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Some films are built from Wtf moments. Case in point: I have finally seen The Mutilator (1984), an unnaturally entertaining hack ‘em up from a period when the dirt had all but covered the coffin of the overworked subgenre. And this film has more than its share of Wtf – in fact, it acts as a Viking funeral for slashers of the era, an absurd catalogue of tropes transmitted with an ‘80s sitcom aesthetic and just as eager to please. What a sight to behold.
Aka Fall Break (a name that will be seared onto your brain pan within the first 15 minutes, trust me), The Mutilator was filmed in North Carolina by local boy Buddy Cooper, who came into some money and decided to either make a movie or buy a winery. And old Buddy boy sure made the right choice – no wine could be sweeter (or more fragrant) than this glorious display of splatter cinema. »
- Scott Drebit
Ah, The Mutilator, the memories of my teenage years you bring back. I remember the exact moment I gazed upon your VHS box in the summer of 1987 at El Chaparral Supermarket and held you in my arms for the very first time. Your artwork sent chills down my spine and I knew right then and there at thirteen years old that I would never have the cojones to insert you into my Vcr and enjoy you the way I wanted to. I wouldn’t muster the courage to view you until four years later in 1991 when my best friend’s brother brought it home from the video rental department of the supermarket he managed. I felt guilty for doing so since my parents forbade slasher films in our house but there was that wonderful curiosity that I would carry in me since the first time I saw that box (and »
- Leonel VHS
The Mutilator, 1984.
Written and directed by Buddy Cooper.
A group of teenagers head off to a beach condo for the winter for a few days of alcohol fueled partying. However, before too much fun is had, they find themselves stalked by an axe and hook wielding mystery figure…
By sword, by pick, by axe, bye bye. It’s a classic tag line that, much like the movie that it’s promoting, brings about a wry smile and lets you know the kind of movie that you’re in for. A holiday slasher from the mid-80’s is what it is, and as a movie very much in line with the more famous films that helped inspire it – Halloween and Friday the 13th primarily plus a large dose of holiday camp shockers such as Sleepaway Camp and Madman. »
- Robert W Monk
If you are a fan of slasher films, the beauty is that there are plenty to see. Not just the recent ones, but a vast history of films that span decades, and some many of us haven’t had the chance to see yet. One of those for me was The Mutilator, which has recently had the Arrow Video Blu-ray treatment…
Years after accidentally killing his mother while cleaning his father’s guns, Ed Jr. (Matt Miller) and his friends take a vacation at his father’s beach house. With signs that Big Ed (Jack Chatham) has been around they give it little though, but at the teenagers start to disappear, the teenagers soon work out that everything is not all as it seems. »
- Paul Metcalf
Genre fans have a quiet week of home entertainment releases ahead of them as February 16th features only a handful of horror and sci-fi Blu-ray and DVD offerings. That being said, cult and classic horror film fanatics should be ecstatic with several of the Blus coming out on Tuesday, including The Vincent Price Collection III, The Mutilator, Curse of the Faceless Man and My Science Project, featuring none other than the legendary Dennis Hopper.
Other releases this week include Estranged and Riddle Room.
Entombed for eons and turned to stone... the Volcano Man of 2,000 years ago stalks the earth to claim his woman! A team of archeologists, led by Dr. Paul Mallon (Richard Anderson, TV’s The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman) excavates a perfectly preserved faceless man of stone encased in lava from a site at ancient Pompeii. »
- Heather Wixson
★★☆☆☆ 'By sword, By pick, By axe, Bye bye'. So goes the tagline of Buddy Cooper's all-but-forgotten slasher, The Mutilator, an effective subtitle for a film that can't decide whether it's a black comedy or straight horror, and ends up being little of either. Originally titled Fall Break, The Mutilator is framed with a prologue that sees a young boy accidentally kill his mother while playing with his father's shotgun. The story then jumps forward in time, and while the incident drove the boy's father to alcoholism, it has had apparently no ill effects on his son, Ed (Matt Mitler), who seems content to rack up high scores on 'Video Machine' with his friends. A trip to his beach house is instigated by an unexpected call from his father, who is mysteriously absent when they arrive.
- CineVue UK
This one’s going to be a cake walk, creeps: two vintage 80s slasher flicks and some Vincent Price. Sometimes ancient talismans procured in questionable eBay lots really do work as advertised!
• Release Date: Available March 1st on Special edition Blu-ray (2 Blu-rays + CD)
• Written By: Dick Randall, Joe D’Amato
• Directed By: Juan Piquer Simón
Pieces had a weird effect on me when I first saw it. I remember thinkin’ it was one of the greatest slasher films I’d e’er slapped my eerie eyeballs upon, as it pretty much had everything that makes the genre so outrageous, only amped up to the nth degree. I also remember thinkin’ “Man, I need to own this film right away; it’s the bat’s knees!” I then sat down, ate a slice of pizza (maybe it was a sandwich… »
7 items from 2016
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