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By Sword. By Pick. By Axe. Bye-Bye!

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 in 80's Horror, All Reviews, Hardcore Gore | 2 comments

The Mutilator (1985)


As a hardcore horror fanatic (I built a horror bar, what more evidence do you need?), I have seen far more horror movies than most people. Even the moderate horror fan hasn’t delved the murky depths of underground fright films the way I have. It takes a special kind of dementia to hunt down The Burning Moon and Killer Workout. My list of films I am still searching for is long and plentiful, filled with titles I remember seeing on the shelves of the family owned video stores of my youth as well as the strange curios I’ve read about on the web and within the pages of Rue Morgue.

The Mutilator is just such a flick. I remember the amazing hand-drawn cover with the hook-wielding maniac just as well as I remember the gloriously cheesy tag-line: by sword, by pick, by axe, bye-bye! Ah, the sordid memories of an 80’s child who mutated into a horrorhound.

I waited a long time for this one. It fell into obscurity before finally being put out in a limited DVD release. You won’t find this one for rent. I didn’t. My good friend and fellow bad movie aficionado Dr. Diesel hooked me up with it. For this, he is an honorary bartender here at the Tavern of Terror… or at the very least a regular, a Barney to my Moe.

Was The Mutilator worth years of salivating anticipation? Well, kind of.

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