Pig Hunt (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Pig Hunt (2008)
  • Rate: 4.9/10 total 1,283 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 31 July 2008 (UK)
  • Runtime: 99 min | Germany:101 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: Boonville, California, USA
  • Budget: $6,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: James Isaac
  • Stars: Travis Aaron Wade, Tina Huang and Howard Johnson Jr.
  • Original Music By: David E. Russo   
  • Soundtrack: Helicopter
  • Sound Mix: Dolby SR | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Pig | Emus | Forest | Marijuana | Cult

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Robert Mailer Anderson  writer
  • Zack Anderson  writer

Known Trivia

  • Travis Aaron Wade replaced the lead actor in the film playing John Hickman just two days before filming.
  • Musician Charlie Musselwhite, who plays general store proprietor Charlie in the film, had had a gig in San Diego at midnight, and drove through the night to get to the shoot for the morning. His dialogue was laid on him at the last second.
  • The filmmakers wanted genuine wolf dogs for the production but the cost of utilizing the canines and their handlers was too high for their budget.
  • In one of the first scenes, there’s a nightstand with some books on it. One of the books is “South of the Pumphouse” written by Les Claypool, who plays a small role in the movie.

Plot: When John takes his San Francisco friends to his deceased uncle's remote ranch to hunt wild pigs, it seems like a typical guys weekend with guns… See more »  »

Story: When John takes his San Francisco friends to his deceased uncle's remote ranch to hunt wild pigs, it seems like a typical guys weekend with guns – despite the presence of John's sexy girlfriend Brooks. But as John and his crew trek deeper into the forest, they begin tracking the awful truth about his uncle's demise and the legend of The Ripper — a murderous three-thousand-pound black boar! Their pursuit leads them through fields of marijuana and into the muddy landscape of Big Wallow, involving high-powered weaponry, the violent and unpredictable Tibbs Brothers, massacred emus, a machete-toting Hippie Stranger, vengeful rednecks, and throat-slitting Cult Girls who grow dope by day and worship a Giant Killer Pig by night. By the time the pig hunt is done, no one is innocent – or unscathed. Not for the faint of heart, PIG HUNT is a darkly comic horror film that combines the best of DELIVERANCE…Written by Anonymous  


Synopsis: In the opening scene, with a man running for his life through the forest, obviously in a panic he hides behind a tree, trying to spot what was following him. As he calms down, something comes up from behind him, throwing him up into the air and back down again. The man screams as something begins eating him, and as the man dies, the camera turns to a pair of dog tags that are slowly overtaken by a small river of blood.

In San Francisco, John Hickman (Travis Aaron Wade) and his girlfriend Brooks (Tina Huang) are a pair of residents who invite their friends; tough guy and military man Ben (Howard Johnson Jr.), his close friend Wayne (Rajiv Shah), as well as the naive and weak-willed Quincy (Trevor Bullock) and his dog Wolfgang, to a backwood redneck community for a weekend of hunting, drinking and fun and camping near John’s uncle’s home. Enroute, they stop at a gas station for directions and encounter a van of hippie women and their male leader who run a commune in the woods nearby. After obtaining some supplies and directions, they make their way to the abandoned cabin and camp outside.

The next morning, they encounter Jake (Jason Foster) and Ricky (Nick Tagas) old friends of John’s who are interested in joining them on a wild hog hunt. Quincy, who is eager to get to know them is obviously inexperienced in any sort of outdoor activities, and Jake accuses Wolfgang of being a ‘pet’ not a ‘dog’ seeming equally oblivious to hunting as well.

As the group makes their trip through the woods, they encounter an area called the Big Wallow, where boars are known for hanging out and using a horn as a lure, they manage to convene several pigs on their location. One of them rams into Wayne’s leg at full charge giving him a compound fracture in his kneecap and incapacitating him. Wolfgang goes charging after the boars while Brooks shows off her marksmanship talents and kills one of them.

While looking for a way to carry Wayne back to the cabin, Quincy encounters a large stash of marijuana plant in a forest clearing and leads the others to it, leaving Brooks with Wayne. A conflict emerges when John objects to Jake and Ricky taking the plants for profit as they appeared to have been cultured, and an ensuing argument forces Ben to kill Ricky who was ready to kill John. Jake flees to tell his inbred clan, and the others return to Wayne and Brooks, while Quincy and Ben start making their way back to the cabin while Brooks and John leave Wayne to seek help and head for town. Shortly after their departure, Wayne is attacked by something and manages to fire off a single round. Brooks and John circle back and find him missing as well as Ricky’s body.

Meanwhile, Ben and Quincy make their way back to the cabin. They find Wolfgang’s mutilated body, and determine he was killed by the rednecks. Ricky and Jake’s clan make their appearance, Ben manages to kill his pursuer and escape, but Quincy is knocked out of the jeep he was attempting to escape in, and is executed by the bloodthirsty rednecks in a fashion of any suffering animal; with a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.

The redneck clan members then go after the surviving hunting party where they are ambushed and killed in passing by Brooks as she and John make their way to the main road, only to be pursued themselves by the clan. The wounded Ben makes his way and finds the commune where he is led into an enormous pit. He encounters Wayne who says that something has been eating him, Ben turns to see something approaching him, but his fate is not shown.

Brooks and John run into the same hippie they had seen earlier who slays two of the redneck hunters and leads the pair of them back to the commune. When John questions why Ben’s equipment is there, but not Ben himself is not, they force him into a cell while the leader takes Brooks out into the pit. They encounter "Pigzilla" an enormous, three-ton and a half boar who is finishing the remains of one of the redneck clan. Jake makes his way to the commune and forces himself into John’s cell, as Jake prepares to kill him, one of the commune women attack him, stabbing him in the eye with her boar’s tooth necklace before she gets shot. Jake dies from his wounds while the hippie leader tries to feed Brooks to the boar. She forces him to move in front, causing the boar to turn its gaze on him, and despite his best efforts, he has his intestines ripped out by the creature. John forces his way from the cell and using a crossbow, fires an arrow up under the boar’s jaw. He uses force and lodges the arrow up into the boar’s brain, killing it. As the pair recover from these events, they fail to notice one of the redneck clan’s children watching in anger as John and Brooks make their escape from the commune.

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Produced By:

  • Robert Mailer Anderson known as executive producer
  • Rory Enke known as line producer
  • James Isaac known as co-producer
  • Chris James known as executive producer
  • Daniel Lurie known as executive producer
  • Nicola Miner known as executive producer
  • Rebecca Prowda known as executive producer
  • Diana Stewart known as executive producer
  • Doug Stewart known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Travis Aaron Wade known as John Hickman
  • Tina Huang known as Brooks
  • Howard Johnson Jr. known as Ben
  • Trevor Bullock known as Quincy
  • Rajiv Shah known as Wayne
  • Jason Foster known as Jake
  • Nick Tagas known as Ricky
  • Bryonn Bain known as Hippie Stranger
  • Christina McKay known as Crystal
  • Charlie Musselwhite known as Charlie
  • Les Claypool known as Preacher
  • Marissa Ingrasci known as Sage
  • Lanie Grainger known as Poppy
  • Luis Saguar known as T.J.
  • Phillip K. Torretto known as Beer Belly Redneck
  • Robert Mailer Anderson known as Big Train
  • Lane Foard known as Lex Wockenfuss
  • Leanne Borghesi known as Darlene
  • Henrietta 'Henri' Musselwhite known as Henri
  • Vince Ballew known as Gas Mask
  • Joe Lucas known as Homeless Vet
  • India Isaac known as Haighe Street Cult Girl #1 (as India Hudson-Isaac)
  • Cimi Ahluwalia known as Haight Street Cult Girl #2
  • Michelle Redwine known as Willow
  • Emmy Reed known as Cult Girl #1
  • Cara Cameron known as Cult Girl #2
  • Anna Corey known as Cult Girl #3
  • Milan Raggio known as Cult Girl
  • Julie Courtney known as Cult Girl
  • Janelle Bixler known as Cult Girl
  • Holly Diamantini known as Cult Girl
  • Jessie Francis known as Cult Girl
  • Jessica Skelton known as Cult Girl
  • Stephanie Voelckers known as Rain
  • Bonnie Connelly known as Cult Girl
  • Karen Viola known as Cult Girl
  • Galina Cavallo known as Cult Girl
  • Ty Brenneman known as Cult Girl
  • Chris Paxton known as Billy Tibbs
  • Steve Kelso known as Uncle
  • Travis Bell known as Wild Child
  • Max Barnett known as ZZ Driver
  • Willie Brown known as Willie
  • Wilkes Bashford known as Wilkes

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Aurora Bergere known as assistant makeup artist
  • Brittany Gonzales known as hair stylist: second unit
  • Nancy J. Hvasta Leonardi known as key hair stylist
  • Sara Irving known as key makeup artist
  • Marc Tarasco known as makeup artist: second unit (as Mark Tarasco)
  • Danny Wagner known as special makeup effects designer/creator (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Dale Haugo known as lead scenic artist
  • Richard A. Hunt known as greens person (as Richard Hunt)
  • Patrick Ludden known as prop master
  • Doni McMillan known as lead man
  • Anna Rogers known as assistant property master (as Anna Rodgers)
  • Natalie Tyler known as assistant art director
  • Max Patrick Schlienger known as art department consultant (uncredited)
  • Jona Tochet known as assistant art director (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Pig Hunt Productions

Other Companies:

  • Birds & Animals Unlimited  animal trainers
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Deluxe Post-Production  post-production facilities
  • Jolson Creative Image PR  publicity


  • Epic Pictures Group (2009) (worldwide) (all media)
  • 21st Century Pictures (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • G2 Pictures (2009) (UK) (all media)
  • Gonella Productions (2011) (France) (all media)
  • Lightning Media (II) (2010) (USA) (all media)
  • Splendid Film (2009) (Austria) (all media)
  • Splendid Film (2009) (Germany) (all media)
  • Splendid Film (2009) (Switzerland) (all media) (German-speaking Switzerland)

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Special Effects:

  • Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)
  • Kerner Optical
  • Mr. X

Visual Effects by:

  • Mathieu Archambault known as digital artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Sarah Barber known as visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
  • Barb Benoit known as digital artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Dennis Berardi known as supervising visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
  • Anna Bies known as creature modeler: Kerner Optical
  • Jean-Christophe Boue known as digital artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Stephen Brown known as dustbuster: Deluxe Toronto
  • Matt Daly known as visual effects coordinator: Mr. X Inc.
  • Thai Son Doan known as digital artist: Mr. X Inc. (as Thaison Doan)
  • Anand Dorairaj known as digital artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • David Fix known as senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc
  • Rebecca Forwood known as production accountant: Kerner Optical
  • Andrei Gheorghiu known as digital artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Matt Glover known as visual effects assistant: Mr. X Inc.
  • Michael Hinton known as negative lineup: Monaco Film Labs
  • Erik Jensen known as creature effects supervisor: Kerner Optical (as E. Erik Jensen)
  • Isabelle Langlois known as digital effects producer: Mr. X Inc
  • Ryan Mcdonald known as systems administrator: Mr. X Inc.
  • Sarah McMurdo known as visual effects producer: Mr. X Inc.
  • Mally Moyer known as office administrator: Mr. X Inc.
  • Chris Nguyen known as systems administrator: Mr. X Inc.
  • Christophe Pacaud known as digital artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Mila Patriki known as digital intermediate colourist
  • Diana Pazzano known as operations manager: Mr. X Inc.
  • Trevor Pickard known as dustbuster: Deluxe Toronto
  • Sebastien Proulx known as visual effects assistant: Mr. X Inc.
  • Kevin Quatman known as compositing lead: Mr. X Inc.
  • Matt Schofield known as digital artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Alison Schouten known as dustbuster: Deluxe Toronto
  • Sally Sherwood known as digital artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Safia Siad known as visual effects assistant: Mr. X Inc.
  • Scott Smerdon known as negative lineup: Monaco Film Labs
  • Brendan Taylor known as visual effects supervisor: Mr. X Inc.
  • Sebastien Veilleux known as digital artist: Mr. X Inc.
  • Danny Wagner known as creature designer
  • Mark Walas known as creature effects co-supervisor: Kerner Optical
  • Kevin Wallace known as production manager: Kerner Optical
  • Yujiang Wang known as systems administrator: Mr. X Inc.
  • Brianne Wells known as visual effects editorial: Mr. X Inc.
  • Andy Chan known as visual effects compositor: Mr. X Inc. (uncredited)
  • Ian Chriss known as visual effects electrician: Kerner Optical (uncredited)
  • Carolyn Shelby known as digital compositor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • UK 31 July 2008
  • USA 24 January 2009 (Anderson Valley Film Festival)
  • USA 21 February 2009 (Nevermore Film Festival)
  • USA 28 March 2009 (Method Fest Independent Film Festival)
  • USA 9 May 2009 (Santa Cruz Film Festival)
  • USA 5 June 2009 (Brooklyn International Film Festival)
  • Germany 31 July 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Portugal 4 September 2009 (MOTELx Lisbon International Horror Film Festival)
  • USA 25 September 2009 (Chicago Horror Film Festival)
  • France 27 October 2009 (Sainte Maxime International Horror Film Festival)
  • USA 6 August 2010 (Video On Demand)
  • USA 28 September 2010 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, drug content, sexuality, nudity and language


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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