B.C. Butcher (2016)

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Director Kim Bowling’s “B.C. Butcher” wears its self awareness and cheap budget on its sleeve, and doesn’t seem to care that it’s a bare minimum production. For folks that appreciate the kind of low budget schlock director Bowling practices, “B.C. Butcher” might serve as a fun diversion with a mercifully short run time. There aren’t many slasher revenge films set in the prehistoric era, and “B.C. Butcher” drives that concept home with some fun gore, slick kills, and a fun villain who also happens to be a caveman.

He begins murdering a local tribe of women that killed poor cave woman Dyna for having an affair with tribe leader Deandra’s boyfriend Rex. Reviving her from the dead, he begins going on a rampage in her honor, and havoc ensues. For folks that really can’t tune in to what Bowling shoots for, “B.C. Butcher” might end up being the longest movie ever made. I was admittedly somewhere in the middle. I don’t hate the movie for being very low budget, but mainly for having a script that has apparent difficulty filling the fifty five minute run time.

A lot of the narrative by Bowling and Kenzie Givens is slim and based around silly improv and Kato Kaelin riffing comically off the script and chewing the scenery for the hand full of times he appears in the film. His first few seconds on screen I was chortling, and almost immediately I kept waiting for Bowling to cut to a new scene. Bowling, who was seventeen years old at the time of making the film, doesn’t try to shy away from the bare bones production for better and for worse. For laughs, it’s fun watching the cave women walking around leopard print sheets and blow dried hair, while one cave woman has an obvious tongue ring. You can even see one of the characters carving a stick with an apparent dinner knife.

I even like the odd choice of Kadeem Hardison narrating the movie. These are the charms, and then there are the flaws present, that Bowling either overlooked or left in for the sake of time constraints. I can forgive seeing a wooden stairwell in the background of the “prehistoric wilderness,” but seeing the apparent shadow of the camera man hovering around the characters during one scene feels lazy rather than tongue in cheek. That said, everyone has to start somewhere and Bowling displays considerable creativity with an original concept for a horror comedy that may just build a cult audience in the mood for an off the wall and fun Troma film. I hope we see more from Bowling since think in the future with enough time and more of a budget, she might just end up surprising us with a bonafide classic.

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