Really Awful Movies: Ep 333 – Edge of the Axe

On this week’s podcast episode, perhaps the 7th most notable axe murderer horror film of all time, Edge of the Axe.

Sure, this Michael Myers-visaged villain swings an axe, yet he remains far less well known than those maniacs in Silent Night, Deadly Night, Madman, Silent Night, Bloody Night and the granddaddy of all axe murderin’ movies, The Shining.

Still, this Spanish / American co-production has its defenders (namely, us). Edge of the Axe is a rip-roaring good time, variously filmed in Big Bear, California, and Madrid Spain, with a bunch of townsfolk being picked off one by one by a figure cloaked in black and wearing a white mask.

And the police are dumbfounded as to who could possibly be committing these heinous acts. This one was released near the very tail-end of the slasher boom, and it shows. It’s definitely quite unique and there’s a lot going for it, particularly the quirky characters, the strange Gothic Euro feel, and much more. Tune in!


Really Awful Movies: Ep 332 – Angel Town

Ah, the City of Angels…La-La Land…Whatever you wanna call it, Los Angeles conjures up a lot of images in people’s minds, whether it’s Charles Bukowski, Hollywood movie stars, hair metal, smog, plastic surgery, the nascent gangsta rap scene of the 90s, urban sprawl/decay…and of course…Latino stereotypes! Angel Town is all about the latter two, and stars Olivier Gruner, real-life French kickboxer extraordinaire as Jacques, a would-be engineering grad student who finds himself experiencing the ultimate culture shock when he arrives to hit the books (and finds out he’s hitting more than that!)

Lacking local campus student accommodation, Jacques has to go further afield, and on two feet to boot in a city not exactly known for its highly developed wonderful public transit. He eventually rents a room in the middle of the barrio/hood, and soon finds himself battling Chicano gangsters threatening his landlord and her family with uzis, firecrackers, knives, fists, you name it.

Scary stuff!

Luckily, Jacques is not your ordinary number crunching booksmart grad school nerd. He can spin kick with the best of them. Soon, he’s mopping the floor with a bunch of t-shirt wearing “ese” and “homes”-dropping ethnic stereotypes. And this Frenchman is not to be trifled with. The French haven’t kicked this much arse since Napoleon Bonaparte.

Today on the podcast, a look at Angel Town, it’s debits and the film’s considerable charms. At least to us.

You gotta love Gruner, eh?

Given that this is an action film, there’s a crappy dojo, a tearjerker subplot, but of course at its heart, people getting punched and kicked in the face. What more could you ask for?