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AXE (1977)

aka Lisa, Lisa
Article 3440 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-6-2010
Posting Date: 1-14-11
Directed by Frederick R. Friedel
Featuring Leslie Lee, Jack Canon, Ray Green
Country: USA
What it is: Sadists and disturbed girls

Three criminals decide to lay low in the country when they rough up a victim so badly they kill him.  They choose as their hideout a remote farmhouse only populated by a young woman and her paralyzed grandfather.  They decide to molest the young woman, unaware that she's not quite sane... and knows how to use farm tools.

This gory but extremely low budget actually comes across better than I thought it would, thanks in part by some creative film editing and sharp use of music and sound. It also taps into that sleazy, nasty atmosphere that is probably its primary appeal to some.  Unfortunately, the movie drags, and for a movie that runs only 68 minutes, that's bad; several of the scenes run on far longer than they should, and any movie which stretches out about thirty seconds worth of closing credits to five minutes is a movie desperately trying to pad itself.  The movie has its roots in the works of Herschell Gordon Lewis (Producer J.G. Patterson Jr. worked with Lewis on occasion and helmed the Lewis-inspired THE BODY SHOP), but in terms of the gore, this one is much tamer.  And it doesn't quite live up to its "At Last, Total Terror" tagline.

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