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The Mutations
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25 September 1974 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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Half "Freaks," Half Zucchinis 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)
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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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Trivia:
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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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Half "Freaks," Half Zucchinis, 25 April 2008
Author: ferbs54 from United States

I, along with maybe 20 million other male baby boomers, first fell in love with British actress Jill Haworth after her film debut in "Exodus" in 1960, and one of her too-rare screen appearances in 1973's "The Freakmaker" was reason enough for me to rent this film out. And while her role in this picture is disappointingly small, the film does have much else to offer. To begin with, it tells the unusual story of Dr. Nolter, a professor at an English university whose hobby is trying to cross plants with humans and, through genetic manipulation, create a new hybrid race. His human guinea pigs are conveniently provided by the Elephant Man-like proprietor of a local freak show, and Nolter's many failures are just as conveniently dumped in that circus. The film features much talent both behind and in front of the camera. Legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff directs the picture competently (if undistinctively), and an outre, discordant jazz soundtrack has been provided by one Basil Kirchin. In a very interesting cast, Donald Pleasence underplays the part of the mad doctor; future "Dr. Who" star Tom Baker is unrecognizable behind his Elephant Man makeup; little person Michael Dunn offers up the film's best performance; and Norwegian sexbomb Julie Ege emotes most awfully (but honestly, who cares?!?!). Not to mention yummy Jill Haworth, in her small role. The film makes at least half a dozen references to the 1932 movie "Freaks," and fans of that Tod Browning classic should enjoy the real latter-day freak show that is on display here. Despite the plot holes and cheesy plant monster FX, the picture is undeniably fun, although certainly nothing great. Fortunately, this fine-looking DVD from Subversive Cinema, loaded with extras, shows it off very nicely. "Plant" yourself down and watch!

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