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The Freakmaker is a creepy horror film about a mad scientist who abducts college students for the subjects he needs in his attempts to crossbreed plants with humans. His failures are turned over to a dwarf who runs a circus freakshow. This film is also known by the title The Mutations.
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Overview

The Freakmaker is a creepy horror film about a mad scientist who abducts college students for the subjects he needs in his attempts to crossbreed plants with humans. His failures are turned over to a dwarf who runs a circus freakshow. This film is also known by the title The Mutations.
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Special Features

New anamorphic 16:9 widescreen (1.85:1) transfer; Commentary tracks with Jack Cardiff, Robert Weinbach & Brad Harris; Featurette; Still gallery; Freakmaker trailers; Subversive trailers; Mono and stereo mixes
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
The Mutations (aka The Freakmaker) mixes mad-scientist boilerplate with secondhand ideas from Tod Browning's dark fable Freaks, coming nowhere near the disturbing tone of that infamous 1932 thriller but producing satisfying junk horror nonetheless. As the obsessed Dr. Nolter, Donald Pleasance is noncommittal, giving the bare minimum to what begins as a central role but gradually diminishes as the story progresses; still, it's fun to watch him feed live bunnies to enormous carnivorous plants, and his fake accent is amusing. Tom Baker (later to take a turn as Doctor Who) steals the film as the scientist's deformed henchman, a self-loathing acromegaly victim twisted by bitterness and loneliness who lashes out at his fellow freaks. He and dwarf sidekick Michael Dunn are the only real actors on hand in The Mutations; however, Baker's makeup job is unconvincing and thus distracting, particularly when compared to the genuine human oddities that director Jack Cardiff employs. These authentic sideshow performers (including a bearded lady, a human pincushion, and "the pretzel boy") are shown on-stage presenting their carnival acts and figure in a number of scenes directly inspired by (or stolen from) Freaks, including a "one of us" party and a menacing late-night army of spurned circus freaks at the conclusion. The horrible final fruit of the mad doctor's research is a fully ridiculous half-man/half-Venus flytrap creation that absolutely crushes any chance of The Mutations being taken seriously. The time-lapse photography of budding plants used in the opening credits is eerier by far than the wretched rubber costume forced on poor Scott Antony. The Mutations was the decidedly silly finale to Cardiff's directorial career (which included the acclaimed Sons and Lovers and the only movie to be filmed in "Smell-o-Vision," Scent of Mystery), but he continued to ply his trade as an in-demand cinematographer, earning an honorary Academy Award in 2001 for his achievements in true classics such as The Red Shoes and The African Queen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • UPC: 789577199729
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: SUBVERSIVE CINEMA
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Davies Doctor
Eithne Dunne Nurse
Fran Fullenwider Fat Lady
Joan Scott Landlady
Donald Pleasence Dr. Nolter
Olga Anthony Bridget
Lisa Collings Prostitute
Tom Baker Lynch
Brad Harris Brian
Julie Ege Hedi
Michael Dunn Burns
Scott Antony Tony
Jill Haworth Lauren
Technical Credits
Jack Cardiff Director
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
J. Ronald Getty Executive Producer
Herbert Smith Art Director
Basil Kirchin Score Composer
Edward Mann Screenwriter
Robert D. Weinbach Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Freakmaker
1. Beggings of Life [3:02]
2. Opening Titles [2:34]
3. Flesh Eating Plants [2:44]
4. "You're All Products of Mutations" [3:44]
5. The First Victim [3:40]
6. Lynch's Wagon [2:34]
7. New Life [:28]
8. Lynch Brings Bridget [3:17]
9. The Experiment [1:08]
10. Brian Flies In [1:51]
11. Tree Infusion [1:20]
12. Reversing Putrification [4:01]
13. Professor Nolter's Home [:51]
14. Bunny Feeding [2:55]
15. Tea Time for Freaks [4:32]
16. Carnival Fun [1:50]
17. Freak Show [:35]
26. "You Must Find Me Another Subject" [3:09]
27. Returning to the Carnival [1:15]
28. Lynch's New Victim [1:53]
29. The Haunted Goldmine [1:40]
30. Tony Under the Cyclotron [1:07]
31. "He's One of Us..." [:26]
32. Lynch's Dancing Lesson [4:34]
33. Dumping Bridget [3:10]
34. The Experiment Escapes [1:51]
35. Tony Drops In [:35]
36. "Then Why Do You Hate Him So Much?" [5:05]
37. One Last Time [2:13]
38. Tony Feeds [1:41]
39. Transforming Hedi [3:46]
40. Lynch's Death [2:47]
41. Tony's Revenge [2:39]
42. Rescuing Hedi [1:12]
43. End Credits [2:22]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Freakmaker
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Featurette
      Bios
         Robert Weinbach - Producer & Writer
         Jack Cardiff - Director
         Donald Pleasence - "Prof. Nolter"
         Brad Harris - "Brian"
         Tom Baker "Lynch"
      Lobby Cards
      Trailers
         Blue Murder
         Candy Snatchers
         Freakmaker
         Battlefield Baseball
         Metalskin
         The Gardener
      DVD Credits
   Scene Selections
   Audio Options
      Original Mono Soundtrack
      Stereo Soundtrack
      Audio Commentary with Jack Cardiff
      Audio Commentary with Robert Weinbach & Brad Harris
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