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The Butcher Possessions (2014)

Beckoning the Butcher (original title)
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When Chris Shaw takes his friends out to an isolated house to make a web video, they summon an evil spirit and must fight for survival once it begins to hunt them down.

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Cast overview:
Damien E. Lipp ... Chris Shaw
Stephanie Mauro Stephanie Mauro ... Tara McQuarrie
Sophie Wright ... Nicole Goodlowe
Tristan Barr ... Brent Wellborne
Tilly Legge ... Lorraine Castanon
Lliam Murphy ... David Shaw
Janet Watson Kruse ... Shannon Donahue
Peter Flaherty ... Detective Marcus White
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Chris Shaw was an up and coming Internet sensation. In his videos he performed rituals he found on the web, testing their legitimacy in summoning spirits. His last video never got to be broadcast, until now. Chris films everything as he, his girlfriend Tara and their friends Brent, Lorraine and Nicole travel to Brent's holiday house nestled in the vast, isolated plains of rural Victoria. Once they arrive they prepare and perform the latest ritual Beckoning the Butcher, a mysterious invocation Chris found online, designed to entice a paranormal entity into this world. All who took part in the ritual that night went missing without a trace. The only clue for investigators was the found footage contained on Chris's camera. Unfortunately for all involved, the footage itself seemed to pose more questions than to provide answers. Using interviews from family members, detectives and psychics, along with Chris's footage, this film aims to piece together the events of that fateful night and ... Written by Anonymous

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Australia

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English

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29 July 2015 (Philippines) See more »

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Kerang, Victoria, Australia See more »

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AUD 3,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,000, 5 November 2014
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Good enough, but nothing you haven't seen before
2 October 2014 | by chrismackey1972See all my reviews

Five friends go to an out-of-the-way house to summon a ghost called The Butcher. Nobody thinks it's real, so they believe they'll have one or two days of just sitting back and trying not to laugh too hard as they conduct a ritual to summon the spirit. Unfortunately for them, the ghost turns out to be all too real. This is filmed through camcorders, as most of these found-footage films are, so don't expect anything out of the cinematography.

I have to disagree with one of the other reviewers who said it's the best found footage film since The Blair Witch Project. It was interesting, but kinda boring until the entity finally showed up. First of all, it was only 69 minutes long. When you have 5 characters in such a short film, it's hard to build enough of an attachment for the audience to care about them. That's what happened here. Plus, it's not as though a group of people looking for a ghost by using dark magic hasn't happened before in a movie, so it wasn't very original. And then the clichés of no cellphone service and the car not working happened. There were a few scenes of special effects, but it wasn't over-used, so I think they got that about right.

I gave this a 5-star rating, because the acting was pretty good, and the people conveyed a real sense of fear. However, I've seen better found-footage films. Still, it was entertaining enough for what it was. I'm glad it wasn't longer, because I couldn't take much more of the screaming and the jerky camera footage from the running. If you're a found-footage fan, I recommend this. However, if you have limited time to put into movies, I'd advice you keep looking.


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