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Review: Slaughterhouse (Vinegar Syndrome)


Starring: Sherry Bendorf Leigh, Joe B. Barton, Don Barrett, Bill Brinsfield, Jane Higginson
Directed: Rick Roessler
Disc Release Date: February 28, 2017
Studio: Vinegar Syndrome


Lester Bacon’s slaughterhouse has run into financial problems. Faced with the town lawyer, the sheriff, and the rival slaughterhouse owner trying to purchase his land, Lester decides to take matters into his own hands. After discovering the type of violence his hulking and mentally deranged son, Buddy, is capable of, Lester orders him to permanently dispose of anyone who conspires against them…

A late 80s video store staple, Rick Roessler’s SLAUGHTERHOUSE is a gleefully bloody San Diego shot slasher featuring atmospheric and noirish cinematography along with a generous helping of creative kills. Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents SLAUGHTERHOUSE in its North American Blu-ray debut, newly restored in 2k from its 35mm Interpositive and featuring the original Ultra-Stereo sound mix for the first time on home video.

My Review:

Slaughterhouse is a Gory Chop fest with hints goof and comedy. The film has a Leatherface felling in the setting and killer as the setting is in a slaughterhouse and the killer a mentally ill pig killer goes on a killing spree with his hatchet type weapon on a few kids and cops. Another Slaughterhouse is looking to buy out a mom and pop slaughter house that is going under but the owner isn’t having any of it as he set lose his Mentally ill son on trespassers.

The story was fun and at times had a goofy scene or two thanks to the score as it try’s to make it goofy or funny but overall still a decent film for gore fans who like chop em up films. Gore wise is good but at times you can tell its fake as blood seems a tad too thin but other times its fine, no nudity and acting is well its a low-budget film, it’s just OK on that end. The over all picture quality is good but grain is a tad heavy in dark scenes and sound quality seems good. overall the Blu-Ray does a good job on the sq and pq.

Overall the film was a decent watch as I do like these types of horror films as this one does give a Chainsaw massacre feel to it just with a tad more comedy. Now this isn’t a comedy but does have some. Are villain is a big guy who can’t talk but more so makes pig noises for some reason. It’s not a scary film but a slasher / gore film with out the jumps.

With that said I give Slaughterhouse a 3.5 out of 5. Slasher fan, Love gore? Vinegar Syndrome Film Collector? Then pick this one up.



1. Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm Interpositive
2. Commentary track with Director Rick Roessler, Producer Jerry Encoe & Production Designer Michael Scaglione
3. New video interview with Lead Actress Sherry Bendorf Leigh
4. “Making a Low Budget Indie” – Featurette with Rick Roessler
5. “Producing Slaughterhouse” – Interview with Jerry Encoe
6. Archival interviews with Rick Roessler & Jerry Encoe
7. “Epilogue: 30 Years After the Slaughter”
8. Radio interview featurette from 1987
9. Local news coverage from the theatrical premiere
10. Behind the scenes featurette
11. Outtakes
12. “No Smoking” SLAUGHTERHOUSE snipe
13. Mutiple theatrical trailers, tv & radio spots
14. Shooting script gallery
15. Reversible cover artwork
16. English SDH Subtitles

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