Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 31st, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: Eamon Hardiman
Writers: Eamon Hardiman, Zack Bassham
Cast:Ruby Larocca, Erin Russ, Ford Austin, Brian Gunnoe, Chris Woodall
DVD Released:December 6th, 2011
Approximate running time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78.1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Independent Entertainment / Pop Cinema
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.99
Synopsis: A group of campers are stalked and slaughtered by a pigheaded killer.
With modern cinema’s need to remake everything under the sun. It is refreshing to come across a film that pays homage to a time in cinema when Horror films were at their apex, the 1980’s. Also unlike these aforementioned remake’s that desperately try to recapture the vibe of a foregone era of filmmaking, this film does not try to pander to its audience by making things more modern and accessible to the masses. This is clearly a film that was made by people, who are fan’s of 1980’s Horror films, right on down to the way in which they pay attention to every last detail.
And while the plot is fairly routine, backwoods killer that slaughters teenagers. The way in which the story at hand unfolds is far from being routine. After the obligatory opening kill scene, the film spends the remainder of the opening act setting up who everyone is and what their motivations are? The middle act does have a few moments where things tend to drag, then things kick into overdrive for the final act in which the majority of bloodletting occurs.
Depending on how it is used, humor in the Horror film genre can be a risky situation. To this film’s credit it does not try to rely too heavily on overly hip one liners, that try too hard to be clever. Instead the jokes or more appropriately the ‘in jokes’ are all directly tied to the 1980’s. Some of the funnier bits include a Gay character wearing a ‘Choose Life’ like the one that the pop band Wham! wore for their ‘Wake me up Before You Go Go’ video and a robot having sex with a girl. Also some of the more memorable moments involve this robot and the nerd character named Ritchie that created him. There jousting match involves a girl that Ritchie likes and the robot reveals embarrassing information about him to cock block him at every corner.
Though the kill scenes are sufficiently gory, most notably a scene in which a girl dressed like a cheerleader gets a chainsaw up her ass. The crudeness of the special effects often calls attention to itself, thus taking away from the overall shock value of the kills scenes. With that being said, at least there is a variety to each kill scene which see the killing knocking off its victims in different ways.
Performance wise, the entire cast give enthusiastic performances that lend themselves perfectly to the tone of the film. The film’s most memorable performance comes from the actor, who’s portrays a British exchange student name Ian with a punk rock attitude. Ultimately Porkchop is a fun ride that fans of 1980’s Slasher film’s should get the most mileage out of.
Porkchop is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels are at best adequate and there are mild issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include a ‘Behind the Scenes’ featurette (24 minutes 18 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a second featurette titled ‘Ian Speaks’ (12 minutes 28 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a audio commentary with co-screenwriter / director Eamon Hardiman and special effects / actor Chris Woodall. These three extras do a great job covering the various aspects of this production, with all the main areas being covered like, casting, the locations and the effects. Overall Porkchop gets a well rounded DVD release.