November 7, 2011

"MUTANT" (Pure Terror 50 Movies Pack, #30)

MUTANT

Alternate Title:
Night Shadows

German Title:
Mutant II
(was marketed in Germany as a sequel to "Mutant", better known as "Forbidden World")

USA, 1984
Director: John 'Bud' Cardos
(who replaced the originally hired Mark Rosman)

7/10


One of the few movies in this box that I have seen before - and it's a really good one!
"Mutant" a.k.a. "Night Shadows" (both shitty titles) is a highly entertaining and quite interesting, but sadly pretty overlooked quasi-take on the zombie genre. A bit too slow in the first half and a bit too un-gory for my taste, but apart from that it's a kickass 80s movie.

The cast is great: Wings Hauser as goofy but effective zombie killer, Lee Montgomery as his crabby brother, Bo Hopkins as Whiskey-drinking sheriff and the beautiful Jody Medford in the second of her 2 only on-screen appearances.


The whole movie looks great and has a fantastic 80s atmosphere - especially the 2nd half strongly reminds me of gems like "One Dark Night" or "Night Life", including a few brilliant nods to Romero's "Dawn/Day Of The Dead" (the scene with the zombie children in the school - outstanding!).

Highlights: the toxic zombies with their blue faces, squirting wounds and the ability to burn their hands through windows; the wonderful score from Richard Band, a few incredibly suspenseful scenes and some fine-looking set pieces.

80s horror at its best!



Wiki ~ Imdb


6 comments:

  1. My pals and I saw this one in the theater back in 1984 - we had a really good time with it, as it's just the right amount of silly to keep the movie fun. Nice review!

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  2. waah, you saw this in theater?? God, I'm sooo jealous!!!

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  3. I've passed over this one so many times and never bothered with picking it up even when the DVD was like $7.00, lol.

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  4. LOL dunno if I would have bought the DVD, but I'm really glad to have it as a part of this wonderful box.

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  5. Pretty good film. Love the score by Richard Band.

    Have you seen the other Mutant II, which commonly goes by the name "Alien Predators"?

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  6. @Ryan:
    no, not yet. Heard of it but it's not easy to get a copy of it.

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