There’s nothing worse than being the redheaded stepchild of the 80’s slasher genre. Oh sure, you may have gotten picked up once or twice in the video store – but it may have always been a mercy fuck because Friday The 13th or Halloween wasn’t in stock.
Well – on this week’s Monday Bloody Monday, I’m giving some love to one of my favorite 80’s slasher stepchildren: The Mutilator. Now you may also know it by it’s other name Fall Break, but to me it will always be The Mutilator. Recently released on snazzy Blu-ray, I sat down and watched it again the other night and what a treat it was! Everything that an 80’s slasher should have: Bad acting, bad music, and great gore. Speaking of that gore, that’s why I’m here in this post today. Watch the clip below for all of the death scenes and obviously there are spoilers abound if you haven’t seen the movie. And if you haven’t – do yourself a favor and watch The Mutilator. Bet you won’t be able to get the theme song out of your head too.
Sometimes, a horror movie can be so amazing….so groundbreaking….so instrumental in shaping the course of mankind….that it will leave you in awe after witnessing it. The Mutilator unfortunately is not one of those horror movies. But it has a ‘death by hook to the female crotch’ kill, so it ain’t all bad!
Welcome to this week’s Sunday Bloody Sunday where I’m shining a little light on a slasher flick from 1985 that isn’t that well known, but is loved by those who have seen it. As much as you can love a bad horror movie I guess. The Mutilator isn’t good – but it did have a kick ass movie poster (look it up if you haven’t seen it), a killer tagline (By sword, by pick, by ax, bye bye…), a not-so killer theme song, and the aforementioned ‘death by hook to the female crotch’ death scene. Click below if you’re curious, and if you’re feeling really adventurous – then click on the second link that contains the opening credits and theme song:
Told you I would be giving you more of greatness that is know as The Mutilator! Here’s a post I did for the retro/cult site Couch Cutter giving you more of that classic theme music and more. Check out CouchCutter.Com for more posts in the future!
I can remember it like it was yesterday, even though it wasn’t. I was an 11-year-old boy strolling around my local Mom & Pop video store looking at all of the latest VHS covers in the horror section while occasionally peeking over to the ADULTS ONLY section that was blocked off with a classy shower curtain. My eyes did their best to remain focused on the horror section though, and they locked in on a movie called The Mutilator. Ok, one point for the title alone, but more points would be received because of the actual artwork and awesome tagline.
Now that’s a VHS cover! The classic ‘dripping blood’ title. The four victims hung on hooks, most notably the hot chick with the 80’s hair in the bikini. And of course, that tagline. ‘By sword, by pick, by axe….bye bye.’ I was positive the movie would be just as amazing as what I was looking at on the box! Snagged it up and took it to the counter and was rewarded with a VHS tape in a big ass plastic case. Took it home, popped it in my rusty VCR and this is what I saw:
Yeah. That just happened. A song called “Fall Break” (the original title to the movie btw) starts to play in the opening credits while the previously mentioned ‘dripping blood’ title card pops on the screen. And then the saxophones come in. That’s when an 11-year-old boy got worried, because he felt he was about to be a victim of the dreaded false advertising machine. Would there be a lot of mutilating by the hand of a hairy-knuckled guy with a meat hook? Would someone actually die by way of a sword, a pick, and an axe? And where the hell was the hot chick with the 80’s hair in the bikini?? Who cares….just watch this clip for the most exaggerated death scene ever by a boat motor:
So was the VHS cover for The Mutilator better than the actual movie? Let’s remember what dealing with here people: 80’s horror movies, which were being spit out onto video store shelves in spades every week. For every good one, there were five bad ones, but those bad ones all had their own redeeming qualities. And in the case of The Mutilator, there are some pretty sweet death scenes (the meat hook through the vagina was a winner) and of course the laughable, but enjoyable, dialogue and the horrible dark lighting. The verdict is in: The Mutilator is slightly better than it’s VHS cover. Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but you could spend 90 minutes in worse ways. And to reward you for sticking around, I’m giving you the closing credits too, which of course have the “Fall Break” song attached and some random outtakes. Because if any horror movie needs outtakes at the end, it’s one that has a meat hook going through a vagina.
I’m not even going to set this one up. Just know that this is the actual opening credit sequence to the 1985 slasher movie, The Mutilator:
Yes, those were some saxophone riffs you were hearing towards the end there. And yes, the title card from the movie really did have blood dripping from it while this shitty song started playing. I remember seeing The Mutilator when I was younger and could never get past this theme song. For those who care, the song is called “Fall Break”, and the movie was originally titled that, which makes more sense I guess. Doesn’t excuse the fact that the song belongs in a National Lampoon’s Vacation movie or a bad 80’s sitcom.
It boasts that 80’s cheesiness and charm to it’s credit, and even though this movie is not a light hearted comedy as the song would suggest, I still have a soft spot for the opening credits (and closing ones) because it punctuates just how ridiculous the 80’s were. Special shout out to the Senior Citizen Discount scene at the end by the way. I cherish this movie so much that I’ll be doing more posts on it in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! I suggest you groove to the sounds of “Fall Break” in the meantime……