Monday, May 16, 2016
EDGE OF THE AXE (1988)
Out of all the gazillion 80s slasher flicks this one is right down there towards the bottom. The death scenes are decent enough and they do deliver the axe-violence that we're promised with the title but in-between these parts are a lot of boring bits where everyone is a jerk and our main character, Barton Faulks, is a nerd who is obsessed with computers(which may have been slightly more exciting in 1988). The killer is also fairly generic with his plain white mask and the big reveal at the end seems pretty dumb. To put a rotten cherry on top of all this the music on the soundtrack is insufferable garbage. Stick with the early 80s slashers for less dull bloodshed.
This movie was an American and Spanish co-production but I would have never guessed that by watching it since it comes off as a standard U.S. direct-to-video flick(though it probably at least had a theatrical release in Spain). Also I woulda never guessed the director of this was Jose Ramon Larraz(using his Americanized pseudonym Joseph Braunstein) since back in the 70s he made VAMPYRES which is quite a stylish, good-looking film and there's nothing at all stylish about the look of this thing. Jack Taylor does show up in a small part which shoulda clued me in that there was a Eurotrash connection here.