The genre of horror can get a little messy at times, but it’s rare when we get horror series that actually manages to provide a little bit of closure. “Hatchet III” is the third installment in the epic tale about the urban myth of Victor Crowley and his reign of terror.
A search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces after Marybeth (Danielle Harris) comes back into town declaring that he’s dead. She eventually learns the secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades and heads back into the swamp for one final showdown.
Basically, “Hatchet III” closes the loop in this story with one final gory showdown. Director BJ McConnell takes over from Adam Green for this installment and the results while a little underwhelming put a decent little ribbon on the tale of Victor Crowley. Picking up pretty well Part II left off, McConnell who is an experienced technical hand and camera operator doesn’t have to do any heavy lifting just let the story unfold well enough. The script admittedly has some dialogue problems, and the narrative while decent enough doesn’t really do anything with a lot of the set ups that it presents the audience and one in particular that it tries to set up but ends up doing nothing with. Ultimately, this story while having a couple of nice little twists and throwbacks is a continuation and conclusion of part II.
Danielle Harris is on the short list of actors who have gotten to recreate their character and does a fine job stepping into the shoes of Marybeth once again, reclaiming the role of “Scream Queen” as a strong independent ass kicking women, rather than a T&A victim who runs up stairs when the crazed killer comes into the house. Veteran horror monster Kane Hodder gets to slip into the overall’s of Victor Crowley once again and he is very aware to at least add some nuance to the character rather than just grunting and maiming people at every turn. Zack Galligan of “Gremlins” fame shows up as the town sheriff and Derek Mears the most recent man to step behind the hockey mask of Jason Voorhees also makes an appearance otherwise there aren’t any familiar faces in this film.
I’m the first to admit that on the surface, movies like this are just about the gore but the passionate and dedicated fan base that support these films, along with the professionals that make these films are so tight knit that it is very surprising and the general public looking in really wouldn’t know how close the horror community is with one another. In advance of the film’s release and it’s Blu-Ray release in August, I got the chance to talk with stars Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder about how giving, warm and generous the horror community real is.
Danielle Harris: It’s very small but it is also just incredibly supportive. I mean I have had a career, thanks to this genre and all the fans that have followed me from Halloween 4 & 5 up to now. The reasons I still get offers to do these movies isn’t necessarily because I’m this great actress, it’s because people still want to see me in these movies which is just wonderful and I fully intend to embrace. I know that there are some actresses, who have spent some of their career in that world and I mean I could list at least 5 of them off the top of my head, but they don’t necessarily want to acknowledge that part of their career. I mean people ask if the “Scream Queen” title bothers me, and it would be completely lame if I gave myself that title, but because it was given to me I fully embrace it because it has given me the chance to work and make a living at what I love to do which is just awesome.
Kane Hodder: Oh, the horror fans are so dedicated and supportive, I just love ’em. I’ve always loved horror films anyway, but the fans are so great because I mean if they hear of me doing something with a ridiculous premise, they’ll still give it a shot. I’ve always loved it, as I continue on doing it now but I am still doing a fair bit of stunt work as well so for me it really is the best of both worlds.
I’ll have more with Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder in the month of August in advance of the DVD and Blu-Ray release of both “Hatchet III” and Danielle’s feature directorial debut “Among Friends”.
Ultimately, a movie like “Hatchet III” or any in the franchise really are films that are made by fans, for the fans. And while this installment certainly didn’t do anything wrong, it certainly felt like the film left some opportunities on the table and didn’t do quite as much as it could have.
2 out of 5 stars.
“Hatchet III” begins its run at the Big Picture Cinema Gerrard tomorrow, check with your local listings for show times.
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