Blu-ray Review: MASKED MUTILATOR

MASKED MUTILATOR was directed by Jeff Beltzner (aka WWE and Stampede veteran Brick Bronsky) who also stars alongside Jeff Sibbach (WCWNWA), Doug ‘Flex’ Yasinsky (ECW)James DeBello, Jennifer Jones, Jim ‘Tank’ Dorsey, Paul Sutt and Glenn Hetrick. The movie was written by co-executive producer Ed Polgardy and executive producer Dale Schneck.

Outside The Squared Circle Waits The Ultimate Ring Of Hell! In 1994, a production team in Eastern Pennsylvania brought together a group of local pro wrestlers and young actors to make a horror-action film. A quarter of a century later, the movie was finally finished: After accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, a professional wrestler takes a job at a group home for youth offenders. But when a psychopath wearing a wrestling mask begins butchering the teenage residents, their rehabilitation will become a no-holds-barred battle for survival.

The Masked Mutilator is a professional wrestler who snaps and ends up killing his opponent in the middle of the ring. A few years later he’s running a group home for troubled teens and seems to have gotten his act together. What happens is, a new counselor is assigned to the home and the two men clash immediately because they have different ways of handling things and dishing out discipline. There’s already some clash of attitudes and personalities and with the addition of this new counselor it doesn’t take long for this hostile environment to get worse.

What happens is, there’s a killer on the loose and this mysterious figure is wearing the mask of the Masked Mutilator. The killer takes out the teens one by one in brutal fashion by choking them out as well as slicing and dicing a few of them up. The big question is, has the former wrestler snapped again and gone on a new murdering rampage or is there someone else wearing the mask and killing the kids? All of this took place back in 1994 but what ties it all together is a new interview with one of the survivors that takes place in present day who talks about this terrifying event that reveals who the killer actually is.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. This Intervision/Severin release comes in a black keepcase which helps it stand out from the others. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Masked Mutilator was directed by Bronsky and completed from the original 16mm footage stored in the Executive Producer’s basement for the past 25 years. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were really good. There’s a little grain in some of the scenes but I didn’t have any major issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Masked Mutilator ended up being a fun horror throwback that’s got pro-wrestlers in it as well as a masked killer so you’ve kind of got the best of both worlds here as far as this cheesefest goes. It also has this raw exploitation thing going on so there’s lots of nudity and plenty of blood and gore to boot. Speaking of blood and gore / special effects, I think a lot of people will recognize Paul Sutt and Glenn Hetrick from Syfy’s “Face Off” who actually plays one of the characters in the movie. I have to admit that the concept is interesting even though it’s completely unbelievable because who would let a person manage a group home after they had murdered someone? Crazy, right? The thing is, it kinda sorta works here for this movie. I guess the biggest flaw about Masked Mutilator is that some of the acting is pretty bad. It’s easily forgivable because it’s still an entertaining watch plus we get to see some pro wrestlers from WWE, Stampede, WCW, NWA and ECW act in a horror movie. They dusted off the old footage and shot a new wrap around for it and the end result is a pretty darn cool watch. It’s been 25 years in the making and Masked Mutilator will finally makes its Blu-ray debut on May 14th.

Distributor: Intervision / Severin Films

Run Time: 76 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, four new interviews, auditions and a special interview with the late, great “Mean” Gene.

  • Audio Commentary with Cast & Crew (Dale Schneck, Tom Taylor, Paul Sutt, Steve Mittman and Jim “The Tank” Dorsey)
  • You See Me Sweatin’? – Interview with Actor Tom Taylor (06:45)
  • Slice the Pretty Boy – Interview with Actor/FX Artist Paul Sutt (06:30)
  • Scissors, Tape & Paste – Interview with Co-Writer/Co-Executive Producer Ed Polgardy (07:34)
  • Don’t Believe That, Folks – Interview with Co-Writer/Executive Producer Dale Schneck (05:47)
  • Audition Tapes (05:07)
  • “Mean” Gene Okerlund Interviews Tom Taylor (03:03)
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3.5

One Comment

  1. Amanda DeLucia says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS MOVIE!

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