The horror game Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs had its share of gruesome moments. But one scene, cut from the game for being too disgusting, would have overshadowed them all.
Amnesia spoilers follow.
A Machine for Pigs, a game I very much enjoyed, tells the story of a late 19th century industrialist who is exploring a horrible factory of his own making. The factory is, it quickly becomes apparent, converting people into porcine horrors, man-(bear)-pigs who maraud around killing and/or eating everything in their path. It’s all pretty gross, though more in the abstract than in the actual experience.
In an enjoyable new interview at Kill Screen, the game’s head writer Dan Pinchbeck and his wife, composer Jessica Curry, elaborate on one scene that was too disgusting for them to make work. It involved… wait for it… a pig-monster having sex with a corpse.
From Kill Screen:
Pinchbeck: There was a pig fucking a dead body. The problem was it just looked like the pig was raping someone. It started off fucking a female body, and actually it just looked like rape. So we switched it out for a male body, and it looked like gay rape. No better. We were trying to make a point of how animalistic the pigs were. But it didn’t add enough to justify the schlock.
Jessica Curry: We were lying in bed together and Dan tapped me on the shoulder and woke me up and went, “Pigs fucking human corpse.” I thought, “Who the fuck have I married!”
Pinchbeck: But you’ve got to push it too far to find out where that line is. If you tiptoe cautiously up, you’ll always fall short. That’s how you find something with a real edge.
Well then! Of all the Nope Moments in the game, a pig having sex with a corpse proooobably would have been the nope-ist of all.