From the mouths of the very minds behind Slaughterhouse Farm, this tale of terror is described as “The Hill Have Eyes set in Snowdonia”. That’s certainly a bold statement, but does this Hellbound Media creation live up to said statement and justify the gory hype that surrounds it?
To give an idea of the plot, a young couple are tasked with taking a group of ASBO kids to the luscious landscape of Wales’ Snowdonia National Park for an exercise in team building, team spirit and the usual buzz words that are thrown around for such jaunts. Whilst we initially get panels filled with youthful dialogue that would make a sailor blush, it’s with the fourth page of the first issue of Slaughterhouse Farm that we’re introduced to the hulking brute who’s about to launch a tirade of terror on these troubled teens: Pigfucker. And true to his name, when we get our first glimpse at this formidable mastodon of a man, he’s indeed balls deep in some poor, poor swine. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what unruly sights await our protagonists.
Slaughterhouse Farm wears its influences loud and proud, with the influence of video nasties and X-rated horrors of yesteryear clearly lavished over this sordid story of brutality and bloodshed. To be frank, Slaughterhouse Farm isn’t for everyone, and many will be instantly put off by the stomach-churning horrors that await them in the first three issues of this four-part collection. But it’s those same stomach-churning horrors that will have horror hounds howling with delight. If ever a video nasty was brought to life in print form, then it’s here with the hell ride that we see unravel before our eyes.
So, The Hills Have Eyes set in Snowdonia, is it? Yes. Yes, it certainly is. And we’d urge those with a strong stomach and a sick sense of humour to pick up the first three issues of Slaughterhouse Farm as soon as possible. If you don’t, you’ll be pig sick at missing out on this homage-paying hellacious horror tale.
SLAUGHTERHOUSE FARM 1 – 3 / WRITER: MATT WARNER, AJ BALLARD / ARTIST: ARFON JONES / EDITOR: MARK ADAMS, MATT WARNER / PUBLISHER: HELLBOUND MEDIA / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW