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Boar is a 2017 Australian-produced horror film, which revolves around an innocent family of Australians — step-father Bruce (Bill Moseley), mother Debbie (Simone Buchanan), daughter Ella (Christie-Lee Britten), son Bart (Griffin Walsh), and Ella's boyfriend Robert (Hugh Sheridan) — heading out for a holiday into the Australian countryside to stay with Debbie's brother Bernie (Nathan Jones), a farmer in the remote regions. Unbeknownst to all, the region's feral pig population has produced a genetic freak; an enormous boar, big enough to topple cars, which has developed a taste for human flesh. When their paths collide, it becomes a desperate fight for survival.

Boar was written and directed by Chris Sun.

This film provides examples of:

  • Antagonist Title
  • Asshole Victim: Robert.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Boar is a monster, described as "the size of a rhino" or "the size of a combi-van" at various points. It's not the traditional building-plus sized giant, but it is large enough to carry off an adult human in its mouth.
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: The eponymous antagonist is a feral boar.
  • Behind the Black: Robert is killed when the boar charges in from off-screen and grabs him in its jaws. However, he is standing in an open field in broad daylight, so either he or the people he is talking to should have seen it coming.
  • The Cameo: Steve Bisley's character Bob is on screen for about 12 seconds.
  • Car Fu: The pub owner, Sasha, saves the day by charging into the Boar's side full-tilt in her car, smashing its ribs and crippling two of its legs.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • Local eccentric old drunk Jack, about an hour into the film, reveals to the existence of the Boar to the rest of the townsfolk at the pub, asserting that he saw the creature carrying off one of its kills from the car-crash at the film's start, which took place a year ago in-universe. Nobody believes him because of his reputation.
    • When Robert gets back to Debbie, Ella and Bart, none of them initially believe him about the Boar... until it kills him in front of their eyes.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: It's a horror movie set in rural Australia. People throw around the word "fuck" like it's a punctuation mark.
  • Cool Old Guy: Ken, father of Sasha, the local pub owner. When he sees the Boar standing over the remains of the camp it's attacked, he immediately tries to help, and even risks his life to try and lead the Boar away from one of the girls from the camp.
  • Crushing Handshake: Bernie gives one to Robert on first meeting him. Bruce tells Robert he should regard it as his 'welcome to the family'.
  • Dead Star Walking: John Jarratt, who also serves as the Decoy Protagonist.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Ken is the central character for about 45 minutes, and it looks like he is going to be the one to track down and kill the boar. Then the boar kills him, and the focus shifts to Debbie and Bernie, who have been peripheral characters up to this point.
  • Defiant to the End: Several of the Boar's victims meet their end fighting.
    • Blue, Ken's buddy, tries to attack the Boar with a crude club when it attacks him.
    • Ken himself throws himself at the Boar with a knife, intent on going out fighting.
    • Bernie throws himself at the boar with a knife and a shovel, trying to use his death to hold it off long enough for his sister and niece to get away. Subverted in that he actually survives.
    • Not as impressive as the above, but Bruce meets his end calmly, using his last moments alive to curse Robert for being a Dirty Coward before the Boar bites his head off.
    • Debbie and Ella build fires and use burning clubs to try and keep the Boar at bay when it corners them. Subverted in that they survive, thanks to Sasha.
  • Dirty Coward: When Robert and Bruce stumble across the Boar, Robert shoves Bruce into its way before running for safety.
  • Disney Death: Despite being last seen dragged off by the Boar or being pinned down by it after being partially disemboweled, respectively, both Bart and Ernie turn up alive in the final minutes of the film and get to drive back to safety.
  • The End... Or Is It?: At the end, the giant boar has been killed and the survivors drive away. However, as their truck pulls out of sight, a second giant pokes its snout of the undergrowth and snorts angrily.
  • Eye Scream: The Boar is finally killed when Debbie blows its brains out by shooting a shotgun into its right eye.
  • Full-Boar Action: As you can tell from the title.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Several of the Boar's kills actually occur off-screen. One of the weirder examples is when it attacks a female camper, and the camera cuts away from it biting into her arm to instead show the blood splashing everywhere as it eats her alive.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The Boar's porcine roars, which can be heard from kilometers away.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bernie willingly throws himself to what he knows will probably be his death against the Boar in order to let Debbie and Ella get away.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of the campers is skewered like a kebab on the Boar's tusk.
  • Karmic Death: Robert pushes Bruce into the Boar's path to get away alive... and is then snatched up and devoured by it as he tries to warn the rest of the family.
  • Land Down Under: The film is literally abounding in "Ockerisms", with all of the Australians swearing and using Australian Slang like it's going out of style.
  • Make-Out Kids: Robert and Ella don't seem to be able to keep their hands off one another for more than 5 seconds. Ella's mother and stepfather are remarkably tolerant of this.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: The Boar seems to come out of nowhere, at the most unexpected times. It helps that there's at least two of them.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Bernie has his stomach visibly torn open, and has to push some of his entrails back in. He manages to keep on fighting despite that pain, and even survives to the end of the movie.
  • One-Word Title
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Ella is visibly grossed out and demands the topic be changed when her mother Debbie starts talking about how she and Bruce (Ella's stepfather) still like to have 'fun'.
  • Ramming Always Works: The Boar takes several cars down by charging them in the side. Truth in Television; this is the basic attack method that pigs use. Zigzagged in that the hair and blood left on the impact marks shows that this hurts the Boar as well, it's just too aggressive and tough to care.
    • Turned on the Boar at the film's climax, where Sasha smashes its legs by ramming it in the side with her car.
  • Rasputinian Death: The Boar is finally taken down by having a car ram it in the side at over 100 kilometers an hour, which tears apart its ribs and shatters its legs. It still manages to hobble upright, whereupon it takes multiple shotgun blasts, including a final one that goes through its eye and into its brain, before it dies.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Ken risks his life to try and lead the Boar away from the last surviving camper... who has been visibly gored and chewed upon by the giant pig and is clearly moments away from dying of blood loss. His noble gesture is all for nothing when she dies whilst he's away, and then he's cornered by the Boar, at which point he has nothing left to do but to die fighting.
  • Shovel Strike: During the fight at the shed, Bernie attempts to attack the boar with a shovel. This is not successful.
  • Spiritual Successor: To 1984's Razorback.
  • Truth in Television: Feral pigs really are insanely tough and aggressive. Also, not only will they scavenge carrion, they will actively hunt for meat. So a feral pig grown to the size of the Boar? Yeah, it would be at least that dangerous. Worse, as the "Hogzilla" phenomena of America proves, it's actually possible for feral pigs to grow to statures roughly equivalent to that of the Boar — and Australia's wild boars are all feral pigs. So this film's not as implausible as you might think...
  • Twist Ending: After the survivors head back to town, a second Boar emerges from the darkness, snarling as it watches them go.
  • Two Dun It: At the end, the giant boar has been killed and the survivors drive away. However, as their truck pulls out of sight, a second giant pokes its snout of the undergrowth and snorts angrily.
  • Weapon Stomp: While fighting the boar, Bernie has his hunting knife knocked from his grip. He lunges for it, only to have the boar stomp its trotter down on it before he can reach it.