->''"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 [[TheNineties 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.
!!''Ax 'Em'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AnAxeToGrind: An axe does appear once.
* AxCrazy: Harry, although he uses a machete to dispatch his victims instead of an axe.
* BlatantLies: Despite the title, only ''one'' character is killed with an axe during the film.
* DullSurprise: The grandfather in the pre-credits sequence, when faced with Harry stalking towards him, matter-of-factly says, "Oh, shit."
* ExcusePlot: A group of high-school students go up north for the weekend, crack jokes about sex and pop culture, then get stalked by the only witness to a grisly suicide-murder.
* FadeToBlack: Used constantly during scene transitions.
* FakingTheDead: 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.
* {{Filler}}:
** 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.
* ForTheEvulz: 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.
* HillbillyHorrors: 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.
* HollywoodSilencer: During the flashback, the "mean Towns man" kills his family. Note how they don't wake up when they are shot.
* {{Irony}}: In one scene, a teenager enters a seemingly abandoned house, and searches the place while loudly demanding a phone every five minutes. As he searches another room, what does the killer knock him out with? [[spoiler: A rotary phone.]]
* JumpCut: Used right before characters die.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Good luck trying to catch their names.
* MacheteMayhem
* MakeSureHesDead: 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.
* MonochromeCasting: The majority of the movie's cast is African-American. In fact, only two or three Caucasian people appear in the whole movie. Even then, they don't last long.
* TheNineties: The film was made in 1992, and it shows with the now out-of-date styles (a Mickey Mouse shirt a character wears).
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Subverted. Despite saying that he would "revenge his family deaths," Harry doesn't even do that.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin / WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: The OpeningScroll.
* ShoutOut
** The host of the YourMom competition calls someone "[[Music/MCHammer Hammer]]".
** When one of the group members falls, he said that [[{{Memes/Advertising}} he fell, and he can't get up.]]
* TheStinger: As the surviving students escape, Harry (who was shot and presumably killed) walks out of the forest and growls.
* StockFootage: 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.
* TooDumbToLive: 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.
* TheUnintelligible: Literally everyone. Their dialogue, such as it is, is barely audible.
* UnreadablyFastText: The opening text is on-screen for only 3 seconds before moving on.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** What happened to the white girl who trips every time?
** Two homeless men stumble out of the forest, make a reference to kicking Harry's ass, then run off and aren't seen again.
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Averted - the characters fire several shots into him when they flee from the car. It takes several more shots (and a pitchfork) to put him down at the end of the film.
* YourMom: Used repeatedly by the emcee during the opening credits.