Slaughterhouse is a unique film to say the least. In fact it doesn't get a lot of the credit it deserves. Its a combination of horror and comedy that never really got the respect it deserved. It has a small cult following that has grown over the years but not much else.
Also know as Pig Farm Massacre, Slaughterhouse came out in 1987 a great year for horror films, especially with the big video rental bomb that was taking place. Its the story of Lester Bacon, an old school pig slaughterer who likes to make sure everything is skinned by hand in the old school ways as the new machine slaughterhouses ruin the integrity of the meat.
He lives with his son, a large dimwit who snorts like a pig named Buddy. Buddy is trained in the old school slaughter ways which is good for him as he is also a deranged killer.
See Lester is about to lose his house for his land which sits by an old slaughterhouse to the bank to make way for a brand new slaughterhouse coming to the town. :ester doesn't want to sell it. He is given a choice to sell of the bank will foreclose in 30 days. Well seeing as how Buddy is a whack job Lester just tells his son they are going to kill anyone who steps foot on their property.
As luck would have it, the sheriff's daughter and her friends are making a shot on video horror film and decided the old abandoned slaughterhouse would be a great place to film it. This of course leads to Buddy and Lester slaughtering a group of people.
The film features lots of gore and practice special effects. Murder by saw, stabbings, and even skinning's take place through out the course of the film. So for horror and slasher fans in general there is more than enough blood and goings on to keep you entertained.
Having never really had a nice release I was thrilled that Vinegar Syndrome had acquired the rights and have no released in on a special edition Blu-ray complete with special features
• Region free Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
• All extras included on both Blu-ray and DVD
• Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm Interpositive
• Commentary track with Director Rick Roessler, Producer Jerry Encoe & Production Designer Michael Scaglione
• New video interview with Lead Actress Sherry Bendorf Leigh
• “Making a Low Budget Indie” – Featurette with Rick Roessler
• “Producing Slaughterhouse” – Interview with Jerry Encoe
• Archival interviews with Rick Roessler & Jerry Encoe
• “Epilogue: 30 Years After the Slaughter”
• Radio interview featurette from 1987
• Local news coverage from the theatrical premiere
• Behind the scenes featurette
• “No Smoking” SLAUGHTERHOUSE snipe
• Multiple theatrical trailers, tv & radio spots
• Shooting script gallery
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles
The transfer in both video and audio presentation look fantastic. If you are a fan this is the definitive version to get. If you have never seen it before you should definitely check this out.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!