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Maxie (1973)

R | | Horror, Thriller | 1973 (USA)
A mute young girl finds out that a butcher is using his store as a front for murder.


Paulmichel Mielche


Paulmichel Mielche (screenplay), Leonard Turner (story)

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Cast overview:
K.T. Baumann K.T. Baumann ... Maxie
Morgan Upton ... Alex
Ford Clay Ford Clay ... Sommers
Robert Walden ... Finn
Vic Tayback ... Smedke
Richard Hilliard Richard Hilliard ... Howard
Thomas McNallan Thomas McNallan ... Barber
Chuck Dorsett Chuck Dorsett ... Fred (as Charles Dorsett)
Talia Shire ... Sandy (as Tallia Shire)
Shirley Slater Shirley Slater ... Gert
Richard Lancaster Richard Lancaster ... Old Man
Ernie Mieger Ernie Mieger ... Boy Friend
Dan Goodman Dan Goodman ... Al


A mute young girl finds out that a butcher is using his store as a front for murder.

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of limited appeal as horror, but not too bad as a drama
18 August 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

IMDb currently has this movie under the title "Murderer's Keep", with a TV release date of 1988. I suppose it's possible it got its first wide release on TV in 1988 (though it doesn't really seem like anything anyone would have bothered to broadcast), but I suspect it could date back to the early 1970s or maybe even the late 1960s! It's hard to understand how the title "Murderer's Keep" relates to the movie at all; I wonder if that title belongs to something else. "Maxie" and "The Butcher" are both logical titles.

Post production was by American Zoetrope films, and some of the people involved with it have credits for other AZ films. A lot of the people don't seem to have been involved with much, if anything, else.

I watched it on the DVD Troma recently released, giving it a new title of "The Butchers." They goof on the video box, claiming Talia Shire played Maxie. In fact, Talia Shire played a small role as a social worker named Sandy, and Maxie was played by the equally plain (at least here) KT Baumann. She doesn't appear to have any other film credits, at least under that name. The Internet Broadway Database lists a stage actress active in the 1960s and 1970s named KT Baumann AKA Kathryn Baumann, so she could be the actress listed on the IMDb as Kathrine Baumann.

Maxie is a young deaf mute girl who dresses like a tomboy and delivers newspapers. Her father is overprotective of her, not letting her go to school, afraid she'll be picked on there. He thinks he's doing the right thing, but he clearly isn't. Many people, including his boss, did not realize he had a daughter until a psychiatric medical consultant and a social worker move into town and try to help her. He's equally closemouthed about what happened to his wife.

A butcher, perhaps of eastern European descent, has had a shop in town for many years. He has an assistant, who is an orphaned, stuttering young man with emotional and behavioral problems. They periodically receive bodies of people, which they dispose of; whether they actually sell human meat, or just dispose of the bodies under the cover of the butcher shop, I'm not sure. They think that Maxie saw that they receive bodies, but I think they were mistaken. At first they're not concerned, because Maxie is mute, but when they hear the doctor thinks he might be able to teach Maxie to talk, they become alarmed.

Kind of an oddball movie. There is some blood in it, and there are periodic shots of meat grinders, and clucking chickens. Some chickens appear to actually get their heads chopped off. It seemed like there might have been some footage missing after a car crash, since one of the passengers winds up outside the car with someone else without explanation, or maybe it was just some bad storytelling/editing.

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