The Mutilator (1984) (AKA Fall Break)

Directed by Buddy Cooper and John Douglass.  Written by Cooper himself.  Starring Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock, Connie Rogers, Frances Raines and Jack Chatham.

Plot: a teenager who accidentally committed matricide when he was younger, has his father stalk and try to kill he and his friends.


As a child, Ed Jr. (Mitler) is cleaning his father’s gun and it goes off and kills his mother.  It was a total accident and Ed Jr.’s all broken up about it, but his father doesn’t care.  In fact, he never forgives him and has dreams of killing his own son.  So, one day, Big Ed (Chatham) decides to go on the offensive and starts stalking and killing Ed Jr.’s friends, hoping to get to Ed Jr. himself eventually.

Honestly, the movie is hysterical, but for all the wrong reasons.  Everyone is bad at acting.  People take FOREVER to die.  The sound is horrible, although the score itself is pretty decent for such a terrible movie.  And there’s a horrible use of an old-timey comedy shtick.

The only thing this movie has going for it is the innovative ways Big Ed kills people.  Still, you could watch it for shits and giggles.  It’d probably be cool to watch with a few good friends and a few strong drinks.  But only the one time.  It’s not an 80’s gem.

Our score: 35.

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