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Axeman is a 2013 slasher film about a group of old college friends who go to a cabin in the woods where they are being offed by the axeman, purported to be nothing more than local legend. The axeman is played by former NBA player Scott Pollard, whose hulking stature works well as a mad man who sometimes kills with an axe. He spends much more time using a knife, though.
I really wanted to like this one but its pretty standard fare as far as lower budget slashers go. Unfortunately, almost every character in this film is annoying with very few redeeming qualities, the couple of Tammy and Liz being largely the exception. I watched this film so I could check out the sequel which stars former WWF star Adam Bomb. This film also has a connection to the wrestling world in a roundabout way as the girl who plays Tammy, Jamie Bernadette is in American Satan starring Goldberg (WWE,WCW) Sinbad War of the Furies which stars John Morrison (WWE), and apparently filmed some scenes for L.A. Slasher which were deleted. L.A. Slasher features Batista (WWE) as a drug dealer.
This film is not completely horrible, it is well made, the kills are great but it suffers from being a bit boring. I really didn’t care about any of the characters and was really just waiting around for the next kill. Everyone is drunk, horny, or both almost the entire run time. Randy, a sicko who can’t get laid who runs around videotaping everyone is the first to get killed and I almost cheered when he was offed. If there are people who actually act like him, I consider myself blessed for having avoided them so far in life. Tammy and Liz are likable although a bit over the top at times. Everyone is playing a stereotype dialed up to maximum levels. Darren played by Joston Theney who wrote, directed, edited and produced this film and its sequel was also a likable character until he got drunk and obnoxious although I think we are all wont to do that if we have imbibed too much. Everyone else I couldn’t really wait to get knocked off.
If you are a fan of slashers and will watch any and everyone you can find, you will find some fun with this film, especially the kills. However, at a staggering 105 minutes you may find yourself just fast-forwarding to each character’s demise. This film also stars famed scream queen, Brinke Stevens, as a sheriff, and another familiar face from Snake Outta Compton. Arielle Brachfeld, has a small part as a deputy as well. You can check this film out and its sequel on Screambox.
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