One of the first shot-on-video horror films, proceeding Bordinghouse made the previous year and theatrically released, Sledgehammer takes the title of the first shot on video slasher film, also made specifically for the home video market. The first film directed by cult favourite David A. Prior, starring his brother and life-long collaborator, Ted Prior.
A group of friends on a weekend get away stage a seance at a secluded country house, the setting of a brutal killing and mysterious dissappearence only ten years prior. What begins as a curious prank, escalates into a fever dream of chaos and mind-bending depravity. Exploring the new aesthetics of home video editing, Sledgehammer is an iconographic example of its sub-genre, beyond ridiculous and absurd yet filled with dread and nail-biting suspense, intensified by the most scorching, throbbing and relentless synthesized soundtrack only 1983 could deliver.
For the 52nd Adjust Tracking, we'll be paying homage to this SOV legend by viewing the original Canadian VHS release on Norstar Home Video!