Film #334: LONG PIGS
3 out of 5 stars
In the style of films like MAN BITES DOG, S&MAN, THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES, or even portions of BEHIND THE MASK, LONG PIGS is a pseudo-documentary about a couple of fledgling filmmakers who follow a serial killer/cannibal around as he works his gruesome trade. Interspersed between the ‘shot footage’ are interviews with “authorities” who offer insights into the mind of those who kill. The premise, while not exactly groundbreaking, is executed well and restrained. The plot makes sense and it’s obviously well-researched. Unfortunately, the acting is at times less than stellar - which is fine because – let’s be honest – it’s not what we’d rent a movie called LONG PIGS for. But overall, the film is an interesting – albeit somewhat predictable – look at an odd subject matter. It’s weird. Due to that subject matter, this thing could have easily been gratuitous and exploitive, but because of its miniscule budget (~$250,000) the FX are used sparingly which add to their impact. In fact, when you do see them (and they are all practical dummies and animal parts), they are pretty damn effective. The scenes of the butchering of the prostitute and the asshole at the restaurant are repulsive, and yet, it’s almost impossible to turn away from them. But as low budget filmmaking go, LONG PIGS is completely watchable and more than a little disturbing in its realism. Obviously, not for everyone, but horror fans and real crime fans will dig this one a lot.