Masked Mutilator Retro Slasher Ressurects

Masked Mutilator Film Details DecayMag.com Masked Mutilator

Writers: Dale SchneckEd Polgardy

Synopsis:

When he is banned for supposedly killing his opponent in the ring, a former pro wrestler takes a job as a tough love house parent in a group home for juveniles.  What he doesn’t know about his challenging position in the home is that former teen residents had committed a brutal rape about 15 years earlier, nd that ultimately contributes to the arrival of a college intern joining his staff.  Rumors and fists fly while residents suspiciously disappear.

 

Overview:

Masked Mutilator Wrestles With Editing, Nears Completion

Masked Mutilator on Indiegogo! Seeks Crowdfunding to Complete Film

Overview:

Masked Mutilator is not a film, but a remnant forgotten in time. The measures this composition expresses have absence contemporary visual criterion. To appreciate this throwback, slasher the observer must take into application the character of classic horror films. This familiarity and appreciation are best gained by living through the era rather than examining selections.

Masked Mutilator if published in the proposed year would have had a significant impact. The 80’s was a period ripe with mixed inventions and unique antagonists. One may say the 80’s was the developing stage for the slasher genre.

Below is our evaluation of Masked Mutilator. Assessing the production value became a challenge. Stripped away was the analytical mindset on modern horror concepts.

DecayMag.com Masked Mutilator

Pros:

The theme becomes an interesting component for this film. Take into consideration the period, many films paralleled one another in expressions of architecture and production. With Masked Mutilator the backdrop and characters don’t feel tossed in at random. The slate of roles although cliche in a certain structure was not the standard. With the environment, absent was any design of the cabin in the woods situation. These elements had definition while maintaining the classic slasher formula.

Standing out from the composition is the design for the antagonist. The psychotic killer archetype took many forms back in the 80’s. In Masked Mutilator watching the backstory of an ex pro-wrestler unfold as a serial killer was amusing. This is a character concept untraversed. If restructured with a contemporary flair, the film would resonate well with today’s great pro-wrestling fan base.

The performances were satisfactory. Each actor remained on the fence between conveying proper techniques and/or feeling inept. This stylistic technique to acting was commonplace during this period. Some members of the audience would perceive this feature to be inferior in correlation with today’s criteria. Some indie Horror films both modern and vintage fail with the casting. In Masked Mutilator there was an interesting chemistry between selected characters.

The film has originality while remaining in every common perspective of the slasher genre. While the film offers stability in specific areas, the production does not redefine style and approach.

DecayMag.com Masked Mutilator

Cons:

The kills remained suppressed even by retro horror film standards. Each victim succumbed to a similar uncreative demise. Slasher films have two main components; the adversary and kill scenes. Masked Mutilator scores one out of one in these aspects. It would have been nice if the film had more spectacles of carnage. In a related topic, the practical effects also lacked influence. With exception of one incident suggesting a dismemberment prosthetics and makeup were minimal.

The film does little to push the envelope with gore content. Paul Sutt and Glenn Hetrick got their first opportunity in practical effects with Masked Mutilator. As a launch pad, the film does not permit ample stage to show their abilities. Fast forward to the present and the horror community knows of the successes Sutt and Hetrick have achieved.

Masked Mutilator has a straightforward means with stage and communication shifts. The camera work expressed a basic degree and lacked creative forms. In most cases, the views were too dark to distinguish the performance sequences. This could be a result of the deterioration of the film itself. These powerful moments had limited value with the inadequacy of proper lighting.

DecayMag.com Masked Mutilator

In conclusion:

Masked Mutilator scores as a contemporary retro hybrid. The added scenes carried out well to elaborate on a probable sequel. The original footage grafted as a flashback sequence and this worked out well. Yet, placing a podcast scene as a tie-in wasn’t convincing. It is a misfortune Masked Mutilator did not release in the period aimed for. With the action sequences and unique antagonist, the film would have averaged well in the emerging slasher landscape.

The film will receive mixed reviews. There are those in the community that have an aesthetic sense for vintage Horror films. On the opposite side of the coin, there are those that are unfamiliar with classic slashers. Before critiquing, it should be the account that Masked Mutilator is not retro-inspired it is retro.

While the film lacks in certain production aspects its value on the slasher genre is commendable.

Click for information on rating metric: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Cinematography
50 %
Performances
60 %
Originality / Redefining
60 %
Plot
70 %
Practical Effects
40 %
Scare Factor
5 %
Score
5 %
Special Effects
5 %
Viewing Experience
70 %
SHARE
Previous articleAlien Reign of Man, Substandard Sci-Fi Invades VOD
Next articleDecayMag Podcast: Interviews Megan Freels Johnston, Stewart Sparke

Ken Artuz is Co-Owner of Meca Ex Studios LLC. Artuz is a New York City Based Photographer with proficiency in Photoshop. His digital artwork was featured in exhibitions SOHO, NYC, twice.

Artuz is a graduate of The Institute of Audio Research where he earned his degree in Audio Engineering and Record Production. He also earned certification in Television Production and Field Recording at Lehman College. For Horror Artuz Favors French Extremism and Indie productions. He is a novelist, and screenwriter listens to EBM, Industrial & Witch house and is an avid MMA sports fan.

Ken Artuz will create a media empire built on the DecayMag Brand.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here