Early Bird SOV Slasher Sledgehammer Coming To DVD

Start-up distributor Intervision Pictures Corp, who have a name and logo right out of the 1980′s, will release Sledgehammer (1983) to DVD on May 10. There’s something about a clear “laughing” mask that’s creepy beyond Michael Myers’ pale mug. Variations of it have been commonly employed in horror movies as a prankster’s tool (Friday The 13th Part 3, Whodunnit: The Creep Island Murders) or for brief maniac usage (Slumber Party Massacre 3), but Sledgehammer gave the visage a little more due. Read on for the cover art and skinny.

Have you ever stuffed an entire sandwich into your mouth? Have you ever poured a bottle of alcohol over your head? Furthermore, have you ever been stalked by an unending evil in the claustrophobic confines of a righteously depressing haunted condo? In slow motion? No? Then welcome to SLEDGEHAMMER! Heralding the revolutionary roar of shot on video (SOV) horror at the dawn of the 1980s, SLEDGEHAMMER is the gore-soaked saga of seven party animals, their trip to a haunted house, and their ensuing battle with an ultra-creepy, flannel-wearing, sledgehammer-wielding behemoth. In other words, it’s everything you want out of a SOV slasher complete with Bill Murray impersonations! Helmed by writer-director David A. Prior (KILLER WORKOUT, DEADLY PREY) and starring Ted Prior, David’s iconic trash-superstar sibling, SLEDGEHAMMER is SOV nirvana, a paradoxical wonderland of outrageous hilarity, cool sweatpants, and genuinely unsettling chills. Appropriately staking its claim as the very first SOV horror film produced implicitly for the home video market, SLEDGEHAMMER joins BOARDINGHOUSE, BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL, and VIDEO VIOLENCE 2 as a bona fide cornerstone in grungy, homemade horror. The synths are thick. The sex is weird. The food fight is superb. So what are you waiting for? Get PRIOR-itized! NOW!

Bonus Features Include:

Audio commentary with Bleeding Skull.com creators Dan Budnik and Joseph Ziemba, Audio commentary with Director David A. Prior, Featurette with David Prior, Featurette with lead actor Ted Prior, Featurette with Cinefamily programmers Hadrian Belove and Tom Fitzgerald, Featurette with Alamo Drafthouse programmer Zack Carlson, Trailers.

With hyperbole like that, how can you pass it up? For more, view Sledgehammer Images and read Amanda’s Sledgehammer Review, in which she noted “…despite its misgivings, Sledgehammer is a straight-faced slasher that is so completely unpretentious I can forgive it just about anything.”

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10 Responses to “ Early Bird SOV Slasher Sledgehammer Coming To DVD ”

  1. Epic, epic news. Never thought I’d see the day. Great to see the original art for the dvd, best of luck to this fledgling company. Day 1 purchase for me.

  2. I’m excited about this as well! I’m just getting into these 80s SOV oddities and am glad this is getting a release!

  3. This has become one of my most anticipated dvd releases of the year!
    I am really looking forward to the Bleeding Skull commentary.
    And that cover art is fucking SICK!
    If that Night Of The Demon dvd actually gets a legit release then this is shaping up to be a killer year baby!

  4. To BRIAN THE WOLF THE DORM THAT DRIPPED BLOOD Will Be The Biggest Horror Release Of The Year.

  5. Jamie,when is that coming out,and which company is releasing it?

  6. Hey Brian It Comes Out April 5th Synapse Films Is Releasing It
    Its Also An Alternate Title DEATH DORM Never Before Seen Footage & Gore Going To Be Awesome.

  7. I agree….the dorm that drip blood will be the biggest horror release to come out this year…..unless Nightmare comes out on dvd. Then that will be the biggest…

  8. I Have My Doubts NIGHTMARE Will Get A Dvd Release.
    I’m Hoping BLUE UNDERGROUND Will Release It One Day.

  9. The Dorm, Pranks in my neck of the woods, always needed a good release. I always think its relatively low rep owes more to abysmal picture quality than any shortcomings of the film.
    I wish someone would do the same for Silent Night Bloody Night, Humongous, Curtains and Chopping Mall.

  10. I Agree 100% CURTAINS Needs A Proper Release Such A Classic Slasher.

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