Pig Death Machine was indeed a death machine for the festival this year. Aside from bad editing, the story bind the film was quite shallow. Although director Jon Moritsugu and lead actress Amy Davis were both present at the screening, the movie was quite a disappointment, as the theatre was hardly packed, and some audience members even left part way into the film.
Pig Death Machine was centered around Davis’ character Cocojoy, who at the beginning of the film is a stereotypical blonde with the IQ of 35. Cocojoy is depicted as being that “hot” blonde who is involved in a relationship with a carefree and rich heir with the IQ of the same level. After consuming some uncooked, mysterious looking pork at a local cafe, Cocojoy’s IQ gradually increases, and she soon becomes a mad genius. In addition to Cocojoy’s character, one of the workers at the cafe where the pork was served also ends up consuming the experimental meat, and starts gaining magical abilities of her own. The two women soon become addicted to the pork, and go on separate journey’s in search of the origins of the meat.
Moritsugu tries to do too much in the film with special effects and random sounds. The cuts implemented between the different scenes are not clean, and the storyline seems to jump at times. During certain scenes there is also overexposure from the sun that whitens out the actress. In addition Moritsugu intermittently places random psychedelic color screens that start to cause a strain on the audience member’s eyes. After viewing the random colors repeatedly one starts to develop a headache. Loud erratic sounds are also added by Moritsugu to denote the increasing of Cocojoy’s IQ. It is understandable that one would like to emphasize that aspect of the film, but the loud erratic sounds seem to overwhelm the scene, as they are almost 10 times the volume level at which the characters were speaking at. Unless one has a high tolerance for loud random sounds and colors, Pig Death Machine will really kill one’s mood for film in a matter of minutes.