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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 ›
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.
Where the film does succeed is in thoroughly shocking and disgusting its audiences. The 'star' of the sadistic snuff film is a hulking brute that wears a butcher's apron and a horrifying pig mask, who slaughters his victims with a rusty chainsaw. He only speaks through grunts and squeals, and never removes his mask.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.
love this movie. I love Asian horror movies go buy it now you will love it if your a true brutal horror fanPublished on February 26, 2014 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
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
I'd been looking for this movie for a while... because, based on the trailer, it looked pretty intense... and it is, but not in an OTT gory sort of way. Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Amazon Customer