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(aka "Somebody's There" )

 

directed by Stephen Patrick Kenny
Ireland 2013

 

THE PIGMAN MURDERS is the "found footage" account of the not-particularly-original-or-imaginative fates that befell seven friends - Paulie (Mark Hutchinson), Adam (Tom Ward), Lee (Andrew Neenan), Sammy (Gerard Fallon), Joshua (Camille Yourell), Fran (Eugene Horan), and Peter (Ollie Keogh) - who disappeared in the Connemara County, Gallway wilderness along with hired cameraman Stefan (cinematographer Marius Puodziunas) documenting their trip as a tribute to a childhood friend lost the year before to cancer. Six months after their disappearance, snuff-like video footage was uploaded to social networking sites by persons unknown and the victims therein were identified as the missing men. The group prove fractious even before they are dodging farmer's bullets and hearing squealing and grunting in the night, but the loyalty they feel for one another as they disappear one by one may just be what gets them all killed.

The wide open spaces of Connemara make an interesting setting for a "found footage" film, taking on an agoraphobic atmosphere as their pursuer or pursuers no longer depend on the shadows of the night and the claustrophobic woodlands. That said, there isn't much to recommend THE PIGMAN MURDERS as it's everything we've seen before, but with an Irish accent. The actors and filmmakers have all done more than a few shorts with one another, but their chemistry and rapport doesn't translate effectively onto the screen to make the characters and their conflicts more interesting than the bickering characters of any other "found footage" film (we're neither saddened or pleased when the characters meet their grisly fates). The "Pigman" is not particularly interesting despite the distrubing mask, but we'll presumably learn more about him in the in-production THE PIGMAN MURDERS II: THE LOST FOOTAGE.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 10 June 2013 (Ireland)

 

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DVD Review: 88 Films - Region 0 - PAL

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88 Films

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:12:27 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.57 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: 88 Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Short film 'Curse of the Banshee' (16:9; 18:35)
• Trailer (16:9; 1:06)
• Still Gallery
• 88 Films Trailer Reel

DVD Release Date: September 29th, 2014
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

88 Film's dual-layer DVD features an anamorphic transfer that seems to faithfully represent the original HD videography which is intentionally rough with shaky camerawork, auto-exposure fluctuations, and an annoying amount of post-produced video glitches to add to the "found footage" mystique. There are no issues with the Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track which features intentional drop-outs to correspond to the video.

The major extra is a short film by the director about a banshee that starts out well in its period prologue but is a let-down in its resolution. The disc also includes a still gallery, a trailer for the feature, and trailers for PUPPET MASTER, THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, DEMONIC TOYS, BLOODY BIRTHDAY, TWO MOON JUNCTION, DOLLMAN, BLOODSUCKING FREAKS, PUPPET MASTER II, PUPPET MASTER III, TOURIST TRAP, and CASTLE FREAK.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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