If you’re a true horror fan, then you surely are aware of the fact that the only places for great horror are the independents and the foreign markets. Hollywood is devoid of original ideas to the point that they only work with remakes of either classic American films or remakes of foreign horror. Either way, these films end up being little more than a waste of an hour and a half to two hours of the moviegoers time.
In both the foreign markets as well as the independent scene, the filmmakers are often innovators as opposed to Hollywood’s imitators. And Cambridge (UK) native Adam Mason is surely one of the most innovative filmmakers in the business today.
In Mason’s latest film, “Pig”, which he wrote, produced and directed, Mason has ventured into unchartered territory with both his filming technique as well as with his content. More on that subject later.
“Pig” has been described by Fearnet.com as follows:
- “Pig is not for the faint of heart, and has been described as gruesome, brutal, unsettling, violent, savage and a despicable experience. The film was shot completely in secret from fans and followers alike, and stars frequent Mason collaborator Andrew Howard, as an lunatic leading a family of psychopaths who inflict unspeakable evils on a group of hapless, captured victims”
And that perfectly sums this film up. At first, this may sound like yet another “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” rip-off, but it most assuredly is nothing of the kind. Mason takes the theme of the crazed group of people abducting and torturing innocents that we first became familiar with in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and takes it to an all new, and extremely disturbing level!
Where “Chainsaw” had the look and feel of a documentary, “Pig” gives the viewer the sense that they are actually there, face to face with these maniacs, as they commit their atrocities. And these heinous acts are far more evil, twisted and sadistic than anything that the Sawyer family ever even dreamed of committing.
Welsh actor Andrew Howard (who you can next see in the remake, yes, another remake, of the classic exploitation film, “I Spit On Your Grave”.), who stars as the lead character, (Note: none of the characters in this film, with one exception, have been given a specific name, however Howard’s character refers to himself as “Daddy” often) is terrifyingly fantastic in the role. Watching him in action in this film truly feels like you are watching an authentic madman at work. Howard commits these horrendously violent and sadistic acts on his victims with such glee and a childlike joy that it is truly hard to watch at times, yet you find yourself unable to look away.
Getting back to the previously mentioned innovative factor to this film, the first hour and 26 minutes (as I counted) “Pig” is filmed in one take (A take is a single continuous recorded performance), with the remainder of the 1 hour and 34 minute film being comprised of multiple takes. This means that the actors (especially Howard who is on scene throughout most of the film) were able to continue filming without any mistakes, breaks,etc, for the entire hour and 26 minutes. A very innovative and impressive feat. It’s hard enough to imagine a filmmaker, his actors and entire crew, being able to shoot such a long take without any errors or accidents, and given the fact that this is such a brutal and chaotic film, it is all the more unfathomable. Much respect is due to Mason, Howard and the entire production crew for being able to pull this off so perfectly.
Horror is meant to horrify. To disgust. To repulse. With “Pig”, Adam Mason has delivered on all counts. The film is shocking from start to finish. With an ending that is guaranteed to be 100% unpredictable!
Adam Mason’s “Pig” earns 5 out of 5 stars. Films like this should be used in film schools to demonstrate how a horror film should be done. A lot of the drones in Hollywood could learn a great deal from Mr. Mason.
“Pig” can be seen free on Fearnet.com (click here to watch “Pig”) for one week only, so don’t miss your chance to witness this incredibly imaginative and creative horror film. And just keep telling yourself, “It’s only a movie. It’s only a movie.”!
***Coming soon to Philadelphia Horror Examiner: An exclusive interview with writer/director/producer of “Pig”, Adam Mason! Be sure to keep checking back for the interview.***