As blatant and graceless as its title, MUTANT MAN is bottom-of-the-barrel low-budget horror.
Young, recently widowed Helen (Kelley Harkins) is taking a motor home trip with her sister-in-law Vivian (Carol Furphy), brother Jimmy (Billy Villegas), and sister Sandy (Kate Skwire), along with Jimmy's pal Twitch (John Battaglia) and Sandy's friend Maureen (Amy Wicki). They get lost and come
across a fruit stand run by an older woman (Sula von Woltor) and her grown children, Charlotte (Yvonne Buchanan), Charlie (Charlie Patiro), and Eugene (Christian Monroe). One of the "boys" sabotages the motor home, and after it breaks down, the group accepts an invitation to the family's isolated
house. They are joined along the way by a couple of cops (Joe Giordano and Gene Bozzi), one of whom is an old college friend of Helen's.
Once at the house, Vivian is lured into the cellar, where she is set upon by huge, deformed son Leroy (Jim Baldi). The whole family proves to be homicidally insane, and as night falls they pick off their visitors one by one. Two more arriving cops are also killed, and Jimmy takes off in their car
as the demented brood moves in on Sandy, the only other survivor.
MUTANT MAN is the kind of depressingly opportunistic project made by people who have an idea of what horror films traditionally contain, but no clue about how to craft one. Piling on the cliches without any apparent awareness that they are cliches, the movie pillages the likes of THE TEXAS
CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) and THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977) without an ounce of their tension or atmosphere. The characters are all one-dimensional and largely caricatures, their dialogue is simple-minded, and despite the overacted dementia of the farm family, none of their guests seems to catch on
that hanging around them might be a bad idea.
It's a measure of the movie's storytelling ineptitude that despite the supposed remoteness of the farmhouse, two of the killers chase an early victim right to a crowded football game. The chase-capture-and-kill scenes proceed without a hint of escalating fear, and the ending is abrupt and
arbitrary.(Graphic violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, substance abuse, profanity.)
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- Released: 1996
- Rating: NR
- Review: As blatant and graceless as its title, MUTANT MAN is bottom-of-the-barrel low-budget horror. Young, recently widowed Helen (Kelley Harkins) is taking a motor home trip with her sister-in-law Vivian (Carol Furphy), brother Jimmy (Billy Villegas), and siste… (more)