Main Plot Points:
- In the lonely backwoods Carl Henry Jessup spends his days in twisted contemplation and hazy reverie of the good old days.
- He finds plenty of time to keep watch for trespassers…..Grade A Meat!
- In a pact with a demon, Carl bargains for the resurrection of his parents’ rotting corpses.
- The evil presence of Sam Bakoo drives Carl into a whirlpool of torture, slaughter, vengeance and delirium.
What We Thought:
- Legend Of The Hillbilly Butcher is a great title for a film, and the case for the DVD looks pretty cool.
- Unfortunately, those are pretty much the only good things I can say about this film.
- Ok, I have one more positive, they had a nice selection of special features, too bad that is just putting frosting on a turd pile.
- I don’t believe this got into any film festivals, despite the markings on the case claiming it did.
- The movie starts out with an elder telling some kids a story about The Legend Of The Hillbilly Butcher, then the movie cuts to the story.
- Besides the opener, the whole film is in a very poor quality film look. I am not sure if they actually filmed it using some cheap, old film stock, or they added every film-style effect they could in an editing program. When I first thought it was being used for a quick flashback sequence, I thought it was cool. Much to my disappointment, the WHOLE film was like that, until the very end, when it cuts back to the aforementioned elder. Needless to say, the novelty of that wore off very quick.
- If they had the whole film with that look to try and convey the story happened in the past, they should have put more effort into making sure things like clothing weren’t so modern looking.
- The audio quality was also pretty bad.
- Added to the poor audio quality, was lots of odd and irritating sound design choices. Weird random noises would happen for no real reason, and would last far too long. It was especially bad when it was some of the more high pitched, or squeally noises. Sometimes it was downright painful.
- The acting was overall quite terrible too.
- Most of the special effects were very cheap-looking.
- The writing and dialogue were terrible.
- Despite the statement of “twisted contemplation, and hazy reverie of the good old days” mentioned in the plot points above (taken from the DVD case as usual), there is really only one line of dialogue reflecting each of these in the whole film. And those lines were really not anything special.
- There were lots of phrases, that were thrown in throughout the film that were obviously meant to sound like backwoods/redneck/hillbilly slang, but aren’t really (as far as I know), and they all felt really forced.
- I do not think there is a single thing this film does right.
- I have seen bad films, some purposefully with good results, and some that were bad in a fun way, and some that were just plain bad. This film obtains some as-yet-unknown layer of bad.
- If this website allowed me to input a negative score, I would. This ranks lower than whatever film I have given the lowest score to in the past.
- I would NOT recommend this one to anyone.
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Recommended if You Like:
- I can’t even think of anything to put here. Just watch something else instead.