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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Wow, did this suck!

Author: danocaster from United States
19 June 2014

Midnight Releasing has dropped another cinematic turd on us poor horror fans who just want to see a decent flick! I swear, the acting was porno film quality. It really sits there and for 1 hour and 45 minutes!. I also have to comment on the lousy camera-work. Looks like it was shot on my uncles Hi8 camcorder. This thing reeks of low budget. Maybe no budget.Another thing, it very very very boring. All I wanted was a decent horror movie, it didn't have to be The Exorcist or something, just entertaining.Total waste of time. Yuck! Also, the editing was poor, and the sound wasn't very good. Those kind of things can really ruin the general atmosphere. Anyways, I give it 1.

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hard to follow

Author: StayAway-SweetMisery from Australia
7 December 2016

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I was hopeful this would be one of those really awesome budget horrors, it was not. The story line was really hard to follow and didn't really make much sense.

The actors didn't seem to fit the story line, which again didn't really make much sense anyway. A bunch of adults dressing and acting like teenagers - they may as well have had teenage actors and made it a general slasher horror flick. At first I thought they were meant to be in high school but as I was watching, I was realising how old they looked, then one of them mentioned something about "when they were in college" - hinting they are their late 20s. The actors were OK but overacted at times.

The camera work was rubbish, jumping all over the place randomly, if it was on purpose they didn't do it enough to make it obvious - it just seemed like really bad camera work and they just couldn't be bothered to fix it/re-shoot it.

Also the sound on this movie was horrible. you could hear every little thing, especially when they were sitting on the beds or something, you could hear the bed creaking beneath them - this is just one example.

I did think it was cool how they seemed to take inspiration from "Friday 13th" or something similar with the way they shot the movie: how the stabbing was not shown etc - I'm not sure if that was intentional though or just the product of a really low budget.

Overall really bad movie, waste of my time.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Good For What It Is

Author: sinfultalent from United States
11 July 2014

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The movie is "good for what it is." You know? Falls into that category.

I've seen some of his other stuff and had some high hopes coming in because of the hype behind it. It didn't live up to the hype but it was still worth the rental.

It gave me a naked lady. Some creative kills. Some blood. Cool decapitation. And a good storyline that involved some pretty relatable victims.

The sound could've been better. I mean - a lot better. And in some scenes it seemed a bit rushed. But overall, a good addition to the slasher genre.

I look forward to seeing what he can do with a real budget. And why did you have to kill the funny guy so soon?! Don't do that next time!

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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

My Boyfriend Thought It Was Excellent

Author: Amy Salinger from United States
12 July 2014

My boyfriend thought it was excellent but he's also an idiot! Hahaha! But in all seriousness, we were out at Redbox looking for something decent, found this and watched it. It was a fun film. Like some critics have said, it's uncertain why these "friends" would actually hang around each other when all they seem to do is berate each other and tear each other down. But then again that's where most of the humor comes from. It is low budget but handled well. Good script. Good direction. Nothing is great - but it's good. My boyfriend thought it was excellent but that's because of the ample butts, boobs and bloody kills. I think it was "good" because of the story and the direction. Take that with a grain of salt though if you're like my boyfriend;) Between great and good, I give it a 8.5.

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My Review Of "Axeman"

Author: ASouthernHorrorFan from United States
31 May 2014

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Joston Theney's "Axeman" is a modern apotheosis to classic slasher cinema resting on contemporary direction. The film pits a group of friends, on a vacation in the mountains, against an imposing killer legend known as The Axeman At Cutter's Creek. "Axeman" stars Tiffany Shepis, Brinke Stevens, Elissa Dowling, Erin Marie Hogan, Jamie Bernadette, Chantelle Albers, Stephen Eith, Dylan Hobbs, Arielle Brachfeld and Scot Pollard.

The story created to bring the "Axeman" to life is just as described by the director, "a return to old school horror". The premise is a classic set up that made 80's horror completely watchable as visceral horror. There is a slight late 90's "too cool for this" micro-vibe that kicks off the story and echo's through some of the characters which is a nice, refreshing component. Not sure if that was intended or it just happened incidentally but I enjoyed it. There isn't a lot of complexity to "Axeman" playing out as far as story layers but the character build, dramatic situations created by dialog ties in some emotional depth to the film.

The cast are all pretty straight acting, recognizable indie horror actors who give convincible performances, some a bit more than others, but all give decent, recognizable performances that bring the characters to life. The film does carry a lot of dialog that adds way more dramatic interactions that I, personally, like to see in my visceral slaughterfests, but since the acting never really falters I still found "Axeman" entertaining and the story held my interest. The direction style, and skill is a worthy vision that is executed amiably. I am sure more intense horror fans may find flaws in depth and continuity of story arch or some other issues with the concept but for me "Axeman" creates a cool, intimidating new killer, fun, thrilling nightmare.

"Axeman" uses some cool, if not somewhat expected, special effects- sometimes working wonderfully, a few times it fails, but often the kills, and gore are totally dope. I have to give a "tisk tisk" to CGI blood effects in a few scenes and mention a red flag to one kill set up, (I can't be specific without spoiling it for others but most will notice it in the film), CGI splatter is a nail in my spine that is more common and very cost effective but lacks the excitement and personality that practical fluid provides. That being said the majority of the kills, blood and gore are very much practical and taken serious, completed nicely. The sound effects and music are standard, desired effects that add atmosphere and energy to the film which carries the story and suspense effortlessly. I found it pleasing, and complementary to Theney's intended vision for "Axeman".

Overall "Axeman" is a fine modern horror, offering both classic feel and current elements, to a set-up that works. The film gives us a new, slasher of gigantic stature, emphatic stoicism, and brutality. The kills are a mix of classic, and creative, "slice-n-dice" moments demanded in slasher horror. I felt very emotional over one specific death/ character recognition scene in the film, (without spoiling it: one scene had some amazing emotional connectivity that overflowed beyond the screen as a character died and another watched in horror), very compelling and intense. Really "Axeman" minus the few flaws gives us a cool, modern horror film that is soon to be in slasher fans collections. Plus the ending pretty much promises a sequel to come! "Axeman" lends itself to my- "watch it" –horror film list.

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