On the hunt for horror, I’ll throw just about anything on the list of things to watch. As a huge fan of Razorback, I must have, at the time, figured “sweet, a giant killer hog!” Makes sense, who doesn’t love a giant hog tearing up people and eating the remains? Late one night I saw a few minutes of this flick on IFC. It was especially bloody and violent, though I didn’t see any hogs to speak of, but not wanting to ruin the experience of watching the film from A to Z, I threw it in my Netflix queue.

This flick, which carries the Frightfest banner, follows a group of friends who head out on a, you guessed it, pig hunt. Our crew, led by good guy John Hickman, formerly of the area, are soon joined by some of his old “friends,” a couple of ne-er-do-well hillbillies. The group clashes with each other, with small boars, hippies, rednecks, and eventually, a really big pig.

Kills

Pig Hunt gets down and dirty with north of thirteen kills, excluding animals which are pretty routinely killed.

Ills

If you’re a member of PETA, you probably want to skip this one as we see a lot of carcasses, a dead dog, a decapitated horse, dead boar, and a dead deer. There is plenty of pig shit, gunshots, bites, stabs, and arrows. There is some tusk-goring, a head gets cut off, and in one excellent gunshot execution a whole tone of blood sprays everywhere.

Lust

Early on the film shows some man butt, an ugly bra on a good looking girl, a nude centerfold picture. Later on we get a sex scene, some more bra shots, a couple of boobs, and a scene with 8 nude hippie chicks, which is a blessing and a curse. I mean, boobs are awesome but hippies are nasty.

Learning

It’s best to avoid hillbillies and rednecks. Also, don’t hang around with people that hate you when they have guns.

Review

Pig Hunt is a strange beast. On one hand, it’s not all that good, but on the other, it’s pretty violent and bloody at times. There are a lot of strange, out of place references to the war in Iraq. It’s as if the filmmakers wanted to make some sort of statement, but settled for awkward dialog at random points.

The biggest problem with the movie, in my opinion, has to deal with false advertising. If you look at that awesome poster, you see a giant motherfucking boar. If you watch the movie, you will not see a giant motherfucking boar. At least not for 90 minutes. The movie is only 99 minutes long. When the boar does show up, it is actually pretty sweet. It’s a behemoth and the effects are all practical. I wish the boar featured more into this film.

Instead, we get lots of rednecks and hillbillies. Now, the film wants to portray the rednecks as bad people, but in all honesty, they’re really kind of the victims. While two people are having a spat, this annoying asshole city boy decides to get all uppity and kills one of the rednecks. Murders him. So, of course, the whole hillbilly clan has to take vengeance on this group. It actually sounds a lot like justice to me, so I didn’t have a whole ton of sympathy for the idiots the hillbillies set their sights on.

If you stick with Pig Hunt, you’ll be rewarded with a strange, semi-apocalyptic looking finale that features a hillbilly war and an appearance from a giant, mutated boar. Hell, as long as you’re not expecting an awesome killer pig movie (which you would be, from the title), there is a lot of blood to enjoy here.

Grade: C-


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