Director: John Ward
Cast: Ashley Campbell, Dillon Weishuhn, Lindsey Cruz
Production Company: Dark Park Films
Runtime: 25 minutes

Axemas (2017) is a holiday horror film that might just chop its way into your heart! This short movie was directed by John Ward, who is currently working on Meathook Massacre 4 (2018).

In the movie, three young couples decide to party in a storage facility after hours. Little do they know that an axe-wielding killer dressed as Santa Claus is looking to give them a permanent silent night.


One of the most outstanding things about this short film is all the one-liners that Nick manages to dish out before he kills someone. You’ve seen this sort of thing in other films, but here it is relentless!

The gore and blood effects were also very well done. A broken leg with an exposed bone was probably the best of the bloody bunch.

Fans of films like Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), Christmas Evil (1980), and Silent Night (2012) will likely enjoy this one too.


The location is another highlight of the film. Shooting almost entirely within a storage facility gives this movie a distinctive look.

I also thought the film’s sound and lighting were well above average for a horror short. In fact, most of the scenes were moody without losing any clarity. A brief use of split screen was also interesting.

The film’s end credits includes a creepy a capella version of Silent Night by John E. Seymore, who also played Nick. Ward is already working on Axemas 2: Blood Slay (2018). Better watch out for it…

– John Migliore

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