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.”