Death Factory (2014)

Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Semi Anthony, Damien Puckler, Randall Bosley, Cameron Bowen
A busload of strangers find themselves fighting for their lives when one of them reads from a gothic book and brings to life six dead serial killers who proceed to hunt them down one by one.
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Stereotypes, Weirdness and Ed Gein - Oh My!3/10
Quick Summary: a literal bus-load of stereotypes get stranded in the desert just by a museum for serial killers, where a man with... some kind of accent has brought back a Justice League of Mass Murderers so he their brains and gain their knowledge? or power? or both?

Quick Review: OK so I really enjoy the film Waxwork (which has various monsters and killers brought to life via magic) so this seemed like it might be worth £8. No, no it wasn't and that's a shame because it's a really good concept, loads of real life serial killers (which I have an interest in) in a slasher film (which I have an interest in), great, it's just the execution (pun intended?).

What's wrong with the execution? Most glaringly the 'protagonists' (read: victims) are horrendous, most offensive are the 'Goth' twosome, as written and dressed by someone who has never even been on the same side of the street as someone in a counter-culture and 'slutty bimbo' character Candi who actually screams about breaking a nail, although the Goths die first, and once that bit of misrepresentation is out of the way it's a lot easier to sit through. We also have religious maniacs, a fitness fanatic (who reappears when you least expect it brandishing scenery, I liked that bit) and Auntie May who talk jus' like yowa white butt think she gonna talk, she's boarder-line racist and she's the best character in the film so that should tell you how bad they all are. It's odd because there really seems to have been some knowledge put into the casting and portrayal of the killers; I dunno, maybe the team spent all their time at home reading about old killers and don't know how real people work?

The editing is askew too, cutting at strange times, not discretion shots, those I can understand (even if they are disappointing, show me the gore dammit!) just cuts when cuts aren't necessary or when scenes are. I thought I'd fallen asleep and missed bits at least twice, both of which were in scenes involving Ed Gein - odd. And there's some very strange plot points...I've put the spoiler tag so to hell with it (pun intended) Jack the Ripper strips off to reveal a hot girl in naughty underwear. That's the weirdest plot 'twist'/'misstep'/'madness' but exemplary I think.

Is it worth watching? Of course it is, all of these cheap horror films are worth watching once and there's some entertainment to be had; is it a good film? No. Is it so bad it's good? No, it's just bad - as bad as the lightning effects it uses, but you should be able to get through it, I did and I'm impatient. Like a lot of these films they'd benefit from a bigger budget remake with a script writer who's at least been to a Metal concert if not talked to some of the others there, or better yet, an actual Alternative.
My Review Of "The Butchers"5/10
Stephen Judd's serial killer showdown, "The Butchers" takes a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek approach to bringing some of the world's most notorious killers together on screen. The plot has the six killers coming to blows with a group of travelers whose bus breaks down outside of a ghost town turned tourist trap focusing on the life and crimes of these vicious serial killers. The crap goes down when Semi's character, JB, sets out conjure the killers, whom he shares a kindred spirit with, then is interrupted by the arrival of the stranded group.

"The Butchers" has a creative concept going for it, bringing together these infamous killers. All of whom are just as likely to go for each other as the collection of victims thrown in their path. Judd plays up the fun side of horror with overdrawn characters that have no real dimension, acting only as meat for the grinder. The acting is as low budget as it gets in this sort of shtick, but there is no real attempt to pass the characters off as anything more so isn't too annoying. There are a few actors that give decent performances and the direction Stephen Judd takes telling the story make it understood that this is cheap, sensationalized, slaughterfest fun.

The special effects are a blend of CGI and practical effects. The CGI is within reason and keeps focus on the occult aspects displayed. The majority of the kill scenes and gore are practical methods that, although on the cheaper side, work well to create some gruesome moments. The blood and guts of the horror elements are the real treat in this film. Some of the scenes actually come off better than other moments, even for a low budget film there is some pretty sweet moments in "The Butchers". Just keep in mind this is a fun romp where carnage is king. Thankfully the dialog stays short and in context to the situation so I was able to enjoy the film more than I would if the writing required the actors to get theological, or wordy. The sound effects and overall atmosphere does good to keep the energy level up on "The Butchers" so I didn't really feel any lag.

"The Butchers" is not a deep, witty, horror story. The film stays pretty straight horror, leaning toward a comedy edge. The real sell is the blood and gore which for a low budget film gives good gore. The highlight of this one is the killers themselves. On screen, as they clash with one another and the victims, the story becomes really entertaining. "The Butcher" may not appeal to all horror fans, mostly because of the simple story, cheap thrills and gimmicks, plus some of the effects fall short of when it comes to being effective. However, for what it is, this is a fun, entertaining indie horror worthy of a once over. There is a lot things that are disappointing, but there are also some moments that really shine.
It's entertaining horror10/10
Another poster took this movie too seriously and ended up turning it off halfway through. I wanted to stop watching too at some point until I realized this movie wasn't predictable at all. This is not supposed to be a scary horror movie. I repeat: this movie was not made for scares. It was made for entertainment in the same vein as Tremors, From Dusk Til Dawn, and John Carpenter's Vampires. Like those movies, this one is set in the desert. Also, like those movies, this movie was supposed to be a supernatural action/adventure movie rather than a horror movie.

What's a supernatural action/adventure movie? It's an action/adventure movie with supernatural villains. It's not meant to be horror. It's simply meant to be entertaining. It's the type of movie you put on when you're bored at night, you have beer, you have chips, and you just want to watching an entertaining movie to make you forget your worries. That's why I gave this movie 10/10. It's mission was simply to entertain me and forget my cares and it succeeded.

So if you're home bored, with beer and nachos, and want a supernatural desert movie in the vein of Tremors, From Dusk Til Dawn, and John Carpenter's Vampires, then go with Death Factory. And make sure not to take it seriously.
0/10... Ignore the critic... Yeah it's not Shakesphere, but it's entertaining at least. My rating 8/108/10
Okay, I am not saying this is something that is going to get tons of awards, but the idea is interesting on it's own. I bought it for a tenner, expecting something below average, I love horror what can I say. Although I was surprised firstly the serials killers did act like how they were in real life even some fun elements, but I find it funny the only critic gave this 0/10, that shows worth of that critic. Anyway, they are caricatures, but as with horror the most annoying die first. The critic also does not seem to how understand how unlimited stupidity is, referring to the fact they read the book. Of course we as watchers will know it's bad idea, but then we have fortunate fact of knowing they are in a horror movie.

Sorry for the rant, but this was not a hugely bad movie, it had some surprises and outside of small annoyances never felt I need to stop watching. I give it eight, good way to pass the time and one twist is genuinely clever...

The ending, well that shows the critic who reviewed did not even understand what had happened... Plus some of the character's broke out of their cliches which was refreshing.
an honest review1/10
I'm at 9 minutes into the movie and I stopped to count how many extreme stereotypes I've seen so far. There are 9 so far. That's right. Nine minutes in and nine extreme stereotypes are in the movie so far.

9 minutes 22 seconds. 10 extreme stereotypes so far.

9 minutes 30 seconds. A pair of extreme stereotypes just reached epic stereotypical traits.

9 minutes 50 seconds. 11 extreme stereotypes so far.

I'm starting to see a pattern here. Not only has the acting been laughably bad so far, the characters are such extremes that it's comical to watch each one as they get revealed.

14:53 had to pause the movie because i couldn't take anymore. I'm only going to continue just to make sure the plot holes I've seen so far are as enormous as I think they are.

24:30 The most racist stereotype I have ever seen in a movie.

26:50 The new most racist stereotype I have ever seen in a movie.

Guy trying to hide behind a window accidentally punches(?) it at the worst possible time. And I'm done. Screw this movie.