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Sledgehammer (1983)

Ted Prior , Linda McGill , David A. Prior  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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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
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Intervision Pictures Corp.
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004N7NJ0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,870 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features


Editorial Reviews

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really unexpected. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Odd film. 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dreamlike 1983 supernatual slasher film 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Low Budget Garbage ! March 31, 2014
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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 . It look like this film was shot with a camcorder and nothing worth commenting on that is good . If you like really bad b- movie flicks then watch this , otherwise , pass it up .
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for 80's cheese June 16, 2013
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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 going into these films.

Sledgehammer isn't too bad for what it is and i think anyone viewing this film needs to have some of that 80's open-mindedness to truly enjoy this diamond in the rough. I had to giggle at the director in his interview almost appearing bewildered at the idea anyone would like his movie, but if you listen to the commentary he loosens up and actually starts really talking to us properly about it which is nice.

The bonuses are a very welcome addition to the dvd and make it a solid purchase for any collector of 80's horror. Of course you may read negative reviews, but that is probably only due to the idea that the person did not buy it really knowing what they were getting into. VHS looks like VHS no matter if you slap it on a DVD or blu ray so complaining about picture quality is pointless. The acting can be pretty cheesy yes, but that is what most of us expect... it is a shot on VHS camcorder movie. Many people who tend to enjoy this film are either avid horror collectors or aspiring film makers, so watch a trailer first people. I happen to be a collector or horror who just so happens to be an "80's Kid", i was about 13 when this came out so VHS was my "thing".

The movie? Well, in typical fashion it is your average film about a group of friends heading out to party for the weekend and just happen to pick the wrong place to do it. A cursed house where brutal murders took place. What sets the film apart from most is that the killer is more of a mystery never explained and has a "mystical" quality.
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