The European DVD & Blu-ray premiere of Sam Curtain‘s film “The Slaugtherhouse Killer” will take place on UCM.ONE‘s German label U1 Films Berlin, following its US premiere by Breaking Glass Pictures already on 06 April 2021.

Lead actor Craig Ingham (in the title role) was nominated for the “Best Actor award by the Australian Screen Industry Network in 2020 for his hauntingly convincing acting. In terms of the cold-bloodedness and realism in the staging of the murder scenes, the film is strongly reminiscent of John McNaughton‘s cult classic “Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer“.

Summary

His passion for killing has kept Box (Craig Ingham) busy for decades as a sidekick at the local slaughterhouse. When Nathan (James Mason), a young ex-con, starts his first parole job at the slaughterhouse, Box gladly takes him under his wing. And Box really “takes care” of his young colleague, because when Nathan is bullied, Box summarily slaughters the bully right in front of Nathan’s eyes, thus making Nathan his accomplice in murder.

Nathan discovers that he too enjoys indiscriminate killing and so the two of them go on a killing spree after work at the slaughterhouse. Only Nathan’s unsuspecting girlfriend Tracey (Kristen Condon) is a thorn in Box’s side with his uncouth and pushy manner. After another horrific murder, in which Nathan is forced to kill a boy, he turns his back on Box and his actions. But Box won’t be dumped so easily…

Film data

Original title
The Slaughterhouse Killer
Director: Sam Curtain
Producer: Sam Curtain
Actors: Craig Ingham, James Mason, Kristen Condon, Dean Kirkright, Tubes Taylor
Country: Australia
Premiere: September 26, 2020 at the Australian “A Night of Horror International Film Festival”.

 

“Presented in a widescreen 1.78:1 aspect ratio and shot in 4K, cinematographer Leuke Marriott once again works with Sam Curtain on his second feature, delivering disturbing images that illuminate Box’s sordid lifestyle and Nathan’s furrowed brow by capturing much of the action directly on camera. Leuke Marriott, while not employing any new angles or techniques, captures the brutality and meat-grinder of Box and Nathan’s vile goings-on, while also employing some bold filters – such as a rich blue and a bright yellow – at disturbingly tense moments, and capturing the Tasmanian landscape with drone shots of Arthurs Lake, where the trees seem to float up out of the murky water.” (Steven Lewis / itsblogginevil.com)

Comments

“Is anyone expecting a masterpiece? It certainly isn’t, but it’s a slasher with a plot, character development, combined with a bit of torture porn that mixes it all together to give us an effective final product.” (imdb.com/review)

“The result is a very raw story told in a very direct and unsparing way, and even though the film doesn’t overdo it with the horror, the characters’ attitudes towards their actions are what really shock here.” (Mike Haberfelner / searchmytrash.com)

“The film doesn’t offer much gore, but the way the deaths are filmed and Craig Ingham’s acting are beyond brutal.” (10th-circle.com)

“The film’s impact comes more from the way the killings are filmed than from showing them in gory detail. Though the film never approaches the level of John McNaughton’s classic, The Slaughterhouse Killer comes much closer to Henry’s harshness and nastiness than most recent films of its kind.” (voicesfromthebalcony.com)

Technical data

DVD | Picture format: 1.78:1 (anamorphic | Running time: approx. 72 min | Sound formats: German DD 5.1, English DD 5.1 | Extra: Original Trailer, German Trailer, Artwork Gallery, Trailershown (It Happened on the 3rd Day, Cyst, Anonymous Animals, Like Dogs) | Genres: Horror, Thriller | FSK 18 (KJ)

Blu-Ray | Aspect ratio: WS 1.78:1 / 1080p 24 | Running time: approx. 75 min (75,08) | Sound formats: German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 | Extra: Original Trailer, German Trailer, Artwork Gallery, Trailershown (It Happened on the 3rd Day, Cyst, Anonymous Animals, Like Dogs) | Genres: Horror | FSK 18 (KJ)

The Slaughterhouse Killer | Trailer (deutsch) ᴴᴰ

More information about the film label: U1 Films Berlin