Pig Pen (2015)
Directed by: Jason Koch
Starring: Lucas Koch (Zack), Nicolette le Faye (Mother), Vito Trigo (Wayne)
Genres: Domestic Abuse, Gore-Gruesome, Teen-oriented, Family, Revenge
Plot – Spoilers:
Zack has recently dropped out of school. He spends his days wandering on his skateboard, trying to stay away from home and his mother’s abusive boyfriend Wayne. But when Wayne gives him an ultimatum that he can return home only with 50 bucks, even if it means pimping himself out, Zack is forced to make the shittier outdoors his temp home. The streets introduce him to all sorts of unsavory characters whom he handles with a trademark deadpan look.
Pig Pen lulls you into expecting a meandering jumble from it, but instead surprises by springing some nice gore-action every now and then.
YYEEEESSSS! THANK U SO MUCH ADMINS!! Humbling u actually listen to requests;) So I had recommended this movie roughly two months ago for this excellent site, because I thought it’d be a *perfect* fit. I’ve owned the Blu Ray for a while now, viewed it multiple times, but feel it’s a crime how few ppl have seen/heard of this film, hence why I recommend it. Deserves to be seen. The degree of nihilism and pure grit this movie has astounds me, gut-punch status. U think watching the first few minutes that the initial indie low-budget feel will lead to a mediocre movie, but it ends up adding a gritty hopelessness and realism lost on many films in this ‘effed’ up genre, imo. The second Wayne the bf walks in the house right in the beginning made me realize this movie was gonna be fucked, I dunno why, just gave me that vibe, and quick. Excellent plot, characters u feel for and end up caring about, or lack thereof (main kid Zach u felt sorry for, POS mom u hated, and having known quite a few oxy junkies her portrayal of one was damn near spot on, Wayne the boyfriend was just plain scary, etc) and an engaging film the way it plays out, never a dull moment or a wasted / forced scene. Such a feeling of hopelessness that this film conveys, the likes of which I haven’t seen in a film since A Serbian Film (the gold standard, imo),… Read more »
Wow great movie
Good lord. I’m tempted to use words like “Art” and “Acting” to describe this truly horrific film.
All the actors were great, but Vito Trigo as Wayne offered a terrifying portrait of a man wrecked by abuse and so full of pain and that his only course is to ritualistically deliver pain unto others. It’s an easy roll to overact and turn into a cliche bad guy but Vito lets real evil shine through the banal face of an abusive asshole boyfriend.
I’m reminded of Frank in Lynch’s Blue Velvet. Frank’s control of others springs from pure hate and self loathing. He has the power to make others hate themselves and feel like they deserve to be shit on. His gang of hangers on hate and fear Frank. It’s a tactic that despots large and small have used for years.
Honestly though, Koch’s mesmerizing tour of everyday hell is infinitely more brutal and real than Lynch’s trademark fantasy style. His ability to keep the acting and action to a low boil and not over do either makes for a dark journey straight down to the darkest parts of the human condition.
Damn, this one will stick with me for a while I think. Although it’s filled with amateurish technical problems, terrible acting and a few rough edges in the storytelling here and there – not to mention an ending that just makes you roll your eyes – it’s an overall surprisingly enjoyable experience if you’re looking for a grimy, atmospheric and brutal film. A bit of polish here and there and this could have been a proper good film, but it’s nothing that makes it unwatchable or a waste of time.
What a brutal and gritty film. Great performance by the boyfriend, he just exudes evil. The ending was not what I was expecting. Overall, a great movie not easily forgotten. Cheers EUM.
this is definitely gonna stick with me for a while, neat movie
skate or die EFFEDup
Great movie. Great fucked up ending.
Well….I need a hug after that…..
Not posting this as a request just enjoy Jason’s work on this movie have come back to watch and show multiple times as well as having bought the movie itself afterwards but can’t help but notice there isn’t a hook up for 7th day big frown haven’t got to see that one yet, like i said not really a request more like admiring the direction of Jason (:
A brutal, gritty, nihilistic indie film that delivers. The boyfriend Wayne is one sadistic f’d-up piece of street trash. A memorable character and a great little dark film. 4/5 oxycodone
Watched this a long time ago and just viewed it again for the 2nd time. Really great gore movie that has a good plot and the total ambiance really is the perfect fit. Definitely 10/10 ⭐’s
Bumped onto this one, read some of the positive comments and decided to watch it. Confirmed my suspicion that some of the frequent commentators on this site are full of shit. Last 15 minutes are OK, nothing more than that, but to get there you have to endure over an hour of terrible acting (fuck man, the mom is an absolute joke), ridiculous script and boring pace. Really, don’t waste your time…