The Mutations

The Mutations is a low-budget 1974 British-American science fiction/horror film directed by Jack Cardiff. The film was also released under the title The Freakmaker.[2]

The Mutations
British theatrical release poster
Directed byJack Cardiff
Produced byRobert D. Weinbach
Written byEdward Mann
Robert D. Weinbach
StarringDonald Pleasence
Tom Baker
Brad Harris
Julie Ege
Music byBasil Kirchin
Jack Nathan (uncredited)
CinematographyPaul Beeson
Edited byJohn Trumper
Getty Pictures Corp.
Distributed byColumbia-Warner (UK)
Columbia Pictures (US)
Release date
October 1974 (UK)
25 September 1974 (US)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States[1]


A deranged genetic scientist abducts college students as human guinea pigs that he uses in his experiments in crossbreeding plants with humans. The failed experimental mutants are then given to a cruel circus freakshow owner who exploits them to the fullest. However, the mutants and the circus freaks will not be denied justice.



Home media

The film was released on DVD by Subversive Cinema on September 27, 2005. Subversive Cinema later re-released the film on January 29, 2008 as a part of its 2-Disk Greenhouse Gore movie pack. It was last released by Desert Island Films on February 18, 2012.[3]


Author and film critic Leonard Maltin awarded the film 2 out of 4 stars, criticizing the film's predictable story and what he called "grotesque elements and characters".[4] TV Guide awarded the film 1/5 stars, writing, "Though at times the film is so bad it's unintentionally funny, it has a certain cruelty to it."[5]


  1. "The Mutations". American Film Institute. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  2. "The Mutations (1973) | BFI". Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  3. "The Mutations (1974) - Jack Cardiff". AllMovie. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  4. Leonard Maltin (2013). Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide: 2014 Edition : the Modern Era. Plume Books. p. 964. ISBN 978-0-14-218055-6.
  5. "The Mutations - Movie Reviews and Movie Ratings". TV TV Guide. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
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