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Review: The Mutilator (Arrow Video)

The Mutilator
The Mutilator - srf
3 stars

Starring: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock

Directed: Buddy Cooper

Release Date: February 16, 2016

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color

Audio: English Subtitles:

Distributor: Arrow Video

Synopsis

BY SWORD. BY PICK. BY AXE. BYE BYE.

Although the slasher film was in decline by the mid-1980s, there were still some grisly delights to be had… and they don t come much grislier than writer-director Buddy Cooper s sickening stalk-and-slash classic The Mutilator!

When Ed receives a message from his father asking him to go and lock up the family s beach condo for the winter, it seems like the perfect excuse for an alcohol-fuelled few days away with his friends. After all, his dad has forgiven him for accidentally blowing mom away with a shotgun several years ago… hasn t he? But no sooner are the teens on the island than they find themselves stalked by a figure with an axe (and a hook, and an onboard motor) to grind…

Originally entitled Fall Break (watch out for the incongruous theme song of the same name!), The Mutilator has earned a reputation amongst horror fans as one of the holy grails of 80s splatter mayhem due to its highly inventive (and not to say, decidedly gruesome) kill sequences, courtesy of FX wizard Mark Shostrom (Videodrome, Evil Dead II). Finally making its long-awaited bow in High-Definition, The Mutilator has returned to terrorise a whole new generation of horror fans!

Audio/Video

Audio

Audio Language: English
Dubbed:
Subtitles: 

The Sound Quality is good but a little flat sounding. No distortion and sounds clean.

Rating: 4 stars

 

Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is good but not great. Close up shots look sharp but not the sharpest. Colors look good but black levels could be deeper.

Rating: 4 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: January 4, 1985 (USA)
Disc release Date: February 16, 2016 (USA)
Extras
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the unrated version from original vault materials
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono 1.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Introduction to the film with writer-director Buddy Cooper and assistant special make-up effects artist/assistant editor Edmund Ferrell
  • Audio Commentary with Cooper, Ferrell, co-director John Douglass and star Matt Mitler
  • Audio Commentary with Buddy Cooper and star Ruth Martinez Tutterow
  • Fall Breakers: The Story of The Mutilator brand new feature-length documentary on the making of the splatter classic featuring interviews with Cooper, Douglass, Ferrell, Mitler, actors Bill Hitchcock, Jack Chatham and more
  • Mutilator Memories special make-up effects artist Mark Shostrom looks back at one of his earliest projects
  • Tunes for the Dunes composer Michael Minard reveals how The Mutilator s unique score was created
  • Behind-the-Scenes Reel
  • Screen Tests
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Fall Break Theme Song (Original and Instrumental Versions)
  • Opening Sequence Storyboards
  • Motion Stills Gallery
  • Original Fall Break Screenplay (BD/DVD-ROM content)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two original artworks
My Thoughts

The Mutilator is a Psycho Horror that gets pretty bloody when the death scenes take place. A Father who has gone mentally crazy after his son Accidentally kills his mom goes off on a deadly killing spree years later. The son now in Collage takes a trip to his fathers condo to have a good time with friends. His father, a drunken crazy guy  still living there in the basement slowly kills off his friends in crazy ways which spews blood across the screen.

The film is a pretty B grade, the acting is bad and one of the death scenes was pretty funny due to the way the actor played out his death scene. Yes the film is bad at that but the gore and the death are great which make these films fun without a great plot and or good acting. We have some nudity which I feel could have been more. The plot is OK but at times its cheesy thanks to some of the score. Other times the score is fun when it comes to the thrilling parts.

Overall the film is a fun watch but it can get a tad slow and cheesy. If you like gory thrillers where every one is getting killed off in different ways then this movie is for you.

With that sad I give this film a 3 out of 5 as it is fun even with the bad acting and cheesy portions like the chick not screaming when she had a hook inserted…well you have to check it out. Pick it up horror gore fans and Arrow Video movie collectors

 

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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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TV

Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

(1) Subwoofer

Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.

 

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