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Original poster designed by Design Projects, Inc.
|Directed by||John "Bud" Cardos|
|Produced by||Igo Kantor
John C. Kruize
John C. Kruize
Peter Z. Orton
|Music by||Richard Band|
|Edited by||Michael J. Duthie|
|Distributed by||Film Ventures International|
|Release date(s)||August 1984 (USA)|
|Running time||99 min.|
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.
- Wings Hauser as Josh Cameron
- Bo Hopkins as Sheriff Will Stewart
- Jody Medford as Holly Pierce
- Lee Montgomery as Mike Cameron
- Marc Clement as Albert Hogue
- Cary Guffey as Billy
- Jennifer Warren as Dr. Myra Tate
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.
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.