Butcher comes with heavy warnings of adult subject matters, brutal violence, and graphic content.
By Jean-Paul Fournier
The story begins with a cop and lawyer awaiting an interpreter to help question a mysterious man, found wearing a Santa hat, carrying a meat hook, and having been tortured. Thus begins a thriller where nothing is quite as it seems. What makes Butcher stand out is its ability to reach extreme levels of graphic material without crossing the line into exploitation. Reveals and twists work exceptionally well as they surpass the wicked and vile lengths that some might believe are too taboo for live theatre. Some torture sequences, slowed down for uneasy effects, did break the absorbing momentum in the finale climax. Thankfully, the suspense constantly rises due to the strong cast that physically starts sweating as the narrative reaches high levels of intensity.
Butcher is brave, shocking, and edge-of-your-seat entertainment.