Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
And here we have, yes, another young-and-beautifuls-go-to-an-old-scary-house-and-get-massacred movie. Bad acting. Increasingly-common variation on old horror movie rule (instead of straight kids having sex, there's a pair of lesbians, who must, of course, suffer gruesome ends-- this isn't a spoiler, as the first occurs in the extended opening scene. So the lesbian must die even before they encounter the guy who does the massacring. Silly, anyone?). Awful, awful script. Incredibly predictable plot twist. Yeah, there's really nothing good to say about this movie. Some wag on the IMDB boards called it (forgive my paraphrasing) a bad remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre combined with a bad remake of The People Under the Stairs, and he's right. *
"The Butcher" (2006) is basically a cut-rate combo of "Wrong Turn" (2003) and "Monster Man" (2003). Oddly, I liked this better than either of those films. Perhaps I tapped into the self-reflexive subtext. My reaction would be more negative if it had been a bigger production, but I tend to give a lot of points for quality production design on a limited budget and every bit of their budget makes it onto the screen.
It looks like they shot the film at Camp Roberts, home of the California Army National Guard. Which would account for the use of the deuce and a half (M35) army truck to parody a bit of the action from "Duel" and "Monster Man".
Don't seek this one out if you are expecting something original in the old familial horror genre (insert: "The American family as demented in-breds who lure victims to a home they have turned into a slaughterhouse" here). And don't expect a lot of well-staged action adventure segments or high-end special effects. And be prepared for another of those tired indestructible villain twists at the end.
Like "Wrong Turn" they make the clueless mistake of killing off their hottest actress first, although at least here they wait until she has taken off her top.
Fortunately Catherine Wreford's tight abs get plenty of screen time for the remainder of the film, so there is still something nice to look at for those who like that sort of thing. Wreford's "Rachel" is a pretty good plucky heroine (certainly better than Eliza Dushku's "Jessie") and handles the scream queen duties quite well. Annie Mackay (who looks a lot like Kristen Stewart) gives an excellent nonverbal performance.
Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
Full frontal female nudity within the first few scenes? Check
Predictable crash? Check
No cell phone coverage? GASP! Check
Self-referential horror movie lines? Check
Gruesome severed body? Thwack! Check
Pepe Le Pew chase scene (i.e. running victim, walking killer)? Check
Creepy, remote farmhouse? Check
Senseless killings? Check
Simply put, folks, if you're looking for B-Grade horror that can be simultaneously enjoyed and ridiculed, this has it all. Completely awesome from beginning to end, this small budget horror flick doesn't disappoint while disappointing.
When four scantily clad, early twenty-something chicks, a spineless fratboy, and a "two popped collar"-cool douchetastic jock take a dirt road "detour" on their way to a graduation celebration in Vegas, it's only a matter of time before the inbred freak (who looks like Vulva-Head from Total Recall) in a 5-ton truck shows up.
Probably conceived on a bar napkin, there isn't much in the way of script originality. The cinematography is dark, which is good, I guess. Acting-wise the cast is relatively vanilla and horrible, but Alan Ritchson (Blue Mountain State) shines through at the beginning with an over the top Stifler impersonation; he's actually quite hilarious at times.
All boxes get checked in this Wrong Turn, ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
like all the other one star reviews do not waste your time like i did watching this garbage in some aspects again garbage like this makes the horror movie genre die each time... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by knightsurfer
Campy teen thriller/killer slasher movie using post college grads and twice as bad plot twists with sub par acting. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fist off i saw this movie for free on demand and i still feel someone,somewhere should give me my money back. Read morePublished on December 2, 2008 by Darkness
This movie isnt even worth spending $2.00 on, a waste of time more stupid than scaryPublished on June 7, 2008 by Mrs. Parker
This is the second horror movie I watched in one day with the name butcher in it. This movie is not a typical horror movie and actully was a bit refreshing to watch. Read morePublished on September 3, 2007 by A. Pierre