“I smell like blood”
It burns my eyes! I’m not sure if there are enough negative adjectives in the English language to truly do justice to just how utterly appalling this movie really is. The movie’s poster & advertising campaign proudly boast that the movie is banned in its homeland. I’m guessing that is because Korea has a thriving film industry & doesn’t want to be associated with such an amateurish & inept movie like The Butcher.
The plot for what little of it The Butcher has is set in a large barn. As the movie begins four people are bound & gagged, slumped on the floor with cameras placed on their heads. These cameras are to give us a victims POV of what happens to them (nice idea, awful execution) Soon “the director” arrives with his idiot assistant in tow. They divide the four into two groups, one consisting of a husband & wife, the other two men. The later group is then dragged to another room where from the married couples perspective we hear a chainsaw & lots of screaming. After a few minutes (yet seems like hours) the filmmakers return with a large steel bucket, which has the carved up body parts of the first two victims. The couple is lead into the other room where the “star” of the films is waiting. A big guy wearing a butchers apron & a pig’s head.
Where do I even start with this mess, ok the beginning. The very first shot of the movie is a POV shot of a guy taking a piss up the wall of the barn! Classy eh?! Without doubt The Butcher is the worst example of shaky cam ever. The view from the cameras on the victim’s heads is nauseating, constantly in motion & rarely in focus, its headache inducing. There is zero character development, leaving the film with “bad guys” & “fodder” Even here the movie drops the ball, one of the victims behaves in such a selfish manner that you lose even the slightest shred of empathy you had with his plight & actually want him to meet a nasty end. The acting is… well you can’t even call it acting. The victims scream, a lot. Irritating, eardrum piercing screams (& that is just the guy) The director proves he is a bad guy by swearing a lot & having to deliver some of the worst dialogue this side of an Ed Wood movie. So… is it really that violent it deserved to be banned? Not in the slightest, a few fingers are cut off with the chainsaw. One guy gets raped, a few hammer hits & a couple of stabbings! That’s it! No over the top gorefest, no heave inducing dismemberements, no sadism! This is no Tumbling Doll Of Flesh or Flowers Of Flesh & Blood. Even Hostel had more blood in it! The movie’s ending is dire, perfectly matching everything that went before it. The film has a blessedly short running time, it clocks in at 75 minutes but trust me it feels like hours!The movie’s director Jin-won Kim should be banned from making movies & never be allowed within 20 feet of a camera for the rest of his life.
In closing this movie is one of the worst I have ever seen & is headed straight for my Hall Of Shame. I would have had more fun masturbating with a cheese grater using vinegar as lubricant instead of watching this mess. Avoid this film like you would a dose of herpes!