Decades of Horror 1970s Episode 68 â€“Â The MutationsÂ (1974)Learning that Vincent Price was the first actor cast as Professor Nolter in JackCardiff’s The Mutations puts a lot of that role into perspective. WithÂ DonaldÂ Pleasence (Halloween) settling intoÂ theÂ part inÂ Price’s placeÂ leavesÂ all the necessaryÂ scene chewingÂ off the cuff. But, hey, weÂ stillÂ loveÂ as muchÂ DonaldÂ PleasenceÂ asÂ we can get. TheÂ fan-favorite fourthÂ Doctor, TomÂ Baker (The Vault of Horror, Doctor Who) playsÂ Lynch, Nolter’s “henchmen” whoÂ continuallyÂ gathersÂ the madÂ scientistÂ victims forÂ his evil experiments…allÂ in hopes that theÂ good doctor will cure himÂ ofÂ his deformities. In a subplot. LynchÂ isÂ alsoÂ theÂ leader of a troop ofÂ “freaks” (as they are called in the film) whoÂ entertainÂ patrons at a localÂ amusement sideshow. EnterÂ in a group ofÂ Nolter’s students whoÂ get in the wayÂ of theÂ madman’s plot, including Julie Ege (The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires) asÂ Hedi. Before you know it, Hedi’s friendÂ Tony (Scott Anthony) is kidnapped byÂ Lynch andÂ turned into a horrific monster byÂ Nolter. ChaosÂ ensues. Hurray! Both Doc and Bill fondly remember reading about The Mutations in Famous Monsters in the Seventies but were unable to catch the film until much later. Bill a decade or so ago, but Doc only this week for this show. Both were eager to watch the film to discuss here on Decades of Horror along with Chad and guest host Adam Thomas. However, while the finale is fun with the monster finally set loose and on the rampage, the plot meanders through each of its loosely connected subplots. Bill still champions the film while Adam curses Doc’s name. Oh, dear. There’s plenty to discuss, speculate, demonize, and enjoy with The Mutations and the Grue Crew cover it all. We want to hear from you â€“ the coolest, grooviest fans: Â leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at email@example.com.
â€œIt’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature…… it can be HORRIFYING!â€ the overzealous tagline for The MutationsÂ (1974), aka TheÂ Freakmaker, promises a monster film for the ages. To be fair, some stills from the film of the main “Venus-fly-trap” monster may back up that claim. However, most of the Grue Crew may beg to differ. And, then, there’s Bill. Doc Rotten and Jeff Mohr are joined by Chad Hunt and Bill Mulligan to discuss this nearly forgotten British gem. Special guest host Adam Thomas settles in to help put Donald Pleasence in his place.