Movie Review: MUTANTIS (2014)

Mutantis poster
Mutantis poster

MUTANTIS

Director: Kelly Fitzgerald. Writer: Mark Leake. Stars: Darren Bolk, Gary Brown, Mark Colegrove. 

Synopsis: When an unscrupulous scientist drags his stepchildren out into the forest to use them as bait in the hopes of luring out a big foot, not even the team of hillbillies he hired can contain the horror they find: the horror of Mutantis! Only the adventurer Dr. William Fury may be able to stop the beast, but hope dwindles fast once Dr. Fury realizes that the monster is not only intent on murder but procreation as well. Could this be the end of the world as we know it? For the answer watch, Mutantis!

Okay, I have to start off this review by stating that Mutantis is a bad movie. But I am aware that the producers were aiming for that. Having made a few stinking homages myself, I know the whiff of this cheese and there are few as qualified as I to pass judgement. I will say that the makers of Mutantis definitely nailed the look of a grind-house cheapie that, with a few cuts, could play easily on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The dubbing is often very hilarious as well.

When a filmmaker sets out to make a bad film, they often forget that the films they are trying to emulate weren’t considered bad by the people who were making them. Still, the genuine affection the makers of Mutantis have for the films they are aping shows. If you are a bad horror movie connoisseur, then yes, Mutatnis will have a space on your shelf next to Laserblast and Mantos.

Mutantis still twoI also have to warn that the explicit sex advertised consists mostly of the gory erotic rampage of the title creature and there are several shots of an F/X created monster penis which, ahem, erupts quite often. I wish I could show you the trailer, but it is too explicit for me to post here. Bottom line: the bad movie masochist or Troma-esque gore fan will have to have this. The average horror movie fan will probably want to skip it.

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Terry M West

Managing Editor at Halloween Forevermore
Terry M. West is a well known author, filmmaker, actor and artist. He has written several books in the young adult field (most notably the graphic novel series, Confessions of a Teenage Vampire) and he has also written several horror short stories as well as the horror/thriller novel, Dreg. His work has appeared (or is scheduled to appear) in FrightNet, Scream Factory, Agony In Black, Lacunae, Jackhammer, House of Pain, Dark Muse, Moonletters, Silent Screams, When Red Snow Melts, One Hellacious Halloween, Deathmongers, Vignettes from the End of the World, Axes of Evil and Zombified 2. He was a finalist for the 1997 International Horror Guild Award for a short story (The Night Out) and he made the 1999 Bram Stoker Award preliminary ballot for a piece of long fiction (Hair and Blood Machine). He was also mentioned on the 1997 TV Guide Sci-Fi Hot List. West’s books and collections include: A PSYCHO’S MEDLEY, WHAT PRICE GORY?, DEAD AWARE: A Horror Tale Told in Screenplay, CECIL & BUBBA MEET THE THANG, HEROIN IN THE MAGIC NOW, THE GIVING OF THINGS COLD & CURSED and special collectors editions of CAR NEX, MIDNIGHT SNACK and CECIL & BUBBA MEET A SUCCUBUS. He was also the editor of the JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION anthology. His work has received glowing reviews. His filmography includes his debut film, Blood for the Muse (based on his comic book of the same name which was a finalist for the 1998 International Horror Guild Award for a comic) and Flesh for the Beast. He has acted in the films The Blood Shed and Gallery of Fear (both directed by Alan Rowe Kelly) and had a starring role in Joseph M. Monks’ debut film, The Bunker. Terry currently writes and paints in southern California with his wife, Regina, and their son, Terrence. Terry is an active member of the Horror Writer’s Association. Terry is also the managing editor of the Halloween/Horror website, www.halloweenforevermore.com.

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