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The Mutilation Man (1998)

Video  -  Horror | Fantasy | Thriller  -  16 June 1998 (USA)
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Ivan is a young man who travels a barren wasteland performing shows of self mutilation to small but adoring crowds. He is doing so to attempt to understand the cycle of child abuse he has ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Kristy Bowersock ...
Fetish Demon / girfriend
Jim Van Bebber ...
Ivan's Dad (as Jim VanBebber)
Jollie Scott ...
Robbie Crellin ...
Young Ivan
Wulf Richards ...
Gate Keeper
J.J. Slanker ...
Ivan's Mother


Ivan is a young man who travels a barren wasteland performing shows of self mutilation to small but adoring crowds. He is doing so to attempt to understand the cycle of child abuse he has been a part of. Through flashbacks and halucinations we see his Father murder his mother as well as the psysical abuse Ivan suffered. He must make peace within himself through a sacrifice of blood and honor. Written by

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Confusing; Content Without Context
23 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a good example of how NOT to make a film.

There is very little meaningful dialog, no context for the events, and constant cuts between seemingly unrelated scenes. The result is a confused, clueless viewer; the plot is absolutely impossible to follow and the ideas presented are meaningless without listening to the director's commentary.

This movie has a lot to do with human atrocity and tries to show how wrong it is, with an emphasis on child abuse. It includes some stock footage of real, horrible acts of violence, including war time executions. Although it works in the context of the movie, I feel that the ideas behind the movie could have been presented without resorting to such extreme content. This film is absolutely NOT for the weak stomached or the easily offended, and should not under any circumstances be shown to minors.

The climax is anti-climactic compared to the content of the rest of the movie. If you're not listening to the commentary while it happens you will probably miss it.

The director's commentary was a one-shot, "sit the guy down and let him talk, no cuts" type of commentary. While this isn't necessarily bad, the director ends up rambling a lot and often spends minutes at a time complaining about his college, filming conditions, co producers, bad film, and a dozen other things. The constant negativity detracts from what otherwise is an essential tool for understanding the movie.

The movie was shot many years ago on 16mm and Super8 film over a period of four years on an extremely low budget. Because of this, the video and audio quality is poor. That alone does not make it a bad movie, but it does make a bad movie worse.

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