'The Mutilator (Special Edition)' [Blu-ray + DVD]
(Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock, et al / Blu ray+DVD / R / (1984) 2016 / Arrow Films UK)
Overview: 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 on board motor) to grind ...!
Blu ray Verdict: You've just got to (still) love the 80's and the films that were made, haven't you. I mean, whether they be cheesy Hollywood films or little indie flicks, they are just so much fun to watch - especially today! I mean, and even though the slasher film was in decline by the mid-1980's, there are always some grisly delights to be had - whether it be the actual killings, or the cheesy dialogue, or the cheesy clothes, or the for-the-most-times cheesy acting!
Well, here in the brilliantly entitled 'The Mutilator' (1984) they don't come much more grislier than writer-director Buddy Cooper's sickening stalk-and-slash classic!! With an awesome tag line of "BY SWORD. BY PICK. BY AXE. BYE BYE," the film was actually originally entitled 'Fall Break' (watch out for the incongruous theme song of the same name!) and has since gone on to earn a sincere reputation among horror fans as one of the holy grail's of 80's splatter mayhem. For the most part due to its highly inventive (and not to say, decidedly gruesome) kill sequences, courtesy of FX wizard Mark Shostrom (Videodrome, Evil Dead II).
OK, well, as for the rather "unique" plot, a young boy accidentally shoots and kills his mother on his father's birthday. The father never forgives his young son, and years later he sends him a letter telling his son that he needs to go to their beach house to close it down. The son decides this would be a good getaway for him, his girlfriend, and two other couples. Unbeknowst to them, the father is waiting at the beach house with an array of garden and fishing instruments ready for use on the teens.
To get the full effect of this film, you HAVE to see the unrated version. This is crucial, as the rated R version cuts out much of the gore and the lighting is terrible. To say this is a gory movie is the understatement of the year. The unrated version holds nothing back, and this film contains one of the most disturbing deaths (the fishhook!!) in slasher flick history. I also like the dark, foreboding mood of the flick. The deserted beach fronts makes for a spooky, tense setting. In truth though I love EVERYTHING about this movie, as I'm sure you can already tell by now!
Finally making its long-awaited bow in High-Definition, 'The Mutilator' has returned to terrorize a whole new generation of horror fans! This is a High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
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
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
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