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Mutant Blast Movie Review

Written by Joel Harley

Released by Troma Entertainment

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Written and directed by Fernando Alle
2019, 83 minutes, Not Yet Rated
FrightFest UK premiere on 23rd August 2019

Starring:
Pedro Barão Dias as Pedro
Maria Liete as Maria
Joaquim Guerreiro as TS-347
Sofia Reis as Neighbor

Review:

A soldier and a slacker team up to battle a rogue military cell amidst the chaos of a zombie (and nuclear!) apocalypse. Bloodthirsty zombies aren’t the only thing humanity has to contend with though – at the same time, what life remains on Earth is mutating mankind into mutantkind. And it isn’t pretty. Well, what did you expect from the studio that brought us The Toxic Avenger?

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It’s easy to see what attracted Troma to this one, a low-budget sci-fi horror comedy with intense levels of gore and gross-out comedy. Like last year’s cult breakout One Cut of the Dead, one might struggle to stick with the story at first, through the messy setup and overdone zombie virus breakout. There’s only so many times one can watch the world fall to the masses of a zombie army, and I was almost done with Mutant Blast by the half hour mark. But then the mutants arrive on the scene, and that’s where the film truly begins to shine.

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If you thought that the likes of Turbo Kid was too clean-cut and professional-looking; if you’ve found yourself watching the Syfy channel, thinking “no, this is all too Hollywood for my liking”, then Mutant Blast is the film for you. Featuring prosthetics that look like something out of an episode of 1970s – 80s Doctor Who crossed with The Mighty Boosh, it’s an impressive showcase of gung-ho balls-to-the-wall filmmaking. At times, it makes Citizen Toxie look like one of The Avengers.

Once all this kicks into place and the film starts having fun with itself, Mutant Blast is a joy to behold. Terrible as its mutants may look (like the sewers of Futurama come to life), none of this is to be taken seriously, and writer and director Fernando Alle knows it. This isn’t so-bad-it’s-good, this is so-bad-it’s-still-bad-but-good-anyway. That he pulls it off without constantly winking at the audience is appreciated too.

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That said, Mutant Blast is still technically a ‘bad’ film, and not everyone will be on board with its brand of splatstick super-violence, dumb humour and ridiculous rubber costumes. Which is shame, as those detractors will likely miss the sheer creativity at play here, or the way the script shines even as the heads explode and guts disintegrate. Any world in which the dead have upped and started walking around tends to be one full of cliché and morose introspection these days – not so Mutant Blast, which adds more than just mutants to the formula. This is Troma’s most exciting, original acquisition since The Taint, and one that’s almost as bloody, to boot. I’m sorry, but it really is a blast.

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About The Author
Joel Harley 02
Staff Writer
Haribo fiend, Nicolas Cage scholar and frequently functioning alcoholic. These are just some of the words which can be used to describe Joel Harley. The rest, he uses to write film criticism for Horror DNA and a variety of websites and magazines. Sometimes he manages to do so without swearing.
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