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Sledgehammer (1983)

Not Rated | | Thriller, Horror | Video
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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Cast overview:
Ted Prior ...
Chuck
Linda McGill ...
Joni
John Eastman ...
John
Janine Scheer ...
Mary (as Jeanine Scheer)
Tim Aguilar ...
Jimmy
Sandy Brooke ...
Carol
Steven K. 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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Not Rated
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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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Referenced in Back to the Farm: The Making of 'Splatter Farm' (2007) See more »

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Offers some fun for bad movie lovers.
3 May 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This all sounds so comfortingly familiar. A young boy (Justin Greer) is locked in a closet so his mom (Mary Mendez) - obviously no candidate for mother of the year - can get it on, in peace, with her lover (Michael Shanahan). Very shortly afterwards, the mom and the lover get it with the title weapon. Fast forward ten years later, and one of the most obnoxious groups of young adults that you'll ever see makes it to the very same house for some hard partying. After we're made to watch a great deal of their tomfoolery, our psycho killer makes their appearance, once again putting a sledgehammer to good use.

An early credit for "Deadly Prey" director David A. Prior, this stars Davids' hunky brother Ted in the role of Chuck, one of these merry morons. The acting from Ted and all others concerned is exactly as amateurish as one would expect it to be, but that doesn't mean it isn't entertaining. John Eastman hams it up the most. Overall, "Sledgehammer" is nothing special, and it may not appeal to slasher fanatics across the board because one, there's no nudity, and two, it's really not that gory until the big finish. All of that said, it's reasonably enjoyable in typical bad movie fashion.

The main problem is that David A. Prior goes out of his way to pad the running time. "Sledgehammer" only runs about 85 minutes, but several minutes easily could have been cut out without affecting the movie. Still, this may add to the appeal for some in the audience. The inane antics of our intended victims go on for quite a long time, so if one is not amused by these characters right off the bat, just imagine having to put up with them for over 40 minutes or so.

The gore might not be that much, but it's fun in a predictably tacky way.

"Blood Cult" may get erroneously credited as the first shot on video regional horror flick, but this one predates it by a few years.

Six out of 10.


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