What if you witnessed a performance that was totally repulsive to you, but you needed to report on its technical, and possibly artistic, merits? Would your moral values trump your objectivity?
Mockumentaries are an interesting genre. If done well, they have the look, sound, and emotional feel of a documentary. Various filmmakers, some independent, have produced mockumentaries that are hilariously funny because they reflect the way viewers perceive the types of people being chronicled (rock musicians, show dog owners, actors), characterizing them as being even more extreme than their stereotypes.
Long Pigs is a mockumentary about two young filmmakers producing a documentary about a cannibalistic serial killer. I know… funny, right? When it comes to the ick factor, this baby is w-a-a-ay up there.
You may ask, “What’s a normal day in the life of a cannibalistic serial killer like?” Heaven knows why you would ask, but you might. According to Long Pigs, it’s a lot like everyone else’s day. Anthony (Anthony Alviano), the subject cannibal, goes to work as a parking valet, visits his mother in the nursing home, plays hockey (or maybe “fights violently on the ice” would be a better description, which actually describes most of the hockey games I’ve attended), and gets a flat tire. Unlike most of us, though, he has a body in his trunk when his tire goes flat.
Naturally, he must shop for groceries, and in the opening of the faux documentary he is cruising prostitutes to find one that would make a good stew. (Yeah, I know. I’m gagging, too.) Different body types for different recipes, apparently. For stew you need someone on the beefy side.
Nathan (Nathan Hines) and Chris (Chris Power), the two filmmakers, film him selecting a victim, bringing her home, and…and…