Students have been going missing from the local college, and the one person who knows what's happened to them is Dr. Noller, a rogue biologist. Not satisfied with the pace of natural selection in driving evolution, Noller wants to push things further by creating his own genetically engineered creations. Having already created some amazing specimins by mixing the DNA of plants and animals, the doctor has now set his sights higher, and want to work on modifying humans, as well.
Also Known As: The Freakmaker
This film might be okay for weirdos
How on earth have I never seen this film before? I watched it tonight 'cause there was nothing else on Cable (again) - lucky me!
It started with some time-lapse film of plant-life and looked like a programme from the Open University - but then the soundtrack signalled something strange was happening...
"Mutations" owes a lot to Tod Browning's "Freaks" but offers loads more: some nice 70's nudity; plants that eat live rabbits (why not pet food?); dialogue that mentions "cloning dinosaurs"; a soundtrack that judders from spaced-out, slowed-down, phased bass to free form jazz. This is a minestrone of madness with some nice inconsitencies in the plot. Great!
Tom Baker was obviously heavily influenced by his role in this film and took most of the wardrobe with him for Dr Who!
Real Horrorshow and Geuine Freakshow
Originally titled THE MUTATIONS, which is a much better and far more logical fit since THE FREAKMAKER Donald Pleasence, a college professor/scientist, is only important and formidable during the first half...
After which, as the mad scientist ordered, the rest of this shockingly entertaining exploitation horror features real freaks working under Doc Pleasence and future Doctor Who Tom Baker, made up as "The Ugliest Man in the World" and stalking the college town with enough clothes to cover up his mangled puss...
But the draw are the beautiful ladies including first victim Olga Anthony and 1960's child-to-teen starlet Jill Haworth: the latter whose boyfriend is doomed to freakhood being such a non-believer in their professor's lectures about how plants are animals and one day can be human replacements: a theory he and his henchmen are putting into practice...
But Norway beauty Julie Ege is our primary scream queen, who, along with her own stalwart boyfriend, winds up under Pleasence's laboratory knife. Yet the best scenes have the victims stalked in the usual horror fashion, but not killed, which is the purpose all along... here the hunt is only the beginning.
frightful disturbing b-movie
OK i seen the mutations when i was younger at a movie theater in;Paterson new jersey and to this day i cant remember the co-feature. but it scared the hell out of me.its a basic mad scientist story,with a brilliant but unbalanced Dr played by the late great;Donald Pleasence who went on to play Dr loomis in the Halloween movie series(1978 to 1989)creating mutations from plants.i know very weird.it all takes place in england,much to the distaste of fellow scientist from America played by Brad Harris.he gets his subjects from a deformed man played by;Tom Baker(who played Dr who in the 70's)this guy is so gruesome he would give Frankensteins monster the willies.anyway lynch(tom baker)is co-owner of a traveling carnival.the main owner is a kindly dwarf played by Micheal Dunn,who does'nt approve of the Dr's intentions.and like the earlier movie;freaks this movie features real human oddities. the one that gave me nightmares was a guy called pop eye,i don't need to say what he does.also starring in this movie is Julie Ege and Jill Haworth.the mutations has been released to video under the title;the freak-maker.its not as good as Tod brownings freaks,but it is very unsettling.i re watched this recently and found it very entertaining but it no longer gives me nightmares.all i can say is its still a very good film,with a great cast.and Donald Pleasence played the best mad doctors.I'm giving mutations(aka;freak-maker)8 out of 10.