Friday, February 22, 2013

The Mad Butcher

 Mad Butcher (Meat Is Meat) Directed By Guido Zurli. Starring Victor Buono (1971) 
  It starts off with some drive-in huckabuck music and a Willy Wonka style credit montage, but instead of dripping chocolate it's a knife slicing through meat. Victor Buono plays Otto, a butcher in a Vienna madhouse who's discharged after 3 yrs, his doctor lets him out and back in the care of his wife. The film quality reminds me of the Alka Seltzer "Spicy Meatball" commercial. Otto returns to his butcher shop, the counter is as high as a judge's podium. The theme song vaguely sounds like Bobby Darin's Mack The Knife (probably intentional).
  To save a few bucks in the face of looming inflation, Otto does something ghastly (it seems pretty obvious). While watching naked girl silhouettes across the next apartment, his tiny wife tries to put a stop his lecherous eyeball. He wraps his ham hock fingers around her neck and twists it shut. 
  There are a couple of dopey Dragnet type cops, who later on threat to take over the movie. There is a lot of Victor Buono chopping, grinding and slicing meat, not too exciting.   

Here's a quarter lady, have a rat gnaw that thing off your face!
  The laughs are pretty flat and flavorless, but it may be that I've seen the worst filth ridden cannibal films imaginable and for 1971 this is tame. It's not terrible, just kind of cheesy and predictable. Mad Butcher's worst crime of all is that it lets one of the minor characters (a policeman), take over half of the storyline. Otto starts processing people into huge piles of sausages and people love them (of course)! Just another film in the Deep Red catalog that I'm obligated to review unfortunately, better luck next time.Warning, this film may cause drowsiness. 


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