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The Mutilator
Fall Break

USA 1984
produced by
Buddy Cooper
directed by Buddy Cooper, John Douglass (co)
starring Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock, Connie Rogers, Frances Raines, Morey Lampley, Jack Chatham, Ben Moore, Trace Cooper, Pamela Weddle Cooper
written by Buddy Cooper, music by Michael Minard, special makeup effects by Mark Shostrom, Anthony Showe

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Many years back, little Ed (Trace Cooper) accidently shot his mother (Pamela Weddle Cooper) dead then cleaning his dad's (Jack Chatham) rifles for daddy's birthday. Daddy has become unhooked since.

Now, Ed (now played by Matt Mitler) is a pretty ordinary teenager whose main concern it is what to do for fall break with his girlfriend Pam (Ruth Martinez) and friends Ralph (Bill Hitchcock) and Sue (Connie Rogers), and forever horny couple Mike (Morey Lampley) and Linda (Frances Raines) ... when suddenly dad calls and asks him to look after his beach condo for the weekend. Well, Ed initially declines, having long fallen out with his father, but his friends persuade him to accept ... and soon enough they are all off to a weekend at the beach, full of partying, booze and sex (except for Ed and Pam, as she wants to save herself for the right moment). Sure, everyone's a bit freaked out by the condo that's nothing more than a trophy room for dad's hunting trophies, and storage for his many odd weapons ... but hey, it's free and the beach is nearby - and so is a pool which Mike and Linda use for some late night sensuous skinny dipping ... until they're killed and dismembered by Ed's dad.

The others aren't worried about the two's disappearance until way later, having previously thought the couple's just trying to shag each other's brains out - but when Ralph finally goes looking after them, he soon ends up at the wrong end of a pitchfork.

So now Ed, Pam and Sue have already three of their friends to look for ... and they don't yet know what they're up against. Thing is, dad does know what he's up against, and he plans to slaughter and dismember every last one of them ...


Well, one thing up front, The Mutilator doesn't exactly re-invent the slasher genre - nor does it intend to ... but it still works quite well within formula limitations, choosing a slowburn approach to things but building up tension throughout, using classic suspense routines to full painful effect, but also delivering in terms of gory pay-off and inventive murder scenes. Now admittedly, I'd be hard-pressed to call this movie a classic, as I don't think it is one in the traditional meaning of the word - but it's lots of fun, and it's one of the films that clearly show why old school slashers are nowadays considered as quite that enjoyable!


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