HORROR BUSINESS Episode 28: Animals Gone Wild Pt. 3 (NIGHT OF 1000 CATS & PIGS)

Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business! We have got one WILD episode in store you guys. As always thank you for listening and we hope you enjoy the episode!

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This episode we are continuing our series on the concept of animal horror, with two films from 1972: Night Of 1000 Cats and Pigs.

We begin by talking about what horror related things we had done lately. Liam talks about the recent 3-D film festival 3D DEMENTIA by Exhumed Films he went to, and Justin talks about seeing Annabelle: Origin, seeing Jaws at the Frank Banko Ale House in Bethlehem, and viewing The Devil’s Candy and Green Inferno.

Up first we talk about 1972’s Night Of 1000 Cats. We begin by pointing out that unlike the other films we’ve covered for this series, both films in this episode do not feature the titular animals as the main antagonists, but are instead titled as such for ease of marketing.

We then briefly discuss Hugo Stiglitz’s career, and how his character in this film is an extension of the character he often plays. We talk about the varying cuts of the film and how those different cuts affect the perception of the film.

The basic plot of the film is given, and criticism of the poor cutting of the film is discussed. The treatment of the animals in the film is discussed, as is Hugo’s relationship with his sidekick Gorgo.

How the film treats pathological disorders related to compulsive killing is discussed. Finally, we talk about that while the cats are not heavily featured as antagonists, they are used to portray the mental state of the character of Hugo in that he is often times on the verge of frenzy, and his psychosis is something struggling to get out.

Next is 1972’s Pigs. We talk about the film’s numerous titles, and how each title was done in an attempt to cash in on some cinematic trend or another by adding or deleting scenes after the film had been initially released.

We give a basic plot outline of the version we saw, and discuss the surprising quality of the film given the production value. We talk about how the film could actually be two separate films, given the two main plotlines actually being whole in and of themselves. The acting, cinematography, and soundtrack are briefly touched upon.

We talk about the main characters remaining largely sympathetic throughout the film, while the murder victims being surprisingly unsympathetic.

As with the first film, we talk about how the state of the titular animals is used to portray an internal mental state of the characters.

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Justin Lore

Justin Lore

Greetings and salutations. My name is Justin Lore, and in addition to being a real life pawn star, an obsessive dog dad, and a falsely accused Lovecraft apologist, I am the creator and co-host of the podcast Horror Business and the communications manager and assistant editor of Cinepunx. I saw Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ at the age of six and horror films have been a large part of my life since then. Favorite directors include John Carpenter, George Romero, David Lynch, James Cameron, Wes Anderson, and David Cronenberg. I don’t eat animals, I abstain from the partaking of drugs and alcohol, I think ‘Friday The 13th’ is the most overrated franchise in film history and if I ever saw Metallica live and they played ‘Blackened’ there’s a decent chance I’d be led out in handcuffs because the pit would get murdered.
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