- Ax 2013
Brian Cleveland, Jason Cleveland, Gray Frederickson (executive), John Simonelli (executive) for Brothers Cleveland Productions, Graymark Productions
directed by Harry Basil
starring Leah Pipes, Kristin Cavallari, Josh Henderson, Andrew Lawrence, Lou Diamond Phillips, Sally Kirkland, Geoffrey Lewis, Sydnee Harlan, Ben Hall, Luka Apt, Justin Basil, Morgan Brown, J.R.Cooke, Darryl Cox, Dylan Cox, Payton Dunham, Megan Duplan, Brandon H.Fields, Kelsey Frederickson, Ginger Gilmartin, Glen Jensen, Ty Oliver, Gracie Veneklasen, Ashley Wyatt
written by Brian Cleveland, Jason Cleveland, music by Sean Morris
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A local urban legend says that since the time a traincrash has killed a
busload of children, cars that stop at the railroad crossing where it
happened are pushed over it by tiny kids' hands. Somehow, highschool
student Melanie (Leah Pipes) becomes interested in the legend after she
has repeatedly seen young Julie (Sydnee Harlan) near the traintracks - and
Julie is one of the girls killed in the crash. The more Melanie
investigates though, the more convinced she becomes that the crash as such
has actually never happened, but it was stationmaster Pearl (Ben Hall) who
kidnapped the kids in order to force the city council to not close his
station, but when he was lynched by an angry mob before he could release
the children and the kids couldn't be found, the city council made up the
While Melanie is still busy investigating though, a
masked killer in a stationmaster uniform starts killing people rather at
random, and even kidnaps Melanie's sister Crystal (Kristin Cavallari) ...
but ghost Julie leads Melanie to the place where Julie is held and where
the stationmaster has kept all the kids (whose skeletons are still there)
- but when trying to free her, Melanie herself has to face the masked
killer, who turns out to be Mary (Sally Kirkland), the stationmaster's
daughter (and incidently Julie's sister), and after a long fight, Melanie
and Crystal are saved only thanks to the ghosts of Julie and her friends,
who hold Mary on the traintracks long enough for her to be run over by a train.
ghost story not without interest, since it tries to develop a complex
backstory for all the ghostly goings-on. That said however, the film
eventually takes a less than satisfactory turn when it veers off into
slasher territory and further has to take backseat behind a bunch of
unnecessary subplots - like Melanie's stay at the rehab - that don't
advance the story one bit and actually take the steam out of the movie.
What remains is more of an honourable but failed effort than a good movie,
but at least Leah Pipes is competent enough an actress to keep the whole thing
from completely falling apart.