Edge of the Axe (1988) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Edge of the Axe (1988) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

Edge of the Axe (1988) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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Edge of the Axe (1988) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: José Ramón Larraz
Starring: Barton Faulks, Jack Taylor, Christina Marie Lane
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video

The rural community of Paddock County is being rocked by the crazed exploits of an axe-wielding psychopath, who stalks the night in a black trenchcoat and mask. As the victims pile up, the authorities attempt to keep a lid on the situation, whilst computer whizz-kid Gerald and girlfriend Lillian seek to unmask the killer before the town population reaches zero.

Edge of the Axe was one of those lost movies that were hard to get or only available on VHS for the longest time. Now, thanks to Arrow Video we now have it in all it’s glory in HD on a brand new Blu-ray. To give this one a quick summary up here at the front I’ll just say it starts off very good with a car wash kill. The movie then slowly boggs its self down with some nice deaths here and there. It then finishes off with a twist ending that you’ll either really enjoy or hate. All of this comes together to make the movie pretty acceptable but still along the lines with most third-string slashers of its time. It’s not Friday the 13th by any means. Heck, it’s not even Madman or Slaughter High, but it does just enough. Still, if you rented it on VHS back in the day you were probably one of those people who think the cover was better than the movie.

The movie has Spanish roots and has a Spanish director. I think these things take what you would think might be an old school style slasher and turn it into something a little different and just a little awkward at times. Instead of having teens running around naked by a lake we have people running around and chopping heads off of pigs, sending messages to one another on old school computers, and other things that you don’t usually see in slasher movies. No matter how you end up feeling about the movie, the transfer here with Arrow is a solid one and we have some interviews and commentaries in the extras to boost up the rewatch value.

Extras

– Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
– English and Spanish language versions of the feature
– Original uncompressed mono audio
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
– Newly translated English subtitles for the Spanish soundtrack
– Brand new audio commentary with actor Barton Faulks
– Brand new audio commentary with The Hysteria Continues
– Newly-filmed interview with actor Barton Faulks
– The Pain in Spain – a newly-filmed interview with special effects and make-up artist Colin Arthur
– Image Gallery
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Justin Osbourn
– First pressing only: Collector s booklet featuring new writing by Amanda Reyes

Quality of Transfer: 94%

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