IMDb > The Mad Butcher (1971)

The Mad Butcher (1971) More at IMDbPro »Lo strangolatore di Vienna (original title)

Photos (See all 3 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
4.9/10   226 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Contact:
View company contact information for The Mad Butcher on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
May 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Meat is Meat, But This Sausage is Special! See more »
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
Macabre black comedy with Victor Buono in fine form as a Sweeney Todd-type Austrian butcher. See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (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)

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
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lo strangolatore di Vienna" - Italy (original title)
See more »
Runtime:
83 min | UK:84 min | USA:81 min
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:

Did You Know?

Movie Connections:
Featured in Extra Weird (2003) (V)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Macabre black comedy with Victor Buono in fine form as a Sweeney Todd-type Austrian butcher., 15 July 2000
Author: Wilbur-10 from Isle of Man

Odd blend of black humour and gruesomeness featuring a good, over-the-top performance from Buono, whose bulk and mild manner make for an effective psychopath.

The story is a Sweeney Todd rehash that catches the sinister aspects, while retaining the comic elements and being relatively gore-free.

Otto Lehman is shown to be sexually inadequate and belittled by his wife, resorting to voyeurism to satisfy his desires as he spies on a woman across the street. His frustrations trigger his aggression, while the butcher theme is used as a means of disposing of bodies, but isn't the motive for the killings.

Obvious similarities to 'Psycho' and 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'; also real-life German serial killers Fritz Haarman and Peter Kurten.

The film has enough to recommend it as an above average entry into the slasher genre, although the light hearted approach does tend to outweigh the horror elements too much.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (15 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Mad Butcher (1971)

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
So Sweet, So Dead Cape Fear Carnage Don't Tell Seven Blood-Stained Orchids
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Horror section IMDb Italy section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.