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The Mutilator (1984)

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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Buddy Cooper, John Douglass (co-director)

Writer:

Buddy Cooper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Pamela Weddle Cooper ... Mother
Jimmy Guthrie Jimmy Guthrie ... Bartender
George Sutton George Sutton ... Gentleman At Bar
Steve Davis Steve Davis ... Student In Bar
Tom Outlaw Tom Outlaw ... Student In Bar
Pat Jordon Pat Jordon ... Student In Bar
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Storyline

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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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fall Break See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in 29 days. See more »

Goofs

Girl's position while lying on the water's surface changes from her boobs not visible to her boobs being visible in 2 continuous shots. See more »

Quotes

Ralph: So my philosophy is, let's have some beer.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes appear during the closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Vipco's UK release passed in 2000 (labelled the 'Extreme Version') the BBFC required 7 seconds of cuts to a scene where a girl is violated with a fish hook. This is the most complete version available in the UK, as the previous VHS release (1993) required 26 seconds of cuts. The film is available Uncut on Region 2 DVD from German Label 'Dragon'. See more »

Connections

Featured in Mutilator Memories (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A worthy rental for a night of harmless and memorable cliches!
22 December 2001 | by RareSlashersReviewedSee 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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