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Buddy Cooper
John Douglass (co-director)
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4 January 1985 (USA) See more »
A vacation that became a nightmare. See more »
A teenager who accidentally committed matricide finds himself being hunted together with his girlfriend and mates by his now crazed father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A worthy rental for a night of harmless and memorable cliches! See more (57 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Matt Mitler ... Ed Jr.
Ruth Martinez ... Pam
Bill Hitchcock ... Ralph
Connie Rogers ... Sue
Frances Raines ... 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
Hallock Cooper ... Cheerleader
Michelle Bach ... Cheerleader
Miriam Mason ... Cheerleader
Jennifer Price ... Cheerleader
A.B. Cooper Sr. ... Professor At Dorm
Jan Case ... Student At Dorm
David Bell ... Student At Dorm
Phil Collins ... Student At Dorm
Chris Sarosy ... Student At Dorm
Dee Clodfelter ... Student At Dorm
David Sledge ... Student At Dorm
Fred Tillery ... Storekeeper
Jenny Grice ... Storekeeper's Wife
Kay Case ... Woman At Store
Wendy Case ... Girl At Store
John Bode ... Deputy At Wall
Bruce Taylor ... Deputy Driver
Darryl Case ... Doctor
Andrea McLean ... Nurse With Doctor
Dail Lowery ... Nurse With Tray
Greta Groves ... Nurse At Door

Directed by
Buddy Cooper 
John Douglass (co-director)
Writing credits
Buddy Cooper (written by)

Produced by
Buddy Cooper .... producer
Neil B. Whitford .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michael Minard 
Cinematography by
Peter Schnall (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stephen Mack 
Set Decoration by
Steve Davis  (as Stephen Davis)
Makeup Department
Edmund Ferrell .... assistant special makeup effects artist (as Edmund P. Ferrell)
Mark Shostrom .... makeup supervisor
Mark Shostrom .... special makeup effects
Anthony Showe .... makeup supervisor
Anthony Showe .... special makeup effects
Production Management
Tamara Bally .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Garber .... assistant director
Walker Pearce .... assistant director
Art Department
Joseph DiRusso .... artist: main title
Judy Mahl Osborne .... property master
Sound Department
Edmund Ferrell .... assistant sound editor (as Edmund P. Ferrell)
Lawrence Loewinger .... location sound recordist (as Larry Loewinger)
Aaron Nathanson .... sound mixer
Lisa Schnall .... boom operator
Hughes Winborne .... sound editor
John C. Kearns Sr. .... stunt driver (as John Cleveland Kearn)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Anderson .... electrician
Edmund Ferrell .... grip (as Edmund P. Ferrell)
Richard Mauro .... best boy
Stephen McNutt .... first assistant camera
John Newby .... gaffer
Neil Novich .... dolly grip
Neil Novich .... key grip
Mark Pettersson .... camera operator
Michael J. Purbaugh .... dolly grip
Michael J. Purbaugh .... key grip
George J. Starnas .... grip
Mark Traver .... second assistant camera
Mark Traver .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Harpe Joyner .... wardrobe assistant
Pamela Weddle Cooper .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Edmund Ferrell .... apprentice editor (as Edmund P. Ferrell)
Hughes Winborne .... assistant editor
Music Department
Michael Minard .... music producer
Other crew
Cynthia Engler .... continuity (as Cynthia Engler Rolfe)
Linda Harpe Joyner .... assistant production secretary


Additional Details

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86 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:R (cut) | Finland:K-18 | Sweden:15 (heavily cut) | UK:18 (cut) | UK:18 (uncut) (2016) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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The film was released theatrically in two versions: first unrated, and later an R rated version.See more »
Ed Jr.:[while eating] That wasn't so bad.
Ed Jr.:That was.
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What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A worthy rental for a night of harmless and memorable cliches!, 22 December 2001
Author: RareSlashersReviewed from London

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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