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Top Customer Reviews
Though Sledgehammer isn't gonna win any awards in... well any category the film does have it's merits. It's a 100 percent bona fide piece of entertainment. Playing out in the most charming way possible.
The plot (If you call it a plot) Centers on a group of 7 friends who spend a night in a farmhouse where ten years prior an abusive mother and her lover had been murdered by her son with a sledgehammer. Well after a seance that somehow brings the killers ghost to life the friends are picked off by the said ghost with a sledgehammer.
I told you this isn't Citizen Kane. But really who cares? I sure don't. For a film that was shot on video and filmed in 7 days it's easily one of the better low budget films of it's kind. The film never looks to rip off any other film of the time period nor does it go out of it's way to be really any good. But damn is it charming! All it seems to want to be is itself. A truly quirky little slasher film from a decade of the genre.
The acting is a mixed bag here but the Ted Prior who plays the lead is actually pretty decent and likable. He's the director's brother and was also a 1983 Playgirl centerfold.
Everyone else wings it but gets by with a solid C minus. Nothing to cry over or to celebrate about.
The gore effects are good and the film even manages a moment or two of sheer suspense. Talk about unexpected. And so was the film :)
Now the dvd presentation is glorious! And where's it at!Read more ›
The great part about Sledgehammer is that it never gets too boring. If you have a sense of humor about some of the corny acting, slow motion etc. it's a fun movie to watch.
Without giving too much away, there are some really strange, unexplained, supernatural type things going on throughout the movie.
The film is corny, but the unfocused, white, washed out videocamera, look actually makes the movie more frightening. I'm not sure if it's because this lack of video quality, makes the film seem more voyeuristic or what. It has more of a realistic feel.
The DVD itself has 2 audio commentaries. One is a fan commentary with two guys from Bleedingskull.com. This commentary is pretty fun. They delve more into the world of Shot-on-Video Horror. As someone who has, seen a few SOV horror films (but knew nothing of the current fandom or business that surrounded them during the 80s), it's a bit of an intro to the world of SOV movies.
The other commentary is with director David A. Prior. Mr. Prior seems pretty embarrassed of the film, and continuously shakes off anything positive the moderator says.
There are also a few featurettes that are a few minutes long. Worth checking out, but don't offer as much info as either of the commentaries.
Overall, if you're a slasher fan, this is worth checking out. It's cheap, corny, and overall very entertaining. The fact that this disc has special features is incredible. Intervision Video did a great job with this release.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wouldn't call this a classic or even a cult film… it is something so obscure and weird that one truly needs to have no idea what they are getting into! Read morePublished 13 months ago by incognito schmuck
I thought I'd like this film since I enjoy low budget horror films . It was a complete bore from the beginning with amateurish acting and poor picture quality . Read morePublished 22 months ago by Andy Lazarides
Intervideo is pretty darn cool. I really enjoy the old VHS style used in the packaging and intro, which really adds to the retro feel of the movie and sets the proper mood for... Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by M. Bartel
This "film" is a MST3000 episode waiting to happen. Terrible plot, beyond pathetic script, inept camera work, and the only aspect horrific about it was the acting. Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by Dave H
It's impossible to judge whether the transfer of this movie to DVD or the film itself (shot on tape) is the reason it looks so ragged and raw, like watching someone's home movie. Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by Einsatz