Edge Of The Axe

5.41 h 31 min198818+
The rural community of Paddock County is being rocked by the crazed exploits of an axe-wielding psychopath, who stalks the night in a black trenchcoat and mask. As the victims pile up, the authorities attempt to keep a lid on the situation, whilst computer whizz-kid Gerald and girlfriend Lillian seek to unmask the killer before the town population reaches zero.
José Ramón Larraz
Page MoselyChristina Marie Lane
English [CC]
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4.3 out of 5 stars

398 global ratings

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JohnnyJayReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Violent, not overly gory. Cheeseball 80's hackup.
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It's a decent slasher, neither tops nor bottom. Cheesy acting, lots of axe-wielding violence. No nudity to speak of, which is surprising in a movie of this type. A solid 3, average cheeseball 80's slasher.
14 people found this helpful
B-Movie ManReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Another underappreciated slasher brought back to life
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I enjoyed the release of this film. It's not perfect, and it could've been gorier, but enough happens here that's different and interesting, it's worth a purchase. Maybe for hardcore slasher fans only.
7 people found this helpful
sam krugerReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally off of VHS!!
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I gave it five stars because this needed to get off VHS and Arrow finally answered the call by delivering a gorgeous Blu-Ray presentation. I personally, would give the picture 5/5 stars. The audio however, is really bad at times. This can kinda be expected though, as this was a low budget film. (use subtitles )The film itself, is a decent slasher film just riddled with 80s vibe and video store nostalgia. You can tell its very low budget but if you love 80s slashers then you'll have no problems with this.
4 people found this helpful
M. TURNERReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
mediocre late-'80s Spanish stab at the US slasher craze
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First and most glaringly, the music for the film, especially the intro and the credits, doesn't at all match anything to do with horror. TBH, the music that starts during the final "twist" freeze-frame of the movie kills whatever mood it may have built up over its overlong, poorly paced story. Second and nearly as glaringly, the dubbing is pretty bad and pretty egregiously so at times, especially when it's without question not the voice of the actor or actress whose mouth is moving at the time. As for the rest of the movie, it's not exactly poorly made. It took everything it had for it to manage to be adequate, and even then it was unevenly so. All that said, it wasn't unenjoyable, particularly as a throwback to days of yore when gas was hardly ever $1.00/gallon. -- It's a 4 out of 10, at best, but it manages to work enough overall.
DafReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Someone's got an axe to grind
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The late 80s had a very specific vibe so there's a lot of nostalgia to be had with 'Edge of the Axe' if you were there. More plot-heavy than your typical slasher and avoids some of the usual tropes which is appreciated but sometimes comes off like a bloodier-than-usual evening soap opera. Doesn't really build in intensity and mostly maintains the same pace and atmosphere throughout. The 3 stars is admittedly being generous but 'Axe' has just enough variation to make it a decent curiosity for slasher fans. The male lead kind of looks like Jim Carrey which was neither a good or bad thing for me but was something I noticed every time he appeared.
MarmeeReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Faulks is the bomb!! Love this!!!
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The clarity of the redo of this movie is superb!! The commentaries are extremely interesting and also entertaining! I’m so glad this was put together and made available!! Barton Faulks definitely needs to be doing voice-over work!! Thank you, thank you!!!!!!!
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Max IngramReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Could Not Be More Pleased
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This is an absolutely awesome edition of this late-80's, slasher gem. They got new interviews with two of the primary cast members (including the main star), along with the special effects guru behind all the gore, plus a couple of great commentary tracks as well. The new cover art looks awesome (and it's reversible in case you prefer the original), and the restoration of the film itself looks fantastic. Arrow Video does it again, and manages to create THE definitive edition for a cult-favorite film. Highly recommended.
BegbyReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Quite fun for what it is
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A Spanish-made slasher set in rural Northern California, the dialogue often seems like it was churned out by an English-language random word generator and it's tough to pinpoint an unequivocally sympathetic character, but it does the job. The axe kills (I'm assuming that's not a spoiler, given the title and poster) are effectively brutal.
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