Nor-Cal? So Northern California has become a subgenre, eh?
The above poster — released exclusively to Undead Backbrain — draws attention to a film about a giant pig, North Californian rednecks, a cult of homicidal (and frequently undressed) chicks, and slaughter.
Pig Hunt (US-2008; dir. James Isaac)
When John takes his San Francisco friends to his deceased uncle’s remote ranch to hunt wild pigs, it seems like a typical guys weekend with guns – despite the presence of John’s sexy girlfriend Brooks. But as John and his crew trek deeper into the forest, they begin tracking the awful truth about his uncle’s demise and the legend of The Ripper — a murderous three-thousand-pound black boar! Their pursuit leads them through fields of marijuana and into the muddy landscape of Big Wallow, involving high-powered weaponry, the violent and unpredictable Tibbs Brothers, massacred emus, a machete-toting Hippie Stranger, vengeful rednecks, and throat-slitting Cult Girls who grow dope by day and worship a Giant Killer Pig by night. By the time the pig hunt is done, no one is innocent – or unscathed. Not for the faint of heart, Pig Hunt is a darkly comic horror film that combines the best of Deliverance, Jaws, and Diner, but remains uniquely Nor-Cal in its tone and scope. It is cinematic punkabilly – fresh, shocking, unforgettable!
Though the filmmakers reference Deliverance, Jaws and Diner as inspirations, I find it way easier to see the influence of Mad Max: The Road Warrior and, in particular, Razorback — the latter not only because of the giant pig, but because of the general aesthetic approach as well. The weirdos of Razorback may not be North Californian, but they’re cut from the same slab of meat! Maybe the redneck ethos goes hand-in-hand with huge pigs.
Not surprisingly Pig Hunt includes cameos and music from blues harp legend Charlie Musselwhite and Primus’s Les Claypool, who were responsible for “the brooding funky original score”. This fact alone is reason to see it! Go to the official website to hear some of it.
Warning! The imagery contained herein is rather full-on and not suitable for the squeamish.
The film is currently screening at assorted places thoughout the US. Check here for dates and places.
- Source: via Kaiju Search-Robot Avery
- Official website