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Film / Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

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Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker is a 1982 American Slasher Movie.

Billy Lynch is a young man raised by his aunt. He's about to turn eighteen, and is preparing to go away for school. However, his aunt has developed a possessive obsession with the boy that soon explodes into violence. With bodies piling up, Billy is being blamed for the madness, particularly by a homophobic detective who's undergoing Sanity Slippage himself.


This film contains examples of:

  • Big Bad: Cheryl Roberts drives the plot by doing anything to keep Billy by her side.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Billy lives with his aunt because his parents died in a car crash. The plot would never have happened without this event. Except that it's a lie, because Cheryl is his mother, and she keeps his father's corpse in a Stalker Shrine.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The only person Knight Templar Rabid Cop Det. Carlson is kind to is his German Shepherd Mackey.
  • False Rape Accusation: Cheryl covers up her first murder by claiming the victim tried to rape her.
  • Fan Disservice: Cheryl is very attractive, and bears her breasts in one scene, but it's when she's stabbing a guy to death.
  • Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Det. Carlson is extremely homophobic, to the point of assuming a murder case is a gay lover's spat and forcing a high school football coach to quit under threat of arrest.
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  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Played with. We knew Cheryl and Billy were related the whole time, but it's only revealed that she's his biological mother as opposed to his aunt in the climax.
  • Mistaken for Gay: After it comes out that Billy's coach, whom he was good friends with, was gay, multiple characters assume Billy is his lover.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Billy appears shirtless and naked several times throughout the film.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Both of the film's antagonists are homophobes, with secondary antagonist Det. Carlson being an active Heteronormative Crusader and Big Bad Aunt Cheryl mentioning that she views gay people as being very sick.
  • Rabid Cop: Detective Carlson, the officer sent to investigate Cheryl's murders, brazenly ignores the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and is extremely homophobic. At the end of the film, he's driven to murder.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Cheryl poisons Billy's milk the day before basketball tryouts so he loses the scholarship and can be with her forever.
  • Villainous Incest: Cheryl declares that she's her son Billy's girlfriend after seemingly killing his real girlfriend.


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