Le Boucher (1970)

France, Italy,
35mm film, Eastmancolor, 1.85:1
mono, French

A French/Italian borderline horror film directed by Claude Chabrol.

Plot Summary

Butcher Popaul and schoolteacher Helene meet at a wedding in rural France and a friendship blossoms between the. But a serial killer is stalking the area murdering young girls and Helene finds the lighter she gave to Popaul at the scene of the most recent killing.


Directed by: Claude Chabrol
EIA S.p.A., Les Films de la Boétie
Produced by: André Génovés
Script: Claude Chabrol
Director of Photography: Jean Rabier
Editor: Jacques Gaillard
Music: Pierre Jansen
Sound: Guy Chichignoud
Costume Designer: Joseph Poulard
Make-up: Louis Bonnemaison
Hair Stylist: Renée Guidet
Production Designer: Guy Littaye

Stéphane Audran (Helene)
Jean Yanne (Popaul)
Antonio Passalia (Angelo)
Pascal Ferone (Pére Cahrpy)
Mario Beccara (Leon Hamel)
William Guérault (Charles)
Roger Rudel (Police Inspector Grumbach)

Alternative Titles

The Butcher
O Carniceiro – Portuguese title
El carnicero – Argentine, Spanish title
Der Schlachter – West German title
Slaktaren – Swedish/Norwegian title
Il tagliagole – Italian title
Teurastaja – Finnish title