By Claire Miglionico
CALGARY — Meathead Goes Hog Wild is the unsettling wild ride of filmmakers Kevin Cline, Zach Harris and Sean Pierce. Friends since high school, the trio found themselves in Chicago shooting the weirdly comic yet very dark low-budget depiction of a low-life slacker who spirals out of control.
When the unnamed protagonist gets fired from the local butcher shop for his pervy customer service, he loses control of the last bit of his functioning emotions. He is set on getting his job back, but first, he raids the meat shop and goes on a goodwill meat distribution mission around town in the middle of the night. He finds trouble with a gang who steals his meat, cellphone and wallet and eventually reaches the ultimate breaking point in an abandoned warehouse where inhuman grunts, disturbing screams and overall erratic behaviour take place. The ride starts out slow but reaches a point of no return. Random sexual encounters, humping, streaking, gun duels, blood and more deadly screams and grunts take the whole concept of a night gone bad -similarly to The Hangover and yet completely dissimilar to the popular comedy – to a completely new level of shit gone wrong, this time, psychotically.
Meathead Goes Hog Wild plays April 15 at 10 p.m. at the Globe Cinema.
Other highlights at CUFF 2016
By Joel Dryden
Lace Crater – Western Canadian premiere. After a bad breakup, Ruth makes a connection with a stranger, Michael, who shows up in her room. The one problem? He’s a ghost. Plays April 16 at 9:30 p.m.
Everybody Wants Some!! – Opening film at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Richard Linklater returns with a “spiritual successor” to Dazed and Confused (1993), set in the world of 1980 college life. Plays April 13 at 7 p.m.
The Dwarvenaut – International premiere. This film follows Stefan Pokorny, a man obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons from a young age who launches a multimillion-dollar Kickstarter campaign to bring his miniature sculpture project to life. Plays April 17 at 7 p.m.
Patchwork – Calgary premiere. Directed by Tyler MacIntyre, Patchwork follows three murdered women who have been reassembled into one. It’s a “dark, gory horror comedy.” Plays April 16 at 11:59 p.m.
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