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Long Pigs (2007)

Not Rated | | Horror | 6 October 2007 (USA)
A documentary by two desperate young filmmakers who stumble upon the ultimate subject, a 33 year old cannibalistic serial killer named Anthony McAllister, who has agreed to let them ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anthony Alviano ...
Anthony McAlistar
Jean-Marc Fontaine ...
The Restaurant Manager
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Merle - Missing Child's Father
Shane Harbinson ...
Det. Ken Walby
Roger King ...
Tony Prince - Radio Host
Kelly McIntosh ...
Rebecca Stapleton (as Kelly MacIntosh)
Brad Mittelman ...
Simon Sullivan
John Terranova ...
John Vierra
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Dr. Hooshangi
Barbara Walsh ...
Lucy the Prostitute
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Newscaster
Phyllis Cooper ...
Anthony's Mom
Anita de Yonge ...
Reporter
Nathan Hynes ...
Nathan Hynes
Niki Landau ...
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A documentary by two desperate young filmmakers who stumble upon the ultimate subject, a 33 year old cannibalistic serial killer named Anthony McAllister, who has agreed to let them document every aspect of his horrifically violent life-style. Initially terrified, the filmmakers get to know Anthony as a person. They even begin to identify with his ecological and philosophical justifications for his cannibalistic lifestyle. It's only when they investigate further that the filmmakers begin to doubt Anthony's accounts of his past. Tensions noticeably rise as the filmmakers continue to confront Anthony on his conflicting stories and ever-changing philosophies. During an awkward interview, the filmmakers interview Merle, the father of a young girl who was abducted and never found. This abduction was Anthony's first child victim. Merle welcomes them into his home and gives them a heart-felt experience that even Anthony is touched by. As the documentary reaches its conclusion Anthony begins ... Written by Alex Jordan

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Two desperate filmmakers began a documentary about a cannibalistic-serial killer. What follows is their actual footage.

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A culinary delight
11 September 2010 | by (Oakville, Ontario) – See all my reviews

A quick glance at Anthony McAlistar and you would think that he is your average every day kind of guy. He doesn't talk funny. He doesn't have a limp or a feature that would make him stick out in a crowd. Nope. Anthony is your everybody kind of guy.

Oh wait. There is one thing. Anthony is a cannibal serial killer.

The film Long Pigs sets out to explore the everyday life of Anthony in a faux-documentary type style. A cameraman and a journalist will follow Anthony through various kills and dismemberments as the feature star of his own documentary.

Anthony (Anthony Alviano) couldn't be more convincing or terrifying in his simple and realistic approach as the murderer-next-door. He is calm and purposeful. And when he begins to chow down on random strangers, the documentary style as presented by directors Chris Power and Nathan Hynes is a perfect complement to explore the ferocious homicidal maniac living inside the man.

Currently on DVD and touring the festival circuits across North America, Long Pigs is an above average independent film with some of the most realistic make-up and effects that you will see in a film with the budget of a Michael Bay craft table.

The effects are balanced with intelligent dialogue and attentive detail to the production. Anthony's speeches about his cannibalism not being sexual – "It's culinary" - and his description of having to tie off the human anus to prevent contamination were brilliantly orchestrated with accompanying horror style visuals that make Long Pigs more fascinating than revolting.

If the notion that a serial killer is the 'quiet type that lives next door', then Long Pigs' Anthony embodies the idea to a tee. He plays hockey, he visits his ailing mother and even eats with strangers as if it were an everyday event (while a body lies in his car trunk no less).

Watching Anthony carefully slaughter and store a human body like a seasoned butcher was as real as any effect you will see in a big budgeted film of the same genre. Special FX make-up by Chris Bridges and Tony Labatt are the highlight of the film filled with fascinating winks back to the gullible audience.

Not trying to overpopulate the film with countless characters and subplots, Power and Hynes keep the film headed in a straight forward motion towards an ending that was unexpected yet not overly forced. We get cuts from interviews of a police detective, a behavioral analyst and scenes of a radio personality giving their take on the carnage left in Anthony's wake, but the movie centers and focuses on Anthony without a barrage of interference.

Long Pig is a 'Culinary term for the human corpse' and after experiencing a glimpse into the life of a madman, I am disappointed in myself when I report that I would buy the cookbook Anthony longs to scribe.

Long Pigs is available on DVD and should be searched out. It is a charming and absorbing feature that has put its production team on my 'To Watch' List.

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