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The cannibal doc to gnaw away at your comfort zone
on August 11, 2010
First there was the witches in the Blair Project. Then ghosts in Paranormal Activity. Now we get bludgeoned and hacked with an even more gruesome terror. Yes, it's human beings on the chopping block. Dark, gritty, and demented, this Clowns After Midnight production is bound to get under your skin.
Long Pigs is an all-too-real mockumentary on Anthony McAlistar, an affable cannibal without a conscience. Anthony has allowed two young filmmakers full access to his life and his disturbing meal preparations. Believe me, it is quite uncomfortable watching this monster work. Partly because of his friendly disposition and his total disregard for human life. Also because of the specific details he shares with you and the pride he takes in his work. Anthony seems to enjoy the spotlight as the film captures his heinous deeds. This also brings into question the moral disposition of the cameramen watching the crimes, plus the media's fascination with such atrocities.
Long Pigs is very well made, receiving several awards at different film fests. The lead acting from Anthony Alviano seems almost too convincing. Much of the script seems improvised, adding to the authenticy. There is some brief nudity and a little bit of gore as the cook cuts up his fresh corpses for cooking. Toss in the sloppy camerawork, scattershot direction, plus the quick and brutal murders and you have quite the sick little independent horror film.