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May 1974 (USA) See more »
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Meat is Meat, But This Sausage is Special! See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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
 

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Also Known As:
"Lo strangolatore di Vienna" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
83 min | UK:84 min | USA:81 min
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Meat is Meat ..., 22 November 2005
Author: Chris. from Australia

When formerly respected local butcher Otto Lehmann (Buono) is released from a mental health asylum (calmly explaining he's now cured of his ills after a good lie down), his wife's incessant nagging quickly flips his crazy switch, and he soon finds his murderous impulses escalating out of his control. Intrepid local reporter Brad Harris suspects Otto might not be as cured as his small-goods, but lucky for Otto, his knackwurst are proving to be a hit, particularly with the local constabulary.

Looking at the box cover to the video version of this movie, one might be reluctant to view, for fear of the unsavoury content that might be lurking within. Having seen this movie a few times, I can say with confidence, that such a reluctance would be unwarranted. Far from being another inept slasher movie, this Italian offering is an inspired black comedy, that benefits from a deliciously maniacal performance by the inimitable slapstick villain, Victor Buono. His camp acting more than compensates for the paltry production values and often claustrophobic staging. Performances like this, underline the untimeliness of Buono's death in the early eighties.

Perhaps this was the movie from which sausages attracted the rather unpleasant colloquialism of "mystery bags"? But then "meat is meat", as they say.

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