Mutant

Mutant

Director: John Cardos, Mark Rosman

Cast: John Cardos, Mark Rosman, Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins

     
 

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Elite Entertainment's DVD of the 1984 eco-horror, toxic-zombie movie Mutant may be a stripped down affair, but the disc's sound and picture are exceptional considering the movie's low budget. Letterboxed at 1.85:1 (and enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs), the framing looks accurate throughout and the picture quality is sharp and crystal clear. Only during a few nighttimeSee more details below

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Elite Entertainment's DVD of the 1984 eco-horror, toxic-zombie movie Mutant may be a stripped down affair, but the disc's sound and picture are exceptional considering the movie's low budget. Letterboxed at 1.85:1 (and enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs), the framing looks accurate throughout and the picture quality is sharp and crystal clear. Only during a few nighttime scenes is there evidence of slight pixelation. Otherwise, the picture is stable throughout. Blacks are black and no color distortion was detected. Directed by genre-vet John "Bud" Cardos (probably best known for his nature-run-amok movie Kingdom of the Spiders, starring William Shatner), Mutant is a fun and diverting Saturday-night drive-in movie. The only extra on the disc is the theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
In the pantheon of the zombie film, 1984's Mutant is a consistently overlooked low budget gem whose potential is massive amongst genre fans willing to seek it out. Echoing everything from George A. Romero's Dead Series to the future Resident Evil franchise, the flick is a slow burner that ponders what would happen if the hikers from American Werewolf in London happened upon a town where toxic waste transforms all of the redneck inhabitants into blue faced zombie ghouls. Adding to the fun is the casting, with a young Wings Hauser brawling his way through hicks and zombies with the same crazy glare that scared the hell out of audiences in Vice Squad two years before, except this time, his wild streak is buried within a jocular hero mold. Though the production is plagued with excessively poor dubbing, the finale is a thrilling tour-de-force of classic zombie imagery, with the two living protagonists cornered in a market with hoards of zombie hands reaching out for them. Most commonly found in dollar bins or cheap racks everywhere, Mutant is a deserving horror outing that is sadly known more for its memorable video cover and poor DVD distribution than for its inherent genre appeal.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
UPC:
0790594688226
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Elite
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:40:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wings Hauser Josh
Bo Hopkins Sheriff Will Stewart
Lee Montgomery Mike Cameron
Jennifer Warren Dr. Myra Tate
Jody Medford Holly
Stuart Culpepper Actor
Johnny Popwell Actor
Larry Quackenbush Actor
Earl Ramsey Actor
Dale Echols Actor
Joseph Long Actor
Lavon Lacey Actor
Pat Moss Actor
Marc Clement Albert
Cary Guffey Billy
Danny Nelson Jack
Mary Nell Santacroce Mrs. Mapes
Ralph Redpath Vic
Ralph Pace Art
Wallace Wilkinson Mr. Mitchell
Charles Franzen E.P.A. Man
Lit Connah Mrs. Miller
Jerry Rushing Albert's Gang
Joshua Patton Albert's Gang
Tina Kincaid Judy Ann

Technical Credits
John Cardos Director
Mark Rosman Director
Dick Clark Producer
Michael J. Duthie Editor
Henry Fownes Executive Producer
Jim Hawkins Sound/Sound Designer
Igo Kantor Producer
John C. Kruize Screenwriter
Louis Lazzara Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
Michael Jones Original Story,Screenwriter
Edward L. Montoro Executive Producer
Peter Orton Screenwriter
Richard H. Band Score Composer
Lonnie R. Smith Stunts
Paul Stewart Special Effects
Alfred Taylor Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Title [2:56]
2. Local Heroes [7:52]
3. Bar Fight [8:24]
4. Mrs. Mapes' House [8:12]
5. Ride to the Gas Station [9:06]
6. Boiler Room [6:05]
7. "One Night..." [6:06]
8. Chemical Reaction [7:32]
9. Fifteen Minutes [9:04]
10. Uncle Jack's Transformation [5:32]
11. Myra's Medical Clinic [6:41]
12. The Town Attacks [10:02]
13. Station Under Siege [9:38]
14. Closing Credits [1:52]

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