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Legend Of The Hillbilly Butcher + My Name is A by anonymous (2012/MVD Visual DVDs)

Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C Film: D

Made thirty years too late, The Legend of the Hillbilly Butcher is a low budget Grindhouse-style knockoff that is meant to be an homage to films like the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In the lonely backwoods, Carl Henry Jessup spends his days in twisted contemplation and hazy reverie of the good old days. He seems nice enough at first...

Carl finds plenty of time to keep watch for trespassers on his land, fulfill his stereotype, and to eat them if necessary. In a pact with a demon, Carl bargains for the resurrection of his parents' rotting corpses and the evil presence of Sam Bakoo drives Carl deeper into a whirlpool of torture, slaughter, vengeance, and delirium.

The film is meant to have a documentary type feel that helps aide in its realism but really grows tiresome after about ten minutes in. The cast simply doesn't have the talent to carry it and it becomes a film that would be a better short trailer than feature.

Sound and picture on the disc aren't great... but it isn't meant to be. In style with the film, the image is in a grainy/noisy standard definition presentaton with a lossy Dolby 2.0 Stereo track.

Extras on the disc is a Making of documentary, Straight Razor: a short film, Horror Happens Interview, and Trailers.

My Name is A by anonymous

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C+ Film: D

My Name is A by anonymous also known as Alyssa: Portrait of a Teen Killer is inspired by real events of some psychotic teenage girls and tries to be this deep dark experience in the vein of Requiem for a Dream but ends up just coming across too amateur for my tastes.

Shot on video and probably inspired by a Nancy Grace broadcast, the search for a missing girl exposes a dark world of lost and emotionally unstable teenagers who are responsible for the girl's disappearance and eventual murder.

A raw and fascinating portrait of the alienation and despair found in teenagers who have been left to fend for their own emotional purpose. They cut each other, scream and cry for minutes on end, and become even killers. The question I have is: who wants to watch this?

Based on the true crime of Alyssa Bustamante who murdered neighbor Elizabeth Olten in 2009, and is currently in prison serving a life sentence but should probably get the electric chair.

Sound and Picture on the disc is not very good... but isn't supposed to be here either. The image is again in standard definition with a lossy Dolby 2.0 Stereo track.

Extras include Alternate Version of the Film, Deleted Scenes, Alternate scenes, Music Videos, Short Films, and Trailers.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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