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The Mutilator (1984)

R | | Horror | 4 January 1985 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Mitler ...
Ed Jr.
Ruth Martinez ...
Pam
Bill Hitchcock ...
Ralph
Connie Rogers ...
Sue
...
Linda
Morey Lampley ...
Mike
Jack Chatham ...
Big Ed
Ben Moore ...
Cop
Trace Cooper ...
Younger Ed Jr.
Pamela Weddle Cooper ...
Mother
Jimmy Guthrie ...
Bartender
George Sutton ...
Gentleman At Bar
Steve Davis ...
Student In Bar
Tom Outlaw ...
Student In Bar
Pat Jordon ...
Student In Bar
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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 <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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

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Trivia

According to director Buddy Cooper, the car featured in the movie was sold shortly after production wrapped... and wrecked by the new owner about three days later. See more »

Quotes

Ralph: So my philosophy is, let's have some beer.
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Outtakes appear during the closing credits. See more »

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References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

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Fall Break
Theme
Written by Michael Minard and Arthur Resnick
Performed by Peter Yellen and The Breakers (Sanchie Bobrow, Buddy Cooper, Marty Fogel, Anthony Franklin, John Hill, Matthew Hill, Gregg Hollister, Gary Solomon, Abe Speller, Neil B. Whitford (as Neil Whitford))
Associate Producer: Gary Solomon
Music programmer: Rick Stevenson
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Surprisingly bland
17 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every once in a great while I absolutely agree with IMDb's rating of a movie...this is one of those times. The Mutilator isn't particularly bad. It's not particularly good. It just sort of is. I know the holiday/sleepaway camp slasher flick was a staple of '80s horror, but some added a little something different to distance themselves from the pack. Unfortunately this isn't one of those movies. This movie kind of has the look and feel of the first Evil Dead movie but without any of the things that made Evil Dead really stand out.

Just looking at the cover of this I was kind of hoping for a real exploitation flick...the kind of movie that uses the story only as a vehicle for more gore. Sadly, no. Oh sure...there's some gore but it's pretty limited and only really comes into play towards the end. For the rest of the movie we're forced to watch a very poor attempt at character development which ends up with you still not giving a crap if anyone lives or dies. And far be it from me to split hairs, but I kind of expected a movie called "The Mutilator" to feature some...oh, I don't know...mutilation. No such luck. Instead it's just a guy killing some of his son's friends in a (I can only assume) drunken rage for an accident that happened 10 years earlier. Can this guy hold a grudge or what? Oh well...it's not exactly time wasted, but there are much better films of the same era/genre out there.


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