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Intervision is proud to present the return of the first shot-on-tape slasher movie for the home video market as well as one of the rarest genre films of all! The plot is familiar: A group of friends comes to party at a backwoods house where a legacy of brutality awaits. But within this minimalist ‘80s mélange of food fights, feathered hair and abusive slow-motion lurks a relentless synth score, bizarre sexual subtexts and a disturbing shape-shifting behemoth killer. The result is 87 minutes of fever-dream depravity, now loaded with brand-new Bonus Features that put it all in skull-shattering perspective. Former Playgirl centerfold Ted Prior (RAW NERVE, DEADLY PREY) stars in this nightmare-logic shocker from writer/ director David A. Prior (KILLER WORKOUT) where the lines between twisted horror and historic gore are pounded to a SLEDGEHAMMER.
Bonus Features:
  • Audio commentary with Bleeding creators Dan Budnik and Joseph Ziemba
  • Audio commentary with Director David A. Prior
  • Featurette with David Prior
  • Featurette with Lead Actor Ted Prior
  • Featurette with Cinefamily Programmers Hadrian Belove and Tom Fitzgerald
  • Featurette with Alamo Drafthouse Programmer Zack Carlson
  • Trailers

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ted Prior, Linda McGill, Stephen Wright, John Eastman, Janine Scheer
  • Directors: David A. Prior
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Intervision Pictures Corp.
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004N7NJ0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,138 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bobby on May 4, 2012
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One of the very first shot on video horror films (though not the first that honor belongs to the bizarre 1982 film Boardinghouse) Sledgehammer was finally rescued from the dark realms of obscurity. The question is was it worth it? You better believe it!
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!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chundo C. Baskonovitch on April 19, 2012
Sure this movie is an ultra low budget movie, shot in an apartment. There are flashes of brilliance here though. This movie starts out with a very basic slasher formula. Kids alone in a house. Partying, drinking, having sex etc. etc.

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 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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RonJabody on August 5, 2012
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I'm one of those goofballs that has a ridiculous amount of B-movie DVDs for no apparent reason. I'm just constantly buying random films that nobody has ever heard of. There is something about a film that tries hard to be good but falls flat on its face. However, I'm not quite sure that is what happened with this film. I actually have no idea what they were going for with this one. If you are a B-movie collector, buy it because you certainly don't own anything like this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred Adelman on January 7, 2015
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This shot-on-video disaster (actually pre-dating BLOOD CULT by a full year) is only good if you want to see how director David A. Prior and his actor/brother Ted Prior got their start. It's auspicious to say the least. A bunch of partying boozehounds go to a house where a boy killed his mother years before with a sledgehammer (How can a little boy swing a sledgehammer?). The boy is now grown up (and possibly a ghost as he disappears and reappears at will) and begins to dispatch the group one by one. Badly done on all counts, including terrible acting, poor videography, outright bad effects (by an outfit called Blood & Guts) and a general sense that you've seen this type of film a thousand times before. Made for $40,000 and it looks it. David Prior has directed a string of horror and action films, the best probably being THE LOST PLATOON (1989), a mixture of vampire and war genres. SLEDGEHAMMER also stars Linda McGill, John Eastman, Jeanine Scheer, Tim Aguilar and Doug Matlef as the killer. This puppy is long OOP and was released on VHS on the World Video Pictures label. Believe it or not, this atrocious film got a legitimate DVD release from InterVision Picture Corp., an offshoot label of Severin Films (which they must consider their own dirty little secret, since no mention of Severin is made on any of their advertising materials and early press materials made mention of the life and death of InterVision owner "Larry Gold", who never existed in real life, causing a mini-controversy to people with no sense of humor). Not Rated
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