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Meat is Meat, But This Sausage is Special! See more »
After being released from a mental hospital, Otto returns to his old job as a butcher. He tries to adjust to his new life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Victor Buono ... Otto Lehman
Franca Polesello ... Berta Hensel
Brad Harris ... Mike Lawrence
Dario Michaelis ... Inspector Klaus
Karin Field ... Hanna Lehman (as Karen Field)
Luca Sportelli ... Karl Brunner
Hansi Linder ... Frieda Ulm
Tina Buranzo (as Tina Buronzo)
Giacomo Pergola
Dino Peretti
Claudio Trionfi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Randall ... Police officer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Guido Zurli  (as John Zurli)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dag Molin 
Dick Randall  (as Robert H. Oliver)
Karl Ross  story

Produced by
Gene Corso .... executive producer
Dag Molin .... producer
Dick Randall .... producer
Original Music by
Alessandro Alessandroni  (as Alex Alexander)
Cinematography by
Enrico Betti Berutto  (as Enrico Betti)
Film Editing by
Graham Lee Mahin 
Art Direction by
Francesco Di Stefano  (as Frank Di Stefano)
Costume Design by
Gloria Cardi 
Makeup Department
Lilli Bridges .... hair stylist
Diana Green Rose .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabian Tucker .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ted Case .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Ron Post .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Hank Betz .... camera operator

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Also Known As:
"Lo strangolatore di Vienna" - Italy (original title)
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83 min | UK:84 min | USA:81 min
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Now, I Know How They Make Vienna Sausage!, 8 April 2007

The film opens with the line "Meat is Meat(alternate title as well), and just like that a B foreign horror film is a B foreign horror film. If you were expecting anything too grandiose, look not here to be sure. Nevertheless, as foreign B horror films go, one could do far worse than The Mad Butcher. Victor Buono sweats his way through the film as an Austrian butcher being released from a madhouse where he spent the last three years for throwing liver at a woman. Boy, with crimes being dealt with in that fashion just think what would happen if it were something else! Upon returning "home," Buono refuses to go home with his wife and soon occupies the spare room above his neglected butcher shop. Things were bad whilst he was gone: the shop is filthy, his brother-in-law is working behind the counter with dirty fingernails, and meat has risen in price catastrophically. Well, what do you expect with Buono in a loveless marriage where his wife controls the purse strings and orders him about? Meat du jour no doubt. The film has all those tantalizing ingredients so common to horror films of the 70s. Shocking violence(at least the suggestion of it) and gratuitous sex(here lots of frontal nudity and some scenes of a suggestive nature). Buono plays the Sweeny Todd type well. He definitely has a certain charisma despite his girth and swarthy elements. He literally pours perspiration throughout the whole movie. The rest of the cast does equally well in what is really a black comedy about a mad butcher who is really quite insane. I did tire of American actor Brad Harris in the hero role, however. The settings are very impressive and the music by Allesandro Allesandroni is compelling. As soon as I heard the catchy, kitschy music I knew I was familiar with it and its sound. Alllesandroni worked with Ennio Morricone in some of the Clint Eastwood westerns of the 60s and the style is unmistakable. The film is not particularly bloody at all, though the opening shots of raw meat being sliced were somewhat distasteful. The film never for one instant tries to take itself too terribly serious, yet it never descends into straight farce either. For its kind of film, it is a cut above the rest.

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