Frederick R. Friedel, USA, 1974, Severin Films, Horror

“A gritty, oddly surreal drive-in relic.”
— Marna Larsen, LETTERBOXD

Three goons beat a man to death and watch his male lover jump out of a window. Seeking refuge from the cops, they end up at an abandoned farmhouse. But things aren’t what they seem, as somnambulistic house-dweller Lisa and her straight razor don’t take kindly to unexpected guests. Towing the line between assured craftsmanship and disorientating mood, AXE is as though the Overlook Hotel from THE SHINING was relocated to the town from THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, then given a makeover by Jean Rollin. With lots of synths. Crafted with confidence by director Frederick Friedel (KIDNAPPED COED), this is a mysterious amalgam of gritty joy. (Joseph A. Ziemba, BLEEDING SKULL!)

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  • 65 mins
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • DCP


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