Axe

Razors! Rape! REVENGE! Axe is a perverse blast of chintzy, art-horror realism that no one eulogizes, but everyone should. In other words, it’s one of the best kept secrets in vintage exploitation. Lisa and her paralyzed grandfather live in a desolate Gothic home. A few rapist-killers stop by for a visit. Guns are waved. Demands are made. Everyone acts like a stoned extraterrestrial. Then, Lisa grabs her AXE! Towing a fine line between affecting techniques and disorientating mood, Axe is an amalgam of gritty, exploitive joy. It’s like the Overlook Hotel from The Shining was relocated to the town from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, then given a makeover by Jean Rollin. With lots of synths. Crafted with confidence by director Frederick Friedel (Kidnapped Coed) and produced by sleaze kingpin Harry Novak, Axe is one of the most notable and unique obscurities in this wild ‘n wooly Video Nasty canon. Our screening is introduced by Video Nasties expert David Gregory (Severin Films)!
Dir. Frederick R. Friedel, 1977, 35mm, 72 min.

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