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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Good movie but is sub titled.
But if ur cool with that it's a must rent. If your one for the art buy it.
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). Read morePublished 19 months ago by Binky Chottorrhœhia
love this movie. I love Asian horror movies go buy it now you will love it if your a true brutal horror fanPublished 23 months ago by martyrs fan
thay should re name this movie tbe crying basterd i hate this movie it should be a gorefest thay got all the tools and the dude with the pig mask had a chainsaw he could of cut... Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by ben
BRUTAL... Awesome terror/ torture flick that is original and has a great ending. Definately a movie to show only your friends who dig this type of stuff.Published on December 12, 2012 by JAMES HAINER VIOLAND
I'm not one to shy away from gore. I actually don't mind it at all. But I am truely and honestly ashamed of myself for watching this. Really dissapointed. Read morePublished on March 27, 2011 by James Mathers
If your a fan of the mock snuff-film and can appreciate what it takes to make a film look and feel as real as possible, then Im sure you'll find a spot in your collection for Jin... Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by creatureart
THE BUTCHER may be the only instance where the term "Torture Porn" can rightfully be used to describe a film. Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by Carl Manes
Terrible. Even if you are a fan of the torture horror genre - there are no "money shots" here for you at all gore-wise. Read morePublished on March 1, 2010 by Donald A. Prentiss