A giant pig runs amok in the outback of Australia might not sound like the
best synopsis for a movie but this beastie movie actually has plenty in it
to enjoy if taken in the right vain, i.e. tongue firmly in cheek.
The story begins when two random tourists (I presumed they were tourists as
one had a Scottish accent) who are driving along a dark road in the
Australian Outback have to stop when their path is blocked by a number of
cute little wild pigs. However much to their and our horror as they begin
to move off their car is attacked by a pig the size of a rhino (one of the
characters words not mine).
After that we’re in another car this time with Debbie (Simone Buchanan),
step-father Bruce (Bill Mosely, The Devil’s Rejects) and Debbie’s two kids
Ella and Bart (Christie-Lee Briton and Griffin Walsh). Also along for the
ride is Debbie’s obnoxious boyfriend Robert (Hugh Sheridan), I did hope
that he would be first on the pigs menu.
The family it turns out are off to stay with Debbie’s brother Bernie
(Australia’s answer to the Rock, Nathan Jones).
What follows is a slaughter fest as a number of random strangers are gored
to death by the giant pig before the towns’ people and Debbie’s family
become involved in the carnage.
Director Chris Sun (Charlie’s Farm) does the best that he can with what
appears to be a very limited budget. Boar is most certainly in the B movie
category, the pig effects range from mediocre to downright awful. However
an enthusiastic cast and a fairly tight script keeps the proceedings moving
along at a cracking pace.
As I said at the beginning, Boar is not to be taken seriously, how could
you when one of the characters, with his intestines hanging out, picks a
fist fight with the killer beast. It certainly won’t be for everyone but if
you enjoy horror movies, in particular Razorback (1984) which has a very
similar theme, then Boar is certainly worth a look.