I don’t understand why film names change after the fact or in the middle or whenever. The Mutilator (1984) a.k.a. Fall Break, should’ve stuck with the latter as it makes more sense. OK Productions is responsible for this movie, and it wasn’t even that, to be honest.
I can get past bad acting, marking it up to cheese, but that’s not what bugged me about this film. Besides being almost identical to Madman (1982), there isn’t much to it. The opening sequence led me to believe that it was going to be more exciting. They couldn’t even keep the story straight from one scene to the next, especially with Ed’s backstory.
The slasher effects were beyond low budget, and the blood is some of the worst I’ve seen from the 80s. Seriously, did Sears or Montgomery Wards have a sale on red paint? The slowness was horrible and it didn’t help with the repetitive actions of the characters. Really? You’re going to look for your friends again? By the time the fun got going, I was so annoyed that I didn’t enjoy it, and prayed that the antagonist didn’t stand up in the final seconds.
I always hope for an even, consistent flow of stabby, stabby, choppy, choppy in a slasher film, and this couldn’t manage to give that to me. I can only give The Mutilator (or whatever it’s being called these days) 1.5 out of 5 Stars.
P.S. Changing the name didn’t make it better.