“#ChadGetsTheAxe” harnesses the idea of an influencer in a horror movie in ways that have yet to be done at this level – and it is probably one of the best digital releases of the year.


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General Information

Director(s) Travis Bible
Screenplay By Travis Bible, Kemerton Hargrove
Based On N/A
Date Released (Video On Demand) September 1, 2023
Genre(s) Action, Comedy, Horror, Thriller, Young Adult
Film Length 1 Hour 23 Minutes
Content Rating Not Rated
Noted Characters and Cast
Chad Spencer Harrison Levin
Steve Michael Bonini
Jen Taneisha Figueroa
Spencer Cameron Vitosh

What Is “#ChadGetsTheAxe” Rated And Why?

“#ChadGetsTheAxe” is Not Rated and contains:

  • Dialog: Some cursing, but nothing vulgar
  • Violence: Depiction of what could be a dead body, and there is bodily harm
  • Sexual Content: N/A
  • Miscellaneous: Nothing major is presented

Film Summary

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When things begin, the focus isn’t on the title character, Chad, but on a young man named Steve, whom Chad is mentoring to be on his level. Together, with beauty influencer Jen and her boyfriend/musician Spencer, they decide to explore a haunted house in which a cult supposedly killed many people.

However, as the movie goes on, there is a need to question if this cult still exists and whether we’re watching multiple feeds that are real or just a really elaborate prank?

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Chad

Chad is a major-level influencer who mostly focuses on pranks and has drawn quite a following via not being the most politically correct guy. However, despite being disagreeable to some, there is no denying his following and prestige in the influencer space.

Steve

Steve is an up-and-coming vlogger who focuses mainly on exploring haunted places.

Jen

Jennifer (Taneisha Figueroa) and Chad (Spencer Harrison Levin)
“Jennifer (Taneisha Figueroa) and Chad (Spencer Harrison Levin),” #ChadGetsTheAxe, directed by Travis Bible, 2023, (The Horror Collective and Entertainment Squad)

Jennifer, or Jen, is a beauty influencer with a second channel she shares with her current boyfriend, Spencer, which is quite the hit.

Spencer

Spencer is a musician and influencer who is dating Jennifer.

Review

Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)Recommended

Notable Performances or Moments

The Comment Section

Throughout “#ChadGetsTheAxe” there is a comment section, as the film is depicted as if you are watching and switching between live feeds. With this, you get hilarious commentary from the fans of Steve, Chad, and Jennifer, as well as their haters, as they question what’s real, say “LOOK BEHIND YOU!” and even if you are watching this alone, it gives you the sense you are watching with a community.

I will say, though, that sometimes the commentary is so funny that it can distract from what is going on with our lead characters.

Highlights

The Energy & Personalities

While you may assume that this, like most horror comedies, would lean heavily on stereotypes and be aimed at making fun of influencers and influencer culture, that isn’t necessarily the case here. Yes, the commentators make fun of the characters, but I wouldn’t say you’ll love to hate or even hate to love anyone.

Everyone is painted as likable but flawed. While we don’t learn anything about his background, Steve seems like a nice guy who, in his quest for online fame, isn’t completely against pushing the boundaries. Chad, while you can tell being a class clown, if not outright ass, is the foundation of his character, as we get to know and focus on him, you see there are layers.

Generally speaking, we don’t get much of any character’s past, but it is hinted with Chad that he was probably much worse than who we see on screen, and you can tell he has evolved. There is one scene in particular when he makes a few acquaintances who are saying misogynistic things, and you can tell he isn’t correcting the other guys because he is streaming but genuinely disagrees with their garbage takes and wants to offer them a counterpoint.

As for Jen and Spencer? Honestly, Spencer is barely in the movie, but I appreciate his part as the boyfriend of someone who likely could stand on their own and Jen as an individual? She is underused, but again, it could have been so easy to make her a ditzy beauty influencer and have her be campy, but “#ChadGetsTheAxe” doesn’t do that. It reminds you influencers are business people, and while the pursuit of followers, fame, and fortune can bring the worst out of people, it doesn’t mean at their core, when it counts, they are bad people.

Recommendations

If you like this movie, we recommend:

  1. Spree
  2. Nerve

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FAQs

Answers to some questions you may have regarding this movie:

The Reason The Movie Is Named “#ChadGetsTheAxe”

Because Chad and everyone else end up on the run with someone carrying an axe haunting them.

Does “#ChadGetsTheAxe” Setup A Sequel or Prequel?

It has what can be seen as a definitive ending.

Does “#ChadGetsTheAxe” Have A Mid-Credit or End Credit Scene?

There is a short post-credit scene.


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#ChadGetsTheAxe (2023) - Overview

Summary

From engaging characters and a comment section that is almost as funny as the actors on screen, “#ChadGetsTheAxe” is a welcomed surprise that should not disappear into the ethos of all that gets released every week but potentially put in top 10 lists.

Overall
87%
87%
  • The Comment Section - 90%
    90%
  • The Energy & Personalities - 83%
    83%

Highlight(s)

  • The Energy & Personalities
  • The Comment Section

Disputable

  • N/A

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