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|Directed by||John "Bud" Cardos|
|Produced by||Igo Kantor|
|Music by||Richard Band|
|Edited by||Michael J. Duthie|
|Distributed by||Film Ventures International|
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 releases.
Brothers Josh and Mike 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. When Mike goes missing, Josh has to team up with the sheriff 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 Edward L. Montoro, and this film's budget was one of the contributing factors to the downfall of Montoro's company, Film Ventures International.
The film was available on CED in the 1980s. The film 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. In the United Kingdom, a DVD was made available from Hollywood DVD. A second DVD was released in the UK from Boulevard Entertainamet on April 2, 2007. It has been released on a European region free bluray with no special features. In 2016 American company Code Red films released a limited edition restored 4K transfer of the film on bluray. Special features include an on-camera interview with actors Bo Hopkins and Lee Montgomery, an audio commentary with Lee Mongomery, Igo Kantor and director John Bud Cardos, and the original theatrical trailer.
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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