John returns to his home town with a group of friends and his girlfriend for a good ol' pig hunt. When there they stumble upon his old friends who are less than happy about his transformation into a city boy and give them a hard time about it, but keep it nice enough so they can follow them out on the pig hunt. That's where things go wrong after they get into a fight with each other. Things aren't looking any better when there's also a huge fucking boar nearby.
"Razorback" is awesome. This isn't "Razorback" at all. But I knew that so there's no need for me to expect it to be as good, is there? Of course not, and I didn't, but I dig some fun animal horror and while they are rarely as... unique... as "Razorback", they usually manage to entertain at least a little bit. That little bit is exactly what "Pig Hunt" managed to do, nothing more and nothing less.
I feel like I mention this in every monster review I write nowadays, but why are there always rednecks (or other weirdos) within the film that somehow manage to be the main bad guys, and not the fucking monster that is usually in the title, on the cover, and in the plot outlines? "Pig Hunt" does exactly this. John, his girlfriend and some friends go back to his home town for a pig hunt, and end up meeting a few of his old friends. They're filthy rednecks, and we all know by now that fictional rednecks are mean motherfuckers. These seemed a bit nicer for a while so I actually started hoping for them to just be rude but never the bad guys. That changed when one of them gets shot and they call for backup. There goes my hopes for a pig in the film called "Pig Hunt", with a pig on the front cover! Okay, it's not that bad, they constantly talk about the big scary boar, that apparently also killed John's father, and we have some POV shots of it attacking stuff here and there. Other than that you will have to wait for the last 10 minutes for some pig action.Now, the big question is: is it worth the wait? The first 30 minutes were a pain to go through - so fucking terrible. I wanted to turn it off, but I knew I had to review it (hell, I asked for this film personally, even!). After that it got a bit better, and the final 15 minutes where we have the pig action are actually alright. Oh and there are hippies! The hippies are just annoying, but they do offer a group of naked tits.
The effects are practical (thank god) and there is enough gore to get you through the pig-free majority of the movie. The pig does look pretty brutal especially with his white, blind eye on the right (I think) side. Had they decided to actually make this an animal horror film through and through I think we'd have a solid film here. But sadly 10 minutes isn't nearly enough since it all takes place in one place. Not even a good chase scene!
"Pig Hunt" is mediocre in almost every way. It never gets too terrible (but I hated the first 30 minutes), but far from great as well. It had the chance to be good but it blew it and I think you know why. I wouldn't say you should go out of your way to check this one out but if you are gonna go into animal horror and you have gone through the essentials and then some, then go right ahead, you can get much, much worse. Prepare for something very typical and clichéed and you'll be fine.