Axe (film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Frederick R. Friedel
Produced by J.G. Patterson Jr.
Written by Frederick R. Friedel
Starring Leslie Lee
Hart Smith
Carol Miller
Music by George Newman Shaw
John Willhelm
Cinematography Austin McKinney
Edited by Frederick R. Friedel
J.G. Patterson Jr.
Frederick Productions
Empire Studios
Distributed by Boxoffice International Pictures (BIP)
Release date
  • July 23, 1974 (1974-07-23)
Running time
72 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Axe (original title: Lisa, Lisa; released theatrically as California Axe Massacre[1]) is a 1974 American exploitation horror film written and directed by Frederick R. Friedel and starring Leslie Lee. The film is one of the infamous "video nasties" that was banned in the United Kingdom in the early 1980s.


A group of three psychopaths on the run from the law kill a man and flee into the countryside. They descend on an isolated farm which is home to a young girl named Lisa (Leslie Lee) and her paralyzed grandfather. After suffering much humiliation at the hands of the gang, Lisa takes a ghastly, murderous revenge.She first kills one who tries to rape her....then another who also tries to take her by force later in the story line...the last intruder senses something is amiss when a body falls down out of the chimney and runs from the house and is gunned down by the police


  • Leslie Lee as Lisa
  • Jack Canon as Steele
  • Ray Green as Lomax
  • Frederick R. Friedel as Billy
  • Douglas Powers as Grandfather
  • Frank Jones as Aubrey
  • Carol Miller as Storewoman
  • George J. Monaghan as Harold
  • Hart Smith as Detective
  • Scott Smith as Policeman
  • Jeff MacKay as Radio and Television Shows (voice)
  • David Hayman as Radio and Television Shows (voice)
  • Don Cummins as Radio and Television Shows (voice)
  • Jaqueline Pyle as Radio and Television Shows (voice)
  • Lynne Bradley as Radio and Television Shows (voice)
  • Richie Smith as Radio and Television Shows (voice)
  • George Newman Shaw as Radio and Television Shows (voice)
  • Ronald Watterson as Radio and Television Shows (voice)
  • Beverly Watterson as Radio and Television Shows (voice)
  • Graddie Lane as Radio and Television Shows (voice)
  • Suzy Bertoni as Radio and Television Shows (voice)


The film was shot on location in a farmhouse outside Charlotte, North Carolina.[2]


The film gained notoriety in 1984 when it was designated a video nasty in the United Kingdom and appeared on the director of public prosecution's list of banned films. It was passed with cuts in 1999 and finally released uncut in 2005.

Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide gave the film three out of four stars, calling it "a well-photographed, refreshingly naturalistic drama of almost mythic retribution and victimization. [...] The psychological narrative can be slack, and the acting and technical aspects are uneven. But overall, the film makes you wish Friedel had directed more pictures."[3]


  1. ^ "California-Axe-Massacre". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-04-29. 
  2. ^ Albright, Brian. Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990: A State-by-State Guide with Interviews. McFarland. p. 273. ISBN 978-0786472277. 
  3. ^ Lovece, Frank. "Axe Review". TV Guide. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 

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