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The Mad Butcher (1971)
"Lo strangolatore di Vienna" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  May 1974 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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 great
6 March 2004 | by (The blackend depths of my soul) – See all my reviews

This film is certainly a way to kill 80 minutes, but I don't know if I'd recommend it too much. Like so many other movies in this genre, it has an interesting idea. A butcher who's just got out of a mad asylum, people start going missing and his sausages are tasting extra nice. Surprisingly, there is very little gore in this movie, but it was the seventies, so liberal amounts of female nudity were thrown in for good measure. Moving to the bad points though, and this movie has quite a few of them. The acting is terrible, the music is awful, the camera work is sometimes unbareable, and, unlike other horror movies of the 70s, this has not aged well.

This movie is worth a watch if you are a fan of black comedy with horror touches from the 70s, for others, you will find this a waste of time.


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