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The Butcher

3.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Told entirely through two POV video cameras, THE BUTCHER throws you abruptly into the middle of chaos and death: a handful of people have been abducted and lie bloodied and bound on the floor of a rotting slaughterhouse. Nearby, a team of snuff film producers are discussing their gruesome handiwork: torturing their captives to death, one by one.

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  • Actors: Kim Sung-il, You Dong-Hun, Kim Taeksoo, Ha Yooyle, Seo Myeongheon
  • Directors: Kim Jin-Won
  • Writers: Kim Jin-Won
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Palisades Tartan Asia Extreme
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B002FE5XUQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is without a doubt one of the most horrific, most brutal , most gruesome, most completely disturbing films I have ever seen. The brutality in this film is so extreme and utterly sick that it makes some of the the most infamous disturbing movies of the past seem tame. This movie is one twisted and brutal ride. It is filled with such depraved sickness that I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I'm pretty jaded when it comes to disturbing movies, but this one is still pretty horrific to sit through. The film seemed extremely low budget at first and it does take at least a half hour before it gets totally sick and depraved. But once it does it is so relentless it was impossible to believe what I was seeing on the screen. No doubt this film may very well go down in history as one of the most taboo films on the planet. I gave it two stars because it's totally discusting and sick beyond belief, but at the same time the people that made this film did an extremely realistic job conveying what they were trying to present. In short this film is supposed to look like someone has made a real snuff film, and cousin, they made it look so real that you will wonder if it is. Be warned it is very, very sick and very disturbing.
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This is one of the best and most effective horror/torture porn movies I have ever seen. The script is 7 out of 10 but the realism of the movie is a solid 11. Very dark and devious (found footage style). Basic story about a group of guys making a snuff film with several victims. The directing is excellent and genius (for this type of film). Very brutal and thrilling. I don't want to ruin it so GO AND WATCH THIS!!!
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When you see a film titled THE BUTCHER and there is a bloody guy with a pig mask on the cover you know you aren't exactly getting a family film so I mostly knew what I was in for. Having seen some of the other films in the Asia Extreme line, I think this lived up to its promise of topping the rest of them for how "extreme" it is, but it was more than just a gore-fest and it got under my skin more than I thought it would.

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.
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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). I love the fact that Fresh Air's David Edelstein came up with the term—he's so not the person you'd associate with these movies, and yet he's now forever linked with them.
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.
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By Carl Manes on September 28, 2010
THE BUTCHER may be the only instance where the term "Torture Porn" can rightfully be used to describe a film. All of the unjust criticisms that fell on remarkable films like WOLF CREEK, SAW, and THE DEVIL'S REJECTS should have been saved for Jim Won Kim's cinematic travesty. Kim takes the popular "found-footage" motif and adapts it to the torture genre, where a group of snuff filmmakers kidnap four helpless victims and attach video camera's to their heads in order to record their gruesome deaths. The perspective constantly shifts between the various victims and their captives, but primarily uses the first-person perspective of those being tortured in order to force the viewer into assuming the role of the victim. In this sense, it is the viewer who is being subjected to the violent beatings and rapes that are occurring on-screen, in a sick and twisted form of sado-masochistic voyeurism that borders on pornography. THE BUTCHER is truly exploitation for exploitation's sake, with absolutely no redeeming value or social criticism to be found beneath its shocking exterior. Although the marketing sells the film as an ultra-violent bloodbath, there is surprisingly little gore to be found anywhere in the picture. One girl's eye is torn out, while her husband's hand is sawed in half by a chainsaw, but outside that, the majority of the attacks occur off-screen. All that leaves is a film with only mild violence, a paper-thin plot, virtually no dialog, and an obnoxious shooting style.

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.
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