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Ax 'Em (1992)

The Weekend It Lives (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 29 January 1992 (USA)
A weekend retreat at a remote cabin in the woods for a group of childhood pals turns into a terrifying fight for survival, as a former friend whose family was killed years earlier comes along looking for revenge.


(as Michael 'Mfumay' Mfume)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Mfume ...
Sandra Pulley ...
Joe Clair ...
Racquel Price ...
Tracy Wiggs ...
Maria Copper ...
Kelci Jeter ...
Greg Jones ...
Kristine Louisa ...
Fredrick Montgomery ...
Thomas Hunt ...
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A weekend retreat at a remote cabin in the woods for a group of childhood pals turns into a terrifying fight for survival, as a former friend whose family was killed years earlier comes along looking for revenge.

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It Was Supposed To Be A Weekend Get-Away Until The Horror Began!




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29 January 1992 (USA)  »

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$650 (estimated)

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The original cut of the film (titled "The Weekend it Lives") was supposedly more of a comic-horror parody than straight horror. However, when York Entertainment picked up the home video rights years later they drastically re-cut the film. Scenes are now incomplete, out of order or missing entirely leaving much of the film incoherent and its tone unclear. It is unknown if any prints of the original version still exist. See more »


The director yelling "Cut" can be heard during the scene transition as the two arguing bums are running away. See more »


Breakfast: I'm running back to Baltimore!
[starts running]
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Performed by Mickey & Kittie
Produced by Lou Diamonds
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I actually saw this movie in the theater!!!!!
8 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

A group of African-American college students head out to the country for a weekend of fun and find themselves being slaughtered instead in this film written and directed by Michael Mfume. Sadly, the killer's first victim must've been the sound man because barely a word spoken in this film is audible. Now let's be honest folks. We users of the IMDb tend to be a little too quick in declaring that this or that film the worst one ever made. People have certainly done that about this film too. The difference is that this time they are right! This film is simply unwatchable. Even cheese-lovers will be tempted to poke their eyes out. So many people have complained the time they wasted watching this DVD. Well, I'm one up on you. I actually saw this movie in the theater! That's right, back when it was made, around 1992, the film managed to get limited theatrical release in Mfume's hometown of Baltimore. (This disservice to the movie-going public was probably as a result of the fact that Mfume's father was a US Congressman from Baltimore at the time.) The film was originally called "The Weekend It Lives." I don't think I walked out on the movie. I was with some friends and I believe we were all too stunned to move. As stunned as I was at the time, I am even more stunned that someone actually released it on DVD. It's not simply that the movie is bad. There are plenty of bad movies out there, and I enjoy many of them. What surprises me about this film is it's total lack of film-making competence. The sound is horrible, as if they were only using the built-in microphone on a camcorder. The picture is almost as bad. I have seen better films made by grade school students.

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