Little Pig, Little Pig, let Judge Brett Cullum in!
By the hair of your chin. Don't let him in!
I almost wish I could tell you Big Bad Wolf is bad beyond belief, but in some twisted way, it's kind of okay and passable. You might even get a kick out of it under the right circumstances. It stars The Bachelor alum Charlie O'Connell, and is a modern take on The Three Little Pigs fairytale. The movie shares the same aesthetic as 1996's Reese Witherspoon cult classic Freeway, which was a take on Little Red Riding Hood, never aiming to be much more than a farcical slasher flick with a sick sideways sense of humor.
The plot is all about Huff (O'Connell) who is a Bible-thumping drug dealer. He's after his three stepdaughters who have been given his biggest haul to date by their mother. She wants them to have a better life, but Huff is after them and the stolen money. There are many allusions to the fairytale, along with quite a bit of alternative rock and teenage angst. O'Connell is the only name of note in this one. He is sexy and scary, even if the material is far too disturbing for him to be redeemable. A man who would prey on his three stepdaughters with this much sex and violence is a far cry from his Bachelor image. The three actresses who play the "Little Pigs" scream well, and do nothing more than play the helpless victims of the rampaging "wolf." All in all, only $500,000 was spent to make this one, which has an alternate title of Huff (in case you get confused by the IMDb page).
Big Bad Wolf is presented in its original standard def 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio. The DVD transfer is fine with a well-balanced color scheme and good manipulations of the black levels. Audio options include a full surround track that seems thin until the music kicks in, and also a standard rendering in two-channel stereo. Bonus features include on-set interviews with the cast and crew and a trailer. There's not much here, but where there is, it serves the project just fine. Horizon Movies does a good job of getting this one out there from a technical standpoint.
This is good for a chuckle, if you're a Charlie O'Connell fan who likes things a little dark and twisted. He plays the villain pretty darned well, and he's given a lot of scenery to chew on here. He makes easy mincemeat of straw and sticks! The rest of the cast is simply along for the ride, and they do fine with what they have to work with. The script is silly, but somehow the allegory of the Three Little Pigs works here even if it's all just a giggle. The soundtrack is actually pretty well-done, and the cinematography isn't bad. As far as indie horror flicks go, this one gets a passing grade just for having a somewhat original idea that is executed pretty well. Big Bad Wolf is not quite the Grade Z affair I was expecting, and certainly worth a look if Freeway was one of your favorites from the '90s.
Run away, run away all the way home, because this case is dismissed.
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