Motion Picture Purgatory: Sledgehammer (1983)

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I’m not sure why, but in the 1980’s people sure seemed to have a thing for sledgehammers. There was Peter Gabriel’s song, a TV series, and even a San Diego theatre group that formed late in the decade. But before all of that was writer/director David A. Prior’s 1983 film Sledgehammer, the topic of this week’s Motion Picture Purgatory.

Starring Ted Prior, Linda McGill, and John Eastman, Sledgehammer tells the tale of a young boy who murders his mother and her lover with a hammer. Ten years later a wave of teenage murders plagues the same area.

Intervision Pictures Corp. released this first shot-on-tape slasher movie for the home video market this past May featuring an audio commentary with director David A. Prior, audio commentary with Bleeding Skull creators Joseph A. Ziemba and Dan Budnik, “Hammertime” featurette with Destroy All Movies!!! author Zack Carlson, “SledgehammerLand” featurette with Cinefamily programmers Hadrian Belove and Tom Fitzgerald, and an interview with director David A. Prior.


Rick Trembles' Sledgehammer review

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