A search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces, and Marybeth learns the secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.
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A group of delinquents are sent to clean the Blackwell Hotel. Little do they know reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight has holed away in the rotting hotel. When one of the teens is captured, those who remain - a group that includes the cop who put a bullet in Goodnight's head four years ago - band together to survive against the brutal killer.
Michael J. Pagan
A motley crew of tourists embark on a boat ride of the haunted Louisiana bayous where they learn the terrifying tale of local legend "Victor Crowley," a horribly disfigured man who was accidentally killed with a hatchet by the hands of his own father. But when the boat sinks and the ghost story turns out to be real, the group tries desperately to escape the swamp with their lives . . . and all of their pieces.Written by
While I did have a good time watching this film and thought it was rather fun I was still mostly disappointed by it. The reason for this was because of the way it was advertised. I have seen enough movies that I should know better than to go into movies with expectations, but I was really excited about seeing the "Old School American Horror" that this film advertised itself as. This is, however, not what the film delivered.
When I think of Old School American Horror three movies instantly come to mind; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Dawn of the Dead (1978), and Halloween (1978), all of which have been remade into lesser films in the last 5 years, but that is beside the point. This movie did not have the feel of any of these films. These 3 films are all either very creepy or very disturbing and at times both.
Now I don't know if I should really compare Hatchet to these three films, but when you advertise your film as Old School American Horror, these are the comparisons that are going to get made. The main difference in Hatchet over these films is that I never really felt the menace from the Victor Crowley character that I felt from the characters in those films. Mike Meyers and Leatherface are scary and disturbed characters that are very unsettling to watch on film as are the zombies in Dawn of the Dead. Victor Crowly, though, did not ever feel menacing to me.
The only time I felt and sort of fear from him is when they would do the quick, cheap scares where he comes out of nowhere. I never once felt the feeling of suspense or dread that I felt from the other characters I have mentioned. There were even times that I felt like laughing at Victor Crowley, and that is something I never would have done with those other characters. Victor Crowley is a character that should have disturbed me though, as deformed faces tend to have a very unsettling effect on me. However that didn't even effect me in anyway. I'm not sure whether the blame for this goes to Kane Hodder, the makeup effect crew, or the director, but Victor Crowley just didn't really scare me.
Speaking of laughing at the film, that is another place where this film departed from the Old School American Horror. It fell to much into the realm of self parody. It seems a horror movie can not be made these days with parodying itself and the whole genre, and this film is no different. I was hoping this film would take itself much more seriously than it did. Don't get me wrong I had a good time laughing during the film, but the self parodying made it feel more like a '90s horror film than an older horror film. Of course maybe for today's audience the '90s would be considered Old School horror.
The movie was often very predictable about when and where the scares would occur though. If you've seen enough horror movies you'll probably be able to pick them out when you watch the film as well. Especially a certain scene at the end that I won't give away, but as soon as it happened I realized that something very similar to another popular horror movie was going to happen. I also was usually able to tell when Victor was going to show up at certain times and it wasn't really surprising. However, this film did break one of the Hollywood horror movies clichés, of the 9 people that were put into the situation the black guy actually managed to make it pretty far into the movie without getting killed.
I will say that the gore in the film was pretty good, it definitely had a low budget feel to it that you would expect from and older horror movie. And even though the movie didn't really live up to my expectations it was enjoyable to see. It however was pretty much just an average horror film that was able to keep me entertained enough to stay in my seat. Overall, I am not sorry I saw it but this definitely was not what I was expecting.
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