07 November 2014

THE BUTCHERS

THE BUTCHERS

Working Title:
Death Factory

USA, 2014
Director: Steven Judd

5/10








I never understood America's obsession with serial killers. I mean, it's 2014 and US horror fans / freaks / filmmakers are still riding the Dahmer train, the Gacy train etc. etc. Dafuq? Why? What the heck is so fascinating about psychopathic mass murderers? Anyone? *sigh*


Sorry, rant over. I just needed to get this off my chest, because when I heard that "The Butchers" is actually about six(!) serial-killing celebrities, I just wanted to scrap it, but my curiosity was stronger, so I gave it a go - and glad I did! Don't get me wrong: Steven Judd's first full-length feature in 11 years is far from being a good movie, but considering my super-low expectations, I actually enjoyed it way more than expected.

The movie follows a busload of uber-stereotypes (bible belt asshole, oh-so-naughty goth teens, fat black momma...) getting stranded in the desert next to a semi-abandoned serial-killer museum. While searching for help, one of them accidentally brings a league of notorious serial killers back to life, namely
Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Albert Fish, the Zodiac Killer(!) and Jack The Ripper who's actually a super-hot dyke(!!)...


The characters are all so fucking stereotypical, you wanna punch their creators (Judd and the two screenwriters Stephen Durham & David McClellan) right in their faces. 'Forcing' a black overweight woman to say shit like "Young man, do I look like I care about exercising? I'm just trying to find me a piece of chicken." 
is just bullcrap.

Aside from Gary Kasper who gives a pretty hilarious Ed Gein, none of the acting is particularly interesting. The editing is quite amateurish, the pacing is odd, there's hardly any tension or scariness, and if you expect some sort of originalty, you won't find it here. However, there's some really decent gore and many well-developed kills, some amusing Gacy clown-action, an fun fight between Gein and Dahmer, some neat nudity and a small portion of lesbo action. Also, it's only 80 minutes long and flies by pretty quick, music and cinematograpy are okay, and the settings all look nice.


Worth checking out if you wanna see some mindless horror-fun, probably a must-see if you're a die-hard fan of all things serial killers.


Thanks to October Coast PR for the screener!

1 comment:

  1. Yep, mark me an American serial kiler fan - and this idea is cool - so I'll have to give this one a watch.

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