Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)

R   |    |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.



  • Bill Paxton and Jimmy McNichol in Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)
  • Bo Svenson and Steve Eastin in Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)
  • Susan Tyrrell in Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)
  • Jimmy McNichol in Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)
  • Jimmy McNichol and Susan Tyrrell in Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)
  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)

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13 September 2002 | brandonsites1981
* * *1/2 out of 4.
Teenager (Jimmy McNichol) who was orphanded at a young age after his parents were killed in a freak car accident, thinks his over protective and sexually repressed aunt (Susan Tyrrell) is losing it. That's when the murders begin to happen and a homo phobic and racist police officer (Bo Svenson) gets involved in the proceedings suspecting McNichol to be the killer.

Judging from the premise you would expect this to be a pretty standard film. It isn't. There is much more going on than there appears to be. This thriller is expertly constructed and features a shocking opening sequence and some terrifying moments. It is a truly smart and intelligent film that covers ground no other horror movie would dare to cover. And while doing this, it never is tasteless or over the top. The entire cast is excellent by the way, but Susan Tyrrell really stands out in a truly demented performance that shows incredible range. Even Bo Svenson gives it his all and his performance really gets under your skin (that's a good thing!). Highly under rated!

Rated R; Violence, Sexual Situations, Nudity, and Profanity.

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