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Bartleby Abroad: Giant Pig takes a ‘Chaw’ out of Korea

26 Jan

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Chaw (NR) Running Time: 121 min. Directed by: Jeong-Won Shin Starring: Tae-Woong Eom, Yoon Jae-Moon, Yu-mi Jeong, Earl Wayne Ording  Cinematography: Barry Stone

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Before launching into Jeong-Won Shin’s B-movie bonanza Chaw, I believe a word of caution is in order. For those expecting a schlocky horror film like Razorback or possibly a suspenseful creature feature  like The Host, temper your expectations now. And for anyone who only observes star ratings, you might want to really read the review before deciding on this one.

Because, on the level, Chaw is an amazingly buffoonish piece of work. Continue reading

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Attention Baltimore Film Fans! Aliens Are Trespassing At A Drive-In Near You!!

17 Jul

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July 17th, 2009–

Wow, when it rains it pours. It’s a great weekend to be a film fan in Baltimore, but there are so many choices that you are sure to end up missing something no matter how you tailor your schedule. With the usual vat of new releases, the Senator playing Rashomon and Artscape and The Charles putting on that big show in the city it would be easy to overlook something like this. However, I think that would be a mistake. The above movie is Alien Trespass and while I haven’t seen it, with a poster like that, now I know I need to! Looking like it was made in 195o (it was actually filmed last year on an indie budget) with the likes of Dan Lauria and Robert Patrick showing up, Alien Trespass is probably a movie that could ONLY be properly enjoyed in that late summer night ambience that only the drive-in can provide. And if you are interested in checking it out, you can get into Bengies Drive-In, located in Middle River, Baltimore, MD (see the WEBSITE for showtimes and directions and all that other stuff) for 8 bucks and that includes not only this little gem but two other films as well. Continue reading

Monster fans, prepare to squeal like a pig for ‘CHAW’ teaser trailer!

28 May

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May 28th, 2009-

Giant killer pig movies. There really aren’t enough of these out there. Even the Sci-Fi Channel hasn’t really exploited the unsavory idea of hordes of mutant hogs attacking the human population. In fact, the only predatory pig film I can think of is Russell Mulcahy’s australian thriller Razorback from 1984. The image above is actually pulled from that movie, as CHAW has yet to release images of its sinister swine.

Korea has been sitting pretty at the forefront of asian cinema in the past few years and they have even given us a great bonafide creature feature in the form of The Host, an instant classic about a dysfunctional family fighting an aquatic mutant to reclaim their youngest member. Think of it as Little Miss Sunshine meets Godzilla.

The trailer for CHAW elicits both a pure schlock vibe and an popcorn action movie vibe. The hog looks quite cartoony, but as long as the movie manages to capture the same sort of discomfort and amuesement one gets when looking at the below photo, it has a chance of success.

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As for the title, while it isn’t as iconic as say, Hogzilla or Super-Swine: The Porcine Project, CHAW has a nice, grotesque ring to it. While I think it’s the giant pig’s name, it actually evokes images of a less than appeasing nature; whats the chance that we might get scenes of a giant pig happily munching on a human cranium?

Anyway, you can read more about CHAW over at TWITCH, the foreign film fan’s one stop shop for all current international and exotic film projects. 

You can catch the trailer itself HERE.