One of the more interesting recent trends in horror fandom circles is the popularity of releasing limited editions of offbeat horror fare on VHS tape. Veteran underground horror filmmaker Andrew Copp has thrown his hat in the ring with 100-copy run of his 1998 film The Mutilation Man. This edition will sport unique new packaging, not to mention some exclusive extras. Read on for the full surrealistic splatter details, including a direct link for ordering…
PRESS RELEASE: October 04, 2011
Coppfilms is proud to release a very limited edition of ANDREW COPP’S THE MUTILATION MAN in a collectors VHS package. Only 100 pieces are being manufactured, each one hand numbered and signed by the director.
This new edition features a previously unseen longer edit of the film, that includes 10 minutes of footage with slightly better visual quality than the older out of print DVD editions. The Collectors Edition VHS Tape comes in a RED Clamshell case on an actual blood RED VHS tape. The cover art comes in Two different designs created by renowned underground filmmaker Andrew Shearer, each sold separately, with only 50 pieces available of each design for a total of 100 pieces. Extras on the tape include a previously unseen short film, trailers for other Andrew Copp films and a fun negative You Tube review for the film.
ANDREW COPP’S THE MUTILATION MAN came out in 1998 during the tail end of what can be considered the last wave of the 90’s underground film movement. The film starred Terek Puckett (from MY SWEET SATAN) as a wandering performance artist in a burned out wasteland who does shows of self mutilation to relive his miserable past of horrible child abuse. In flashbacks we see this abuse meted out by his drunken and psychotic Father in a terrifying performance by underground filmmaker Jim VanBebber. The film approaches the subject matter in an obsessive, surreal manner that is comparable to the films of panic movement favorites like Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fernando Arrabal melded to the Italian gut slingers of the 80’s.
The film polarized viewers and critics alike when released with some critics saying “a movie that pushes the envelope for underground filmmaking…After watching this the images will be burned into your brain ” -(B-Independent.com), “Producer/director Andrew Copp has created a film that goes beyond the usual low budget shot on video crap, and offers something that’s original and mind bending” – (Reel Terror),
“This is an all out assault on the senses of sight, sound and sanity.” -(Horrornews.net) and possibly the best review for the film from Hollywood is Burning, “Some movies you watch, some you endure. Andrew Copp’s The Mutilation Man drags you, naked, over broken glass…The Mutilation Man is as hard to watch as it is impossible to look away.” Yet that same year on the IMDB the film made the bottom ten as the worst films of the year. With many casual viewers finding the film difficult, disturbing and just too much for them to stomach.
Due to the film being edited analogue and shot on a variety of film formats that were transferred to video for offline editing the movie will probably never see a remastered HD presentation. This collectors edition may represent the last time the movie will be available to the public. So get them while they are still available, these tapes are already selling fast!
Price $23 post paid in the United States.
Overseas please add $5 more to cover extra shipping.
Andrew Copp has written, produced and directed seven feature feature films including his debute motion picture THE MUTILATION MAN and his currently in prodcution film CHURCH OF THE EYES which should see release sometime in 2012. He is also a writer, genre critic, artist, photographer and has directed hundreds of hours of local live music and TV in Dayton, Ohio and has been known to occassionally act in other underground filmmakers projects.