Thursday, October 16, 2008

October 15 - Axe [1977]

Axe (1977)
Director: Frederick R Friedel
Starring: Leslie Lee, Ray Green, Frederick R Friedel

Also known as California Axe Massacre and Lisa, Lisa, Axe is a 70s drive in cheapie which clearly tries to imitate successful "woman victim gets revenge" flicks like Last House on the Left and I Spit On Your Grave. While there are a few unsettling moments in Axe, it ultimately fails to reach the level of those movies.

Three bad guys (two sadistic thugs and a "nice" guy) kill two men and torture a convenience store clerk, before finding a country home to hide out in. Living there are a disabled grandfather and his young granddaughter. They take over the home and abuse the occupants, until they discover that the girl isn't the innocent victim she seems to be.

Running at a little over an hour, Axe still seems to drag. Apart from a few graphic kills, nothing really happens. The low budget adds to the movie's grittiness, but it also hurts it, especially with the soundtrack and a couple of acting performances.

This Axe is blunt and best left in the tool shed.

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