Sledge (2014) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Kristian Hanson and John Sovie II
Starring: Kristian Hanson, Dustin Bowman, Stephanie Tupper
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Brain Damage Films
Sledge hits you from the beginning with humor and originality. Opening with Assly’s True American Horror television program, the action kicks off instantly with skull crushing deaths from the killer known as Adam Lynch. Adam believes he is in a movie and video game. With each kill he adds to his collection of human faces. As a group of friends show up to a secluded campground, Adam meticulously watches them all to see if any are worth sparing. They begin their camping trip with booze and sex, and ends with you screaming and laughing. Sledge is one killer you don t want to mess with.
Sledge is a new kind of slasher movie. One that might not set too well with some but other could appreciate it for the strangeness. Right out the gate you can tell this is a very padded out story. We have the basics in the “movie” here, as Adam Lynch stalks some folks in the woods with a sledgehammer, but then we have another thing going on being cut around it with a woman watching the movie. She also takes phone calls from her boyfriend in between the real film and it does seem like this was just here to make things longer, but it also dragged the pace down. I can’t say too much about this because I was guilty of trying to find ways to pad my own slasher out as well. We also have some odd camera angles that at least during the first part of the movie makes it a little hard to establish our characters. We are all over the place with the shot and often someone’s cut out a bit while they are talking or seem to be a bit hidden in shadows. I can appreciate the effort but sometimes these things simply don’t work and that didn’t work here. Now don’t go thinking this is a movie with nothing to offer up, because regardless of what I’ve just said about it, it does find ways to entertain you a bit as well.
For one, I really liked the killer here. Adam Lynch is a very comedic killer and he’s always spouting off something while doing what he does. Often times than not it is really funny. He sorta comes off as the Deadpool of Slasher killers. The other characters talk a whole lot and that can be hit and miss, but a lot of times they end up hitting up on a funny exchange or two as well. I’ve seen some sort diss the gore in this one but I won’t fault it for what I saw. I think I’ll take this level of real gore over the CGI stuff any day of the week. I know this isn’t a perfect movie and could have used a little more beef than filler but I didn’t hate it regardless. If nothing else I’d like to see a Sledge 2 with more focus on the killer and him doing what he’s doing without a silly 4th wall style wrap-around of someone watching the movie in the movie. The Bottom line on this one is this, if you like slashers you’ll probably still find something here to like about Sledge. Some might be looking for a little something more and I certainly would understand that but for what this is it isn’t horrible. It is very strange and a little awkward from time to time, but not horrible.
– Audio Commentary with Kristian & Fernanda Hanson
– Audio Commentary with Cast