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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This shot-on-plain-video early 80s flick was one of the first of its kind and thus deserves some attention from afficionados of SOV horror, as a historical and sociological piece. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jack Seney
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. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Fred Adelman
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 19 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 on March 31, 2014 by Andy Lazarides
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