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  • Actors: Kim Sung-il, You Dong-Hun, Kim Taeksoo, Ha Yooyle, Seo Myeongheon
  • Directors: Kim Jin-Won
  • Writers: Kim Jin-Won
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Palisades Tartan Asia Extreme
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B002FE5XUQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Told entirely through two POV video cameras, THE BUTCHER throws you abruptly into the middle of chaos and death: a handful of people have been abducted and lie bloodied and bound on the floor of a rotting slaughterhouse. Nearby, a team of snuff film producers are discussing their gruesome handiwork: torturing their captives to death, one by one.

Customer Reviews

This is one of the best and most effective horror/torture porn movies I have ever seen.
Daniel Camhi
For what it is, a visual-based film created with the intent of placing the viewer in a real snuff situation, the POV cameras do succeed in this slightly.
D. Yuschick
I'm not gonna say this is a terrible movie because if you dig this kind of stuff, it's done quite well.
Stanley Runk

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MutantChaos on October 22, 2009
When you see a film titled THE BUTCHER and there is a bloody guy with a pig mask on the cover you know you aren't exactly getting a family film so I mostly knew what I was in for. Having seen some of the other films in the Asia Extreme line, I think this lived up to its promise of topping the rest of them for how "extreme" it is, but it was more than just a gore-fest and it got under my skin more than I thought it would.

THE BUTCHER is a POV style horror film from Korea with a simple plot - a group of snuff producers are making their latest film. They have cameras and each of the 4 captives has a helmet-cam on as well (most of the film is seen from the point of view of one of the victims). POV films are hit and miss for me, but this was good use of the technique.

I knew this was going to be a nasty film and although it was very violent and bloody at times, it was actually a bit less viscerally gory than I expected - what I did not expect was how mentally disturbing it was. Based on the plot and if you just watched the first part of the film it may come off as an "August Underground"-style movie, which is OK for some people but a type of film that I don't personally get into that much. THE BUTCHER can work on that surface level, but when you get farther into the film, it gets deeper and when it was over I still thought about it for a couple of days, I couldn't get it out of my head. There really isn't much to the plot, but the pieces of background and character interaction they do give you, especially between two of the victims, took it to another level so instead of being just another gross-out endurance test (yawn!) it was more deeply disturbing and hit me the same way MARTYRS did.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Quadro Sinead Summer on May 7, 2013
This is without a doubt one of the most horrific, most brutal , most gruesome, most completely disturbing films I have ever seen. The brutality in this film is so extreme and utterly sick that it makes some of the the most infamous disturbing movies of the past seem tame. This movie is one twisted and brutal ride. It is filled with such depraved sickness that I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I'm pretty jaded when it comes to disturbing movies, but this one is still pretty horrific to sit through. The film seemed extremely low budget at first and it does take at least a half hour before it gets totally sick and depraved. But once it does it is so relentless it was impossible to believe what I was seeing on the screen. No doubt this film may very well go down in history as one of the most taboo films on the planet. I gave it two stars because it's totally discusting and sick beyond belief, but at the same time the people that made this film did an extremely realistic job conveying what they were trying to present. In short this film is supposed to look like someone has made a real snuff film, and cousin, they made it look so real that you will wonder if it is. Be warned it is very, very sick and very disturbing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Yuschick on December 7, 2009
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The Butcher was a movie I had bought on a whim based on a quick glance at a trailer and the convincingly brutal cover. I am also a fan of several POV-based films and felt this would add to the idea of the movie. Unfortunately, I feel this movie lacks in a lot of perspectives.

For what it is, a visual-based film created with the intent of placing the viewer in a real snuff situation, the POV cameras do succeed in this slightly. However, the dialog of the filmmakers and the constant crying of the main guy victim are about bad enough to watch the movie on silent. The script must have been key noted allowing the 'actors' to ad lib their own lines. But it seems, from the subtitles, to be a blatant overuse of profanity. Little of the dialog held substance. Of course, substance is hard to find in a movie with a minute story line.

The film starts up in the warehouse of the victims and two of the filmmakers talking. The director comes in and the butchering begins. Unfortunately, the first half of the movie is seen through the lens of a victim kept in a holding area where you are left to only hear the chainsaw and the torturous screams in the distant room. This makes for a monotonous sequence.

The second half of the movie is a bit more entertaining when the couple get dragged into the room together and sat facing one another. Some violence occurs mixed with a disturbing round of sodomy and then more violence continues. The movie progresses in this fashion up until the end where it seems as though the ending was, how should I say, a bit far fetched.

Overall, if you're looking for some cheap frills to maybe gross out a girlfriend or something, this movie may do the trick with its one significant scene.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Binky Chottorrhœhia on June 22, 2014
Ah, Torture Porn, that Basement Sub-Genre. It was born with Hostel (which I loved) and Saw (which I still hate...II and III are okay, but only just). I love the fact that Fresh Air's David Edelstein came up with the term—he's so not the person you'd associate with these movies, and yet he's now forever linked with them.
But the sub-genre really takes off in more independent films such as the wonderful Sweatshop and the Red Room, Would You Rather, Philosophy of a Knife and Die. It takes weird turns, such as in Lucifer Valentine's Vomit Gore Trilogy. And there are a few interesting works that I would term "pure" torture porn, movies that barely exist outside of the context of the torture scenario at all. I'm thinking of the August Underground Films, of Grotesque, Boy Meets Girl, and the Butcher.
If you can stomach the gore, and there's quite a bit of it, there's actually a compelling story here of the resistance against cruel and insane abuse and hatefulness. No, it's not Hamlet, but it's not supposed to be. But the fact that it rises above the pure depravity that people no doubt accuse it of is important.
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