The French have put out some pretty grizzly, hard to watch horror over the last few years; such as HIGH TENSION, MARTYRS and FRONTIER(S). With TENSION came a new look at horror, incredibly bloody with all sorts of new horror effects. MARTYRS has to be the most brutal, sickening movie I have personally ever seen and FRONTIER(S) (I have no idea why the s is there in parentheses) is probably the bloodiest thing I have ever experienced. The trailer for MUTANTS made it look like the Frenchie version of 28 DAYS LATER along the lines of the three movies I cited earlier, with a copying of the Scandinavian COLD PREY setting of a snowy, frosty French something or other building. Overall it’s not as good as any of those productions, but after the first hour it got kind of interesting and intense… and gruesome. I would say this is not too bad overall but it took a lengthy, gore filled while to get to the action.
It starts off with a disgusting bang: through the credits we see some blurry mob of, well, mutants I suppose, tearing into to some folks. When the credits finish, a survivor stumbles her way through the snowy forest and onto the interstate when she is promptly blown to smithereens by an oncoming ambulance. Inside the vehicle are our two leads, a soldier and someone infected with the disease (that is never explained). Turns out there’s no hope for the infected bastard, so they pull over, dispose of him, mop the blood and guts out of the ambulance and head somewhere to get gas. Inside the remote and deserted filling station, apparently there is one remaining survivor, covered in blood and screaming. Oh wait! He’s autistic so he can come along. But, sadly, he attacks the male lead and his head is blown to bits all over the other guy’s face… guess whose infected now??
We really do spend the next forty or so minutes watching this dude “mutate”. It’s really gross and boring, but when she finally locks him in the cellar things pick up. Four other very angry survivors show up, packing heat and they sure are mad about something. They beat up our nurse, yell at each other and scowl about. Eventually the mutants get into this unnamed, strange, sprawling complex, gorily eat everyone and, ala 28 DAYS LATER, we get their own version of the wicked, ascending score leading up to gory climax.
So – it’s not too bad, but aside from the boring stretch, I found some questionable parts. Like – if we just spent five minutes watching this guy bloodily pull his teeth out, why is his mouth full of fine choppers when he is getting his transfusion? Why is he naked and covered in blood a scene later? Where did all that blood come from? Why are the survivors so unhappy… doesn’t everyone just want to live? Is that really the best time for a BJ? Why do these mutants have four nostrils? Did they grow two new ones or did the existing ones grow some skin in there? Oh well… if you’re in the mood for a movie like this, either of the “28 Laters” are far better.