When members of the band Hog Caller, Vomitrocious and The Dirtfamer, go missing in their hometown of Middletown, Pennsylvania the rumors start spreading like wildfire about what happened to them. That's when reporter Skip Jenkins shows up - a man determined to find out the truth! Even though he doesn't really care. His investigation takes him on a mind bending journey of drugs, Hog Princesses, gore, rituals and...Elvis Presley?
I don't know about you, but I remember back in the day when music videos mattered. When bands would put effort into their music videos since that was often the only means of promotion they had. I also remember when you could go to the local record store and pick up a VHS tape -- that's right, a V-H-goddamn-S tape -- where a band put together a mini movie and compilation of their work. Those were the days!
Actually, that's complete nonsense. When I finally understood the importance of good music or rather what good music was, music videos were already well out the door. I just didn't know how else to start this review for the aptly titled "The Lost Realities of Hog Caller". Hog Caller is a two-man grindcore band from Pennsylvania and with their movie, "The Lost Realities of Hog Caller", they put together a combination of a found-footage movie with a music video compilation.
Local reporter Skip Jenkins hits the mean streets of Middletown (PA) to investigate the mysterious disappearance of musicians, Vomitrocious and The Dirtfarmer, of Hog Caller fame. While the grindcore duo are about as well liked as the radiation seeping from Three Mile Island Power Plant, their disappearance has been the source of controversy and Skip tries to uncover the truth and, hopefully, find the whereabouts of Hog Caller. The answers may lie within a collection of home movies from the band.
"The Lost Realities of Hog Caller" isn't exactly a good movie or very well executed in terms of making a found-footage movie, but it certainly is an interesting little beast and even entertaining at times. Unfortunately the actual narrative of "The Lost Realities of Hog Caller" is fairly weak in that it doesn't actually hold the various material together to form a cohesive piece. It is disappointing since the idea behind the movie, along with the style and humor, could have made for one of the more creative and interesting found-footage movies. It doesn't hurt the entertainment value of "The Lost Realities" by any means, rather, it just seems like it could have been more.
Regardless, what "The Lost Realities" actually is and what it offers is a collection of music videos and sketches created by Hog Caller and their cohorts. Sometimes gross and sometimes gory, the videos almost always amusingly absurd. Whether it's watching The Pork Princess -- a topless woman decorated in various pieces of raw meat and the head of a pig mascot costume -- dance around in what looks like an 80's cult video, or having Hog Caller themselves partying with Elvis on the shores of Three Mile Island. There is just something oddly engrossing about what it is you are watching in "The Lost Realities". I honestly didn't think this was a movie I'd enjoy but they managed to find a groove, a style that worked in making their music videos interesting. A style that I can only describe as the humor and shenanigans of Troma in the form of an experimental movie.
Or, in another words, it's what you'd think a movie made by a grindcore band would look like. It's good. It's bad. It's interesting. It's…well, it's "The Lost Realities of Hog Caller". A lot of people compare it to the early home videos of Gwar. Personally, I'd be more inclined to call it a Troma movie directed by Nick Zedd. There are a lot of things you can compare "The Lost Realities" to but it's hard to explain what the movie actually is. Then again, it is hard to have any kind of cognitive thought when you're watching Hog Caller being disemboweled by a giant rooster and mouse after doing drugs being given to them by Uncle Sam. The only downside to "The Lost Realities" is that it doesn't feel like an actual found-footage movie but a compilation of music videos and sketches instead. Even so, watching the movie wasn't a bad way to spend 85 minutes since Hog Caller's videos are oddly interesting in terms of style and, of course, the gross-out humor.