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[[caption-width-right:300: [- So far, it outdoes ''Three on a Meathook''.-] ]]

-> ''"He stands supreme!"''

''The Mutilator'' is a 1985 SlasherMovie.

As a child, young Ed, Jr. accidentally kills his mother [[ArtisticLicenseGunSafety 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 [[AnAxeToGrind battle axe]].

[[OhCrap Uh-oh.]]

!!This movie contains examples of:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Big Ed's axe. He manages to chop off the leg of a police officer with it, AFTER BEING LITERALLY CUT IN HALF AT THE WAIST WITH HIS SEVERED UPPER BODY LYING ON THE GROUND. Anyone who knows anything about the human body and leverage knows only this trope and [[MadeOfPlasticine another one]] allows something like that.
* AccidentalMurder: Along with Ed shooting his mother, it's mentioned Big Ed once ran over a swimmer with a skiboat.
* TheAlcoholic: Big Ed.
* AMinorKidroduction
* AnArmAndALeg: A police officer who inspects Big Ed's halved body gets his legs chopped off by the still-living maniac.
* AnAxeToGrind
* AxCrazy: Big Ed. So axe crazy he dreams about murdering his own son, and then tries to make it a reality. Bonus points for carrying around an actual axe most of the film.
* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: 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.
* BigNo
* BloodFromTheMouth: Ralph's death.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Pam, after stabbing Big Ed.
* CarpetOfVirility: Ed and Ralph.
* CarFu: Big Ed's death.
* ChainsawGood: Mike gets disemboweled with an outboard motor... it's close enough to a motorized saw to count.
* ChekhovsGun: Everything that appears in the first half that could be potentially used as a weapon, is used as a weapon.
* ChewingTheScenery: Mike, as he's being gutted.
* CoolShades
* CoupDeGrace: After hooking Sue in the groin, Big Ed chops her head off with his axe.
* CoversAlwaysLie: There are no blond women, and no one is hung from pegs while still alive.
* CreepyBasement
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: What's worse than being impaled with a giant gaff hook? [[spoiler: Being impaled through the vagina and out the stomach with it.]]
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: The police officer gets beheaded while looking around the condo, Ralph dies looking for Mike and Linda, and Sue dies looking for him.
* DaylightHorror: Ed's mother getting shot.
* DeathByMocking: Ralph.
* {{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.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters
* DieLaughing: Big Ed.
** EvilLaugh
* FadeToBlack: After the opening.
* FanService: Mike and Linda skinny dipping.
* FinalGirl: Pam, although Ed also survives.
* FlippingTheBird: Done to Ralph, by Pam.
* FreudianExcuse: 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.
* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: After drowning Linda and taking her out of the pool, Big Ed takes her and Mike's clothes, and leaves a trail using them.
* {{Gorn}}
* GreatWhiteHunter: "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."
* GroinAttack: Sue gets a gaffing hook up the vagina, and out the stomach.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: 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.
* HooksAndCrooks
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday: Big Ed's wife is killed on his birthday, while the rest of the film takes place during fall break, which is presumably close to UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: "Dad used to tell me that he'd hunted everything... [[{{Foreshadowing}} but man]]."
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: "Well, maybe you should go and try and find them, at least make sure they're all right? And, uh, I got something to show you when you get back..."
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: The gun cabinet is left unlocked with a child in the house, and the guns inside it are apparently all loaded.
* ImpromptuTracheotomy: Ralph's death.
* ImprovisedWeapon: After Big Ed stabs a hole through the car roof and starts strangling Ed through it, Pam burns his hand with the cigarette lighter.
* IndulgentFantasySegue: Big Ed daydreams about strangling, shooting and slitting the throat of Young Ed.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: After his wife is killed, Big Ed has a bit of gut-rot... and then shares it with the woman's corpse.
* InSeriesNickname: Big Ed.
* InstantDeathBullet: The mother's death.
* IronicNurseryTune: "Happy Birthday to You".
* KneeCapping: When Ed tries to stop his father from attacking Pam, Big Ed responds by stabbing him the leg.
* LingerieScene: Sue.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: 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.
* MenacingStroll
* TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}: The bored main characters play it.
* MurdererPOV
* MyCarHatesMe
* NeckLift: Done to Young Ed (in a fantasy of Big Ed's) and Sue.
* NightSwimEqualsDeath: Mike and Linda's deaths.
* OffingTheOffspring
* OffWithHisHead: The police officer and Sue's deaths.
* OnceIsNotEnough
* {{Overcrank}}: Used when Linda is being drowned.
* OverTheShoulderCarry: Done with Linda's body.
* ParlorGames: Blind Man's Bluff, but with alcohol.
* PeekABooCorpse: Ed and Pam find Sue lying on a workbench, and when they approach, her head falls off. And upon opening a door a couple seconds later, the two discover the rest of those killed by Big Ed.
* PoliceAreUseless: "Besides, there are no cops." Well, there's one patrolling the beach, but he is gotten rid without too much trouble.
* PoolScene
* {{Recut}}
* RedShirt: The beach patrolman.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: Sue's death.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Though the matricide was accidental, while the patricide was in self-defense.
* ShirtlessScene: Mike and Ralph.
* SkinnyDipping: Mike and Linda.
* SlashedThroat: Done to Young Ed, in a fantasy of Big Ed's.
* SpikesOfDoom: After killing Linda, Mike, and the officer, Big Ed sticks their heads on large spikes jutting out of the wall of his CreepyBasement.
* StealthHiBye: In regards to the police officer:
--> '''Ralph:''' "[[LampshadeHanging Say, how do you think he can sneak up on somebody wearing all that hardware?]]"
--> '''Pam:''' "[[{{Handwave}} Practice?]]"
* SweaterGirl: Pam and Sue.
* TentativeLight: At the pool.
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: "I've got a bad feeling about this..."
* TraumaticCSection: 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.
* TrophyRoom: 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.
* VaderBreath
* VideoCredits
* TheVoiceless: Big Ed.
* WeaponOfChoice: An axe.
* WhyAreWeWhispering: "Why am I whispering? There's absolutely no one on this island but us."