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MUTANT - Skull
Rated R
Copyright 1983 Film Ventures.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Josh and Mike Cameron - Two city folk looking for rest and relaxation. Mike's the younger and he get's chomped early on.
  • Sheriff Will Stewart - Drunk law enforcement. (Geez, are there any sober cops?)
  • Holly Pierce - School teacher and barmaid, what a combo huh?
  • Dr. Myra Tate - Local doctor who thinks something must be wrong in this little town...
  • Albert - Violent local, this guy is a total asshole.
  • Mrs. Mapes - Innkeeper who is feeding travelers to her vampire daughter.
  • Billy - Holly's star student, tastes like chicken to mutants.
  • The Mutants - People changed into vampires by toxic waste. They develop caustic sores in their palms to suck blood.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

Boring and stupid, half of the time it's too dark to see anything! I had seen this years ago as a kid and found it pretty scary - AT THAT TIME I WAS A COMPLETE MORON. Again I tell you that it's usually too dark to see anything, if you're going to produce a bad film at least provide lighting since film is a visual medium. Add to this a script involving people turning into vampires (Which suck blood through holes in their palms and have toxic waste for blood.) created by a chemical company dumping in a abandoned mine. Bad Lighting+Crappy Plot=Shit. Do not operate heavy machinery after watching this movie, if you have seen seek medical attention. Not even a 68 Camaro could make me like this film, I do not wish to speak about it any further.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Country folk are violent, drunk, imbeciles.
  • County sheriffs will not arrest you for knifing someone.
  • I still don't know the secret of Wings Hauser's success.
  • There really are monsters under the bed.
  • If you are in an abandoned school and hear gutteral roaring sounds coming from the basement... ...don't check them out - sheesh!
  • A barely pressurized hose will knock everyone into a toxic waste pit.
  • Crazed mutants carefully remove light bulbs.
  • Bathroom stalls make pretty defensible positions.
  • Never put your back to a window, especially if you know toxic vampires are around.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 4 mins - One thing going for this movie, a 68 Camaro.
  • 12 mins - Did something just steam him to death?
  • 32 mins - What color is that shirt? Mauve? No wonder everybody wants to kick your ass.
  • 48 mins - I get the idea, it's dark - but film is a visual art form. (This is a problem throughout the movie - at least there's a 68 Camaro)
  • 49 mins - The sound or camera person is reflected in the car window.
  • 58 mins - Dr. Tate doesn't notice him mutating into a monster 10 feet away?
  • 64 mins - Cloth masks are filtering all these toxic fumes? Could we see the Camaro again?
  • 81 mins - Goodness! The kid got chomped! This movie is breaking all the rules!

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note mutant1.wav Josh: "Have fun, close the door, thank you, goodnight!"
Mike: "God bless."
Green Music Note mutant2.wav Dr. Tate: "Who would want to steal blood?"
Green Music Note mutant3.wav Dr. Tate: "All I want is one night with the body, just one night."
Green Music Note mutant4.wav Josh: "What are you a bunch of rednecks?"

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Ahhh, the hose got me!

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Comments:Write CommentPages: [1] 2
Mutant
Reply #1. Posted on March 29, 1999, 03:00:34 PM by whamontree@hotmail.com
Need to add one more thing to Things I Learned From this Movie:  a farm truck can out-accelerate a Camaro.  Yuck.
Mutant
Reply #2. Posted on January 14, 2000, 12:41:52 PM by ajr@fortalnet.com.br
I saw this film when just a kid, but the most violent scene that I remember is the one in which the younger brother gets chomped: the girl is under the bed and she holds him and pushes him under the bed, what a scene!
Mutant
Reply #3. Posted on April 27, 2000, 01:03:33 PM by jckruize@aol.com
As one of the original 2 screenwriters (the other being my good friend and writing partner Michael Jones), I have to say that 90% of the idiocy in this movie is not ours.  Details to anyone who's interested.
Mutant
Reply #4. Posted on June 09, 2000, 06:28:13 PM by Nightowl
I liked this film. It's Groovy!!! (Cut to Ash and his crazy grin)

Mutant
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Jack Sommersby
A wonderfully atmospheric, quintessentially nerve-jangling horror masterpiece. Superbly crafted by director John "Bud" Cardos, and excellently acted by Wings Hauser and bo Hopkins. Richard Band's score is blood-curdling. The best "zombie" flick since "Dawn of the Dead".
Mutant
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Foolio
Worst film I've seen to date, and I try to watch one so-called B-movie per week. I've been doing it for the last 4 years or so. Ouch.
Mutant
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Doc
I'm unsure of the printing you saw of this film.  I bought this with a collection of films on DVD at Best Buy and the video was great, not dark at all.  While not the greatest of zombie/vampire films, this still deserved at least 1 slime drop.  The pacing was good and the plot was as plausable as a toxic-waste-turning-people-into-vampires movie could have.  The weakness for me was the love interest teacher/barmaid and even then it's only because of B-movies 101.  "If hero is going to fall in love in the midst of terrorizing chaos, said love interest will show her boobs for at least thirty seconds."  And the ending was great and not formulaic at all.
Re: Mutant
Reply #8. Posted on January 24, 2007, 03:54:25 AM by Joe the Destroyer
I had a lot of fun with this movie, even despite its flaws.  Sure, a lot of things seemed very off, but the atmosphere was nice. 
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