Mr. HoleHead’s Warped Dimension Review: Troma’s Mutant Blast (2018)

September 14, 2020

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Para-military bad-ass Maria (Maria Leite) frees science experiment TS-347 (Joaquim Guerreiro); a man with superhuman strength…and as a result an entire military complex and their zombies (though that word is taboo in this pic my creeps!) are after their asses but good!

Enter: Pedro (Pedro Barão Dias), a real party animal cum ambition deficient dude that is ill prepared for the apocalypse of shambling dead he’s about to find himself balls deep in. Thankfully he has ol’ M-dawg to pull his fat out of the fuckin’ fire!

Anyway, our heroes attempt to survive an onslaught of monsters as they journey to a safe haven…which is only complicated by the introduction of a nuclear bomb into the manic mix…not to mention those pesky mutations!

Now this is what I’m talking about boils n’ ghouls! Mutant Blast takes the dog-tired “zombie apocalypse” formula and gives it a swift kick in the balls…and the resulting vomit and ejaculate makes for one hell of an entertaining and off-kilter fright flick experience!

You get an easily relateable every-man “hero” in over his balls in terror trouble (think our beloved Ashley J. Williams minus the razor-sharp smart-assery) teamed up with an armor clad lethal lady (anime style) traversing a ruined wasteland lousy with zombies and other nasty biz…all topped off with that sweet, sweet (and well-executed) practical make-up and gore that makes this horror hounds trousers tight in the ol’ groin region! And I didn’t even talk about Pedro’s rodent-hand mutation, or the walking, talking, sword-fightin’ seafood…so simply put; this one has what it takes to well and truly entertain fiends like us!

Adding to the shiny golden goodness of this flick are the game performances of our leads; Leite and Barão Dias bring an earnestness and downright lovable quality to their roles and they appear completely invested in whatever nightmare scenario they are presented with at any given time!

Writer/Director Fernando Alle has presented us with the answer to the ages old question: “What would an ’80’s direct to video, Mad Max post-apocalypse style picture look like if realized by Frank Henenlotter”…and he’s done it with a fevered genius uniquely his own…and he’s included some serious heart too! Mutant Blast is absolute deranged awesomeness that simply shouldn’t be missed!

*Troma’s Mutant Blast plays 9 pm Monday, September 28th as part of the Mr. HoleHead’s Warped Dimension film festival (selections from the fest’s short film offerings were reviewed right here)!



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