Kansas Bowling was just seventeen years old when he wrote & directed B.C. Butcher. That in itself is an impressive feat & critiquing it is no easy task seeing as it is a Troma release. If you know Troma, you know to expect a level of awfulness that they embrace. Troma horror is a genre in itself & they wear their badge of crap-ness with pride.
B.C. Butcher ticks all the Troma boxes but has the honour of at least being one of the most unique slasher spoofs going.
A tribe of cavewoman kill one of their own who got pregnant by the leaders’ man. They stab her with a spear & eat her intestines before leaving her body to be devoured by wild animals.
Unfortunately for them a beast-man happens to find the body & falls in love with her. He is then told by the spirit of the murdered woman to avenge her death by killing those responsible.
A campy horror comedy, the actors ham it up to a high degree. No-one is taking it seriously & that makes it occasionally fun to watch. It’s silly, the gore is terrible but it has charm thanks to the performances of the cast who are clearly having a good time.
That being said it misses the mark in regards to both horror & comedy. For large parts of the film nothing happens & is often just an excuse to play another rock song. Considering it is only 51 minutes long this is really a surprise but it’s also not particularly funny. The odd bit of dialogue might raise a smile but that’s about it.
They clearly were trying hard to make this a ‘so bad it is good’ cult film but forget that it has to be more entertaining then it is.
Perhaps though, the most surprising thing about B.C. Butcher is that has absolutely no sex, no nudity or swearing! For a Troma movie that is a shock!
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