After watching Adam Mason’s off-the-radar film – Pig, you’ll feel like you’ve been through just as much as an ordeal as the unfortunate victims in the film. Unless you are fan of Mason’s previous work (Broken, Luster, Blood River) or just a horror film fan in general, then Pig was a hard to find and was hidden from mainstream audiences.
Pig was released on-line in 2010 and after a little while searching for it I did eventually find it. Having heard a lot about the film, for me it was one of those films that you have to see and search for… and I have to say it was worth the wait.
What is highly impressive from a technical point of view is that the majority of Pig is taken in one shot with no or tiny hidden edits. Given the effects used, the blood, the gore and everything else, this improv film was certainly planned out meticulously and it shows. I am sure there might be some hidden edits in there somewhere but regardless of if there is or isn’t, the effort remains and shows some real ingenuity.
The mostly (nearly all?) improv script is brought to life with a cracking performance from Andrew Howard. His maniac is white-hot rage wrapped up in intense, intelligent package and given what he had to do and for how long in this film, it is up there with some of the best acting I’ve seen (as unpleasant as the character is), his performance is such that you wonder how difficult it would have been to get out of that head space. Pig is not for the mainstream viewers but certainly one that will reward those who seek it out.
Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78