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The Mad Butcher (1971)

Lo strangolatore di Vienna (original title)
R | | Horror | May 1974 (USA)
After being released from a mental hospital, Otto returns to his old job as a butcher. He tries to adjust to his new life, but after a bitter argument with his wife, he accidentally kills ... See full summary »

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Otto Lehman
Franca Polesello ...
Berta Hensel
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Karin Field ...
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Luca Sportelli ...
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Frieda Ulm
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Giacomo Pergola
Dino Peretti
Claudio Trionfi
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After being released from a mental hospital, Otto returns to his old job as a butcher. He tries to adjust to his new life, but after a bitter argument with his wife, he accidentally kills her. Fearing he will be sent back to the hospital, he grinds up her body and sells it as sausages. As friends and relatives start asking questions about her disappearance, they too start ending up in the butcher's display case. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Also shown in the US as "Meat Is Meat". See more »

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The words "Buon appetito" appear over the final shot, a close-up of the sausages made when Victor Buono falls into the meat-grinding machine. After a few seconds, the letter "O" is added, changing the caption to "Buono appetito." See more »

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Not a bad film!
1 October 1998 | by (Mt Pleasant, MI) – See all my reviews

With Buono's comedic performance as a butcher who decides to take back over his butcher shop after 3 years in the asylum, and the film's overall tongue-in-cheek approach to the story, this film is an entertaining, dark-humored thriller. The film's bloodless approach to the subject matter is also a welcome change as well to numerous others of its ilk. Also, watch for the well-directed climax!!


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