The Pig Farm

Michael Lee Barlin's "The Pig Farm" only manages to slaughter itself in a messy, underdeveloped attempt to juggle mob comedy with a story about living poor in rural New York. Project underlines how unwise it generally is for micro-budgeted pics to stage ultra-violence and general carnage: Results here look like heavy use of plastic body parts and gallons o' ketchup. Pic couldn't have had a less watchable presentation than at Dances With Films, where it visually suffered from fest's inexplicable willingness to exhibit with sub-par vid projection. This won't bring home the bacon at fests, or anywhere else.

With:
With: Richard Alan Johnston, Jason Hildebrandt, Aaron Waiton, Karen Oberlin, Peter Linari.

Michael Lee Barlin’s “The Pig Farm” only manages to slaughter itself in a messy, underdeveloped attempt to juggle mob comedy with a story about living poor in rural New York. Project underlines how unwise it generally is for micro-budgeted pics to stage ultra-violence and general carnage: Results here look like heavy use of plastic body parts and gallons o’ ketchup. Pic couldn’t have had a less watchable presentation than at Dances With Films, where it visually suffered from fest’s inexplicable willingness to exhibit with sub-par vid projection. This won’t bring home the bacon at fests, or anywhere else.

Just as pig farmers Rusty (Richard Alan Johnston) and Derek (Aaron Waiton) are about to go broke, mob hitman Joey (Jason Hildebrandt) turns up offering Rusty $1,000 to let him dispose of his trash on their property. Joey soon ups the ante when Rusty mentions that his pigs eat everything, including bones. Piggies are quickly chomping on body parts from Joey’s various hits, but it’s not long until the New York bosses catch up with the pair for a clumsy shoot-’em-up finale.

The Pig Farm

Production: A Stranger Than Pictures presentation. Produced by Michael Lee Barlin. Executive producer, Adam Roy Gale. Directed, written by Michael Lee Barlin.

Crew: Camera (color), Spencer Snygg; editors, Mick Reed, David Hilbert; music, Louis Loria; art director, Nicole Niekrewicz; costume designer, Niekrewicz. Reviewed at Dances With Films Film Festival, West Hollywood, June 25, 2000. Running time: 77 MIN.

With: With: Richard Alan Johnston, Jason Hildebrandt, Aaron Waiton, Karen Oberlin, Peter Linari.

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