Director: Tyler Amm
Cast: Ryan Matthew Ziegler, Sean Walsh, Alex Dittmer
Production Company: Hometown Hero Productions
Runtime: 94 minutes
Who do you call when death itself must be killed? That’s what Butcher the Bakers (2017) sets out to discover. The film is a horror-comedy directed by Tyler Amm who also made Grace’s Room (2016).
In the movie, Martin (Ryan Matthew Ziegler) and Sam (Sean Walsh) are foul-ups who work at a local bakery. They’re hired by a supernatural commissary (Alex Dittmer) to kill Dragomir (Mike Behrens), a former grim reaper who is collecting souls for an evil purpose.
The tone leans more towards comedy than it does horror, but there are still a lot of bloody deaths in this movie. A constant barrage of wacky conversations and goofy shenanigans keeps things moving along at a brisk pace. There’s even a pillow fight…
Tyler Amm and Virginia Campbell have created an interesting mythology to go with their film. There are multiple representatives for death, and these entities may be replaced over time, or limited in their powers. There is also a supernatural hierarchy that must be observed to maintain balance.
There are plenty of demented paranormal creatures to go along with all the weird human characters in the movie. At one point, Drag awakens a bunch of memorable weirdos to do his foul bidding. These emissaries of evil all have interesting looks and killing methods.
The heroes have their own oddball colleagues to contend with as events unfold. Neil Armstrong is just a severed arm that directs the main characters toward Drag. This character will likely remind you of Thing from The Addams Family (1991).
The film was shot entirely on location in Ottawa, Illinois. It’s like getting a virtual tour of the local bar, bakery, bowling alley, and roller skating rink. That’s one of the things I like about independent movies. You get to see places you wouldn’t ordinarily visit.
There’s also an interesting animated sequence by Bryan Michael Hartnett and Tyler Amm, a montage of deaths caused by the evil underlings, and an 80s inspired theme song that plays during the closing credits.
The movie openly displays some love for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991). The buffoonery and complicated situations are similar, and the film even lists Bill and Ted as Historical Consultants.
Fans of films like Zombieland (2009) and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010) will also find this film appealing. Butcher the Bakers delivers laughs, scares, and pillow fights. Can’t forget those pillow fights…
– John Migliore
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