Welcome to 31 Days of ’80s Horror boys and ghouls! Each day in October I’ll be posting about a horror film from the 1980s, some of which you may have heard of, others may be a little more obscure. This is the month to celebrate all things spooky so I wanted to present some films from my favorite era of the horror genre. I hope you enjoy the column and discover some new ’80s horror flicks to watch, or rewatch, whatever the case may be. I know I’ll be checking out some of these ghastly tales myself since I’ve come across a few that even I’ve never heard of! So on with the horror! On with the terror! On with the ’80s!
Ed, a likeable high school student, busily discusses vacation plans with his friends when he receives a message from his father asking that he close up the summer house at the beach. While his friends feel that it’s the perfect opportunity for a vacation, Ed is uneasy about the request, as his father has never quite forgiven him for the accidental shooting of his mother. When the group arrives at the summer house they discover Ed’s father’s collection of bizarre weapons. To add to their anxieties there is the ever-present feeling that they are being watched. Suddenly, Ed’s house guests begin to meet bizarre deaths, each one more grisly than the next, but The Mutilator is saving best for last.. the best for Ed.
This homegrown slasher flick has a reputation for being a movie that, despite a lot of flaws, it somehow still manages to work and be an entertaining film. It stars Matt Mitler (Deadtime Stories, Basket Case 2) with a cast of unknowns and comes from one-time director Buddy Cooper. If you want a movie that features bad ’80s hair and some good gore, this may be of interest to you.
How to watch The Mutilator
The Mutilator is currently available on DVD. (Buy The Mutilator on DVD)
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by Ben McBride
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