Mutant (film)

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Original poster designed by Design Projects, Inc.
Directed by John "Bud" Cardos
Produced by Igo Kantor
Dick Clark
Written by Story:
Michael Jones
John C. Kruize
Michael Jones
John C. Kruize
Peter Z. Orton
Starring Wings Hauser
Bo Hopkins
Jody Medford
Lee Montgomery
Marc Clement
Cary Guffey
Jennifer Warren
Music by Richard Band
Cinematography Alfred Taylor
Edited by Michael J. Duthie
Distributed by Film Ventures International
Release date(s) August 1984 (USA)
Running time 99 min.
Language English
Budget Unknown
Box office Unknown

Mutant is a 1984 horror film. It was initially released to theaters as Night Shadows, but it premiered on video with the Mutant title, which it has retained for all subsequent VHS and DVD releases.


Two brothers Josh (Wings Hauser) and Mike (Lee Montgomery), are run off the road by local rednecks and forced to spend the night in a small town whose inhabitants are suffering from a mysterious disease. Mike goes missing and so Josh has to team-up with the Sheriff (Bo Hopkins) to defeat the mutating townsfolk.



The film was directed by John "Bud" Cardos. Mark Rosman was originally hired to direct, but was replaced by Cardos early in the production after the studio objected to the way he was shooting the film. Mutant was a production of the notorious Edward L. Montoro, and this film's budget was one of the contributing factors to the downfall of Montoro's company, Film Ventures International. Dick Clark served as an uncredited producer as well. The film was later followed by an unofficial sequel in 1987 titled Alien Predator and was semi-remade as Nightmare at Noon in 1988 which also starred Wings Hauser and Bo Hopkins.

Home media[edit]

The film now appears to be in the public domain, and is available on DVD from several different distributors. DVDs released by both Elite Entertainment and Genius Products, under license from Liberation Entertainment, each show the film in widescreen.


The film score by Richard Band was released by Perseverance Records on April 28, 2008. It is an expanded release of the original score album, released by Intrada Records in 1993 (previously available as an LP for Varèse Sarabande). The score, performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, has been highly acclaimed over the years for its massive size, often lyrical scope and a surprisingly melodic nature.

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