Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs scene was cut for being too disgusting
During an interview with Kill Screen, Pinchbeck and his wife, Jessica Curry spoke about Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.
The interview started off simply enough, and eventually the interviewer asked, “Were there ever times when writing the script got to be more than you could handle?”
Pinchbeck answered, “With the stuff about the children, specifically, I had to sit down and go, “Do I feel comfortable as a father with what I’m producing.” It’s about a father who kills his children. It’s hard to put that stuff in. That was difficult. If any member of the team said, “I don’t feel comfortable,” we pulled it out.”
This obviously prompted the interviewer to ask what, exactly, got pulled out, to which Pinchbeck replied, “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.”
If that wasn’t disturbing enough, his wife chimed in, stating, ” 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 wrapped up this section of the interview by proclaiming, “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.”
What do you think, particularly if you have played the game? Would that moment have been too disgusting?