The Mutations

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The Mutations
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Directed by Jack Cardiff
Produced by Robert D. Weinbach
Written by Edward Mann
Robert D. Weinbach
Starring Donald Pleasence
Tom Baker
Brad Harris
Julie Ege
Music by Basil Kirchin
Jack Nathan (uncredited)
Cinematography Paul Beeson
Edited by John Trumper
Production
  company
Cyclone
Getty Pictures Corp.
Distributed by Columbia-Warner (UK)
Columbia Pictures (US)
Release date(s) October 1974 (UK)
25 September 1974 (US)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Mutations is a low budget 1974 British science fiction/horror film directed by Jack Cardiff. The film was also released under the title, The Freakmaker.[1]

Plot[edit]

A deranged genetic scientist abducts college students as human guinea pigs that he uses in his experiments in crossbreeding plants with humans. The failed experimental mutants are then given to a cruel circus freakshow owner who exploits them to the fullest. However, the mutants and the circus freaks will not be denied justice.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The Mutations was filmed exclusively in England in Oakley Court,Windsor in Berkshire; Battersea, London; and in Pinewood Studios.[2]

While filming Tom Baker, who went by the stage name "Popeye" because of his uncanny ability to dislocate his eyes from their sockets, used to frequent a bar across the street between shooting scenes. During one such outing one of the waitresses made it clear through her attitude that she didn't approve of Baker, who is white, being friends with Ingram who is black. To get back at her, Ingram would pop Pop his eyes from their sockets when she passed their table, frightening her and when she tried to point it out to other waitresses and patrons he would then relocate his eyes back in their sockets and then he and Baker would pretend nothing happened. According to the film's producer and co-writer Robert D. Weinbach, the role for Professor Nolter was originally intended for famed horror actor Vincent Price, however due to difficulties with Price's agent the idea was abandoned.[3]

Release[edit]

The Mutations was released in the UK in October 1974 and in the U.S. on September 25, 1974. The film was also released under the alternate title The Freakmaker.[4]

Reception[edit]

  • The Radio Times wrote, "the discomfiting template may be that of Freaks (the party scene is a direct lift from Tod Browning's 1932 classic) but its prurient atmosphere is most definitely rooted in 1970s British sleaze." [5]
  • DVD Verdict wrote, "this is a disjointed and occasionally uninspired experience that has moments of brilliance and equally aggravating segments of outright idiocy." [6]
  • British Horror Films wrote, "it's a cross between every mad doctor film you've ever seen, and Tod Browning's Freaks, yet without that film's subtlety and pathos." [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Mutations (1973) | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  2. ^ "The Mutations (1974) - Filming Locations". IMDb.com. IMDb.com. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Mutations (1974) - Trivia". IMDb.com. IMDb.com. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Mutations (1974) - Release Info". IMDb.com. IMDb.com. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Mutations | Film review and movie reviews". Radio Times. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  6. ^ "DVD Verdict Review - The Freakmaker". Dvdverdict.com. 2005-10-27. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  7. ^ "The Mutations | 1972". Britishhorrorfilms.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 

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