After writer director Adam Green unleashed Victor Crowley on the world with the first Hatchet film in 2006 fans knew this wasn’t just another slasher flick. Not only did he take it back to the old school and unleash a great character and plenty of gore, he enlisted icon Kane Hodder to take on the mantle for a recipe of perfection. With the follow up Hatchet II they picked up exactly where it left off to up the blood and killing to create and even better addition to this new franchise. Now they have unleashed yet another chapter to this already iconic series with Hatchet III but with this time BJ McDonnell behind the camera with Green looking on. Could they possibly top the previous films or at least keep the momentum going or has Victor Crowley finally worn out his welcome?
Hatchet III follows a search and rescue team as they head into Victor Crowley’s swamp to pick up the pieces. Meanwhile, Marybeth has learned a secret that could possibly end the curse forever. Much like the last entry, this film picks up at the exact same moment the previous film ended. The film opens with some great gore kill moments that will leave you wondering how they will be able to keep this movie moving before heading off into the storyline for this film. For the first half there are only a few kills which is fine as they sport some great gory goodness that is sure to please fans of the series. In addition they sport a decent explanation of the legend that allows things to move forward without much needed. As we are fed more information to get this story going, there are some aspects that come off a bit off with the decision making of the characters, but never so much that it ruins the movie. There are a few supporting characters that don’t give all that great performances and are kind of annoying at times, but thanks to the always great Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder’s even more brutal portrayal of Crowley you can easily over look them and have the joy that they will eventually be wiped out. The biggest pleasure was getting to see horror icon out of make-up and getting to just be himself and a total badass. While he doesn’t get near enough screen time as he deserves, he does leave a lasting impression and gives the fans a chance to see two Jason’s go head to head. The story moves a bit slow at first, but then suddenly just goes balls to the wall delivering a non-stop bloody barrage of death and dismemberment letting Crowley unleash the full potential of his rage.
This isn’t quite as good as the first two films, but is filled with great kills, some interesting twists and surprises that make this film a perfect cap to this storyline. This is said to be the final film in the series and if so would be a true shame, but at the same time a welcome decision as not to destroy the brilliance this series has delivered. This is one of if not the only franchise to date that can be played as one long film and has been reports that Green is hoping to eventually release it as such. How could the thought of a four hour Hatchet film not please the most avid gore hound? Until then, we will just have to be happy with the films separately and the fact that Green has created a true icon of horror with Victor Crowley that is sure to go down in history as one of the greats.
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