2007's Wild Hogs is a somewhat-funny comedy about four middle-aged guys who hit the open road on motorcycles. It's got four popular actors--John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy--a lot of gay, and a heavy-duty Luciferian message. Now that spells family entertainment!
Our four guys are upper-middle class suburban types living in Cincinnati, Ohio. But none of them are happy, each disillusioned with his own life--the American cliche.
Doug is a dentist with a cholesterol problem who can't relate to his son.
Bobby is a plumber taking a year off to write a how-to book. He is bossed around by his wife, who commands him to "stay" and "come" like a dog. He doesn't earn any money and his family doesn't respect him.
Dudley is a single computer geek too awkward to find a woman.
Woody is a failed businessman whose wife is divorcing him. He is about to lose his house and car.
Together they are the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Their riding group is called the "Wild Hogs"--a name chosen arbitrarily by Doug's wife. The term "hog" is commonly used for pigs, but was also used for sheep or horses as an indicator of age. A motorcycle is also sometimes referred to as an "iron horse" and is associated with freedom and rebellion.
Swine were also the unclean flesh of the Old Testament; and in the New Testament, it was a herd of swine that the demons entered in Matthew 8:13:
"So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine."
But in standard Luciferian fashion, these are not the Biblical horsemen, but the reverse. These are the anti-horsemen: rather than destroy, these horsemen save humanity from God.
Their suburban utopia represents Heaven. Cincinnati was named after Roman dictator Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus who is known for leaving his family and home to fight for freedom against the Aequi. This utopia isn't delivering on the promise though. It's not what they expected, and they are left feeling unfulfilled, in a mid-life crisis.
The Byker's Island Bar is where middle-aged suburban weekend bikers go for a drink. Another biker, apparently an accountant, tells the Wild Hogs, "See you in Hell."
Byker's Island is a play on the name of Riker's Island, the prison in New York ("Ryker's Island" is the comic book version). It is here in this heavenly prison that Woody suggests they take a road trip, i.e., plan an escape. He tells them, "We're not wild hogs, we're like wild lambs." In the prison they are like lambs: docile, subservient animals falling under the control of the shepherd.
The notion of lambs is also an allusion to the sacrifice they are going to make to save earth.
They soon decide to take the road trip together. They are going to head to the West Coast. Before leaving, Dudley gets a tattoo of the Apple logo on his arm. This is obviously symbolic of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. The bitten apple is revealed just before they leave.
They also destroy their cellphones. This indicates their cutting of all ties to Heaven.
Later that night, they talk about their lives and problems around the campfire. Doug says, "At least one of us is living the fairy tale, right Woody?" This implies that Heaven is merely a fairly tale, a myth. Woody is actually the worst off among the four.
Along the way the Hogs stop at a "real" biker bar with no name. Real bikers are the ones they look up to, the ones they want to be like.
Inside they meet Jack Blade, leader of the Del Fuegos. On one arm we can see a crowned skull; on the other is the Del Fuego demon. Their are two sides two Jack, two perspectives; this film will attempt to reveal the "true" one.
Del Fuego means "of the fire."
We don't find out until the end that Jack is the son of the Del Fuegos' founder, Damien Blade. The name Damein means "to subdue." This together with Blade indicates a god-like "sword of submission."
Jack hates the Hogs because they are "posers," fake bikers trying to be like real bikers, or trying to be like gods.
Jack's continual use of the horned devil hand sign is intended to convey that our notions of God and the devil have been twisted. Some Gnostic believed that the Old Testament Jehovah was actually Satan who had tricked everyone into worshiping him.
Jack punishes the Hogs for trying to be like them, trying to gain their freedom. He takes Dudley's bike. In Genesis, Adam and Eve were punished after they became like gods:
"And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:"
The trip is over, and the Wild Hogs head back to Cincinnati. Back to prison.
Woody, the unofficial leader of the Hogs, decides to go back and get the bike.
Woody accidentally blows up the Del Fuegos' bar. When they head out in pursuit we see the double cross on Jack's bike. Betrayal.
Woody knows they're being chased. When his friends stop for gas he says, "This isn't freedom, this is a gas station... built by the man. A prison for our souls."
"Ponce" means male homosexual.
The Hogs eventually end up in Madrid, New Mexico. The first we see of Madrid is the "Frontier" gas station, which is closed on Sunday, indicating a submission to God.
This town represents Earth, the physical world. These angels have crossed the boundary, or come to earth, the material prison built by the man.
The Hogs come to Madrid during their Chile Festival. A chile is a kind of pepper, and also the South Amercian country, Chile--the country to which some of the Tierra Del Fuego Islands belong.
Tierra Del Fuego means "land of fire." Madrid (earth) is this land of fire. According to the sheriff of Madrid the town is terrorized by the Del Fuegos every few months. 2 Peter 3:10:
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
The message is that God is the tyrant of earth who threatens to destroy it with fire on the day of the Lord.
The sheriff tells the Hogs they should "slap the bull." This, he says, is "a game we play to make sure your life isn't controlled by fear."
This makes no sense coming from the sheriff as we find that he is too cowardly to do anything about the Del Fuegos. It only makes sense if the viewer realizes that lines such as these are forced into the script, however awkwardly, to fill out the subliminal subtext.
"Slapping the bull" represents a disdain for that which was once sacred. But they have to sneak up behind the bull because it is too fast and powerful to slap in the face.
That night, Woody gives Dudley a quick dance lesson. Woody first plays the man, then they "switch roles." This is not only a continuation of the gay them, but also a nod to the Luciferian role reversal of good and bad.
The Del Fuegos soon come to town. This is their highway, Jack says.
There's a battle for earth. The fallen angels/four horsemen are fighting to free the town from God's tyranny. As usual the Luciferian team is smaller and weaker, but braver.
The town name Madrid, New Mexico, makes a convenient allusion to the New Madrid seismic zone: this area is the fault line, or an area of contention, on which a spiritual battle is to take place.
During the fight we are reminded of what's at stake in this battle.
Also during the fight Doug realizes that Jack and the Del Fuegos are the real posers. He can't believe that they wanted to be like them.
Before the Hogs lose, the founder Damein Blade shows up and tells his son to leave the town. The son submits to the will of the father. And the father admires the Hogs, how they stood up to 50 Del Fuegos. Their courage won him over.
The town/earth is freed. The four anti-horsemen have actually saved the earth rather than destroy it. The sheriff's deputy tells the Hogs, "You fellows were a blessing to this place." So the gist of the plot is that these fallen angels have willfully left Heaven and come to earth to set us free. Pretty basic Gnostic theology.
This is H.P. Blavatsky's New Age version of Satan, “the spirit of Intellectual Enlightenment and Freedom of Thought”:
“Thus ‘SATAN,’ once he ceases to be viewed in the superstitious, dogmatic, unphilosophical spirit of the Churches, grows into the grandiose image of one who made of terrestrial a divine MAN; who gave him, throughout the long cycle of Maha-kalpa the law of the Spirit of Life, and made him free from the Sin of Ignorance, hence of death.” (The Secret Doctrine)
But this is a counterfeit freedom. It's like being given a death sentence and then being told to enjoy what time you've got left. The real message of freedom doesn't need to hide in a movie's subtext. John 8:36:
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
After winning the battle at Madrid, the four horsemen continue their journey...
...to the sea, where they bump fists and high five one another in celebration. Quite a different turnout for the swine in Matthew 8:
"So the demons begged Him, saying, "If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." And He said to them, "Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water." (vv.31,32)