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Mutant (1984)

Wings Hauser , Bo Hopkins , Mark Rosman , John 'Bud' Cardos  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, Jody Medford, Lee Montgomery, Marc Clement
  • Directors: Mark Rosman, John 'Bud' Cardos
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ELITE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W3H8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mutant" on IMDb

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While on vacation, two brothers discover a small town's hideous secret. A nearby chemical plant has been dumping toxic waste just outside of town, turning the townspeople into contaminated, mutant zombies. Now, there's nowhere to run as the growing army of blood thirsty ghouls takes over the town and devours the remaining humans, one by one. Stars Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, Lee Montgomery and Jody Medford.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The title & versions of the cover art can be misleading. September 27, 2001
Format:DVD
When I originally bought the original Vestron video of Mutant many years ago, I thought I was in for some huge mutated monster movie due to the cover art (a beast head hovering over a town) and the title. This proves how misleading some incarnations of the cover art and title can be. To my surprise Mutant was a thinly disguised "zombie" movie and I will get into that more later. The title sequence is kinda of bad and I originally thought "yep, I got exactly what I expected." The film actually becomes a lot better as the movie trucks along. We start off with a killing and then delve into a story about two "city boy" brothers traveling along a remote southern highway where they run into some clich? rednecks who wreck their car. They are forced into going into a small town but the kicker is that toxic waste being illegally dumped near the town has turned many of the residents into mutated zombie like ghouls who start to feast on the blood of the remaining normal tenants of the town. Eventually it dwindles down to a few survivors (with Bo Hopkins playing an alcoholic run-down cop) having to escape the zombie-like hordes.

The idea of the mutant zombie creatures is actually interesting for this kind of film. The toxic waste changes the person's blood into a green/yellowish substance and swells. It swells to degree that their palms split. Through these splits the "mutant zombies" suck blood from victims like a leach. The make-up job on these ghouls is actually quit good and they have a nice terrifying appearance in dark corridors.

Not only are the ghouls impressive, but director John Cardos (Kingdom of the Spiders) is also able to make many great scenes of suspense.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK, don't expect anything real gory March 5, 2004
Format:DVD
I really can't believe how much people liked this one. The advertising made it seem like your typical Alien sci-fi/horror ripoff: "Mankind's deadliest threat will not come from the skies" plus there's the creature on the cover that does not vaguely resemble anything in the movie. As a zombie movie, Mutant definitely rips off Night of the Living Dead more than any sci-fi film. The story concerns two brothers who get stranded in a small Southern town. The townspeople are acting strangely, it's half deserted, and it ends up being toxic waste dumping that's causing the problem. Sound familiar?
I actually enjoyed the "rednecks vs. the brothers" parts more than the actual horror scenes for some reason. Maybe because there was some humor in those scenes, I don't know. I think it was also because so many of the "scary" scenes were shot in the dark, which was probably to cut costs and keep you from seeing the cheesiness of the makeup. Plus the print itself looks pretty dark, which other reviewers have pointed out. It's a less-than-great picture and the DVD has no real extras.

Not much gore here, a couple gross scenes with the people mutating but overall it was pretty tame. The makeup on the zombies is standard corpse paint: most people could do as good a job for their average Halloween. This no-frills approach to the zombies does make them look like the original (Night of the) Living Dead somewhat. Also there's a scene where they're trying to get into a boarded-up house that is a straight up Night ripoff: it shows the hands sticking through the holes in the boards and everything. This movie could have been a lot better with just a few gore parts. Even when the zombies get shot there is really no blood.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mutant: Love It or Hate it! December 7, 2004
By TSD
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
From the foregoing reviews this film seems to be a definite "love or hate" item. I can't pass judgement on the DVD since I've only seen the VHS version. I recall seeing the previews in the theater years back but it never arrived due to the bankruptcy of its producers. If the opening sequence doesn't grab you, then you may as well skip it. Beyond that, the film is quite a grab-bag of genres (red-necks busting on strangers in town, house with a secret, town with a secret, sheriff (good guy or bad?), etc. It's very similar in tone and action to Salem's Lot with a different underlying explanation. Make-up and gore effects are minimal but this fits in with the overall atmosphere.
If you like moody, suspenseful, low-key horror/sci-fi, you should check out MUTANT.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Omega Man Meets Return of the Living Dead February 1, 2007
Format:DVD
This timeless horror film stars two brothers who run afoul of some hicks on a country highway. With their car stuck they need to hike into the nearest town to get a tow truck. Upon arrival the town seems dead except for a dive bar. Soon they discover a dead body alongside a building and go to the bar to make a phone call. Well the hicks are at the bar and a fight breaks out. Once the police are contacted, the boys don't have a whole lot of credibility especially when there turns out to be no body.

But there are strange things going on in town. Lots of people are sick and only a handful seem to notice just how bad the situation is. But it gets worse. A blood disease seems to kill and spread, turning victims into hungry zombies afraid of the light. They attack the living looking for blood. Well, one of the brothers is missing while the other refuses to leave without finding him. Thus we delve deeply into the horror brewing in the town. The horror escalates until the surprising ending.

This is one of those movies where you have to wonder where it got its title. Mutant is a very inaccurate title. But that aside, this is a good horror film that works. Sure, some of the acting is not as good as it could be but it is good enough. The zombie makeup is interesting and distinctive. There is no mistaking these guys for the living/unaffected. The horror is tied more into ecology than zombie pictures usually are but it was done well. Once things really get going this film just does not let up. Check it out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars duped!!!
I love this movie, but this dvd is terrible. It is clearly a burned or bootleg copy. The night scenes are so dark you can barely see and the daytime scenes aren't much brighter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Andrew Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspensful non gory horror
2 brothers on vacation start goofing around on the road which results in them nearly colliding with a bunch of rednecks in a truck. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Grindhouse and Horror
2.0 out of 5 stars DOC HOLLYWOOD MEETS 10,000 MANIACS
Brothers Josh (Wings Hauser) and Mike (Lee Montgomery) get stranded in a small southern town after a run-in with some locals on the highway. Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Movie Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars DOC HOLLYWOOD MEETS 10,000 MANIACS
Brothers Josh (Wings Hauser) and Mike (Lee Montgomery) get stranded in a small southern town after a run-in with some locals on the highway. Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Movie Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars DOC HOLLYWOOD MEETS 10,000 MANIACS
Brothers Josh (Wings Hauser) and Mike (Lee Montgomery) get stranded in a small southern town after a run-in with some locals on the highway. Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Movie Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars DOC HOLLYWOOD MEETS 10,000 MANIACS
Brothers Josh (Wings Hauser) and Mike (Lee Montgomery) get stranded in a small southern town after a run-in with some locals on the highway. Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Movie Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars DOC HOLLYWOOD MEETS 10,000 MANIACS
Brothers Josh (Wings Hauser) and Mike (Lee Montgomery) get stranded in a small southern town after a run-in with some locals on the highway. Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Movie Guy
3.0 out of 5 stars Cover Art on DVD Made For Different Film!
Before buying this film, I could not understand why people were getting mixed up. I knew the cover had nothing to do with the movie as I owned this one time on VHS, but did not... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Brian R
3.0 out of 5 stars no captions
It's a pretty decent b-movie but I just want to point out that contrary to the Product Deatils it does not have captions.
Published 19 months ago by Brian S. Page
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent!
It's a B movie for a rainy day.

A town overridden with 'zombies' with Wings Hauser filling in for Bruce Willis. What more could you ask for? Read more
Published on November 26, 2011 by Been There Done That
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