Butchers (2020) first reviews of brutal brothers killing spree with trailer

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‘Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin’

Butchers is a 2020 Canadian horror feature film about a group of stranded friends who must fight to survive the attacks of brutal brothers in deep America.

Directed by Adrian Langley from a screenplay co-written with Daniel Weissenberger, the Unit XIX movie stars Simon Phillips, Michael Swatton, Julie Mainville and Anne-Carolyne Binette. It was produced by Adrian Langley, Doug Phillips and Kevin Preece.


A family of sadistic butchers has dug into the backcountry and, from the deep freeze of winter to the dog days of summer, anyone who crosses their path is dead meat…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Director Adrian Langley, who co-wrote with Daniel Weissenberger, throws in a few bits of eccentricity (one butcher coaching another through a Hamlet soliloquy) and frames some nice widescreen landscapes, but also defaults to how mean-spirited-can-you-get turns of plot.  By now, more wearisome than shocking.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“In much the same way that our four hapless co-eds are caught from the start in a Sadean trap, there can also be no escape from the requirements of genre. Butchers carves its way through all its over-familiar routines because that is simply what needs doin’ in a film like this. Which is to say that while Langley’s feature is neither original nor particularly demanding viewing, it plays out its borrowed tropes with knowing, bloody efficiency.” Projected Figures


Butchers will be distributed by Black Mandala.

Cast and characters:

Simon Phillips … Owen Watson
Michael Swatton … Oswald Watson
Julie Mainville … Jenna Simpson
Anne-Carolyne Binette … Taylor Smythe
James Hicks … Mike Crenshaw
Nick Allan … Willard
Blake Canning … Steven Crane
Samantha De Benedet … Celeste
Frederik Storm … Christopher Powell
Jonathan Largy … Oxford

Filming locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Technical details:

Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1

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