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The Mad Butcher (1974)

Victor Buono , Franca Polesello , Guido Zurli  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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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: #268,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mad Butcher" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

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.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm the best butcher in Vienna." December 20, 2005
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Eurosleaze black comedy classic! October 8, 2005
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine foreign film 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
4.0 out of 5 stars he makes the best sausage in vienna April 3, 2002
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"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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rotund Ripper... January 8, 2009
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars To Dub or not to Dub
I recall seeing this on an old VHS many moons ago (it may have been under its alternate title MEAT IS MEAT). Read more
Published on January 11, 2010 by MARK C. BALE
2.0 out of 5 stars It Could Have Been Better!!!
Seriously, the only reason I bought this is because in my Senior year in high School, I wrote a story sort of like this, but mine is WAY better! Read more
Published on October 29, 2008 by Pumpkin Man
1.0 out of 5 stars don't bother, some movies are bad but funny, well this one is just...
Absolutely painful. It keeps just enough of your interest to keep you waiting for a payoff that never comes. Read more
Published on March 22, 2008 by Dirk "Duke" Richter
2.0 out of 5 stars The Fat Butcher
The Mad Butcher (originally titled `Meat Is Meat'), was released in 1971, according to the copy I saw. Read more
Published on January 19, 2008 by Throbbin' Hood
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie!
watching this old horror flick was very entertaining and nostalgic!

these are the kind of old cult clasics I really enjoy seeing, the picture and sound quality was... Read more
Published on March 22, 2006 by Night Stalker
1.0 out of 5 stars MAD BUTCHER IS LESS GORY THAN A TRIP TO THE REAL BUTCHER!!!!
This film, completely devoid of both gore and convincing english dubbing, is one of the positively worst pieces of scrap film I have ever seen!! Read more
Published on April 23, 2002 by Derek C. Dehaas
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mad Oscar
The Mad Butcher. Winner of 6 oscars in 1972. Victor Buono gives a stunnng performance as Otto Lehman, the horribly named main character of the story. Read more
Published on February 10, 2002 by Anthony Romano
4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Butcher-Mad Cheesey
I had the privilage of viewing this illustrious film not too long ago and all I could do was bite my tongue to avoid choking on it from laughing too hard. Read more
Published on February 2, 2002 by L. wright
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