The Mutations

The Mutations

Jack Cardiff (1973)

88min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Frankenstein meets Freaks in veteran cinematographer-turned-director Jack Cardiff's mind-boggling mad scientist extravaganza, which triumphantly embraces bad taste to provide queasy frissons rarely witnessed in British horror. Demented biologist Donald Pleasence (in one of his few latter-day roles not leavened with over-acted irony) crosses humans with plants and sends his gruesome failures to Michael Dunn, a dwarf who runs a circus sideshow. His most successful hybrid is a man-sized Venus fly trap (Scott Antony) who ingests a tramp before traumatising perennial Brit-screamer Jill Haworth and former Miss Norway Julie Ege. Mixing genuinely deformed performers with made-up actors, the discomfiting template may be that of Freaks (the party scene is a direct lift from Tod Browning's 1932 classic) but its prurient atmosphere is most definitely rooted in 1970s British sleaze.

Summary

A mad professor subjects his college students to bizarre experiments which result in human-plant hybrids. Horror, starring Donald Pleasence, Tom Baker, Brad Harris and Julie Ege.

Cast & Crew

Dr Nolter Donald Pleasence
Lynch Tom Baker
Brian Brad Harris
Hedi Julie Ege
Burns Michael Dunn
Tony Scott Antony
Lauren Jill Haworth
Director Jack Cardiff
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video
Drama