Just when you thought it was safe to go into the woods, writer/director Eamon Hardiman brings us an all-new chapter in the legacy of West Virginia’s pig faced psychopath Porkchop in Porkchop 2: Rise of the Rind. Following a new kid in town named Simon who just happened to of moved into Porkchop’s old house and a local girl named Meg who is obsessed with Porkchop’s story as they try to survive high school life in rural West Virginia. After Simon’s parents go out of town, the two teens plan a beer bash at the Porkchop residence setting into a motion a night filled with screams.
Two minutes and forty-five seconds into this film I had already experienced some punk rock girl on girl action presented with a dash of gore. Needless to say at that moment I sat back and prepared myself for a nostalgia filled trip to simpler times when T&A filled B grade slashers got me through the perils of growing up. The best way I can describe this sequel is imagine if a John Hughes script fucked a Herschell Gordon Lewis script and gave birth to a mutant child of teenage woes and depravity. This film does such a great job at parodying both the B slasher sub genre and the infamous teen comedies of the 80s and early 90s, creating a very interesting horror/comedy hybrid.
Featuring a hilarious cast of over the top country stereotypes and typical teen drama/comedy personas, the film seamlessly blends the genres using each of their clichés to their advantage creating a truly memorable bmovie experience filled with laughs and holy shit moments of violence. Taking aspects from both iconic eras of each sub genre, such as a couple musical scenes between Simon and Meg to create that “teenage summer love” vibe and sudden, highly creative, fun, old-school splatter kills this movie will be the closest to time travel anyone who grew up with late night 80s/90s movie marathons hosted by greats such as Joe Bob Briggs and Rhonda Shear could ever hope to currently attain.
As someone who has lived most of his life in rural eastern Kentucky on the boarder of West Virginia, I highly appreciated how the film captures what it is like growing up in an area like this. If you spent any significant amount of time in a similar location, you will walk away with an extra level of nostalgia that others may not completely understand. Viewers should also be on the look out for a cameo from another West Virginian, SyFy’s Face Off finalist make up artist extraordinaire R.J. Haddy.
If you go into this film hoping for Oscar worthy acting and highbrow entertainment than you have made a terrible choice. Although, if you love low budget slashers mixed with sleazy bmovie humor I highly recommend Porkchop 2: Rise of the Rind. Best experienced with a room of friends, few cases of PBR, served with bacon sandwiches and pork rinds for unforgettable night of good times. Although this film stands alone solid, if you missed the first Porkchop film I also highly recommend that you pick up a copy and experience the beginnings of what is sure to one day become a beloved indie slasher franchise.