Film Review: LONG PIGS (2007)

Film Review: LONG PIGS (2007)

Sep 15, 2018

IMDb: Long Pigs (2007)
Directors: Nathan Hynes, Chris Power
Stars: Anthony Alviano, Jean-Marc Fontaine, Paul Fowles

The found footage style of filmmaking has been a staple of the underground horror community in recent years. Every horror fan on the block knows that this genre of film has been played out to quite the excess. Needless to say, it would take quite the impressive film to stand out from the run of the mill SOV or pseudo snuff film you see every day, something truly gripping.

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The beauty to found footage is to not only catch your attention, but also deliver a realistic movie in the process, and honestly a lot of films I’ve been seeing pop up have not been able to pull that off. LONG PIGS is a shining example of a pseudo-style film, done the right way!

Long Pigs centers around one of the biggest taboos in human civilization. Since the golden age of exploitation, there have been a myriad of films centering around cannibalism, and usually it consists of the South American tribe cliché. Much like the found footage style of the 2000’s, it has long since been repeated into something bland.

What truly amazes me is how well the Director Chris Power combined these two well-worn film genres in such a way, that he spit out a completely fresh and unique viewing experience. I think the biggest praise I have for Long Pigs is Chris Powers writing and directing. The plot behind the film is not only realistic, but also very disturbing, with hints of humor blended in throughout. Long Pigs is filmed around the life of Anthony McAlistar (Anthony Alviano), blending into normal society, and exacting his lust for flesh in a very well-crafted routine. His interactions with regular people leave a familiar feeling in the pit of the viewer. Anthony’s role in Long Pigs was intimidating in a very thought provoking way. His character truly shatters your run of the mill cannibal, and replaces it with something much more sinister. It makes you question random people you’ve encountered; what darkness could be lurking beneath their average face? I believe the biggest triumph of Long Pigs was the performance of the protagonist, Anthony McAlistar. I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate great acting in underground film.

I believe what’s terrifying about this type of film is truly how real it is. Most of the time in horror films, the monster wears a shroud around him that assures you it’s not real. However, what’s truly scary, is when the monster could be lurking in your everyday life, a normal part of society, walking around us in plain sight. The combination of these elements proved for a very memorable and entertaining feature. Long Pigs took the pseudo-documentary approach. Much like the classic Man Bites Dog, the story centers around a group of young filmmakers following around the predator for a documentary. The crew was apparent, but not distracting from the main protagonist. One thing that I loved about the film is how realistic it really was. The FX work was top notch and it is very apparent the logistics of the situation were well thought out, the work of a well written film.

Overall, Long Pigs is unforgettable, disturbing, surprisingly funny at time, reminiscent of some of the classic pseudo-documentary films of the past with a fresh spin. Long Pigs truly goes to show that even genres that seem long worn out can be rejuvenated into something unique. In a time where I feel the underground needs a jump start of creativity the most, I can’t recommend this film enough for both fans and directors alike.

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