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onsdag 28 mars 2018

PIG (1999)

Directed by: Nico B., Rozz Williams
Written by: Nico B., Rozz Williams
Stars: James Hollan, Rozz Williams

Country: USA
Style: Arthouse | Short
Runtime: 23min

This is #art for gore nerds who don’t want to delve too deep into transgressive cinema. It’s interesting and a great post cinema of transgression style film though. But I definitely think it makes gore nerds feel like they’re more than just gore nerds for owning a copy of this.

I guess the plot here is that a tall skinny dude with his head mummy wrapped gets picked up in the desert by a pig headed man in a Jaguar. He’s then brought to an abandoned house where he undergoes bizarre torture techniques and someone flips through a book of collages.

There’s nipple piercing, razor play, and a dick tied up with fishing line and manipulated. Mummy wrap trades his mummy wrap for a leather mask and gets his dick manipulated some more while he’s injected with a mystery substance. There’s a lot of blood. He eventually gets his mummy wrap back and is joined by a second mummy wrapped individual, who he ends up mummy wrapped to, before ending up in the desert alone again. Or dead. I couldn’t tell. The timeline started to feel like it wasn’t linear.

All in all, a pretty bleak and dreary feeling short. Packed full of atmosphere, bizarre imagery and a chirping, whirring soundscape that fits the film perfectly. It doesn’t really pick up until the nine minute mark but it's pretty nonstop madness from there on.

Although there was some cool shots, the camerawork was poor. Too poor to look past at points. And although there was some really cool shots, there was a few that made me wonder what they were thinking. I get that it was more of an art film than anything, so cinematography probably wasn’t priority here but it went from extremely shakey hand held camerawork to really on point camerawork towards the end, which made it feel lopsided.

It wasn’t a bad short, but it definitely wasn’t the most extreme thing I’ve ever seen and I feel like a lot of the hype for PIG seems undeserved. It was similar to Jaume Balaguero’s Alicia, but I felt like that was better and deserves the hype that PIG seems to get.

I don't think of it as a gore short, I think of it as a transgressive piece of art that 'gore fans' have clung to and claimed as their own. If it came out a decade earlier, in the late 80's, it would've fit in with the Nick Zedd, Richard Kern, Jon Moritsugu style films and been embraced as a standout piece amongst them. Even if it came out in the 70's, it would've been embraced by people who appreciated Gunter Brus, Otto Muehl, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler. It's more than a film. It's deep and meaningful. But I think where as it came out in the wrong era, a different type of cinema fan embraced it and claimed it as their own. It's extreme cinema in the way that Antoni Padros' Daphnis And Chloe is extreme, not in the way that Andreas Bethmann or Olaf Ittenbach is extreme.

I think it sort of clarifies how I feel and maybe makes me seem like I'm giving PIG more credit than I initially had. It is a great short, and it's the type of film I want to see. I just think that it's got a strange cult following to it and the people who are into it should dig deeper into the No Wave/Cinema Of Transgression genre because as a film like those, it feels more special to me.


Produced by: Nico B., Rozz Williams
Cinematography by: Nico B.
Editing by: Nico B.
Special Effects by: None
Music by: Chuck Collison, Rozz Williams
Language: English
Color: Black and white

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Writer for Twisted Minds. Crazy American guy, collaborates together with his homebro Crack Sizzlack and Four Twenty Film Reviews. Have a great knowledge about movies and music and has been on the track as long as he can remember. He has a huge VHS-collection and is responsible owner of the underground movie distribution label King of the Witches and has written and directed the feature film In Furs (2016).