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  • Actors: Victor Buono, Franca Polesello, Brad Harris, Dario Michaelis, Karin Field
  • Directors: Guido Zurli
  • Writers: Dick Randall, Dag Molin, Karl Ross
  • Producers: Dick Randall, Dag Molin, Gene Corso
  • Format: Color, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,149 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mad Butcher" on IMDb

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Though recently released from the loony bin, The Mad Butcher Otto Lehman (Victor Buono) is still seriously unhinged. With a healthy appetite for good meat and pretty women, Otto resumes his profession as "the best butcher in Vienna" while obsessing over Berta, a sexy neighbor who loves undressing in front of her window. But when Otto's nagging wife, Anna, threatens to have him recommitted, Otto strangles her, then turns her into a string of delicious sausages. With his meat treats the hit of Vienna, Otto continues to grind people into sausage links until a suspicious crime reporter tries to stop him before Berta is added to the menu.

Customer Reviews

What is the best thing about watching scads of horror and exploitation films?
Jeffrey Leach
As far as the other performers, most did well enough, but Harris was awkward to say the least...when he wasn't as stiff as a board, he was way over the top.
cookieman108
There is not one severed limb, bloody knive, or slash wound in the whole film.
Derek C. Dehaas

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on December 20, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
From distributor Harry H. Novak, purveyor of fine, wholesome sleaze from all across the globe, among other things, comes The Mad Butcher (1974), originally released as Lo Strangolatore di Vienna (1971). Directed by John Zurli aka Guido Zurli (Slave Girls of Sheba, Black Deep Throat), this Italian production features Victor Buono (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte), probably known best as the portly, evil villain King Tut ("If the caped crumb is here, the cowled creep can't be far behind."), from the late 1960s Batman television series. Also appearing is cinematic muscleman Brad Harris (Goliath Against the Giants, The Fury of Hercules), Franca Polesello (Mole Men Vs. the Son of Hercules), and Karin Field (Night of the Vampires, The Devil's Girls).

Buono plays Otto Lehman, a butcher by trade, who, up until recently, had been locked away in a Vienna mental institution for beating on an annoying customer with a few pounds of liver (it was either the nut farm or jail). I say `recently' because Otto has been pronounced cured by his doctor (and he's got the certificate to prove it), ready to be released back into society, into the arms of his incessantly nagging, overbearing wife Hanna (Polesello). Upon returning to his butcher shop, he finds things in a state of filthy disarray, as Hanna's fat, hairy, incompetent, mole-like brother has been fumbling along in Otto's absence. Otto quickly begins to set things in order, and we see he hasn't lost his touch with the cleaver. Ah, nothing like seeing a true artesian practicing his craft.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on October 8, 2005
Format: DVD
What is the best thing about watching scads of horror and exploitation films? Thanks to DVD, it's the fact that every week seems to bring to light another obscure classic. I live out in the Midwest, which essentially translates into a desert as far as risqué video rental stores go, so the ability to rent and buy titles I've never heard of through the mail makes my heart sing. Of course, none of this would matter if there weren't a bunch of little companies springing up every year devoted to the ins and outs of schlock cinema. One of the most notable purveyors of sleazy movies is Something Weird Video. The company started as a bootlegger of obscure videotapes back in the 1980s before jumping on the DVD bandwagon a few years ago. They own thousands of cheesy old flicks, and it's only recently that I'm beginning to explore their collection in earnest. After I worked my way through their collection of Herschell Gordon Lewis gore flicks, I waited awhile before renting another film from their catalogue. I chose to return with Guido Zurli's "The Mad Butcher," and I'm glad I did! I'm going to watch more Something Weird films in the near future.

The title of the film, "The Mad Butcher," makes it sound like the viewer is in for a healthy dose of good old fashioned '70s gore. Nope. We get hardly a splash of the red stuff in Zurli's campy film. What we do get is Victor Buono, who I last saw creeping through the darkness that is "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane," as the titular character in a comedy as black as pitch. Buono plays Otto Lehman, an Austrian butcher of fastidious character whose assault on a customer due to a mental lapse sent him to the local laughing academy for a spell. Now he's out with a clean bill of health from his shrink and ready to resume his duties at the butcher's shop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johny Bottom on January 11, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Ah. An overweight German butcher who loves his sausages. True the movie looked like it cost a hundred dollars to make, but it's warm and cozy. The butcher is so friendly and unasuming.
The women are pretty hot too. If you like to see them go through a hand cranked meat grinder while still screaming then do so! After the butcher prepares his sausages he peddles them on the street and gives one every morning to a flatfoot walking his beat! Nice movie to watch on a first date with a nice Catholic girl.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2002
Format: DVD
"I make the best sausage in Vienna" claims the mad butcher (a rotund fella by the name of Victor Bueno). And so he does. People from all over come to taste his famous delicacies. Seasoned with Human flesh. Aw hell, not only seasoned, it is human flesh! That is the premise for this one. Did I mention he's an ex mental patient? And he has a thing for nubile young women? Ok. so this is not the most original of fare. Still, this film succeeds in making you smile at its cleverness. Of course, later when your eating that sausage for dinner, this story has a way of popping up in your mind. Its cheap, its corny and its got a dark irony that is hard to come by these days.In a belecose voice, the butcher says to one of his victims "you slut, how low and cheap you make yourself..this is not a whorehouse!". Then he throws her in the meat grinder and serves her up to the public. Delicious!
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Master-butcher, Otto Lehman (Victor Buono) has just been released from the madhouse. He spent 3 years there for hitting a woman in the head w/ 2 lbs of liver. Otto was quite comfortable in confinement, and now has a hard time adjusting to the stress of the outside world. Thank goodness for his career in sausage-making! Otto goes right back to slicing and grinding his meats into tasty links of fleshy delight. He also finds that killing those who irritate him helps to relieve his tension, but what to do w/ those pesky bodies?? Of course! He can just feed his former tormentors into the old sausage-making machine! Otto is a genius! THE MAD BUTCHER is a rather tame horror / comedy w/ no real gore to speak of. There are a few (brief) scenes containing nudity. Nope, this isn't TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, or even MOTEL HELL. However, its not bad...
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