A group of three criminals on the run from the law, go about terrorizing the local townsfolk of a small community, before descending on an isolated farm which is home to a young girl named Lisa and her paralyzed grandfather. After being sexually assaulted by two of the gangsters, she retaliates using an axe and a razor blade.Written by
Sujit R. Varma
Leslie Lee had done some modeling prior to playing her sole lead role as Lisa. Lee declined an offer to be interviewed for the release of this movie by Severin Films in both the DVD and Blu-ray formats. See more »
Why'd he jump out the window... it's 12 floors down.
Nah... it's only 9.
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For its original UK cinema release (as "California Axe Massacre") cuts were made to a razor slashing during a rape scene, the beating of Aubrey, and heavy edits to the infamous scene where the salesgirl is shot at and splashed with ketchup, and the film later found itself on the official DPP list of video nasties in the 80s. It was eventually issued on the Exploited video label, under its cinema title, in 1999 but received 19 secs of cuts to the previous razor slashing scene. The BBFC said they would have passed it uncut but previous illegal distribution of the uncut version led to a prosecution under the obscene publications act (the same reason The House by the Cemetery and Blood Feast were slightly cut). The cuts were fully waived for the 2005 ILC release and the film reverted to its original title of "Axe". See more »
There are a few strange films out there - they don't play by the rules and oh dear perhaps they lack the forward motion most people expect from a story -... but so what -- if you catch them at the right time of night they can take you somewhere special, unlike ordinary films which take you no further than their accountant's ambition. Axe is a weird little drama, ambient nastiness with no real pay-off as such but it haunts you, from the nagging beautiful amateur synth theme tune to the nothing plot and the artistic vagueness that envelops the story. I wish these sorts of films were more celebrated because there's something different going on. It's not a narrative with anything to prove but it stays around, lingering, like a dream you almost forgot but not quite. Friedel made another oddball movie, Date with a Kidnapper, and it's another dreamy exercise in sideways storytelling. All hail an American original!
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