»» The preceding trailer has a lot of spoilers so if you’re the type of person who likes their monster movies to be fresh, skip it and just read the post below. ««
I WILL BE STREAMING RAZORBACK, TONIGHT @6PM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME
Razorback is a classic of Ozploitation horror cinema, the story of two men’s quests to avenge the deaths of their loved ones at the jaws of a giant, mutant, feral pig.
What’s amazing about Razorback is both the directing and cinematography. Both are remarkable beyond belief for this type of film. It absolutely feels like a high-end “A” movie that cut no corners nor spared any expense. At the helm for this impressive feat was Russell Mulcahy, who has directed everything from Queen music videos to the Dale Earnhardt story to an upcoming 3D horror flick titled Bait. He also directed one other little film of note that you may have heard of – Highlander.
Directed by Russel Mulcahy, who also directed Highlander, the surreal cinematography and oddly serious undertone of Razorback is what elevates it from a simple smash-n-grab monster movie to something worthy of its current cult status. The pig itself is a splendid, full scale animatronic model, the sets are ruddy-dusted outback masterpieces, and the acting is far better than it has any right to be.
Why TF2 fans may be interested: I suspect the aesthetics of Razorback strongly informed a lot of set design and palette decisions in TF2, and the character of the vengeful, sharp-shooting old pig hunter (played by an oddly authentic Bill Kerr) is basically an elderly Sniper.
He even lives in a van.
I’ll be streaming this on Sweatshop tomorrow at 6pm PST.
Content warning: blood n’ gore, attempted rape, multiple deaths by pig (including a child), sadism, possible animal cruelty (some of the scenes with pigs + dogs are a little questionable).