I had to stop here first. What I love about your reviews of foreign films (especially foreign horror) as that you know them so well, so you immediately transfer that to your reader, and possibly respective buyer, in your review, and that's so important. So glad you got this one on here, and equally glad you gave it what I did. It's no way a three star film, and I'd give it four even if three meant 'good' instead of just OK, because it's better than good. Also loved you echoing my important point about it being so unfair, unnecessary and unhelpful to compare every animal-attacker to 'Jaws' (again they conveniently ignore the fact 'The Birds' came first, and while the general renascence will be thrilled at the numerous similarities to 'Jaws' this has, not that they should feel smug, the movie more than congenially admits it) 'The Birds' happened on land, making it in general more likely relative to certain on other animal attackers. And again, 'Jaws' certainly didn't inspire 'Frogs', which came a full two years or so beforehand.
Also spot on are the points you share with me on the movie's length being utterly palatable, and that, while not exactly a match for 'The Host' (itself almost the height of non-US animal attackers) it's the best killer boar film you've seen aside from 'Razorback', which I need to watch again. As it stands at the moment, while I pig both (sorry), 'Chaw' seems to have the upper tusks, but 'Razorback' still remains pig-cool. And, like me, nice one for dicing down those other two pig films, as 'Prey', while good enough, does have its missteps here and there. It has the kind of approach that fans would elevate higher, but it would, they go for the obvious alpha-male bull, and personally the warmer, and more humourous turns from the Korean actors in a better script for 'Chaw' do beat it. As for 'Pig Hunt', that thing might as well not have had the pig in it, and it remains an utterly resistible effort that smacks of any island-set cannibal horror from the eighties. Other new ones like 'Welcome To The Jungle', 'Paradise Lost' and 'Vinyan' fall into this territory-none of them animal attackers, and most of the time, 'Pig Hunt' is exactly like that. It's certainly bad.
What I feel I didn't do is sell the actual DVD itself, not just the film, my early reviews suffer from this, but of late I'm getting better, but you mentioning the photography and how many subtitles makes me recall I might have missed out, but you really stumped me over your concise mini-description of the different characters, which makes for spirited and hilarious reading, especially the smaller turns-the bonkers mother, girl smashing bottles over someone's head, accident prone scientist's friend, so on. Maybe if I'd watched it again, I'd have been able to separate the different members enough to mention them, but I was just so enamoured of the film, and annoyed by its lack of decent supportive reviews, I had to bang it out.
But I'm glad you didn't review it straight off, like you said, you would have given it three stars, and that would have surprised me, were it not for the fact I know you well enough to recall you often prefer a film the second time around, once any preconceived ideas are dumped on duplicate views. A sensible notion more people should go to films with, especially foreign ones, mind you getting some to view a foreign the film a first time is staggeringly hard enough, hence the pointless 'Blood Glacier' reviews. 'Chaw' hit so many high points that it pretty much defeated most things released around, especially all the wannabee piggers.
I think the humour, so markedly obvious, really made the movie fly, 'Prey' was too dour, obvious and mean-spirited with typcial family types hating each other in 'The Dead End' way and to be honest I'm tiring of this, does every family in a horror film, and under attack from something they often bring on themselves. ALWAYS hate each other. No matter how much humour there is, an animal attacker this still is, and any amount of serious when that Boar is working full-throttle. It's comedy that many 80's horrors used to exhibit whilst still being very much horror films. At least this delivers, it is a horror. If it was made in the US, it would be another cannibal wannabee like 'Pig Hunt' so thank God it wasn't.
Great stuff, marked you down, be over to 'Burning Bright' in a bit.