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Pigs (2005)

Bone Adams , Jim Antonio  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bone Adams, Jim Antonio, Walter Barnes, Paul Hickey (II), Erik Holland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: TROMA ENTERTAINMENT INC.
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFUTC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,488 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pigs" on IMDb

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Let's face it, Pigs probably isn't the most convincing of titles for a horror film. Pigs generally don't provoke a sense of terror one might expect by, say, a colony of bats or a pack of wild dogs. However, this 1972 "playing at a drive-in near you" film had very little to do with pigs, and in fact was originally released under the more evocative title Daddy's Deadly Darling. Pigs has several things going for it; first and foremost, originality. The story involves young, beautiful but emotionally damaged Lynn Webster (Toni Lawrence) who suffers from extreme bipolar dementia (when the excruciating "la la la" song is queued, audiences know Lynn's entering psychotic territory). Running away from the past, Lynn stumbles upon a secluded roadside diner and charms her way into a job working for the owner Zambrini, (film veteran Marc Lawrence), a true backwoods eccentric with an unusual relationship with his herd of ceaselessly squealing pigs. Zambrini and Lynn become fast friends and unknowingly share a common bond: complete insanity. He feeds unearthed corpses to his bovine pals who go hog wild for human flesh while she kills anyone that reminds her of a terrible past trauma. Things get complicated when neighbors and the law start snooping around. Sure, there are over-the-top performances, unexplained sub-plots, and a barely there budget, but there's also loads of wonderful dark gritty atmosphere and enough plain weirdness to make it all interesting. For those that like plenty of lard in their slop, Pigs serves it up just fine. --Matt Wold

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Lynn loved her daddy very much, but her love could not stop him from raping her and it couldn’t keep her from plunging a knife in to his back. Committed to an insane asylum for the criminally insane, Lynn persists in the delusion that her father is not only still alive, but wants her to come home. When Lynn’s sensuous nurse indulges in an illicit affair, Lynn steals her uniform and her keys, escaping in the nurses car. The story then shifts to Zambini, an old high-wire circus performer who was seriously injured in a fall. Thought dead, he awakened in the morgue and has been affected by the incident ever since. Zambini owns a rural café among the oil fields and is thought by his old lady neighbor to have murdered his young waitresses and fed their bodies to his pigs. Under the cover of darkness we see Zambini carry a corpse to his barn where, after apologizing to the cadaver, he feeds it to his squealing voracious pigs. The following morning, Lynn arrives and applies for a job in the café. Although Zambini senses she is hiding from someone, he feels sorry for her and gives her a job and a shabby room in which to sleep. What follows is a study in horror as the old man gradually learns Lynn’s story and tries to protect her from the law. A terrifying climax is topped by a chilling Hitchcockian twist.

Written, directed and starring Hollywood legend Marc Lawrence (From Dusk Till Dawn, The Big Easy), PIGS is the epic 70’s horror film that paved the way for films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Last House on the Left!

DVD EXTRAS:

- Production Notes
- Introduction by Troma President and Creator of the Toxic Avenger Lloyd Kaufman!
- Coming Distractions and other Tromatic Goodies
- Peta2 GOLDFINGER music video – "Free Me"
- Peta2 PSA – "Chew on This"
- A lesson from the "Make Your Own Damn Movie" box set


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3.0 out of 5 stars This is a cut-for-TV print May 31, 2005
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Format:DVD
Troma released this as a "special edition," but it's a butchered-for-TV print that's missing some of the gore and has some scenes slightly looped. In the old videocassette of this film (which has just about the same picture quality - the DVD's no improvement in that aspect, either) there were many shots of a severed hand that the farmer had to stand on when he was being visited by the cops. In the Troma DVD, you can't even tell what's happening in that scene because they removed all the shots of the severed hand.

"Pigs" isn't a masterpiece (although light years better than any movie that Troma actually produced), but the film and the people who buy it deserve an uncut copy, not the mess that Troma's foisted on us.

I didn't particularly appreciate not being able to skip over the obnoxious "Make Your Own Damn Movie" ad at the beginning of the disc, either. And I'm about sick of Lloyd Kaufman's moronic "introductions" to the movies that Troma releases, too. Just shut up and roll the film, Lloyd... and make it uncut next time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pigs Gotta Eat... July 6, 2010
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PIGS (aka: DADDY'S DEADLY DARLING) concerns an insane, homicidal woman named Lynne Webster (Toni Lawrence) who murders her incestuous father, is committed to a mental hospital, grows up, and escapes. Lynne winds up on a pig farm, run by a strange man named Zambrini (Marc Lawrence) who feeds human flesh to his swine. Lynne and Zambrini are perfect for each other! A symbiotic relationship falls into place almost immediately. You see, Lynne takes a waitressing job in Zambrini's cafe, and is hit on by a local scumbag. Big mistake! Lynne dispatches said slimeball, giving Zambrini's piggies a wonderful meal. Ah, but this arrangement can't go on forever. A nosey pair of neighbors and the local sheriff seem destined to mess things up! PIGS is a great hunk of 70s cheeeze w/ extra helpings of bloody, violent death! Well worth repeat viewings...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pigs will Eat Anything... June 11, 2012
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A nice little 70's horror gem concerning an escaped female mental patient who gets herself a job at a diner in rural middle-of-nowhere. She strikes up a bizarre, but strangely touching father-daughter relationship with diner owner Zambrini with their little routine: She lures in men, murders them, then Zambrini uses the corpses as chow for his vicious hogs!

This is one of those rare times when sifting through piles of b-movies pays off, and you stumble upon a forgotten treasure. Despite the title Pigs, the focus here is very much on the human relationships as opposed to the bloodthirsty pigs. The original title, Daddy's Deadly Darling, probably made this more apparent. Also despite the grisly premise, there is very little blood or gore here, although this release is very obviously edited. The strong suit here is the creepy, backwoods atmosphere and that never-duplicated 70's drive-in feel, and it makes for a great little movie.

Edited DVD and moronic intro from Lloyd Kaufman aside, Pigs is very much worth checking out. ****/****
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