Butchers – ★★★✩✩ | Film Review

Canadian Meat Chopping goodness

Synopsis: A family of sadistic butchers has dug into the back country and, from the deep freeze of winter to the dog days of summer, anyone who crosses their path is dead meat.

Director: Adrian Langley
Writer: Adrian LangleyDaniel Weissenberger
Cast: Simon PhillipsMichael SwattonJulie Mainville 

DaveOnFilm says: As far as “Mad Family in the Wood killing people” films go, this is actually a fairly decent one. It’s not going to set the world alight, but at the same time its not bad. Firstly, its not a scary film. The horror comes from the sadistic actions of the family on the kids who happen to stumble upon them when their car breaks down…isn’t that always the case? From there on in its a fight for survival as the group of four are captured and tortured.

At 90 minutes long, this film is pitched just right, even though you end up waiting way too long for any kind of resolution to any of the situations these people find themselves in. The moments of gore and terror are done fairly well. The family are creepy, yet there’s just a sense of “my friend went to the woods and all I got was this blood-soaked t-shirt” about it all. You know there’s going to be some killings, you know there’s going to be the peril of an escape that turns into jumping deeper into the situation and you know there’s going to be a fightback.

It’s pretty much by the numbers with a couple of genuinely shocking moments which work to an extent, yet offer up no reason as to why someone does something sinister near the end, or any explanation as to what the thing in the cupboard actually is.

Interestingly this film is released on 22nd February to coincide with Butchers week, although I expect it will do for butchery what Jaws did for deep sea swimming!


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