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Saturday, 21 July 2012

The Mutilator ( 1985 ).

What a Tag line. What a movie. This little seen slasher from the 80's is amazing. The murders are brutal, the film incredibly dark (in tone and lighting) and it is really well done.

I first picked up the mutilator many years ago in a local second hand DVD store and it was the Vipco edition. A Poor quality picture that looked like it was ripped straight from the VHS. Nevertheless, I instantly fell in love with this movie.

The opening sets the dark oppressive mood perfectly. A little boy decides to polish his fathers rifle collection as a surprise for his birthday, he leaves a note by the rifle cabinet which reads "Happy birthday daddy. All cleaned by me"!! As the little boy begins cleaning the rifle while his mother is in the kitchen making her husband a birthday cake, the little boy playfully aims the gun and pulls the trigger, not knowing the rifle was loaded. It discharges, the bullet firing through the wall into the mothers stomach, killing her instantly. Then Daddy walks in finding his wife's corpse, and his son standing over her with the rifle in his hands. The father grabs the boy and beats him, then grabs the gun and the little boy runs away. The father then drags his wife into the lounge and shares a birthday drink with her corpse while the little boy watches from the hallway.

Fast forward a few years, and the little boy has grown into a respectable adult who receives a call from his father asking him to go and lock up his condo for the winter. Seeing this as a great way to have some fun and visit the beach, his friends suggests they all go together, so they do.

That's when the mayhem begins. A girl is impaled in the groin with a fishing gaff, an axe is used to great effect. The FX in this movie were handled by Mark Shostrom (A nightmare on elm street part 2: Freddy's Revenge), and it shows. The kills are incredibly sadistic, brutal and even managed to turn my stomach now and again.

All in all, this is a forgotten gem. One that all horror movie fans should see, as it is probably one of the nastiest slasher movies out there and manages to deliver everything a great slasher film should.

You can buy The mutilator from Amazon by clicking here.

Darkest regards......Dani.

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