The Mutilator (1985)

R | 86 mins | Horror | 27 September 1985

Director:

Buddy Cooper

Writer:

Buddy Cooper

Producer:

Buddy Cooper

Cinematographer:

Peter Schnall

Editor:

Stephen Mack

Production Company:

OK Productions
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HISTORY

End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Special Thanks to: Oceanana Resort, Atlantic Beach Police Dept., Town of Atlantic Beach, N.C., Morehead City Police Dept., E.J.W. Bicycle Shop, Gary S. Walters, B.P.O. Elks 1710, Ottis’ Fish Market, Mack McBride, Marie Courie, George and Charlotte Sutton, Fort Macon Mini Market, Webb Memorial Library, Harbor View Nursing Home, Iri Wentz, M.D., John Knelson, M.D., Darryl Case, Kay Case, Harold’s Restaurant, Glenn Harnden, Henry’s Tackle, Carteret County F.C.X., Barfield Electric, Porthole Gift Shop, Davis Fish Company, W.S. Weddle, Jack Wheatherford, Wilson Cover Company, Inc., Oceanana Fishing Pier.”
       Opening credits list the co-director's name as John Douglass. In the end credits his name appears as John S. Douglass.
       According to the 10 Sep 1984 DV, which misspelled the title as Mutilater, the picture was filmed in North Carolina in 1983, under the title Fall Break.
       The 4 Oct 1984 DV reported that first-time director Buddy Cooper, a North Carolina attorney, used $150,000 of his own funds, with the addition of a bank loan, to produce the film and estimated the total budget between $750,000 to $1 million. Locations included Atlantic Beach, N.C. and Morehead City, ... More Less

End credits include the following acknowledgements: “Special Thanks to: Oceanana Resort, Atlantic Beach Police Dept., Town of Atlantic Beach, N.C., Morehead City Police Dept., E.J.W. Bicycle Shop, Gary S. Walters, B.P.O. Elks 1710, Ottis’ Fish Market, Mack McBride, Marie Courie, George and Charlotte Sutton, Fort Macon Mini Market, Webb Memorial Library, Harbor View Nursing Home, Iri Wentz, M.D., John Knelson, M.D., Darryl Case, Kay Case, Harold’s Restaurant, Glenn Harnden, Henry’s Tackle, Carteret County F.C.X., Barfield Electric, Porthole Gift Shop, Davis Fish Company, W.S. Weddle, Jack Wheatherford, Wilson Cover Company, Inc., Oceanana Fishing Pier.”
       Opening credits list the co-director's name as John Douglass. In the end credits his name appears as John S. Douglass.
       According to the 10 Sep 1984 DV, which misspelled the title as Mutilater, the picture was filmed in North Carolina in 1983, under the title Fall Break.
       The 4 Oct 1984 DV reported that first-time director Buddy Cooper, a North Carolina attorney, used $150,000 of his own funds, with the addition of a bank loan, to produce the film and estimated the total budget between $750,000 to $1 million. Locations included Atlantic Beach, N.C. and Morehead City, N.C. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
10 Sep 1984.
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Daily Variety
4 Oct 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 1985
p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
1 Oct 1985
p. 4.
Variety
9 Jan 1985
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
OK Productions presents
A Buddy Cooper Movie
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Co-dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Prod mgr
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Gaffer
Key grip
Best boy
Elec asst
Still photog
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop mistress
Props asst
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Ward asst
MUSIC
"Fall Break" theme rec at
Assoc prod "Fall Break" theme
Octave Plateau Voyetra 8 programmed by
SOUND
Loc sd rec
Boom op
Sd asst
Asst sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Main title artwork
Opticals
MAKEUP
Spec makeup eff
Spec makeup eff
Asst spec makeup eff
Makeup supv
Makeup supv
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Script cont
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Post prod asst
Post prod asst
Caterer
Caterer
Prod secy
Asst prod secy
Post prod facility
Ed intern
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunt driver
COLOR PERSONNEL
Negative process by
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Fall Break,” theme written by Michael Minard and Arthur Resnick, copyright 1983 OK Productions
“Fall Break,” theme performed by Peter Yellen and “The Breakers’”: Sanchie Borrow, Buddy Cooper, Marty Fogel, Anthony Franklin, John Hill, Matthew Hill, Gregg Hollister, Gary Solomon, Abe Speller, Neil Whitford.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Fall Break
Release Date:
27 September 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 27 September 1985
Production Date:
filmed in 1983
Copyright Claimant:
OK Productions
Copyright Date:
2 February 1984
Copyright Number:
PA213307
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
86
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A boy named Ed accidentally kills his mother when he fires his father’s rifle in the house. His father, Big Ed, arrives home immediately after the incident, sees his dead wife, and slaps his son in the face. Big Ed drags his wife’s body into his office, and pours himself a drink. Years later, Ed and his college friends discuss how to spend their fall break. Ed receives a telephone call from his estranged father, asking him to close up his beach condominium for the winter. Ed’s friends, Pam, Ralph, Sue, Mike, and Linda, decide to join him and make it a vacation. Arriving at the condominium on a deserted North Carolina island, Ed shows his friends his father’s taxidermy, and regales them with stories of Big Ed’s hunting and fishing expeditions. When Ed notices a missing battle axe from its spot on the wall, his friends encourage him to report a break-in to police, but Ed believes his father must have moved it. Big Ed hides in the garage, cradles the battle axe, and dreams of using it to murder his son as a boy. Big Ed spies on the amorous young couples, ready to attack. That night, Mike and Linda walk on the beach and go skinny-dipping at an indoor pool. As Mike swims underwater, Linda is drowned by Big Ed. He carries her body out of the pool without Mike seeing, and steals Mike’s clothes. Mike emerges from the water and follows the trail of clothing to a work shed. Big Ed attacks and kills him with a chainsaw. The other ... +


A boy named Ed accidentally kills his mother when he fires his father’s rifle in the house. His father, Big Ed, arrives home immediately after the incident, sees his dead wife, and slaps his son in the face. Big Ed drags his wife’s body into his office, and pours himself a drink. Years later, Ed and his college friends discuss how to spend their fall break. Ed receives a telephone call from his estranged father, asking him to close up his beach condominium for the winter. Ed’s friends, Pam, Ralph, Sue, Mike, and Linda, decide to join him and make it a vacation. Arriving at the condominium on a deserted North Carolina island, Ed shows his friends his father’s taxidermy, and regales them with stories of Big Ed’s hunting and fishing expeditions. When Ed notices a missing battle axe from its spot on the wall, his friends encourage him to report a break-in to police, but Ed believes his father must have moved it. Big Ed hides in the garage, cradles the battle axe, and dreams of using it to murder his son as a boy. Big Ed spies on the amorous young couples, ready to attack. That night, Mike and Linda walk on the beach and go skinny-dipping at an indoor pool. As Mike swims underwater, Linda is drowned by Big Ed. He carries her body out of the pool without Mike seeing, and steals Mike’s clothes. Mike emerges from the water and follows the trail of clothing to a work shed. Big Ed attacks and kills him with a chainsaw. The other couples head out to join Mike and Linda on the beach. Big Ed decapitates a local police officer patrolling the area. When the other teenagers fail to find Mike and Linda, they return to the beach condo and play “blind man’s bluff.” As the friends search for each other, Big Ed stalks them. The game ends, and the two couples retreat to their bedrooms. Sue worries about Mark and Linda, but Ralph thinks they are off enjoying some “alone time.” Ralph takes a last look for them before locking the doors for the night, and is murdered with a pitchfork by Big Ed. Sue goes outside to search for Ralph, and returns to tell Pam and Ed he is missing. Pam insists they all leave immediately. However, Sue pleads to search a bit more, and when she is alone, Big Ed murders her. In the garage, Pam and Ed discover the murdered bodies of their friends, and hide when they see a man approaching in the dark. Ed fights the man, unaware it is his father, and is knocked unconscious. Big Ed ties up his son and prepares to murder him with the battle axe. Pam comes out of hiding and fights him. However, Big Ed swings the axe and cuts Ed’s leg. Pam stabs Big Ed with a knife, and he collapses. She helps the injured Ed walk to their car, but it will not start. Big Ed attacks again, swinging the axe through the car roof. As Big Ed strangles his son, Pam burns his hand with the car cigarette lighter, forcing him to release his grip. The car finally starts as police arrive, but Big Ed continues his attack. Pam pins Big Ed against a wall. For the first time, Ed sees the killer’s face, and realizes it is his father. Big Ed makes a last violent attack, and cuts off the leg of an approaching officer. Then Big Ed dies from his injuries. Sometime later, Ed and Pam recuperate from the ordeal in a hospital. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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