Boar, originally released in 2017, is now coming to Shudder as a Shudder exclusive this Thursday on June 6th. It was written and directed by Chris Sun. And ohhhhh boy, this film is something.
“Either I’m pissed off my chest mate, or that’s the biggest fucking boar I’ve ever seen.”
Here’s your premise: Debbie (Simone Buchanan) and her American husband Bruce (Bill Moseley) have brought their kids, Ella (Christie-Lee Britten), Bart (Griffin Walsh) and Ella’s boyfriend Robert (Hugh Sheridan) to visit Debbie’s brother Bernie (Nathan Jones). Bernie lives in the Australian outback in a small and rugged town. The town is filled with wonderful characters that all localize around a pub run by Sasha (Melissa Tkautz). Unbeknownst to anyone, there’s a giant fucking boar running around the outback killing campers and townsfolk.
Let’s dive right into what I loved; the characters. With these big creature features it can be tough sometimes to care about the characters, so much of the plot focuses on big kills and bigger monsters. But what’s unique about Boar is that you’re made to love and care for these characters in a short amount of time. The beginning of the movie is a little bit frantic as everyone gets sorted and some kills happen and the beast is teased. But when it settles in is when the movie shines.
Sasha was amazing. She’s an absolute badass and one of my favorite scenes is when a shithead in the pub is being a creep and she just punches him square in the jaw. I also loved her Dad Ken (John Jarratt) and his friend Blue (Roger Ward). They were just two old drunks having a grand old time in the outback reminiscing and I really loved everything they brought to the story. I was honestly confused at first why Ken wasn’t the main character. I also adored Bernie and everything about him. Just this giant of a man feeding baby lambs, and loving on his family, and punching the boar in the face. I mean….can we get like 10 more sequels with Bernie vs. the boar please?
The characters were definitely the strong point of the story, but I also want to give a shout out to the monster itself. Boar does a great job of teasing the full reveal until about half way through the movie. And for most of the closeups it’s just really well done and really fun practical effects. Sure, the CG isn’t great, but there’s also not a tone of it. So it never really pulls you out of the story.
Only downside for me was how dark it was, a lot of the kills were hard to see because of that. Obviously, it worked in that the monster never came off as overly CG and useless, because the dark kept the practical effects looking good. But a lot of these creature features are watched for the kills and these could’ve been stronger. But a minor complaint!
This is a heck of a lot of fun! Grab some friends, have a BBQ, and then watch Boar and have a wild time. Trust me mate, “that…..is a monster.”
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