Continuing from last year, this project is an attempt to help me get dvds that for one reason or another I’ve never seen off of my shelf and give them a watch. Today I’ve got The Butcher. Spoiler warnings on this overly detailed IMDb synopsis.
IMDb: The Butcher (11 July 2006)
While driving to Las Vegas with his college friends Rachel, Liz, Atlanta, Sophie and Adam, the selfish and wealthy Mark decides to take a shortcut. Mark stresses with the driver of an old tow truck, and suddenly he sees a woman crossing the road and has a serious car accident. His friend Liz dies, and Mark and Adam run after the girl, who is wounded. The group decides to seek help while Atlanta stays with the severed body of Liz in the car. They find an old house in the woods where a family of psychopaths lives and they are chased by the insane family.
If you’re read that, congratulations. You can skip The Butcher. I didn’t like anything about this. It’s Wrong Turn meets People Under The Stairs which sounds like it could be better than it actually is. The spoiler warning was for the detail that it’s an insane family instead of just the one deformed redneck. You could probably have seen that coming though. There is so much bullshit in this. From beginning to end, it’s total bullshit. They get a flat and the driver goes back to look for the cause. They ran over a post covered in razor wire. There isn’t a reason why he would have to go back and look for it. It’s visible from 20 feet is the fucking air. That’s the camera angle they show it from. And it’s in front of the car, not behind it. That sets the bar for the movie not putting any effort forward. Just so this isn’t completely negative, I didn’t think the friends were too bad except for the jock character. The only thing I came away with is this loose hypothosis: If the idea of the final girl applies to a movie, they will be in the front seat passenger side of a vehicle with more than two characters in it. I’ll be gathering data on this to see if it pans out.
Let hope the next one is better. It has someone in it that has been in good things in the past. In the meantime, listen to Motion Picture Meltown’s episode on Trick or Treat and Trick ‘R Treat. Why this one? Because I can’t find an actual connection.