Writer / director, Eamon Hardiman returns with the third installment of the Porkchop franchise, entitled Porkchop 3D. This time around a group of survivors from the previous films return to the back woods of West Virginia in search of revenge. Meanwhile, Burt Flemming’s nephew is also in the area, throwing a party in the cabin in the woods. Soon enough it becomes a fight for survival for all parties dumb enough to enter the domain of Porkchop.
Porkchop has become one of my all time favorite slasher series. Each installment has perfectly played off the one before it, creating a real legacy for the characters. Porkchop 3D is no different than the earlier two films, in terms of being just what its fan base craves. Each time I watch one of the Porkchop films, I flashback to being a young boy sneaking late at night to watch Troma style “filth” on Cinemax, armed with a bowl of popcorn. Whenever I discover a movie that manages to bring back that feeling, I consider it more valuable than a mountain of gold. I believe this franchise will be that sort of film for a lot of fans who grew up during the VHS era.
Porkchop 3D is the perfect amount of humor, gore, and sleaze. Coming together to create a nostalgic homage to the campy 70s/80s slashers that were able to poke fun at themselves. I’ve always appreciated when modern directors bring back that vibe, with most modern slashers trying to take themselves way too serious these days. The art of over the top crude humor has been lost on the mainstream level, only kept alive by rising indie talent it seems.
In-between all the jaw dropping kills and spread out T&A, I found myself often in tears from laughter. Eamon Hardiman’s sense of humor has always worked on me and this third film really turns it up. Hardiman is one of those directors that you can tell grew up loving the types of movies they make. They are always the best at accurately parodying them. Something this film does flawlessly, as well as its predecessors. One of my favorite examples in Porkchop 3D, is how it pokes fun at clearly adult actors and actresses that play roles that are meant to be teenagers.
This installment also features a partner in crime for Porkchop in the form of his daughter Pig Girl. Pig Girl is just as vicious as her father and wastes no time proving it to the audience. The Pig Girl character made a great addition for the story and I’m sure will become a favorite among fans of the series.
The kills can only be described as brutal, from start to finish. Porkchop 3D features one of the best chainsaw kills ever captured on film. I also really love how some of the kills just occur so randomly and without warning. One of those movies that make you cheer for the killer every time they comes up with a new method of destruction.
Burt Flemming needs to release a book of life wisdom. Also, want to see a Burt Flemming talk show where he interviews various guests. Anytime he appears on screen you just know you are in store for some amazing dialogue. Hands down one of the best characters that have ever been created. If you grew up in ultra small town USA, chances are you know your own version of Burt.
If you have not discovered the Porkchop series yet, I highly reccomend introducing yourself to it as soon as you can. The perfect set of movies for a marathon with friends that you won’t soon forget.
“Woo wee, them some fine white titties, but I’m a below the belt kinda guy.”
“Well, thats how you keep shit nice, you cover it in plastic, man.”
“God damn cash fuckin’ money.”
(Note: The version I watched was 2D, but could see how each of the 3D gags would be fun. Normally I don’t enjoy 3D, but this is the first film that I really do want to check out in 3D. There were a lot of gags that look like they would look great.)
P.S. I’m pretty sure the end sequence was a homage to the end sequence of The Great Outdoors. I could just be crazy, but man did it ever have that feeling.