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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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Dario Michaelis ...
Inspector Klaus
Karin Field ...
Hanna Lehman (as Karen Field)
Luca Sportelli ...
Karl Brunner
Hansi Linder ...
Frieda Ulm
Tina Buranzo ...
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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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Black Comedy At It's Finest
15 August 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

During the 60's, 70's and 80's, black comedies were common. At the height of the craze in 1971, notorious producer Dick Randall decided to go after Victor Buono who was a rising star throughout the cinema world. Only Randall had a reputation for being exploitive, and here he continued on the same pace yet changed his name to Robert Oliver. For those of you who aren't familiar with Randall, he was the guy behind two notorious horror pix in the 80's: DON'T OPEN 'TILL Christmas and SLAUGHTER HIGH. But The Mad Butcher is different. From beginning to end it's nothing but a fun ride as we watch Buono get released from the asylum and go back to being "The Best Butcher In Vienna" Keep in mind this guy was committed by his wife because he hit an old lady over the head with a couple pounds of liverwurst. Ultra low budget flick that had me rolling in laughter.

Score, 6 out of 10 Stars


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