Generally speaking, I’m not really a fan of the whole “animals run amok” genre. There are a few exceptions to the rule, of course, but for the most part, I find them to be somewhat lacking in the horror department. However, having recently witnessed James Isaac’s enjoyable 2008 creature feature “Pig Hunt,” I’ve been secretly craving more animal-related mayhem. Enter Jeong-won Shin’s Korean monster flick “Chaw,” a self-described “dark comedy” about a man-eating boar and the poor schmucks who must contend with it. I’d almost completely forgotten about the film, that is, until I spied a small article about its upcoming Region 1 release over at 24 Frames Per Second.
Here’s a lengthy synopsis, courtesy of YesAsia:
Shock and fear wash over the quiet, peaceful town of Sameri when ecologist (Soo Ryeon) discovers the body parts of a girl in the mountains. Officer Kim Kang Su (Uhm Tae Woong), newly transferred from Seoul, gets assigned to the case, but it soon transpires this is no ordinary homicide. Cheon Il Man (Jang Hang Seon), the victim’s grandfather, is convinced that the culprit is a giant man-eating boar, and more will be claimed if the beast isn’t taken down. Kim’s own mother has gone missing, and may have already fallen victim. All interested in capturing the boar for reasons of their own, Kim, Cheon, Soo Ryeon, opportunistic hunter Baek (Yoon Je Moon), and detective Shin (Park Hyuk Kwon) head into the dangerous wilds, but will they make it back out alive?
The 2-Disc Edition, which is scheduled for release on November 10th, will come packaged with the following features:
Audio Commentary by Director and Cast
Attack of the Killer Boar
Five Member Pursuit
Horror vs. Comedy
Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary
For added enjoyment, check out the unsubbed “Chaw” trailer below.