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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 pulp...by SLEDGEHAMMER.
- Audio commentary with Bleeding Skull.com 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
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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. Also, the house itself has bleak white walls and long halls which give it a strange aura and some interesting tension and/or claustrophobic feel. The effects themselves were rather impressive for the time, though not heavily gory or extreme.
So in the end this movie has a limited audience who will love it for what it is, and a few haters who may warm up to it after a few viewings. It will not wow you with gore, acting, or even nudity but it does deliver as a good popcorn flick from the 80's.
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! I'm sure all you Amazon shoppers want to know what you're getting and trust me the dvd shines.
The dvd starts off off with an outstanding 80's retro quality. The FBI Warning and Coming Attractions are all presented in VHS quality! And not just regular VHS quality but that amazing old video store been used for 20 years kind of quality. I loved it!
(Don't worry all the extras and the film itself are in perfect dvd quality.)
There are not one but two commentaries for the film. One from the director himself! Talk about a treat huh? The other is a fan commentary from the good site Bleeding Skull. Both are terrific :)
The film also has 2 featurettes! And even an extra interview with the director for good measure. It's a pleasure to see such an obscure film getting such a warm welcome on dvd. Intervision should be proud.
So what are you waiting for? If you're a slasher film fanatic (if you're reading this then I can bet you are :) )this is a must buy! It's a really entertaining film with charm bigger then it's budget. And think, will this ever get a Blu Ray release? You know it won't. So there is no question where this belongs. In your slasher film library.
Hope this review helps :)