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The Mutilator (1985)

 -  Horror  -  1 January 1985 (USA)
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A teenager who accidentally committed matricide finds himself being hunted together with his girlfriend and mates by his now crazed father.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Mitler ...
Ed Jr.
Ruth Martinez ...
Bill Hitchcock ...
Connie Rogers ...
Frances Raines ...
Morey Lampley ...
Jack Chatham ...
Jack Sr.
Ben Moore ...
Trace Cooper ...
Younger Ed Jr.
Pamela Weddle Cooper ...
Jimmy Guthrie ...
George Sutton ...
Gentleman At Bar
Steve Davis ...
Student In Bar
Tom Outlaw ...
Student In Bar
Pat Jordon ...
Student In Bar


A group of teenagers decide to take a vacation at the beach house of one of their fathers. The kid whose father owns the house just happened to accidentally kill his mother when he was a child. When they get to the house, the father has mysteriously disappeared. Hmmm... Written by Josh Pasnak <>

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By pick, by axe, by sword, bye bye! See more »




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1 January 1985 (USA)  »

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In the script Big Ed was suppose to be killed when he is ripped in two by a turnstile bridge, but the stunt was deemed too dangerous and the death scene was re-written. See more »


Ed Jr.: I've got a bad feeling about this!
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Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

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A worthy rental for a night of harmless and memorable cliches!
22 December 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

My guess is, if you're reading this review, you're already aware of those movies that are indeed so bad they're actually quite enjoyable. Well, THE MUTILATOR is a prime example of such a flick, at times comical and on the odd occasion impressively gruesome.

It opens grimly with a tragic and fateful accident. A young boy - who we later find out is called Ed - who's cleaning his father's rifles, accidentally fires one of them, killing his mother instantly. Daddy arrives home , and lets just say that he doesn't seem like the forgiving type! He slaps the kid round the face and points a loaded shotgun at him forcing the petrified child to flee from the house. We are then left with an effectively chilling scene showing the dad looking clearly disturbed, pouring whisky into the corpse's mouth before downing some himself. Fast forward ten years and Ed is now a wise-cracking teen. To make matters worse he's made himself some stereotypically cheesy early eighties friends that all look like they make up the perfect ingredients for a good old fashioned blood bath! Before long they're all of to close down Ed's dad's secluded beach house , and guess who's ominously creeping about armed with a chainsaw and watching them...

Ok, ok so there are certainly no Oscar nominees here (Watch out for Mike played by Morey Lampley, he's a real budding thespian!), and at times the film can seem to drag a bit - mostly in what seems like hours of character building. But what saves this surprisingly gory (in it's uncut version) little flick from becoming a total loss is how at times it manages to generate a genuinely macabre atmosphere. This is most evident when the maniac dreams of slicing his infant son's throat with a battle axe, or when he impales the heads of his victims on to spikes in a rack as if they're some kind of trophy. All the other trademark cliches are included: the clearly asthmatic killer (heavy breath, a virgin final girl, a dopey sheriff, an axe, chainsaw, pitch fork and even a giant fish hook! Mark Shostrom's gore is also a lot more visible now (in the UK prints) thanks to VIPCO's extreme version and a much more lenient censor!

So all in all not brilliant but not rubbish either, a worthy rental for a night of harmless and memorable cliches!

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