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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.

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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 

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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Video Clipmutant1.mpg - 2.7m
Ahhh, the hose got me!

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