In 1989, it became the first Canadian shot-on-Super 8 gore shocker commercially released on VHS. Today, it remains perhaps the most bizarre, depraved and mind-boggling chunk of ‘Canuxploitaion’ ever unleashed upon humanity. Adult film superstar Amber Lynn and co-writer/producer Barry J. Gillis star in this surreal saga about two friends who visit a remote cabin, only to discover a womb of monstrous horror that demands graphic dismemberment. It’s an inexplicable orgy of eye ripping, beer guzzling, boob baring, skull drilling, sandwich making, chain sawing, bad acting and post-sync dubbing from co-writer/producer/director Andrew Jordan that has spawned its own disturbing cult of fans. Some will be repulsed. Others may be transformed forever. But you have never seen anything like THINGS.
Released on July 12th, along with The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer, Things comes loaded with brand-new bonus material and continues the Intervision brand of “outsider cinema from a world all its own.” Check back soon for detailed specs and additional info.
“IN A CLASS ALL BY ITSELF…
Consistently astounding as it unfolds in all its
bizarre glory, and still unlike anything most
viewers have ever seen.” -Canuxploitation.com
More Sledgehammer reviews are in – including one from The Wall Street Journal, surely their first SOV review.
“Exudes a singular kind of low-tech charm, and even achieves a compelling sense of style.” -The Wall Street Journal
“Seems as comfortable projected on the walls of a gallery, as it does lurking inside a well-worn VHS sleeve.”-Alison Nastasi, The Pineal Eye
“Sledgehammer is the real Trash Humpers…not that far off from Twin Peaks at certain moments.”-Green Cine Daily
“Sledgehammer has been saved from obscurity with a new DVD release…it would be great to see every obscure slasher get this type of treatment!” -Retro Slashers
“Partly ridiculous, partly unsettling, Sledgehammer manages to be completely entertaining.”-Paracinema Magazine
May 10th is here and that can only mean two things: David A. Prior’s SOV nightmare Sledgehammer is officially available on special edition DVD and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin screens the film for “Terror Tuesday” tonight!! A ton of a great reviews of the DVD have hit this past week and here is the first roundup:
“A TOTAL BLAST… a pure ‘call up your friends, grab some beers, and watch it while hammered’ experience!” -Complex Magazine
“The DVD is a VHS fetishist’s dream come true!”-Mishka NYC
“Sledgehammer isn’t watched, it’s assimilated.” -Gordon And The Whale
“A glowingly retro experience that will make anyone who appreciates some lo-fi gore beam with admiration!”-Mondo Digital
“A juggernaut of nightmarish, scummy freakiness!”-Cinesploitation
“Sledgehammer isn’t so much an artifact from another time as it is from another universe.”-WTF FILM
“Unpredictable, quirky, a little creepy, and strangely dream-like.”-DVD Beaver
Intervision announced its partnership with Mondo yesterday to release Sledgehammer in its native VHS form which earned uproarious enthusiasm from the public. The press release was picked up by the AV Club proclaiming Sledgehammer is the kind of “interdimensional, skull-smashing, common sense-eradicating oddity that could only surface during the heady days of the home-video boom.” and Movies.com writes, “a gift from the genre Gods has been bestowed upon horror geeks and VHS enthusiasts in the form of a new partnership between Austin’s Mondo and Intervision Picture Corporation.” The announcement was also picked up by /Film, IFC.com, Badass Digest, Film School Rejects, FearNet, and many others. Mondo Creative Director Justin Ishmael blogged here about the Sledgehammer release, his passion for VHS, and additional details regarding their all-new VHS-only label “Mondo Video”.
The rumor is true! Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, TX, officially announced today their partnership with Intervision to reissue Sledgehammer on VHS — the inaugural release in their all-new VHS-only label “Mondo Video.” Limited to 100 copies, the collectible tape features the original 1983 box art and copy packaged in a white clamshell case. The VHS will be available to coincide with the film’s May 10th DVD release and “Terror Tuesday” screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz and on sale exclusively at MondoTees.com, retailing for $20, on Wednesday, May 11.
Mondo creative director Justin Ishmael says, “I am downright crazy about VHS, so it gives me great pride that we get to make Sledgehammer the first release on our new Mondo Video label. There has been a major resurgence in VHS collecting the last few years after it was announced that the tapes would stop being made, so being fans ourselves, we jumped at the opportunity to actually resurrect the format and release some of our favorite movies on VHS. People thought they killed the video tape back in 2008, but like a phoenix, it is rising from the ashes! Never Forget!”
The best pimp slap in the history of movies? I think so.
This clip single-handedly inspired Intervision personnel to pull this rotting 3/4″ tape master out from the vault and surely, it will leave you slack-jawed. Originally shown to us by Cinefamily‘s Hadrian Belove, this sequence is a 2-min glimpse into the labyrinthian unfurnished inner-mind condo hell of slasher film’s most menacingly surreal villain — it can transform from child to 7′ tall sledgehammer-wielding behemoth at will!
We whole-heartedly believe (and hopefully you’ll agree after viewing), that ideally, David A. Prior’s SOV opus belongs projected (in rotation) at an art gallery for study rather than pulsating from your cathode ray tubes. It’s mainly the combination of the skull-shattering synth score and powerful slow-motion meeting its awkward, singular imitation of human interactions and relationships — i.e. sandwich face stuffing, de-pantsings, and pouring beer over your girlfriend’s head. It’s SLEDGEHAMMERTIME!