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Sledgehammer (1983)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 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.


David A. Prior


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Cast overview:
Ted Prior Ted Prior ... Chuck
Linda McGill Linda McGill ... Joni
John Eastman John Eastman ... John
Janine Scheer Janine Scheer ... Mary (as Jeanine Scheer)
Tim Aguilar Tim Aguilar ... Jimmy
Sandy Brooke ... Carol
Steven K. Wright Steven K. Wright ... Joey (as Steve Wright)
Michael Shanahan Michael Shanahan ... Lover
Mary Mendez Mary Mendez ... Mother
Justin Greer Justin Greer ... The Boy
Doug Matley Doug Matley ... The Killer
Ray Lawrence Ray Lawrence ... The Driver


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Flesh tears - Bones shatter - The nightmare has begun


Horror | Thriller


Not Rated






Also Known As:

Sledge Hammer See more »

Filming Locations:

Simi Valley, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$40,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Referenced in Back to the Farm: The Making of 'Splatter Farm' (2007) See more »

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Incredibly Awful Slow Motion Kills the Film
8 October 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Sledgehammer (1983)

1/2 (out of 4)

A young boy is being abused by his mother so he brutally kills her and her boyfriend with (you guessed it) a sledgehammer. Ten years later a group of adults show up at the same house and soon start to get picked off.

Director David A. Prior's SLEDGEHAMMER deserves some credit for being the first shot on video slasher film but sadly there really isn't too many good things to say about it. I guess you can give the film credit for being the first of something but sadly the entire film is just one giant mess of a picture with very little going for it. As you'd expect, there are countless technical issues, the performances are horrid and there's one thing that makes the film almost painfully unbearable to sit through.

What is that? The film clocks in at 84-minutes and the reason it runs that long is that so much of it was shot in slow motion. This here is what really kills anything decent in the film because scenes just drag on for no reason what-so-ever. I mean, I understand using slow motion at times but when there's this much of it you just want to claw your eyes out. Even worse is that a lot of scenes drag on for no reason at all. For an example, the opening shot of the house. In most movies it would last a second or two but here it must drag on for thirty seconds and for no reason!

As I said, that there makes SLEDGEHAMMER impossible to enjoy and it's rather painful to have to sit through. I will say that the death scenes were creative enough for such a low-budget movie and there was one creative shot through the killer's eyes. Sadly that's about all this film has going for it but you have to give credit to Prior for making his own film and this helped give a rather long career off the ground.

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