Film: The Mutilator

So far, it outdoes Three on a Meathook.

He stands supreme!

The Mutilator is a 1985 Slasher Movie.

As a child, young Ed, Jr. accidentally kills his mother while goofing around with his dad's shotgun (on the patriarch's birthday, no less). Big Ed nonverbally threatens to use the weapon on his child, who runs off.

Years later, the boy and his friends have nothing to do while on break from school, but Big Ed calls to ask his son for a favor; apparently his beach condo needs cleaning out and Ed Jr. is just the man for the job. So Ed takes his pals off to the house. When they get there, Ed's dad is nowhere to be found. Neither is his battle axe.

Uh-oh.


This movie contains examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Along with Ed shooting his mother, it's mentioned Big Ed once ran over a swimmer with a skiboat.
  • An Arm and a Leg: A police officer who inspects Big Ed's halved body gets his legs chopped off by the still-living maniac.
  • Better Manhandle the Murder Weapon: After discovering his son's accidental matricide, Big Ed threatens him with the gun he used, then drags his wife's corpse into the sitting room.
  • Car Fu: Big Ed's death.
  • Chainsaw Good: Mike gets disemboweled with an outboard motor... it's close enough to a motorized saw to count.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Everything that appears in the first half that could be potentially used as a weapon, is used as a weapon.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Mike, as he's being gutted.
  • Coup de Grāce: After hooking Sue in the groin, Big Ed chops her head off with his axe.
  • Covers Always Lie: There are no blond women, and no one is hung from pegs while still alive.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: The police officer gets beheaded while looking around the condo, Ralph dies looking for Mike and Linda, and Sue dies looking for him.
  • Daylight Horror: Ed's mother getting shot.
  • Determinator: Big Ed gets battered, has a sharp tool thrown into his head, gets knifed in the chest, and knocked around with a car, and even after being crushed in half he still manages to summon the strength to slice a man's legs off before finally expiring.
  • Fade to Black: After the opening.
  • Fanservice: Mike and Linda skinny dipping.
  • Final Girl: Pam, although Ed also survives.
  • Flipping the Bird: Done to Ralph, by Pam.
  • Freudian Excuse: Big Ed fell into an alcoholic depression after the death of his wife, and developed a deep-seated hatred of his son, which reached a boiling point by the events of the film.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: After drowning Linda and taking her out of the pool, Big Ed takes her and Mike's clothes, and leaves a trail using them.
  • Great White Hunter: "Well, he likes to come down with his drinking buddies, and they swap lies about the good old days about when they were great white hunters and macho men."
  • Groin Attack: Sue gets a gaffing hook up the vagina, and out the stomach.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: While Big Ed is clinging to the back of the car, Pam reverses it and slams him into a wall with enough force to halve him at the waist.
  • Knee Capping: When Ed tries to stop his father from attacking Pam, Big Ed responds by stabbing him the leg.
  • Meaningful Background Event: In the car, as Pam is helping Ed make a tourniquet for his leg, you can see Big Ed get up and start moving towards them through the windshield.
  • Monopoly: The bored main characters play it.
  • Tentative Light: At the pool.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: "I've got a bad feeling about this..."
  • Traumatic C-Section: Ed tells his friends about how his father once caught a shark and slit it open, causing a dozen or so baby sharks to come flopping out.
  • Trophy Room: Big Ed's is filled with animals, weapons, random stuff he's picked up, and pictures (including one of a swimmer he accidentally hit... the first sign of his instability).
  • Undercrank: Used when Ralph rushes out of the bedroom to look for Mike and Linda, after Pam promises him she has "something" to show him when he gets back.