They also interview a woman behaviorist who discusses dysfunctionality in serial killers and a police officer who talks about missing persons, murderers, and doing his job. The interviews are spliced in between scenes of Anthony doing his thing.
Reportedly, Long Pigs is becoming a cult favorite. Is this despite or because of its subject matter? The truth is, it’s very well made. The actors are all on target; if you’ve seen enough documentaries, you can appreciate the verisimilitude. The experts who are interviewed, as well as other interview subjects, all come across the same as we’ve seen hundreds of interviewees.
Threaded throughout the documentary are clips of a Howard Stern-like radio talk show host (Roger King, who nails it) yammering on about subjects that touch upon film events.
People who are very imaginative or good at the willing-suspension-of-disbelief thing are likely to find some scenes revolting. Extremely revolting. Knowing that it’s all fake doesn’t actually make the subject less uncomfortable.
Chris Power and Nathan Hynes wrote and directed Long Pigs, and appear as the documentary makers (who were sickened by some of Anthony’s activities, but not enough to give up their project). They have done a remarkable job recreating/faking a documentary, and assembled a convincing cast capable of “reality.” (Whatever that is, as psych professors like to say.) Long Pigs has received awards at film festivals in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Puerto Rico.
Bottom Line: Would I buy/rent/stream Long Pigs? I really enjoyed the technical and artistic aspects, the product of creativity, but cannibalistic serial killers? There are some things I’d just rather not see, even when they’re “make pretend.”