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Sledgehammer (1983)

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A young boy murders his mother and her lover with a hammer. Ten years later, a wave of teenage murders plagues the same area.

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Chuck
Linda McGill ...
Joni
John Eastman ...
John
Janine Scheer ...
Mary (as Jeanine Scheer)
Tim Aguilar ...
Jimmy
Sandy Brooke ...
Carol
Stephen Wright ...
Joey (as Steve Wright)
Michael Shanahan ...
Lover
Mary Mendez ...
Mother
Justin Greer ...
The Boy
Doug Matley ...
The Killer
Ray Lawrence ...
The Driver
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A young boy murders his mother and her lover with a hammer. Ten years later, a wave of teenage murders plagues the same area.

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Flesh tears - Bones shatter - The nightmare has begun

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Thriller | Horror

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The bulk of this film was shot inside writer/director David A. Prior's apartment. See more »

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When the Spirit/Murderer walks into the room where Jimmy and Carol are having sex, the Sledgehammer's head can be seen loose from the handle. See more »

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Guilty Pleasure Cheese
16 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Sledgehammer" is another one of those forgotten 80's slashers and yes this one isn't less cheesy than the others and okay it's not perfect or great but what I found is that this movie was quite fun and has heart, which is very much rare these days.

The beginning kept me interested where we have a small boy cruelly locked in a cupboard by his mother so she can carry on with her lover and then things get out of hand and the boy finds a sledgehammer and dispatches his mother and her lover. This yes was predictable but really set the tone for this movie and what's to come. Then fast forward 10 years and we get a group of 30 year old teenagers partying at that same house and well you know what's gonna happen next.

Sledgehammer doesn't rank as one of the finest slasher movies from this period there are quite a lot of flaws, but despite that this movie is a lot of fun, the killer is very menacing and creepy and the kills are quite effective despite lacklustre effects. The setting itself was rather dull and tame, too much white and made this movie look dull and this movie holds the distinction for being the first shot on video slasher and it shows, like the shaky camera work and the supernatural angle just didn't work for me and the slow motion scenes were pretty annoying and overused.

But despite these flaws "Sledgehammer" does deliver entertainment in some departments, the acting was pretty bad but I've seen a lot worse, they were still quite likable and the party scenes were quite fun and when the killer shows up ready to dispatch the cast, these scenes are quite tense as the killer does seem quite impossible to get away from as he's literally everywhere which was a definite highlight.

All in all Sledgehammers is by no means memorable or a cult classic, but a competent effort dripped in pure cheese and definitely a guilty pleasure.


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