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Mutator (1989)

A beast gets loose in a laboratory, killing all in it's way. A former scientist, now working as a custodian tries to stop it.


John R. Bowey


Lynn Rose Higgins (screenplay), Lynn Rose Higgins (story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brion James ... David Allen
Carolyn Ann Clark ... Taylor
Milton Raphael Murill Milton Raphael Murill ... Travers
Embeth Davidtz ... Jennifer
Neil McCarthy Neil McCarthy ... Adam
Lindsay Orbach Lindsay Orbach ... Tina
Greg Latter Greg Latter ... Murphy
Brian O'Shaughnessy Brian O'Shaughnessy ... Axelrod
Denis Smith Denis Smith ... Professor
Lyn Hooker Lyn Hooker ... Receptionist
Tjaart Potgieter Tjaart Potgieter ... Blinky
Charles Comyn Charles Comyn ... Harry
Martin Dewee Martin Dewee ... Bookie
Brad Morris Brad Morris ... Workman One
Sean Beukes Sean Beukes ... Workman Two


A beast gets loose in a laboratory, killing all in it's way. A former scientist, now working as a custodian tries to stop it.

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Scientists created a new life form that only lasted a few hours. The truth is...it's still alive.


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

15 May 1989 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Time of the Beast See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Cut Above Productions See more »
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Double Creature Feature: Humanoid Cat-Beasts & Synthezoid Werewolves (part 1)
23 February 2010 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews


Two *very* similar B-movies. A dubious choice for this double feature, perhaps. But I know I'm most definitely not the only one around here who would voluntarily watch rubbish like...


I had no idea I already saw "Mutator" before, once upon a full moon, until I started watching it. Yes, it's that forgettable. Brion James plays an unlikely character (for his likes, at least): A friendly ex-scientist turned custodian who at the end, saves the day. The creature costume is mildly amusing (with some parts of it having developed more cat-like features and others still human). But the creature action is severely lacking in this tedious film. Only film to my knowledge to ever feature a Humanoid Cat-Beast Mutant.

Yes, "Time Of The Beast" (or if you want to call it "Mutator", fine) is a pretty bad movie, but actually, it's not bad enough. You can't even make fun of it, because it's just dull. The only thing you could watch it for, is seeing Brion James do nothing, really. And for the titular beast, of course, which doesn't do much either, except for killing people off-screen (except for one girl who gets her head smashed against a grid - nothing special).

Funny thing is, in the plot they mention 'the offspring' numerous times, indicating there's more than one cat-beast running around. Only you never get to see more than one. It's just the same guy in the same monster-suit appearing on screen every time.

But the most important thing still is that I forgot I'd already seen it. To my knowledge, this is the only time that ever happened to me. I was even confusing a few specific scenes of it, to be in "Metalbeast". It's like "Time Of The Beast" tries to make you forget it ever existed after you've seen it. An amnesia-inducing flick. That's a first one.

And where's that good bit of female nudity when you need some? Oh, right, yes, this was not a crappy slasher movie. Sorry, my bad. It's about some humanoid cat-beast thing, right? Well then, where's Natassja Kinski when you need her?


Level of Appreciation: Subpar/Moderate

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