Pig Death Machine

82 minutes 2013

The first feature in over a decade by veteran underground filmmaker Jon Moritsugu (Mod Fuck Explosion, Scumrock) is a characteristically perverse sci-fi comedy set among the slackerdom of Santa Fe. A shipment of tainted pork hits town, temporarily transforming anyone who eats it into a psychotic super-genius; among the afflicted are a middle-aged bimbo (Moritsugu’s wife Amy Davis, who cowrote the script) and a goth waitress (punk musician Hannah Levbarg) who relates to plants more than people. As usual in the director’s work, the filmmaking is crass and amateurish on purpose; Moritsugu wears his outsider status like a badge of honor; his enthusiasm and affection for his misfit characters is undeniable. Todd Verow, another longtime underground director, provided the hyped-up camerawork.

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