GenreHorror, Thriller Duration CountryUnited States
CastLeslie Lee (Lisa), Jack Canon (Steele), Ray Green (Lomax), Frederick R. Friedel (Billy), Douglas Powers (Grandfather), Frank Jones (Aubrey) Release dateJuly 23, 1977 (1977-07-23) GenresHorror, Slasher, Thriller, B movie, Crime Fiction Similar moviesI Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Salt, Mad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, Looper, Furious 7
TaglineAt Last... Total Terror!
Axe (original title: Lisa, Lisa; released theatrically as California Axe Massacre) 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.
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.
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."