REVIEW: BUTCHER BOYS (2013)

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Distribution/Production Company(s): Phase 4 Films, Greeks Productions, Kitchen Sink Productions
Directed by: Duane Graves & Justin Meeks
Written By: Kim Henkel, also carrying a Producing Credit, & based loosely upon A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
Starring: Ali Faulkner, Johnny Walter, Derek Lee Nixon, Matt Hensarling, Phillip Wolfe, Tory Tompkins, Justin Meeks, Tom Byrne, Sonny Carl Davis, Ed Neal, Terri McMinn, John Dugan, Marilyn Burns, Bill Johnson, Gregory Kelly, Jon Clinkenbeard, Matt Beene, Katie Patterson, Jack Lee
Running Time: 88 minutes
Rating: Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexual content and nudity

Synopsis:

From the creator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre comes this gut-wrenching, non-stop roller coaster ride through the hellish underbelly of inner-city America. Starring Ali Faulkner, Johnny Walter, Derek Lee Nixon, Tory Tompkins, and Gregory Kelly, a birthday celebration at an upscale restaurant sets in motion events that bring a group of friends face to face with the macabre world of cannibals, the Butcher Boys. The Butcher Boys are international predators who deal in human ­flesh.

We at Backwoods Horror have been excited about BUTCHER BOYS since news first began to leak out about the film back when it was still titled BONEBOYS way back in 2010. Being big fans of the directing duo of Duane Graves & Justin Meeks (Headcheese, Wild Man Of The Navidad), in addition to the script by original Texas Chainsaw Massacre co-writer Kim Henkel (a former screenwriting teacher of Graves and Meeks), how could we NOT dig it. Crazy cannibal goodness, while showing up now and again in indie horror, now had one of the original masters of the form behind it and two promising up and coming directors with the chops to pull it off.

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‘BONEBOYS’ FINDS KIM HENKEL BACK IN CANNIBAL TERRITORY

Kim Henkel, writer of the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and writer/director of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION has ventured into cannibal territory again with BONEBOYS.  Serving as the writer and producer of the film, he’s teaming up once again with the directing duo of Justin Meeks and Duane Graves.  Kim Henkel, along with being their screenwriting professor in college, served as producer on the team’s last film THE WILD MAN OF THE NAVIDAD.

The Dallas News gives a brief synopsis: The story tells of a group of people who have adopted the philosophy found in Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” in which the author suggests cannibalism ain’t so bad.

As of this writing, TCM series alumni Ed Neal and Bill Johnson are set to have roles in the film.