Written by: Tracy Crockett
Directed by: Duane Graves, Justin Meeks
Cast: Ali Faulkner, Johnny Walter, Derek Lee Nixon
I received this screener from Addicted to Horror Movies and didn’t hesitate for a second to watch it once I learned that Duane Graves and Justin Meeks were involved with it. I’d previously seen their short Headcheese several years back and enjoyed their style of filmmaking. Needless to say I was not disappointed. Here’s how my night played out.
Butcher Boys is a gut-wrenching, non-stop roller coaster ride through the hellish underbelly of inner-city America. A birthday celebration at an upscale restaurant sets in motion events that bring Sissy, her brother, Mikey, and friends, Kenny and Barbie, face to face with the macabre world of the Boneboys. Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s cannibalistic tale A Modest Proposal, the Boneboys are international predators who deal in human flesh – dead or alive. Their hunting grounds are the cities of the world. And in this case it just so happens to be San Antonio, TX.
Butcher Boys is in all actual reality like an hour and a half chase scene a la Judgment Night. Butcher Boys comes damn near to playing out like a side story to Texas Chainsaw Massacre and is actually written by Kim Hinkle. If it hadn’t been one could argue this as being a hardcore rip off. None the less the movie has great high quality points such as the cinematography and the acting. It’s highly evident that those involved in this know a thing or two about filmmaking and for this it helps make this a really good late night popcorn viewing. It kind of goes off topic and keeps you scratching your head but does a nice job of rounding out the bases in the long run pulling you back into the story at hand. And as for the actors, each and every single one did a magnificent job of making you feel for the characters they’re portraying, so kudos go out to them as well.
Now keep in mind whilst going into this you won’t see much of anything new, unless you see it as a classic movie done with a more odd twist, if that’s even possible. But yes, they manage to do just that. As previously stated let it be known and seen just how well this movie was shot. I’ve been a fan of these cats for some time and have a fairly good idea I will be in the future as well. I enjoy their strange sense of storytelling and respect how they follow through with their actions, and it shows here.
Round up some buds, grab a few beers and set down and just enjoy the blood. There’s quite a bit herein. Enjoy