definitely worth a look at least once. Oh, and boy was it gruesome at times.

  2. May 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I sounds gruesome, and I like it gruesome lol. I watched Graveyard Shift last night. Have you seen it or reviewed it yet? It was quite bloody and had an interesting storyline and theme.

    • May 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      No I have not reviewed Graveyard Shift but I remember seeing it as a youngster. It has a giant rat at the end right?

      • May 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

        It looks like a rat-bat type of creature. It is quite disgusting lol

  3. March 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    thx for the kind words sir – you will not be eaten 🙂

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