Pigs (1973)

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Lynn Hart is a disturbed young woman who escapes from a mental hospital where she was committed for killing her abusive father who raped her. Stealing a nurse's uniform and car, Lynn ends ... See full summary »


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19 May 2016 | Hey_Sweden
8
| Tell me, Papa Bear, what do you see...
Produced & directed by legendary character actor Marc Lawrence - known for his many gangster roles - the somewhat obscure curiosity "Daddy's Deadly Darling" (a.k.a. "Pigs" and "The 13th Pig") is nothing if not interesting. It's actually kind of appealing in its warped way, largely because it's just so sincere. The dialogue (screenplay by Mr. Lawrence, billed as "F.A. Foss") isn't always the greatest, but it's delivered with as much gravitas as the cast can muster. It's well shot by Glenn Roland and features a haunting refrain and score by the consistently reliable Charles Bernstein ("A Nightmare on Elm Street" '84, "Cujo").

This is largely a vehicle for Marcs' daughter Toni, a pretty and leggy young woman who stars as Lynn, a mystery lady running from something who arrives in a small California community. She takes a job as a waitress in a local cafe, working for a man named Zambrini (Mr. Lawrence), an elderly man who lived through a devastating accident when he worked for a circus. On Zambrinis' property are a dozen pigs, and it is rumored by the locals that these pigs got used to the taste of human flesh long ago, and that Zambrini will resort to murder of drifters in order to keep these pigs fed.

Ultimately, the developments in Lawrences' story aren't all that surprising, but the presentation is just offbeat and atmospheric enough to make this an intriguing viewing. Ms. Lawrence does a decent job as the disturbed Lynn, and her dad is likable (for a change) as Zambrini takes a paternalistic care towards his new employee. '70s drive-in favorite Jesse Vint is fine as the local sheriff, and there are other solid contributions by Jim Antonio, Catherine Ross, Paul Hickey, Walter Barnes, and Erik Holland.

It's commendable that boutique labels such as Vinegar Syndrome, which released this one on DVD & Blu-ray this year, are doing such a fine job of resurrecting little known cult / exploitation titles like this and giving them such impressive presentations.

Eight out of 10.

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Trivia

Charles Bernstein did the score in exchange for an oil painting that Marc Lawrence owned.


Quotes

Zambrini: Yeah, you know, always on a full moon the pigs get hungry. Yeah. I gotta do it. They got used to eating human flesh. I gotta do it. I'm sorry. You know the first time it happened was an accident. They got loose in the field. There was a drunk. He ...


Alternate Versions

Aside from Marc Lawrence's original cut of the film, which was titled "The 13th Pig", two other versions of the film exist. One featured a three minute introduction depicting Toni Lawrence's character (portrayed by a different but similar looking woman) being possessed and the subject of an exorcism, ending with her bolting from the room. This version was exhibited under the title "Love Exorcist" and also "Blood Pen". A second version of the film features a new intro that shows Lynn's childhood experiences with her incestuous father, ending with her stabbing him to death and being committed to an asylum; she escapes when a nurse undresses to have sex with a doctor, leaving behind her uniform and her car keys. There is also a new ending in this version, which shows Lynn faking her own death and escaping once again in her car. Lynn is portrayed in these additional scenes by various actresses wearing wigs, photographed from obscure angles. This version of the movie was originally titled "Daddy's Girl". This is also the cut that was released to home video under various titles, including "Pigs", "Horror Farm", "The Killers" and "Daddy's Deadly Darling".


Soundtracks

Somewhere Down the Road
(uncredited)
Written and Sung by
Charles Bernstein

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