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25 September 1974 (USA) See more »
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It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature...... it can be HORRIFYING! EVEN TO THEM!
Plot:
Scientist experiments with crossing humans and plants, for which he uses his students. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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An overall poor movie with a couple of interesting scenes See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Donald Pleasence ... Professor Nolter

Tom Baker ... Lynch
Brad Harris ... Brian Redford
Julie Ege ... Hedi

Michael Dunn ... Burns
Scott Antony ... Tony

Jill Haworth ... Lauren
Olga Anthony ... Bridget
Lisa Collings ... Prostitute
Joan Scott ... Landlady
Toby Lennon ... Tramp
John Wireford ... Policeman
Eithne Dunne ... Nurse
Tony Mayne ... Dwarf Tony
Molly Tweedlie ... Dwarf Molly
Kathy Kitchen ... Midget Kathy
Fran Fullenwider ... Fat Lady
Lesley Roose ... Skinny Lady
Fay Bura ... Bearded Lady
Bob Bura ... Fire Eater
O.T. ... Human Pincushion
Madge Garnett ... Monkey Woman
Willie Ingram ... Popeye
Hugh Baily ... Pretzel Boy
Félix Duarte ... Frog Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Esther Blackmon ... Alligator Girl
Richard Davies ... Doctor
Harry Fielder ... Barker at Funfair (uncredited)
Pepe Poupee ... Rogue Scientist (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Audience Member (at Freak Show). (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jack Cardiff 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Mann  (as Edward Mann)
Robert D. Weinbach 

Produced by
J. Ronald Getty .... executive producer
Brad Harris .... associate producer
Herbert G. Luft .... associate producer
Robert D. Weinbach .... producer
 
Original Music by
Basil Kirchin 
Jack Nathan (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Paul Beeson 
 
Film Editing by
John Trumper 
 
Casting by
Sally Nicholl 
 
Art Direction by
Herbert Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Josie MacAvin 
 
Makeup Department
Kathleen Freeborn .... makeup assistant
Robin Grantham .... makeup assistant
Susie Hill .... hair stylist
Charles E. Parker .... special makeup
 
Production Management
Alfred W. Marcus .... production manager (as Al Marcus)
Jack Smith .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Dunbar .... assistant director
Ray Freeborn .... second assistant director
Gareth Tandy .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Bob Devine .... construction manager
John Lageu .... assistant art director
Josie MacAvin .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Peter Bond .... assistant dubbing editor
Danny Daniel .... sound recordist
Brian Ford .... sound mixer
Stan Haines .... boom operator
Ted Karnon .... sound mixer
Mike Le Mare .... dubbing editor
Austin Partridge .... sound maintenance
 
Special Effects by
Mike Hope .... special effects
 
Stunts
Eddie Powell .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Cardiff .... camera operator: second unit
John Jay .... still photographer
John May .... supervising electrician
Ken Middleham .... time lapse photography
Ray Sturgess .... camera operator
David Worley .... camera focus
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul Vachon .... wardrobe master
Joanna Wright .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
David Beesley .... second assistant editor
Russ Woolnough .... first assistant editor (as Russell Woolnough)
 
Music Department
Jack Nathan .... music associate
 
Other crew
Pamela Allen .... secretary to executives
Mary Lou Cohen .... assistant to producer
Jeanne Ferber .... production secretary
Lynda Levy .... producers asssistant
Lynda Levy .... secretary to the producer
William Mahiger .... assistant to producer
Doreen Soan .... continuity
Ray Tranter .... production accountant
 

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Runtime:
92 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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According to Robert D. Weinbach the role of Professor Nolter was intended for Vincent Price but this was abandoned after difficulties with Price's agent.See more »
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Edited into Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987) (V)See more »

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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An overall poor movie with a couple of interesting scenes, 28 July 2003
Author: Snake-666 from England

Donald Pleasance stars as Professor Nolter in this sci-fi/horror as a mad-scientist who, in between lecturing at a local university, is conducting bizarre experiments as he tries to bridge the gap between human beings and plant life. To aid him in his devilish research he uses Lynch (Tom Baker), a hideously deformed man who runs a carnival freak show, to obtain for him young men and women to perform his experiments on using the seemingly empty promise of altering the way Lynch looks for the better.

I saw this one last night on Sky Cinema and have to say I was a little disappointed. The premise, although outlandish (though horror is geared towards the outlandish is it not?), seemed quite interesting. Unfortunately, this movie was poorly executed and rather slow-moving which made the movie difficult to watch. ‘The Mutations' has some interesting parts though and is worth watching if only for the ‘Freak Show' part way through featuring some quite disgusting acts.

The acting seemed rather wooden from everybody, including Donald Pleasance, which hampered the film even more. The only performance really noteworthy was from Michael Dunn in the role of Burns, the loveable guardian to the other acts in the freak show. What really was interesting was how to begin with the `freaks' (I really do hate using that term to describe these people as in fact they are just in some way handicapped) seemed like they were menacing characters but over the course of the movie we were exposed to more humanity coming from then than any other character in the film – one of director Jack Cardiff's few achievements in this movie.

In the end ‘The Mutations' becomes a barely average sci-fi/horror movie with little redeeming moments and many silly looking costumes. The direction was standard fare for films of this quality and it seems a shame that a great actor like Donald Pleasance was tied up in this, especially as his performance was undeniably lacklustre. The final ten minutes or so seemed hashed together very quickly and were thoroughly unsatisfying though did feature one good effect. I personally don't recommend this film but fans of sci-fi B-movies may enjoy it as it seemed to be made with heavy influence from the similar movies of the fifties and sixties. Though not exactly alike I would personally recommend ‘The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)' over this movie. My rating for ‘The Mutations' 5/10.

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