Alternate titles : Fall Break.

Tagline : "By Pick, By Axe, By Chainsaw...Bye Bye."

The MutilatorAnother early 80's horror to jump on the "Friday the 13th" bandwagon. A group of teenagers are wondering what to do with themselves during the school holidays, when one of them, Ed (Matt Mittler), gets a phone call from his estranged father, asking him to lock up his old beach house for the winter, as he's been taken ill.

Ed is initially reluctant, having never got on with his father, but his friends convince him to go saying they can make a week long party of it. Loading up with beer and supplies, they head on over to the beach hut, where they begin to prepare for some heavy drinking.

But as darkness falls, it seems the quiet coastal resort isn't as completely deserted as they thought. As one by one, they head out to explore deserted beaches, and end up meeting a rather grisly demise at the hands of some psychotic old man who's hiding underneath the house.

Not the best slasher film of it's time, the film has a particularly cheesy feel to it. Not least because of the hammy acting and corny intro music that gives it the misleading initial appearance of a teen comedy. A stark contrast to the exceptionally graphic killings that take place on screen, during the rest of the feature.

The gorier highlights include decapitation, impalement through the throat by garden fork, a machete's in the face, and one unfortunate girl getting a boat hook between the legs (though this was heavily truncated in earlier UK versions) as well as some person even getting an outboard propeller motor in the guts.

But, whilst this isn't exactly a masterpiece of horror cinema, as long as you love tacky 80's slasher B-movies, you should find this to be highly enjoyable popcorn fodder.

Overall Marks : 5/10.

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