New Paul Bunyan tale with horror movie twist headed to Minnesota theaters


A different sort of Paul Bunyan tale will be stomping its way into Minnesota theaters this summer, Minnesota Brown reports.

"Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan" is a new horror/creature feature from director Gary Jones ("Boogeyman 3"). The filmmakers are promising to bring the movie to several dozen theaters in the state, as well as Wisconsin, Michigan and nearby regions.

According to the production, the film follows young adults at a first-time offenders' boot camp who "discover the legend of the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan is real, but is much more horrifying than they could have imagined."

Among the film's stars are B-movie legends Dan Haggerty (TV's Grizzly Adams) and Joe Estevez -- the brother of Martin Sheen and uncle of Charlie Sheen and Emilo Estevez.

In the trailer for the "Axe Giant The Wrath of Paul Bunyan," the film warns, "Deep in the woods, the legend lives ... but the stories were wrong."

The filmmakers appear to be willing to play "Axe Giant" just about anywhere, saying in a press release, "You can bring it to your movie club, lumberjack camp, movie theater, beer hall, town with giant statues of Paul and Babe the Blue Ox, and other off beat places around the upper Midwest."

Interested parties can suggest a screening at the film's website. The first public showing has already been set for June 5 in Minneapolis.

"Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan" has already won the approval of B-movie king Bruce Campbell, the star of the original "Evil Dead" trilogy.

According to the production, Campbell, who recently produced the hit remake of "Evil Dead," raved, "I enjoyed the hell out of it!"

If you prefer a kinder, gentler giant, Bring Me The News' Don Shelby will be voicing the role for "Paul Bunyan," a VocalEssence production at Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis Friday and Saturday.

See the trailer for "Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan" below.

Next Up


Pandemic pushes need for cybersecurity and I.T. professionals to forefront

University of Wisconsin-Superior is helping meet demand with online master’s programs

Screen Shot 2020-12-03 at 5.01.58 PM

Body found floating in Minnesota River in Shakopee

Efforts to identify the deceased are underway.

Hennepin County Government Center

Judge finds suspect guilty in 1991 murder of young Minneapolis woman

A 58-year-old man from South St. Paul, who was 29 at the time, has been found guilty of stabbing a 20-year-old woman

northfield community education center

Northfield school fires employee who allegedly gave melatonin to infant

It's against district policies to give a child anything without a parents' permission.

state hockey tournament, mshsl

MSHSL approves 3 calendars to start winter sports as soon as Dec. 21

The start date will depend on whether the state shutdown is lifted.


Drug overdose deaths up 31% in the first half of 2020

Overdose deaths started to increase sharply in March, which coincides with the state-ordered lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.

los ocampos

Video: Vehicle crashes into St. Paul restaurant

The fire department is on scene addressing a gas leak.

covid-19, coronavirus

Latest county infection rates are sky-high throughout Minnesota

Kandiyohi County is one of the hardest hit counties in the state.

Jenna Fish

Family's warning after teen's tragic death from CO poisoning at Thanksgiving

A 17-year-old girl from Delano died after Thanksgiving due to carbon monoxide poisoning.


More than $12K donated to MN gym owner who refused to close

The small business is located in town in Wabasha County.

radio station, microphone

MPR, The Current launch new weekly segment called 'The Warming House'

The program will feature feel-good entertainment amid the pandemic.