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The Butchering (2015)

Braxton (original title)
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A serial killer returns to a small town on the anniversary of his initial spree, forcing a young cop - himself a survivor of the original massacre - to catch him before it's too late.


Leo McGuigan


Leo McGuigan





Cast overview, first billed only:
Shaun Blaney Shaun Blaney ... Ryan Fenton
Jenna Byrne Jenna Byrne ... Julie
Vicky Allen Vicky Allen ... Claudia
Diona Doherty Diona Doherty ... Kaitlin
Andrew Stanford Andrew Stanford ... Will Gilbert
Ciaran McCourt Ciaran McCourt ... Danny
Joshua Colquhoun Joshua Colquhoun ... Ethan
Rachel Morton Rachel Morton ... Sarah
Philip Rafferty Philip Rafferty ... Oliver
Odhrán McNulty Odhrán McNulty ... Dean (as Odhran McNulty)
Brandon McCaffrey Brandon McCaffrey ... Ronnie
Natalie Curran Natalie Curran ... Alicia
Stephen Foster Stephen Foster ... Deputy Holland
Larry Cowan Larry Cowan ... Detective Walton
Stephanie Donaghue Stephanie Donaghue ... Cora


Every town has a devil. For the small community of Braxton, that devil is Tommy Miller. A bullied and tormented teen who finally snapped, killing his friends and family at the annual Braxton town hall party, Miller escaped into the woods, never to be seen or heard from again. Until now. Ten years later, a group of fresh-faced teens find themselves targeted by a masked man in a hooded cloak. It's up to Detective Ryan Fenton and his fish-out-of-water partner to protect the town from Miller's clutches; there's just one issue - Ryan himself is a survivor of the original massacre. Is Miller opening up a new chapter, or has he returned to attend to some unfinished business?

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Unfinished butchering
3 November 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

There was quite a lot that made me want to watch 'Braxton'. It had a cool poster/cover, a somewhat intriguing if very derivative premise and as someone with a general appreciation for the genre it fits under. That it was low-budget, which from frequent personal experience is rarely a good sign due to that there are so many poor ones out there (though there are decent to good ones as well), made me though apprehensive.

'Braxton' is unfortunately on the other hand yet another film seen recently, hence some reiteration because the exact same strengths and flaws present in those films are here, that did absolutely nothing for me. 'Braxton' is really terrible, with so many huge flaws, any potential that it had completely disappears in translation. There is nothing good here in 'Braxton' apart from the eerie-looking setting that is wasted by the rest of the production values, just amateurish in all aspects.

Going further on to the negatives, the story does feel over-stretched and some of it comes over as vague and under-explained in the last third where the film especially became duller, more predictable, more senseless and less unsettled and never gaining momentum. All the characters are too sketchy and with cardboard thin and colourless personalities and with nowhere near enough to make one want to endear to them, all of them coming over as incredibly irritating to the extent you don't want them alive. Their annoying and illogical decision making and behaviours frustrates. The chemistry is bland and unfocused.

The sound quality is obvious and utilised cheaply (being too loud in the build ups and people's reactions), the effects are laughable and all of the acting is lacking severely on the whole, that's actually an understatement as the worst of it is horrendous. There is no sense of horror or engagement with the awful predicament they're in, and no connecting with the character, it just reeks of indifference which makes the viewer not care less too.

Dialogue can be stilted and rambling while the pace and film drags on forever, apparent from the very start, never recovering that interest is lost fast. The ending has no build-up and just ends ridiculously. Found too many of the supposedly shocking moments not surprising or scary and the atmosphere dreary, due to the excessive obviousness, a lot of dumb and vague moments and explanations and the lack of tension and suspense. Thrills are none, thanks to stodginess and excessive over-familiarity, and found myself never invested in the drama, which tended to be indifferently acted, interminably paced and statically directed.

A lot of 'Braxton' has really dull and going nowhere plot elements and often nonsensical and confusing character motivations, while too many of the things to make you shocked are far from creative or unsettling. It all feels rather tame while the identity of the killer is not surprising or memorable, but at that point one doesn't really care.

Nothing freaky or interesting with some shoddy effects, no development and too derivative, while everything is unimaginative and are more odd than scary, completely failing to show any sense of dread. There is nothing interesting or illuminating with what the film was trying to do and the drama is overwrought with no momentum and a lot of weirdness. Nothing bold, nothing creative, it's all dull, tame and with some gratuity. The direction is leaden, got the sense their heart was not in it, and the music is ill-fitting. 'Braxton' is very amateurish visually, too drearily lit and shows no care in the way it's shot, severely compromising any coherence. The editing is all over the place.

Altogether, irredeemably (apart from the setting, which was wasted so is not really a merit) terrible. 1/10 Bethany Cox

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