B.C. Butcher (2016) [Blu-Ray]

Kansas Bowling’s “B.C. Butcher” is the indie success tale of 2016.

“BC Butcher” was made by Ms. Bowling when she was seventeen and she poured all of her resources in to making an hour long feature that paid tribute to the B movies of the sixties. Bowling has a clear cut love for drive-in trash like “Teenage Caveman” and “Eegah!” and delivers a schlocky indie film that also doubles as the first slasher film set during the caveman era. Filled with a lot of call backs to the sixties, and absolutely no attention to historical accuracy, Bowling has an obvious goal here, delivering a movie that’s more a practice in tongue in cheek, rather than straight up horror. You really can’t bash a film that features a supporting role by Kato Kaelin, and is narrated by Kadeem Hardison, too heavily.

“B.C. Butcher” is set a million years ago where tribal leader Neandra is angry at her rival cave woman, who is garnering the attention of local hunk caveman Rex, as played by Kaelin. When she and Rex form an affair, Neandra gets revenge by invoking the legendary B.C. Butcher. He is a mythical monster and unstoppable killer who begins picking off Neandra’s rivals and dissenters. As the Butcher mutilates and disembowels various cavemen and women, Neandra attempts to keep control over the dwindling tribe in her command. “B.C. Butcher” is not a great movie, but it is a movie that perhaps Bowling will look back on years from now, as a sampling of the kind of madness and insanity she can deliver audiences. Her film is right in line with Troma’s eternal goal to embrace the madness of young filmmakers.

Bowling has the drive and enthusiasm to make indie filmmaking look great, I hope years from now she’s become as successful as past Troma disciples James Gunn and Trey Parker and Matt Stone, indicating that these kinds of movies are more glimpses in to what creativity filmmakers can offer, and less about straight laced filmmaking. Bowling and her crew here seem to be having a good time, and with a much bigger budget, perhaps “B.C. Butcher” may have ended up being an incredibly competent and brilliant horror comedy. As is, it’s a fun and occasionally laugh-out-loud diversion clocking in at a little under an hour. The comedy is rapid fire, and the performances are often inept to the point where you can sense Bowling eventually stopped caring, and just ran with the whole shebang, using it as a means of appealing to Troma fans. And by gum, it works.

Troma packs this blu-ray big for the fans, with a three minute intro in the wilds of Mesopotamia with Lloyd Kaufman, “B.C. Butcher” writer/director Kansas Bowling, and radio personality Rodney Bigenheimer, all of whom are looking for the signs of the ancient civilization, with a guest appearance by Toxic Avenger. There’s a commentary by Bowling and Kaufman, and the two and a half minute “Pre-Historic First Scene” which is apparently a test scene to help promote the crowd funding campaign for the movie. “‘B.C. Butcher’ Goes Apeshit in Hollywood” is an eleven minute look at the premiere of “B.C. Butcher” at the Egyptian Theater in LA. Kaufman hosts with interviews with folks like Priscilla Presley, John Gries, Clem burke, and other Troma weirdos and movie geeks.

Bowling is featured as well, and seems a tad overwhelmed by the major press coverage. There’s a fifteen minute skype interview between Lloyd Kaufman and Kansas Bowling. Bowling is interviewed from her room, discussing her life, her co-financier, her influences, her favorite movies, and her current relationship with Bigenheimer. “Disco” is a music video directed by Bowling for the band “Death Valley Girls.” There’s another music video called “Post Teenage Angst” performed by the Coquettes with cameos by Cheri Currie and Bngenheimer. Finally, there’s a two minute ad for Troma’s website that’s filled with graphic violence and nudity, and “Radiation March” a dance performance about the dangers of pollution.