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A sequel that lives up to the original for once.
on June 25, 2013
Let me first say that I love horror films. There have been more duds than successes in recent history, and to a fan of the genre, this fact is extremely disappointing. When I first heard about Hatchet in 2006, I became ecstatic. A film that would solely rely on practical effects opposed to CGI? This seemed like a dream come true, considering that recent films that had the potential to be logged into my all-time favorites list were ruined by computer generated effects (I.e. The Midnight Meat Train). Needless to say, Hatchet blew my mind. The humor was right on point, the acting was grade A, and the gore was both realistic and gut-wrenching. Also, the constant throwbacks to old-school horror films and guest appearances from vintage horror movie actors made a beaming smile spread across my face.
Then Hatchet II came along. The bar was set very high, because I expected a lot from Adam Green and the rest of the cast. Now, don't get me wrong; the movie wasn't terrible. The appearances from yet more quintessential horror movie actors (Danielle Harris, Gunnar Hansen, Tony Todd, etc.) made the movie a little more watchable, and their acting was quite alright considering that they were out of uniform from their "regular" slasher villan selves. The gore was MUCH heavier and more serious than the first, yet I found it to be rather tasteless at times. Finally, replacing the heroine of the first film upset me. I love Danielle Harris; she's gorgeous and is very talented, but I feel like consistency is very important to me in film trilogies. Imagine if Tobin Bell were replaced by Morgan Freeman in the Saw trilogy. Both are very talented, but the replacement just doesn't seem to fit. I felt that the movie seem to drag on a bit, and the humor was very minimal,which is what gave the first movie most of its charm. Needless to say this is all a matter of opinion. I don't want people to get entrenched in the thinking that I didn't like this movie, because I did. I just feel as if it wasn't as good as the first.
Now, for Hatchet III's review. I felt that since Green stepped down from the director's chair and let one of his crew members take over, people were automatically going to label the movie in a negative manner. I chose not to do so, because I thought that a new director could offer some refreshment and giving him.a chance would not be the worst thing. I Tweeted Adam Green one day asking him for a preview of the film because I wanted to get a feel of what the new film would be like. He replied back with a video of a cat playing peek-a-boo, so I had gotten no hint of what was in store besides for what was shown in the trailer for the movie. The next day, however, a red-band clip was released on sites like Fangoria and Bloddy-Disgusting for Hatchet III, so it seemed as if Green was answering my request. I watched it right away, and was extremely satisfied. The gore level for a two minute clip went off the charts, and I could feel my hopes becoming higher. When the full movie came out on Amazon early, I bought it immediately. Within the first twent minutes, I had discovered that Hatchet III was exactly what I was hoping for. The gore is the most gruesome of the three movies, and every kill is jaw-dropping. The acting is phenomenal, and the humor is so well-written that I felt like I was watching a special on Comedy Central for some parts of the movie. The best part, however, is the guest appearances. In this film we have Derek Mears (Friday the 13th), Caroline Williams (TCM II, Halloween II), Joel David Moore (Hatchet, Dodgeball, Spiral), Adam Green (director of Hatchet and Hatchet II), and my personal favorite, Sid Haig (The Devil's Rejects, House of 1,000 Corpses). His guest appearance nearly made me wet myself with laughter, and is quite possibly the funniest part of thr film. The only disappointment is that Joel David Moore is only in the film for about 10 seconds, and you'll see why.
All in all, this is one of the best horror films to be released in at least a decade, and it renews Victor Crowley's reputation as the "New icon of horror." Adam Green taught the director of this film well, and is undoubtedly an inspiration to aspiring horror directors across the nation. Just like many bands on the Warped Tour scene are setting out to prove that punk is not dead, Adam Green is doing the same for modern horror. My faith has been restored in the genre thanks to Green and co. Pick this movie up, because it's definitely worth the watch. Trust me; for all true horror fans, you'll find yourself having trouble putting it down.