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The Butchers (also known as Death Factory and The Factory) is a 2014 horror film directed by Steven Judd and written by David Dittlinger and Stephen Durham.

Strangers on a bus find themselves fighting for their lives when one of them reads from a Gothic book and brings to life six dead serial killers who proceed to hunt them down one by one.

Tropes used in The Butchers include:

  • Antagonist Title: The title refers to six Serial Killers raised from the dead. The main protagonist is Simon, the de facto leader of the tourists trapped in the Ghost Town.
  • Bench Breaker: When Simon is tied up by John Wayne Gacy, he escapes by smashing the chair he is tied to.
  • Bi the Way: Nicole and Candi. They are definitely interested in men (as witnessed by their discussion of whether Kip is gay), but they make out with each other enthusiastically in an effort to turn Kip on, and Nicole seems okay with being kissed by the female Ripper, and offers to have sex with her when it seems like a means of escape.
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  • Cell Phones Are Useless: The bus breaks down in a valley where the mountains block cell phone signals. Bill briefly manages to get half a bar, and no one else can get anything.
  • Car Fu: Auntie May uses JB's car to ram the Zodiac Killer at high speed after he has been turned into a Man on Fire.
  • Chainsaw Good: Ed Gein picks up a chainsaw and uses it to drive off the Zodiac Killer.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The serial killers start picking each other off in order to conserve the remaining victims for themselves. In particular, Gein kills Dahmer so he steal Brian from him and skin him to make a shirt.
  • Genuine Human Hide: When JB and The Collector are examining the Ed Gein exhibit in the museum, they discuss Gein's habit of making objects out of human skin. Later, after Gein and the other killers are brought to life, Gein fights Dahmer for possession of Brian: Gein stating that he wants skin Brian to make a shirt.
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  • Ghost Town: The Death Factory is located in a ghost town in the middle of nowhere: built in the expectation of a gold rush that never came.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: While trying to seduce Kip, Nicole and Candi start making out. Kip, who was anxious to get out there, decides that he has time to stop and watch.
  • Golf Clubbing: In the prologue, young Simon cracks his abusive father over the head with a gold club, then keeps whacking him once he is on the ground.
  • Gutted Like a Fish: JB does this to Candi. Given Jack the Ripper's usual M.O., it seems safe to assume that this was Nicole's fate as well, although the camera cuts away before all the gory details can be shown.
  • Harmful to Minors: The prologue shows that as a boy, Simon witnessed the murder of his mother at the hand of his father. He then bludgeons his father to death with a golf club.
  • Hidden Depths: Daisy—who, up to this point, has appeared to be nothing more than a dutiful housewife—surprises Simon by revealing that she has a masters in psychology, and wrote her thesis on religious mania.
  • History's Crime Wave: A Tome of Eldritch Lore brings Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Albert Fish, the Zodiac Killer, and Jack the Ripper (or, more aptly, Jill the Ripper) back to life.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Albert Fish and Jeffery Dahmer are both cannibals. Fish is destroyed before he as an opportunity to demonstrate this part of his personality, but Dahmer takes several bites out of Kip while fighting him, and later captures Brian and is preparing to butcher and eat him.
  • I Broke a Nail: When the resurrection spell is cast, there is an earthquake that shakes the entire Ghost Town. As it ends, Nicole lets out an ear piercing shriek, that makes everyone think she has suffered some terrible injury. It turns that she broke a nail when she fell to the floor. Only her friend Candi gives her any sympathy.
  • Latex Perfection: Jack the Ripper wears a mask that not only makes her look hideously disfigured but hides her long black hair.
  • Lean and Mean: Albert Fish is the smallest and skinniest of the serial killers, but he possesses a wiry strength and is able to put up a good fight, and he is certainly just as evil as the rest of them, being a child murdering cannibal.
  • Lodged-Blade Recycling: After breaking loose from the chair where Gacy had tied him, Simon stabs Gacy to death with the knife Gacy had stuck in his shoulder while torturing him.
  • Louis Cypher: The ending of the film implies that the bus driver is actually Satan.
  • Made of Iron: All of the serial killers are fairly tough, but the Zodiac Killer absorbs a ridiculous amount of damage. He takes multiple body blows from the magically enhanced Simon without flinching. The protagonists are only able to stop him by setting fire to him and running him over with a car.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: In one of a set of compounding bad decisions, Ren and Star decide to have sex in a recreation of Ed Gein's lair in a museum dedicated to serial killers.
  • Man Bites Man: When Jeffery Dahmer and Kip are fighting, Dahmer keeps biting chunks out Kip. He later bites a chunk out of Brian's leg after capturing him.
  • Man on Fire: The tourist manage to defeat the Zodiac Killer by using a Reusable Lighter Toss to set him alight.
  • Monster Clown: John Wayne Gacy spends the entire film in clown makeup and costume, which is deeply disturbing.
  • Mythology Gag: Ed Gein uses a chainsaw to drive off the Zodiac Killer: a reference to Gein being the inspiration for Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, despite him never using a chainsaw in his Real Life killings.
  • Pummeling the Corpse: In the prologue, young Simon whacks his abusive father over the head with a golf club. He then keeps waling on the body way past the point where he must be dead.
  • Quick Nip: When Auntie May and Daisy are left alone in the diner, Auntie May pulls a flask out of her Victoria's Secret Compartment and takes a swig from it. She then offers it to Daisy, who, after a few moments of hesitation, decides that the circumstances warrant it and also takes a swig.
  • Reusable Lighter Toss: After being soaked in kerosene when Kip smashes a lantern on him, the Zodiac Killer is set alight when Daisy tosses Simon JB's lighter, who ignites it and drops it in the spilled fuel.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Auntie May, who takes guff from no one, even if they are a resurrected serial killer. And she is prepared to go one on one against the Zodiac Killer if she has to.
  • Serial Killer: A Tome of Eldritch Lore is used to raise six of history's most infamous serial killers from the dead: Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Albert Fish, the Zodiac Killer, and Jack the Ripper. JB implies that he is serial killer more prolific than any of them.
  • Sexy Coat Flashing: When the Ripper has Nicole tied up, she throws off her opera cape to reveal some decidedly non-period lingerie.
  • Sinister Scraping Sound: As the Zodiac Killer is chasing Ren, he drags his sickle along the wall of the caravan, producing a sinister scraping sound.
  • Sinister Scythe: The Zodiac Killer uses a sickle as his Weapon of Choice.
  • Slashed Throat: In the prologue, Luther kills Simon's mother by slitting her throat while Simon watches.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: After capturing Nicole, Jack the Ripper straps her to what is either a dentist or barber's chair in preparation for the torture and murder that is to follow.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Jack the Ripper is really a beautiful woman disguised as a man.
  • Sword Sparks: The Zodiac Killer generates sparks, as well as a Sinister Scraping Sound, by dragging his sickle along the wall of the caravan while chasing Ren.
  • The "The" Title
  • Throw the Book at Them: JB slams Ed Gein in the face with the Book of the Dead.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Book of the Dead is used to cast a resurrection spell that brings the serial killers back from the dead.
  • *Twang* Hello: When the Zodiac Killer starts to drag Ren out of Gein's room, Gein gets his attention by throwing an axe into the door jamb beside Zodiac's head.
  • Unwilling Suspension: After JB captures Candi, he suspends her from her wrists in an old shed.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Auntie May keeps a flask in her cleavage for when she needs a Quick Nip.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Simon, a trained soldier, drops Jill the Ripper with the same ruthless efficiency he shows in disposing of the male serial killers.


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