On a cold winter night, in 1990, Mr. Mason, a mean and cruel Towns man, left his job for Home. After arriving home, He took a shotgun And killed his wife and Kids. Then is mean man Killed himself. When the police arrived they only Found the bodies of his wife, Daughter, and younger son. His mentally Ill son Harry Was not ever found. Legend has it, he will return in 13 years to revenge his family deaths.
— The opening scroll
Ax 'Em (originally titled The Weekend It Lives) is a horror film directed, written and produced by Michael Mfume, made in the '90s and distributed in 2002.The film follows a group of teenagers who attend Morgan State University, and make plans to head up north for a party at an isolated cabin. Unbeknownst to them, the mentally-ill son of a man who executed himself and most of his family has been wandering the woods looking for revenge, and soon comes to massacre the teenagers. What follows is a race as the teens try to survive and look for a way out before Harry kills them all.The film was the first (and only) film produced and directed by Mfume, the son of former senator (and president of the NAACP) Kwesei Mfume. It was heavily panned during its initial release, and languished in obscurity for years until its release on DVD a decade later.
Faking the Dead: One of the teenagers, when trapped in the house with Harry pursuing him, sits in a chair, throws a sheet over himself and pretends to be a corpse. The ruse works, and Harry doesn't discover him.
The "step show/insult contest" sequence takes up a good 7-8 minutes of screentime, and has nothing to do with the rest of the plot.
There is an extended sequence where the group is talking and eating. Granted, it's split with other scenes such as Brian's death, Rock trying to screw a female, and Tony taking a pee break, but it's still infuriating because the movie stops dead for a bit.
For the Evulz: The supposed motivation of Harry, who is attacking people who stay near him because of what happened to his father and family (an event caused completely by the senior Mason and no one else) a decade-and-a-half prior.
Hillbilly Horrors: The majority of the film takes place in an isolated, wooded area where the students have no access to phones or communication with the outside world.
Hollywood Silencer: During the flashback, the "mean Towns man" kills his family. Note how they don't wake up when they are shot.
Make Sure He's Dead: After the other teenagers leave, Michael goes back, picks up a revolver, and fires several more shots into Harry. Subverted - it doesn't work, and he gets back up again some time after Michael leaves.
The Nineties: The film was made in 1992, and it shows with the now out-of-date styles (a Mickey Mouse shirt a character wears).
The Stinger: As the surviving students escape, Harry (who was shot and presumably killed) walks out of the forest and growls.
Stock Footage: In the scene where Harry discovers the teens trying to fix the car, the group shouts, "Oh, shit!" And then they replay it backwards. Also, the scene where Nikki flees and screams is played at least twice.
Too Dumb to Live: At one point, the surviving characters find a car. Rather then just getting in and driving away, they start hooping and hollering in celebration. This gives Harry enough time to find and chase them away from it.