Sunday Cinema – “Slaughterhouse”




Surprisingly this week’s selection actually had a limited theatrical release back in 1987. But really, this film was destined to be among the “video store fodder” that people were clamoring for in the mid-to-late 1980’s.

Following the recipe set forth by films like “Friday the 13th” & “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, this film tells the tale of what happens when you piss off a bankrupt slaughterhouse owner and his huge, mentally-disabled son. Lester Bacon (ha-ha) owned a once-thriving pig slaughterhouse that has fallen onto hard times. Larger “factory farms” have made pork processing easier and cheaper to do which puts the smaller slaughterhouses out of business. Developers are interested in Lester’s property, but Lester isn’t one to give up without a fight. And neither is his 360lb, mentally-disabled son, Buddy Bacon.

Buddy takes to heart his father’s anguish over the situation and takes to killing the ones who want his father’s property as well as any teens that happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Much like “Leatherface”, Buddy can only grunt & squeal like a pig but unlike “Leatherface”, Buddy carries a huge-ass cleaver to take down his prey.

From what I read, there was a sequel planned for this movie but it never got past the script stage.

Apparently not longer available on VHS or DVD, someone posted their copy to YouTube for all to enjoy!


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