Saturday, July 12, 2014

Butcher Boys - Review - #TexasChainsawMassacre / #HorrorFilms


Butcher Boys (2012) **
D: Duane Graves, Justin Meeks
C: Ali Faulkner, Johnny Walter, Derek Lee Nixon, Tory Tompkins, Gregory Kelly, Phillip Wolf, Matt Hensarling, Jon Clinkenbeard, Matt Beene, Katie Patterson, Justin Meeks, Perry Lorenz, Edwin Neal, Marilyn Burns, Ed Guinn, Bill Wise, John Dugan, Teri McMinn, Bill Johnson, James Bargsley

IMDB Plot Synopsis: A birthday celebration at an upscale restaurant sets in motion events that bring Sissy, her brother, Mikey, and friends, Kenny and Barbie, face to face with the macabre world of the Boneboys. Inspired by Jonathan Swift's cannibalistic tale A Modest Proposal, the Boneboys are international predators who deal in human flesh - dead or alive. Their hunting grounds are the cities of the world. 

Review: Butcher Boys starts out as a chase thriller in which a group of teenagers run for there lives, in a deserted part of city, from not only gangsters, but a clan of cannibals. As a chase thriller, Butcher Boys doesn't make much of an impression. I never felt involved in what was going on. I never cared enough about any of the characters to root for any one in particular. And since I never cared about (or was engaged by) any of the characters, whether it was the good guy or the bad guy, there was no real suspense. However, the film abandons this whole chase thriller thing and switches gears to focus on the lair that these cannibals call home and their over the top, murderous mayhem. 

It's there that the film turns into chaos for the sake of chaos. Everyone runs around and acts as outrageously as possibly while foaming at the mouth, dribbling off non-sense. None of it really works, yet I couldn't quite bring myself to turn it off. Even though the characters act in the most preposterous of ways, it was that very quality that held my attention. There was some part of me that curious to see how the characters could one up each other in acting as bonkers as possible. And with Kim Henkel involved in the production, there is a wealth of cameos from various players from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre franchise. It's those cameos that might make this a bit of a curio for certain horror fans. 

These might not be the right kinds of reasons for a film to hold a person's attention, but it at least held my attention and that's more then you can say for a lot of films. [R] 86 mins. 

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