Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Meat is Murder: Squeal (2008)

Squeal (2008)
Rating: **1/2
Starring: Kevin Oestenstad, Allison Batty and Stephen Dean

And to think I've seen all the colorful villains this sub-genre has to offer; sure, we have mutated backwood hillbilly inbreds more often than not, but who would go as far as have a slasher with "pig-men mutants"?

Yeah, you read it right: men fused with pig DNAs, killing people for food.

Some year ago, a DNA genetics lab decided to play God and created a breed of pig-men hybrids. Why? was never explained but the important thing is the mutants murdered the staffs (offscreen), escaped, and lived in isolation inside a barn, hunting and eating any unlucky fellas who arrives in their territory. Which is what happened to a group of yet-another-group-of-teens-who's-out-in-the-road-for-God-knows-what-reason.

Now, removing the Pig-men hybrid element of the film, this is basically your average cornpolk slasher flick with cannibalism and torture porn tossed in the mix. There's nothing really new here to add for further interest, but it is far from bad. Pig-nosed or not, Squeal is a little no-name title filled with some nice gore, some weird "porking" scenes, some fair acting, and freaky pig-people. It doesn't try to be anything else other than a straight cheesy B-grade slasher movie who isn't ashamed of doing the most ridiculous ideas to life with a grindhouse aura.

I ain't recommending this but if you get the chance to see it, I suggest you give it a look. If you hate it, that's fine; but if you liked it, well, I guess you're just as open and forgivable to trash as I am.

1 male butchered offscreen, head seen
2 female repeatedly stabbed to death with knives
1 male gutted alive
1 male sledgehammered to the head
1 male had an arm torn off with cleaver, bled to death
1 female hacked on the head with a cleaver
Total: 7

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