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The Mutilator (1985)
by Jeremy Wheeler review

Sure, there is little to nothing as far as plot goes that separates this slice-'em and dice-'em entry from the endless amounts of other slashers out there, but when you're dealing with pure gore levels, The Mutilator is one bloody flick that does not disappoint! Fans of the red stuff beware -- this gem might put you in a coma. With effects echoing early Tom Savini, the killings in The Mutilator are not only gratuitous, but sickeningly ingenious in that blood red sort of way. It hearkens back to a time when the real stars of horror cinema were the effects, with each kill representing a new creative challenge for the makeup maestros. Yes, the acting is horrible and no, it does nothing to further the genre, but those should be the last reasons to catch this flick. See it for the boat motor blood spray scene, or the should-be-infamous fish hook scene -- a truly vile and gruesome moment that needs to be seen to be believed. In the long line of '80s slashers, somehow The Mutilator got left in the dust, which is a shame because it really delivers where others wimp out. Helped out by a truly unnerving and eerie score by Michael Minard, this is one to hunt down and be shared by like-minded horror nuts. Be sure and seek out the unrated version too, as it's really the only way to see this malicious and insane little flick.