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The Butcher (2007/Korea/Palisades Tartan Asia Extreme DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Film: B-



Prepare to enter a world of terror and blood like never before.  A group of people have been beaten, bound and gagged in preparation to be slowly tortured, cut, dismembered, disemboweled and finally killed, and all of it taped on film, snuff.  Trapped in a bloody slaughter house they must listen to the cries of those being killed as well as the producers talk about new ways of filming their final moments.  Their torturer, The Butcher (2007) wears head of swine as he prepares to carve into their flesh with his chainsaw...
A tale of murder, not for revenge, not for ransom, but for the entertainment of others to watch and to profit from it.  This film tells it tell from 2 points of view, the so called director filming the snuff, and the one being tortured.  There is no background on anyone but movie simply starts with them in the slaughter house filming the 'show.'  What is scary however isn't the man in the mask, but how the producers nonchalantly taking about needing new ideas killing and filming their so call 'actors' and 'stars.'
Be forewarned, this not a film for the faint of heart or for those who are afraid to see blood, but for those who love horror.  Banned from the country that made the film Palisades Tartan Asia Extreme brings The Butcher to America.  The shocking idea that people profit from filming the torture and death of others for entertainment, snuff remains as ugly as anything.  The film is simple, yet gives it a unique twist by a first person view as if the viewer is the one being tortured.  The film gives a sense of what it feels like to be tied down and helpless, the entire film takes place in a small enclose slaughter house and it adds to the effect of being trapped or claustrophobic.  The film explorers the psychological mind of brutality and what person might do when faced with torture and death and better than many of the exploitive films in the same cycle.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image sort of contradicts the idea this is being taped since that is not an aspect ratio for such cameras, but looks good for what we see.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 offers simple stereo and is good, but not great, offering mixed audio as if it were a live recording.  Extras include the original theatrical trailer, storyboards, stills and an alternate ending.



-   Ricky Chiang


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