Interviews: Director Tyler Amm Talks About His Horror Comedy Butcher The Bakers

Writer/director Tyler Amm’s frighteningly funny Butcher the Bakers is out now on VOD from genre specialists Dark Cuts. 

Recently fired, a grim reaper terrorizes a small town, killing and collecting souls for a purpose only he knows. Sam and Martin, slackers who work at the local bakery, are hired by a mysterious stranger to stop him from killing again. Ryan Matthew Ziegler, Sean Walsh, Mike Behrens and Lisa Wojcik star. 

Executive produced by Volumes of Blood’s P.J Starks, Butcher the Bakers is a fantastically splatastic new indie jaunt that gives both the lungs and funnybone a workout! 

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil meets Zombieland in Butcher the Bakers, out now on Vudu, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Xbox, Vubiquity, Dish and Tivo. 

TMS: Congrats on the movie. Is it exciting or is it daunting to know audiences are about to feast their eyes on it?

TA: I’m excited that the film is getting out there. After making three films it’s nice to see our hard work and dedication get some recognition. 

TMS: Had many reviews yet? 

TA: I’ve only read one so far and it was very positive. I probably won’t read many more at this point and just take that win, haha. 

TMS: Did you test it for an audience after completion? 

TA: We had a local release after I finished editing the film. It played in two theatres near my home town and the reception was positive. Ultimately we made the film we set out to make, for better or worse or weird. 

TMS: What do you believe are its strengths? 

TA: Despite any homages or themes you think may be in the film, Butcher the Bakers is its own beast in so far as we left in every weird and awkward moment that made us laugh. It definitely has a unique sense of humor and if that translates well then I’d consider it a strength. 

TMS: It’s an entertaining movie, most definitely, but do you think there’s also some messages in there? 

TA: We didn’t intentionally put a message in the film. If people were to take anything away I’d like it to be that they had a good time. Whether you laugh with the movie or at the movie I don’t care so long as you’re having fun. 

TMS: What did you shoot it on? 

TA: We did a two cam setup utilizing Panasonic Lumix GH4s and Veydra lenses.
TMS: What’s one thing about independent filmmaking that you think audiences aren’t aware of? 

TA: The completion of any indie film, however good or bad, is an accomplishment. I think it’s easy for audiences to ignore or miss that. I’m not trying to defend the faults or problems with Butcher the Bakers by any means, but rather believe audiences should embrace them. One of my fondest memories growing up was watching horror movies regardless of quality and enjoying them for their achievements or glaring problems. Your viewing experience is what you make of it. 

TMS: If the movie was playing as one-half of a double feature at a Drive-in theater what would be the perfect support feature? 

TA: Deathgasm as long as Butcher was the supporting feature, haha. They’re very similar in genre and scope.