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A group of twenty-somethings have rented a cabin deep in the woods for
a sort of inofficial college reunion, to pay tribute to their old partying
ways one last time. But somehow, the guestlist of this event is
ill-advised from the get-go: There's Brian (Stephen Eith), his ex Cass
(Chantelle Albers) who has never given up on him, her current boyfriend
Doug (Dylan Hobbs), who's less than crazy about the way Cass tries to get
back with Brian, Brian's current girlfriend Stacy (Elissa Dowling), who
once was Cass's best friend, pretty Vivian (Eliza Kiss) and Darren (Joston
Theney), who is madly in love with Vivian but has never once mustered up
enough courage to ask her out in seven years, so much so that she makes
fun of him, lesbians Tammy (Jamie Bernadette) and Liz (Erin Marie Hogan),
who get on everybody's nerves because they are deeply in love and have no
reservations to show it, and of course the overweight harmless pervert
Randy (J. Scott), who can't be dissuaded from carrying a camera wherever
So yeah, this constellation alone already warrants genuine
chaos, but worse still, the house was once the scene of the horrible Axeman
Murders, a killing spree that was never solved - and wouldn't you know
it, the Axeman's still around, hasn't forgotten the old cabin, and has
brought a bagful of weapons to kill our heroes, one by one by one ...
veterans Tiffany Shepis and Brinke Stevens make cameo appearances as a
criminal and a Sheriff, both slaughtered by the Axeman (in separate
scenes), while Arielle Brachfeld handles the funniest character of the
movie - a hung-over deputy - rather brilliantly.
basically, this film was of course made to appeal to the slasher fanbase,
featuring quite a few inventive and nasty deaths with just the right
amount of gore, a very mean killer, some chases with the characters
stumbling quite a few times too often, and of course, partying youngsters,
pre-marital sex, bitches and jocks and whatnot ...
But there's a little
more to Axeman, as it features rather believable characters one can
actually identify with, embodied by a very competent cast, it doesn't give
away the last (wo-)man standing within the first five minutes, while
genuine suspense is created, the murders still happen surprisingly and
without a fixed pattern, the shocks are well-set, but so are the bits of
comedy making this kind of movie work in the first place.
So yeah, it is
a formula movie, but with plenty of entertainment value to also appeal to
non-slasher fans - really, it's good fun.