The Pigman Murders aka Somebody's There (2013)
The Pigman Murders is the latest release from Hood Up Films and the first feature length film from Irish director Stephen Patrick Kenny.It was shot on location in Connemara, County Galway and and stars a group of up and coming Irish actors.
The film begins with an intro telling us that seven friends went into the Connemara wilderness for a weekend trip in remembrance of their friend who was a year dead. With them they brought a cameraman to film the whole thing as a present to their friend's family but after a week of the group being missing their families report them missing to the police. No trace of them is found until six months later when a snuff film is found online and the police realise that the missing group of friends are the people in the film....
First off we meet Paulie who acts as sort of a narrator explaining why the film was being made for Brendan's family, a tribute to their friend who used to love going on the same trip that they were about to embark on. He goes to collect three of his friends from the station and later on they go to the local pub to meet up with the rest of their friends where they trade stories about their friend Brendan and get hammered drunk.
The following morning the seven friends and Stefan the cameraman set out on their hike into the wilderness and it isn't long before they're either fighting among themselves or getting drunk while singing and dancing around the campfire. Everything seems normal until they start hearing gunshots and other strange noises, then they realise they're being hunted by masked killers.
It seems nowadays that one in every five horror films released is a found footage film and to be honest I find the majority of them bad. I think I've seen around twenty found footage films this year so far and maybe three or four of those were good so when I heard there was an Irish found footage film coming out I was excited but worried at the same time. I love to see home-grown horror come out of this country of ours and I love to see it do well so I didn't want this to be another addition to the list of forgettable to just plain bad films I've sat through this year so far. Well thank the horror gods Stephen Patrick Kenny got it right!
I may come across a bit biased but I was hooked from the start because everything in the film seemed so familiar and real. The actors were so believable because I couldn't help but think "that could be me, that could happen to me and my friends!" All the actors were so natural it just seemed like they were basically just being themselves but when the killers appeared and the shit hit the fan their performances really stood out dramatically. Every scream, every tear and every fearful whisper seemed so real - the only thing wooden in this film was the trees.
The director used the eerie Irish wilderness to his advantage almost like an extra character in itself, similar to how Greg Mclean brought the Australian Outback to life in Wolf Creek. Keep your eyes and ears open because there is stuff happening in the background that you'll miss if you blink and you wont want to miss anything! There were a few red herrings or so I thought, maybe I'm paranoid or I just over think everything? When I heard cameraman Stefan's Eastern European accent for the first time I was sure this was going to turn into Hostel, thankfully it didn't and went in a more original direction.
Unlike so many other found footage films like The Blair Witch Project and countless Bigfoot films, in this film you actually do get to see the killer - not straight away and not in the last shot of the film but just enough screen time to scare the crap out of viewers and give them a slight fear of men in pig masks. At the end of the day (in the middle of the night with the lights turned off truthfully) I really enjoyed The Pigman Murders or Somebody's There as it was originally called. It's one of the best found footage films i've seen in a long time and one of the best Irish horror films i've seen for some time as well. I hope to see more like it in the future and look forward to seeing more from director Stephen Patrick Kelly, his next horror film Captive definitely sounds like one to look out for.