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Axed (2010)

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Axed is an Australian 'backyard' zombie epic that throws back to the grit of the late 1970's. Alone with his Axe, Bruce must slip and slide through the blood, the guts, the infected and a ... See full summary »

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Lizzie Ballinger ...
Girl In chains
Brodie Dwyer ...
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Stuart Hirth ...
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Axed is an Australian 'backyard' zombie epic that throws back to the grit of the late 1970's. Alone with his Axe, Bruce must slip and slide through the blood, the guts, the infected and a rag tag army militia that are hell bent on cleansing the town of all life. Then the dead start coming back to life. Written by Anonymous

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An interview with director Joshua Long will apear in the book 'Blood Splatter - A Guide to Cinematic Zombie Violence and Gore'. See more »

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Fun zombie gore short
1 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Axed is an ultra-low budget fast-paced 30 minute gory zombie short from Australia. While lacking in plot and character development, zombie/gore fans like me will find a lot to enjoy here. Dialogue is kept to a bare minimum and the film moves quickly much like the zombies. While I usually enjoy slow zombies the running ones in this didn't detract from the fun. The gore is plentiful and CGI FX are kept to a minimum. The body count(both zombie and human) is quite high. The gore fx are mostly quite good minus a couple of weak CGI moments, I just wish the gore had been lingered on a little longer. The best gore scene is a zombie head split in two with the main character's axe, luckily this is one of the few gore scenes lingered on. Other gore includes lots of gun shot wounds/headshots, zombie gut munching, a nasty looking clawed throat and a neat scene where a hand gets hacked off and a zombie immediately starts munching on the blood spurting stump while another zombie picks up the severed hand to devour. The actual zombie fx are kept to a minimum but the few that are scene are well done.

Being such a low budget film it does have it's flaws. The plot is almost nonexistent. All we know is that there are zombies and there appear to be government squads out finding and executing infected survivors. The main character's name is Bruce (any horror fan will know what that is a reference to), only he uses an axe instead of a chainsaw. Most of the film is spent with him being chased by both the zombies and government clean up squads. There's no point in commenting on the acting as there's hardly any dialog. My only big issue with the film is even though it's supposed to be color it appears to be B&W for much of the film. The gore would have been much more enjoyable in full color. The fast, jerky editing during the gore scenes could have been toned down a bit as well.

Overall, Axed is a great watch for fans of low budget zombie and gore films. It's in no way an original zombie film but it's filled with plentiful blood and gore, action, quality FX and very few slow parts. It's a good way to spend 30 minutes.


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