Joston Theney for #Sinning Works
directed by Joston Theney
starring Elissa Dowling, Tiffany Shepis, Brinke Stevens, Scot Pollard, Joston Theney, Eliza Kiss, Stephen Eith, Jamie Bernadette, Erin Marie Hogan, Chantelle Albers, Dylan Hobbs, Nihilist Gelo, Carlos Javier Castillo, Ray Trickitt, Paula Tracey Wilson (voice)
written by Joston Theney, special effects makeup by Suzi Hale
A trio of gangsters (Tiffany Shepis, Carlos Javier Castillo, Ray
Trickitt) make it to their hide-out, a cabin in the woods, with several
million Dollars in loot - to suddenly be felled by a mountain of a man who
has become a local legend named The Axeman (Scot Pollard).
Several days later, a group of twenty-somethings come up to a
neighbouring cabin for what they think will be nothing short of a weekend
of nonstop partying - but it soon turns out they all have way too many
issues to cut through to really get a party going. There's Stacy (Elissa
Dowling), who's getting it on with her best friend Cassidy's (Chantelle
Albers) ex Brian (Stephen Eith), even though Cassidy has never given up on
him, and that's even though she has brought her new boyfriend Doug (Dylan
Hobbs) along, there's Darren (Joston Theney), who is way too shy to ask
the girl of his dreams, Vivian (Eliza Kiss) out, and her being fully aware
of this making a fool out of him, there's lesbians Tammy (Jamie
Bernadette) and Liz (Erin Marie Hogan), who can't keep their hands off one
another, and then there's overweight and harmless pervert Randy (Nihilist
Gelo), who carries his camera everywhere just in case he can snap a piece
of nudity and sex. Now with all this conflicts going on within the group,
nobody seems to notice for a while that Randy has gone missing (as in
killed by the Axeman), and their search efforts are so half-hearted that
they don't even notice that several more of their ranks are killed along
the way. But things really get bad when the Axeman enters the house, and
it seems everybody inside is way too busy with make-up sex to even notice
their friends are massacred ...
Genre veteran Brinke Stevens has an amusing cameo as local sheriff.
Now Axeman Redux doesn't make any pretensions to be anything
other than a slasher movie, as it ticks all the boxes from partying
youngsters to the scary killer with big weapons to the brutal murders. But
as a slasher movie, Axeman Redux really gets things right: For one,
it's much more character-centered than your usual genre fare, which of
course helps with caring for the victims, then the right balance is found
not only between suspense, jump scares and gruesomeness, but also between
drama and comedy, and the killings are gruesome and inventive but never
feel gratuitous. And of course, a strong ensemble cast really helps
keeping things interesting throughout.
Now fans of the slasher genre are sure to like this one, but even
non-fans might find this interesting, if not more.