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“The Butcher” is my very first movie review for BumsCorner, usually I do music reviews for Bacstagepass.com.(shamless plug)
Daily I would skip to the mailbox checking until the goodies arrived. As soon as I
looked at the DVD cover of someone's phalanges in a formaldehyde jar I knew that this bad boy was right up my alley.
I went into this movie thinking it would be just another movie that rips off ever other successful slasher flick, or just butchering people for the sake of braless boobies bouncing around in a sweat stained wife beater, Well it sorta was, but this time, six college students were on their way to Vegas to live it up for three days of fun. They end up lost, losing their friend, and getting stuck in a rut with no one to help them so as they walk searching for help, they find the old house.
Two of the female students are lesbians who sit in the back of the SUV trying to get a hit off a joint in between their make out sessions which causes the driver Mark to not pay quite enough attention to the road. Of course then there's the typical "Here, the map says to veer off the safe known highway road and instead drive off down this dusty path so we can run over a barbed wire fence post."
What I didn't like was the movie also has that infamous "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" kind of feel to it- being in the middle of nowhere, the creepy seemingly abandoned farm house. It could have been a little more original. The passenger Rachael ends up fixing the flat tire and as she does this back woodsman type truck with a skinned animal skull strapped to the grill sits watching then takes off…not offering to lend a helping hand, leaving the gang pretty pissed off.
When they get back on the road annoying Mark screams "Game Time!", and everyone gets three cards and the loser has to flash the truck driver whom they have just caught up to back on the road. Poor dark haired Liz ends up losing the bet and flashes him her boobs while hanging out the sun roof. She freaks out when the disfigured driver looks at her and starts screaming for them to let her back in. Mark suddenly swerves to avoid a beaten young girl who suddenly out of nowhere sprints across their path. An untimely accident occurs while Liz is still hanging out of the sun roof leaving five of them to figure out what the hell they are going to do.
Devastated and in shock, Atlanta decides she is going to stay in the SUV with her dead lover Liz (which turns out to be a big mistake and ends up hanging from a tree) while the others make their way towards the smoke they can see in the sky off in the distance. Selfish Mark decides to leave them but gives Rachael one last chance to leave with him. She tells him straight up that "It's one thing to be scared, but your just a pussy!"
Adam, Sophie, Rachael, and the young distraught girl come up to, then into the creepy dark farm house full of awful surprises searching for help. Losing the girl, the three of them trek on. The houses owner shows up and catches spooked Mark in his barn. The movie does build up a little on the characters well enough for you to scream "Yeah!" when scaredy-pants Mark gets it. The others hear Marks screams and run outside to the locked barn feeling helpless when they can't get in to help him and blood seeps underneath the door crack causing them to end up running back inside that house.( Why?) I will leave you to find out the outcome on your own of this hellish cat and mouse game they are stuck in.
All in all I thought it was a pretty good movie, and I had no problems getting through it. I really liked the very slight twist near the end, and that Rachael was such a strong almost fearless character, so I gave "The Butcher" 3 cans.
Added: Wednesday, August 30, 2006
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