Edge of the Axe Blu Ray Review (Arrow Video)
Edge of the Axe reminds me a little of Pieces, Spanish production with an American vibe to it. Cult director José Ramón Larraz has done more than a few standout horror flicks in his career but I think this one is his best work. It was made during the slasher craze & it capitalized on it’s popularity to end up in all kinds of movie rental stores. The script was just okay but it knew exactly what it needed to be successful in this sub-genre. You can tell it was made by a foreigner because it had some real odd things that you wouldn’t usually see in this type of flick. I will say that it tried way too hard to make it obvious who the killer was. The twist was solid but it was a little predictable. They should have took advantage of that ending & did a sequel to this. Edge of the Axe is loaded with a solid body count with brutal kills & gruesome gore that will satisfy any horror fan. I love old school practical special fx. The killer looks really cool with a similar looking mask that resembles the one in Torso mixed with some Michael Myers. The acting is very hit or miss here but it does feature a few familiar faces like Conrado San Martín (Conquest), Jack Taylor (Pieces), May Heatherly (Pieces), Patty Shepard (Slugs), & Alicia Moro (Slugs). It’s one of my all time favorite Spanish horror films. Edge of the Axe is highly under-rared & rarely mentioned when 80 slashers are brought up, hopefully this new blu ray home video release from Arrow changes that, RECOMMENDED!!!!