SYNOPSIS (from Phase 4 Films):
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 - dead or alive.
Also here's the trailer (which may giveaway too much for the viewer who wants to be surprised):
So yeah, there's a cannibal element to it, and that in and of itself does not make it a Texas Chainsaw Massacre esque film. It's the personalities that evolve out of several characters. Each one seems to adopt a familiar archetype portrayed in the TCM series. The zany hitchhiker. Chop Top. Drayton Sawyer, even a crazed monster, deformed juggernaut who could be considered the film's Leatherface... they're all there with different clothes, accents and modus operandi. Perhaps that's why I enjoyed the film so much. Butcher Boys takes itself very seriously at first, and before long it drops you off into a Wonderland of your nightmares filled with ghoulish delights, gore and a final girl trudging through some very dark set pieces that hide all the right stuff forcing the viewers imagination to get jumpy.
Butcher Boys has plenty of gore, but you'll have to wait for it. I urge you not to turn it off if you want a solid gut fest. The story builds as the aforementioned friends gradually realize just what kind of Hell they've accidentally thrust themselves into. This gives time for characters to evolve and for the proper sympathies to be achieved. I like ali Faulkner in the lead. She's got a pistol attitude and tremendous fight in her. Excellent casting. Hope to see her in future horror and genre related pictures. Even Marilyn Burns shows up (star of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre).