Mutant Hunt (1987, directed by Tim Kincaid)

The time is the near future.  Paul Haynes (Mark Umile) has invented the Delta 7 cyborgs, who are supposed to help humanity.  However, the evil Z (Bill Peterson) has somehow gotten the cyborgs addicted to a drug that causes them to commit a murder every six hours.  When Paul objects his cyborgs being turned into killing machines, Z takes him hostage.  Paul’s sister, Darla (Mary Fahey), runs from two of the cyborgs and they all end up in the apartment of Matt Riker (Rick Gianasi), a mercenary who is an old acquaintance of Paul’s.  Riker defeats the two cyborgs in his apartment, though his own pleasure droid is sadly sacrificed in the battle.  Riker then gets together with his friends Johnny Felix (Ron Reynaldi) and Elaine Eliot (Traunie Vrenon) so that they can destroy the remaining Delta 7s and rescue Paul.  Johnny knows martial arts and has come up with a way to track the remaining cyborgs.  Elaine is a stripper who is also one of the world’s best fighters.  They’re about as strong a group as I guess society could hope for.  What they don’t know is that Z and his associate, Domina (Stormy Spill), have got a Delta 8 waiting to meet them.  What Z does not know is that Riker is a pyromaniac who, unlike the typical movie hero, doesn’t worry about fighting with honor.  What the audience never knows is why Z corrupted the cyborgs to begin with or why he took Paul hostage instead of just having the cyborgs kill him.  It’s an evil plan but it’s not one that appears to really be about accomplishing anything.

Mutant Hunt is a low-budget science fiction film that has a plot that is impossible to follow.  Again, even though I sat through the entire movie, I am still not sure what Z was actually trying to accomplish with his murderous cyborgs.  This is one of those films where the future is represented by empty warehouses and plenty of neon signage.  Because the film is so low budget and the acting is so unconvincing, Mutant Hunt has developed a cult following among those who think that the film is so good that it’s bad.  Actually, despite some impressive makeup work with the mangled cyborgs, Mutant Hunt is just bad.  It takes a little from The Terminator and a little from Blade Runner and then mashes it all together with a plot that feels like dystopian mad libs.  The end result is an incoherent movie that feels much longer than just 77 minutes.

One response to “Mutant Hunt (1987, directed by Tim Kincaid)

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