Boar Film Review

‘Fuck me drunk it’s a boar, it looked like a boar and it’s about the size of a fucking combi van…’ Boar Film 2018

Boar is quite simply a film about a monstrous oversized mutated pig, there’s not much more to it and you don’t have a backstory either, was it, for example a genetic malformation, a new species or breed, was it manmade?! None of these questions are approached or answered and the film survives on this alone.

In the outback, livestock is said to have been killed off by something unknown. The townspeople joke and speak lightly of a boar having been seen by one of the drunken locals, but he’s not taken very seriously.

The wild pig begins to attack on the quiet, at first, it’s just animals, but soon the flesh-hunting boar starts to prey on humans and with every kill it grows in strength, becoming more brutal.

When a returning local brings her family to her hometown, she’s happy to be back so she can show them the natural sights the outback has to offer. A family day out at a local farm with her brother Bart at first seems idyllic. But no sooner than they arrive, they’re torn apart and fighting for their lives as the wicked boar preys on them.

I’m enjoying learning more about Chris Sun, because his movies are entertaining and more importantly horrific.

Although some of the set-ups of the kills are predictable from the offset with a neo-tongue-and-cheek B-movie approach, this does turn around by the time we reach the second to third act where viewing becomes uncomfortable as we see family relations strained under heightened fight or flight moments.

The best attribute of Boar is the dialogue between the local townsfolk. In an A-typical Aussie humorous style, audiences are wooed by the entertaining exchanges which seem very natural even if some of the scriptwriting is a little wooden.

Suns’ realism within the characters is what forgives the film for any script oddities giving the film a unique charm.

The design of the Boar itself is very good, especially as Sun has combined both CGI and practical effects. It’s a scary looking boar and even with the old-school puppeteering, the attacks are visceral and mostly believable because of the sheer violence and gore.

Impressive creature sound design also helps to carry forth some of the realism, and there are moments where you’ll find yourself jumping off your seat.

Boar is a fun-horror-monster feature, there’s also a great star cast known for their Horror/Sci-Fi presence in movies, with Ernie Dingo (Crocodile Dundee 2), Roger Ward (Mad Max, 1979), John Jarratt (Wolf Creek), Chris Haywood (Razorback) and Steve Beasley (Mad Max 1979).

I don’t know if I’d want to eat this boar on a spit roast after its diet as it’d probably taste even more so of human anyway…but maybe Boar will leave you salivating at the possibilities.

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