Mutilation Mile (2009) Review

Mutilation Mileby Michael Sieber,

Jimmy and Jack DeGrasso (played by Daniel McCabe and Lawrence Bucher respectively) are criminal brothers who don't get along and are led by their Uncle Sal in a small-time drug empire. When Jack finds Sal brutally murdered in his motel room, he has a vision in which Sal tells him to kill everyone who played a part in his murder. Not content to just get those who are responsible, Jimmy and Jack go on a killing spree and take out everyone they meet along the way while searching for their uncle's killers.

Mutilation Mile is a very low budget 2009 exploitation flick directed by Ron Atkins that's supposedly based on true events that happened in 1993.

Now, I like exploitation flicks, but this one was tough to sit through, not because of the violence, but because it was such a chore to watch. There's almost nothing to this movie. The entire film consists of the two brothers yelling obscenities at one another on their way to the next kill scene. And when I say yelling, I'm not exaggerating; I mean virtually every bit of dialogue is at full volume. Also, I'm no prude, but this film must have the record for F-bombs, because I don't think there's a scene in which someone isn't yelling some variation of it. I know there's a saying that goes, “If it's worth doing, it's worth over-doing,” and Atkins definitely thinks the F-word is worth doing. I get that these guys are low-life criminals for whom 'heck' and 'darn it' just don't cut it, but the scenes between the brothers (which is most of the movie) got boring after about five minutes.

Most of the violence is cartoonish at best and mostly consists of fake blood oozing out of a straight razor that somehow doesn't ever puncture the skin, and the after effects of gunshots. There is only one real scene towards the beginning that has any real impact, and that involves a prostitute tied to a bed and a kitchen knife down in her nether regions. In the end, Jack decides to light fire to his motel room, and let me just say that you can see more realistic fire effects in YouTube videos. I get that it's low budget, but if you can't do an effect semi-realistically, then it's probably best to just write that scene out of the script.

The acting is typical for this type of movie, which is to say that it's nothing more than people speaking (or yelling) their lines, with the exception being Daniel McCabe, who actually brings a little personality to the role of the coked-up out of control half of the duo. His timing, delivery and mannerisms made this movie bearable and I swear he's channeling The Macho Man, Randy Savage in a few scenes.

I really hate crapping on someone's parade, especially someone like Atkins. In the little research I did for this review, it's apparent that this guy loves film, loves making films and is a huge fan of the exploitation genre. His heart is definitely in the right place, but I felt that Mutilation Mile didn't hit on enough cylinders for me.


Submitted by Lawrence Buchér (not verified) on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 05:26

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Hey, Michael. Lawrence here (from Mutilation Mile). Reviews are always interesting-- more like to be taken with a grain of salt than anything. You learn to not pat yourself on the back too much any more than berate yourself if a review crashes your parade.

But what I find interesting, especially with all the "smack" you talked is, like typical, you come at it from the bleachers; more like the nose-bleed section-- where like most, like an annoying barking dog behind a protected fence does all it's yelping, we find those like yourself; a director who unjustifiably riddles his IMDb page with nothing but short films and who has a star rating of 1.5MM+

So, in the great words of Ben Aflecks character, Doug MacRay in THE TOWN, "If your gonna try and be slick, be slicker than a six year old."- LB

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