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Butcher the Bakers - Movie Review

4 starsFor writer/director Tyler Amm, the third time really is the charm.  His latest horror/comedy is a certifiable blast of gut-busting humor and horror.  Butcher the Bakers crawls out from the stickier side of the theater and plops itself right in your lap.  You simply cannot ignore this ravaging beast of balls-to-the-wall shrieking and hilarity.  And, as the hijinks and depravity are not strictly limited to the living, even the supernatural undead get their groove on. 

Amm’s latest film, co-written by Virginia Campbell, is retro-licious in its rollout, complete with comedic self-referential nods to itself, 1988’s Die Hard, 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Amm’s own River City Panic from 2015.  It’s pretty ingenious in how it weaves jabs in and out of its wizard-like ways.  Bowling Alleys become meeting places for Evil itself to gather, confirming long held beliefs of my own, and two hapless dudes, serving frosted cookies with icing penis designs on them to little kids, are tapped to save the day…er…night. 

Obviously, Amm’s film doesn’t take itself seriously (and you shouldn’t either) as an out of work Grim Reaper goes rogue and stars killing people for points.  To what end, though, is the real kicker.  You see, Dragomir ‘Drag’ the Reaper (Mike Behrens) was one of the most skilled killers of his time.  Crusades.  Black Death.  Spanish Inquisition.  Yeah, he’s that good at his gig.  He even took out King Arthur.  Wait.  What?  Oh, he took out the guy who started the myths of King Arthur.  Duh.  His name was King Steven.  

But new regulations handed down from the higher-ups wound up stuffing Drag in the flatlands of the Midwest.  He targets teens, the elderly, and lots and lots of livestock and he is so incredibly bored that it comes to this; a supernatural showdown as otherworldly agents repeatedly fail to take him down.  This narrative – with fabulous performances from everyone involved in this crazy B-movie – is all about him striking back against those who would like to see him retire from a job that he is far too good at.   

Except the new recruits might actually pull off the kill of the century.

Starring Sean Walsh and Ryan Mathew Ziegler as Sam and Martin, co-owners and operators of a brand new bakery shop, and our main protagonists, Butcher the Bakers is – above everything else – absolutely fun.  It’s a smooth ride through the suburbs as two dudes get tapped to take out Drag due their pure hearts.  They are promised gold and, equipped with a supernatural hand that points them in the direction of the rogue killer, find themselves teaming up with all sorts of interesting characters in order to cleanse Ottawa, Illinois of Drag’s pestilence.    

The film is completely off its cinematic rocker.  Know that up front.  The film juggles both horror and humor as it operates as a buddy picture about two deadbeat dudes and the opening of their bakery before dipping into a supremely satisfying horror angle which puts them on some wagon-pulling highway to Hell.  But, seriously, it’s only Illinois. 

Butcher the Bakers contains, without a doubt, some of the zaniest horror jabs and cracks you are bound to see this year.  Interdimensional assassin contracts while getting pistol-whipped in the eyeball?  Where do I sign up, mis amigos?  Co-produced by P.J. Starks (Volumes of Blood) and distributed by Petri Entertainment, this enthusiastic and completely independent flick is now available on select digital platforms in the U.S.

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Butcher the Bakers - Movie Review

MPAA Rating: Not rated.
94 mins
: Tyler Amm
Tyler Amm
Ryan Matthew Ziegler, Sean Walsh, Alex Dittmer
: Horror | Comedy
Death must die.
Memorable Movie Quote: "There was a man roaming the city, killing anyone he can and he's collecting their souls."
Petri Entertainment
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Release Date:
November 16, 1976
VOD Release Date:
January 16, 2018
Synopsis: Recently fired, a grim reaper terrorizes a small town, killing and collecting souls for a purpose only he knows. Sam and Martin, slackers who work at the local bakery, are hired by a mysterious stranger to stop him from killing again. Ryan Matthew Ziegler, Sean Walsh, Mike Behrens and Lisa Wojcik star..

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