Writer/producer/director/actor Frederick R. Friedel made only two enigmatic, startling low-budget thrillers during the ‘70s -- AXE and KIDNAPPED CO-ED -- and only now are grindhouse historians beginning to compare Friedel’s films to those of David Lynch and Terrence Malick. They pack more punch than most trash auteurs’ entire bodies of work.
Lisa and her paralyzed grandfather live in a desolate Gothic home. A few rapist-killers stop by for a visit. Guns are waved. Demands are made. Everyone acts like a stoned extraterrestrial. Then, Lisa grabs her AXE! Towing a fine line between affecting techniques and disorientating mood, Axe is an amalgam of gritty, exploitive joy. It's like the Overlook Hotel from THE SHINING was relocated to the town from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, then given a makeover by Jean Rollin. With lots of synths.