That brings us to an interesting case called B.C. Butcher from 17 year old Kansas Bowling who has taken her love for the Ramones' "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" about Sheen Queen of the Jungle and turned it into a short film filled with some classic slasher elements based around cave-sploitation elements you might have found in the 50's and Hammer films of the 60's. Fans of Prehistoric Women, Teenage Caveman, One Million BC and even the Flintstones have something to appreciate here. The first inductee into the Troma Institute for Gifted Youth, Bowling has made a movie on 16mm that conveys classic camp and 60's elements while working within a tight budget, a novice crew and shooting in her backyard. The outcome may not be for everyone, but it accomplishes Bowling's goal of creating a funny picture with Horror elements that doesn't take itself seriously and understands that entertainment is paramount to production.
B.C. Butcher is filled with some pretty amateurish effects, Bowling having to pick up gore-duty herself and not having any experience in this field. That means you get some classic red stuff on screen with sausage intestines and Crayola red everywhere. That can actually lighten the mood. Once you realize that you won't be completely disgusted by a picture, you're free to laugh at kill sequences. The costuming is perfect Wilma Flintstone. This stuff is straight outta the modern stoneage family wardrobe which helps to solidify the comedic element. B.C. Butcher has been described as a longer episode of the Monkees classic TV show which was definitely in the back of my mind while watching the movie save for the fact that we are missing strong comedic presence in our leads. There's no equivalent of Nesmith, Dolenz, Tork or Jones to bring the laughs but some of this dialogue will bring a chuckle.
Bowling stays true to her roots with a soundtrack packed with 60's garage style rock and punk songs that underlay the action. B.C. Butcher even goes as far as to have a 60's homage to the beach band with a bunch of cavemen playing watermelon instruments (totally edible, man). As a fan of movies like Horror at Party Beach, this kind of thing really sets a mood for me and helps me to understand that we are dealing with a light-hearted picture. If you're looking for serious scares, the killer with a caveman mask, killing folks with rubber snakes or steak knives is probably going to detract from that.
The picture looks very good and overall film quality looks like a real movie as opposed to a student film with no production value that you might expect out of a young artist. While there are some slight sound issues, the film is watchable even if the run time is only a little over 50 minutes.
Please understand this is not a Troma T and A flick where everyone runs around without clothes on. Faux animal skins stay on the whole time.
Beware the Sabre tooth!
Check out the short film that inspired the Troma production here:
From Kansas Bowling regarding the short:
B.C. Butcher was just released to the Troma subscription video on-demand service which is how you'll be able to check it out for now.