November 19, 2011

Movie Review: Mutant Hunt

Some months ago I stumbled across a site dedicated to classic VHS cover art from the 1980s. There is something to be said about the frequently awesome and often misleading cover art. Quite frankly, I sort of miss those days of killer cover art disguising lovingly mad, yet totally inept B movies. Anyway, at the time I decided to take a look on Netflix and see if any of the movies whose art I saw could be found. Getting into movies at such a late date as I did caused me to miss a lot of these gems during the VHS glory days. Well, I found a few of them and tossed them right into my queue. I have finally gotten around to watching one and I think I'm in love.

Mutant Hunt is one of those movies that you know before you even start isn't going to be good. The thing is, once you start playing and find your initial suspicions confirmed you are already sucked into its web of awful and you cannot look away. This is the sort of bad movie that laps the dial, it goes all the way past the far end of bad, comes out the other side and somehow finds its way to awesome. Well, awesome for some. I still firmly believe it takes a certain type of the movie fan to like something like this. Fortunately for me, I am one of them.

As the movie opens we witness the activation of a new line of androids. They are worker drones but there is something more. The boss, a guy named Z, activates an alteration. Some of the things go nuts and beat other machines into a pile of scraps and then take off. Z then orders the doctors in charge to be detained. One of them, Darla, manages to get away. She heads out to find Matt Riker, a friendly mercenary, with a couple of androids on her tail.

Oh, who am I kidding, the story doesn't make a lot of sense. Z is feuding with Domina, they used to be business partners, I guess, and now they are fighting over some drug. It just so happens the drug is what is making those androids go crazy. Riker teams with a couple other mercenaries to fight the runaway bots who go around killing people.

I don't know what to say, but there is some wacky stuff in this movie. For example, Darla shoots her way into Riker's place when he doesn't answer the door, Riker fights the androids in his tighty whiteys, apparently the androids only get violent in 6 hour periods, and people never seem to go about anything with that much urgency.

I don't know why I am having problems thinking of what to say about this movie as it is one of those crazy B movies that just works for no particular reason. The best thing I can say about it is that there is some really nice make up work done as the androids deteriorate.

Mutant Hunt was written and directed by Tim Kincaid who apparently has made a career of bad science fiction and gay porn. I'll stick to bad science fiction, thank you. This is the sort of movie that you have to wonder what they were thinking when they made it. Do you think they new they were making a stinker? Or do you think they were just having too much fun making a movie that they didn't care? I am more apt to believe they were just having a good time.

In all seriousness, the wackiness that is on display here, the bad acting, the bad directing, the bad story, everything adds up to a movie that I feel I need to own. What a blast!


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