Written and Directed by Stephen Patrick Kenny
Starring: Mark Hutchinson, Tom Ward, Gerard Fallon, Andrew Neenan, Eugene Horan, Marius Puodziunas and Ken O'Sullivan.
The Pigman Murders is Ireland's contribution to the found footage genre from writer and director Stephen Patrick Kenny. A group of friends head off to the Connemara wilderness for a weekend to celebrate the life of their friend who had passed away the year prior. It all starts out as fun and games but soon cracks start to show within the group and when they come across a man beaten and bloodied who claims men in masks killed his girlfriend, their nightmare begins.
I have never been a fan of the found footage genre but I have to say The Pigman Murders won me over. I was impressed with the standard of acting and it was great to see home grown talent doing us proud. I felt SPK developed the characters well and Tom Ward was definitley my stand out performance of the film. The thing about this movie is SPK does it differently, down to those moments of typical scares, just as you think you know what is going to happen he takes it in another direction. Where the sounds of nature are normally used to convey the beauty of a place, here, in the pitch black Connemara wilderness they added to the fear factor. The tone was eerie and as the boys got picked off one by one the tension just kept rising keeping the viewer at the edge of their seat.
I love a movie with a masked slasher but what was cool about these killers was the chilling noises they made which really added to the scenes. SFX were good and no matter how many times I watch it, someone choking on their own blood is sure to make me gag every time.
So for the first time ever, I am giving a found footage movie the thumbs up. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing what comes next from SPK and Hood Up Films!!