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If you've enjoyed the previous editions of the modern horror franchise "Hatchet," let's just say that the third chapter serves up exactly what you might expect. That is meant both as a compliment and as a criticism. Unlike some, I can't proclaim that I thought the series was ever a brilliant new addition to the horror canon, but I did think it offered an amusing throw-back to old school filmmaking. That's what "Hatchet" was (and is) for me: fun. A moderately scaled movie that mixes humor with gore, you look for the next grisly way that the villain will dispatch his victims. It's all about the creativity of the confrontation and the subsequent slaughter. Everything is so over-the-top in effects and execution, it is hard not to laugh even when the series is at its most brutal. "Hatchet III" maintains the body count and the bloodshed of its predecessors, but the series is definitely showing signs of wear in the creativity department. Although there are a few clever murders, most are relatively mundane. When you've already seen Victor Crowley dispatch dozens of people over the course of two films, the makers here didn't know how to up the ante. Instead of feeling fresh and new, the movie didn't really offer any surprises to elevate the material. You simply don't get that "did they just do that?" feeling anymore, and I missed those moments.

Picking up mere seconds after the conclusion of "Hatchet II," we are again presented with the plucky heroine played by Danielle Harris. Convinced that she has finally ended the reign of Victor Crowley, she turns to the local New Orleans cops to share her story. Mistrustful of the bloodied woman, they incarcerate her until the situation in the swamp can be sorted out. The carnage (from the last movie) is horrifying to the crime scene investigators on the site, but things get even worse when they start to go missing. The sheriff (Zach Galligan of Gremlins) assembles a team to see what's going on after they get a distress call, but Harris is left in a cell to stew on what might be happening. Is it possible that Crowley is still alive. Intrepid reporter Caroline Williams (who also happens to be the Sheriff's ex-wife) shows up at the jail house to add her two cents to the Crowley legend telling Harris that he is still alive and can only be really killed by breaking an ancient curse. Needless to say, everyone heads back off to the swamp to end this once and for all. Who will survive? And can the Crowley curse ever be broken?

When you have a killer that simply can't be stopped, it can become somewhat problematic to your storytelling. If Crowley won't ever die, if there's not that possibility, than that lessens the film's tension. No matter what happens, he will simply continue on endlessly. From a plotting standpoint, this movie offers one more solution to the Crowley problem but I never trusted that it would work. And I still don't. That's okay, but it goes back to the idea that it becomes hard to keep everything feeling fresh. An indestructible killer and an endless body count, the movie never really has a chance to grow beyond these basic devices. On the plus side, though, Harris is still a compelling and likable lead. But my favorite part of "Hatchet III" is Williams. This veteran actress is super as the reporter haunted by the Crowley legacy. Her performance is big and grandiose and absolutely mesmerizing. Special points, also, for the funny cameo by Sid Haig as Abbott McMullen. In a movie where everything seemed far too familiar and expected, Williams and Haig stand out in originality. KGHarris, 8/13.
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on January 1, 2016
I consider this the best of the Hatchet series. The first two Hatchet movies were enjoyable, but I find this the most entertaining.

Danielle Harris returns from Hatchet II as Marybeth, starting where Hatchet II ended and has her going to the police station. There she is arrested for having a shotgun, Victor Crowley's scalp, and being covered in blood. The police investigate the swamp and are killed by Victor Crowley. Kane Hodder returns as Victor, giving a menacing and gruesome portrayal of the character. There's several graphic kills and the practical effects look fairly believable. The movie features several horror movie stars including: Danielle Harris, from Halloween 4, 5, the remakes, and Hatchet II; Kane Hodder, from Friday the 13th Parts VII to Jason X and Hatchets I and II; Derek Mears from the Friday the 13th reboot; Zach Galligan from Gremlins; Caroline Williams from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre II; and Sid Haig from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects.

The story is basic, Marybeth is arrested for believed murder, the police investigate the swamp, the SWAT team led by Derek Mears arrive, and they are killed by Victor. Caroline Williams' character talks the remaining cop to take Marybeth to give Victor his father's ashes, believing the spell will be released. The entire police and SWAT teams are killed except for one coroner. Marybeth is impaled on a tree and spills the ashes on Victor and as he melts, she blows him up with a grenade launcher. It is unknown whether she is alive or dead. I believe she is alive.

This is easily the most entertaining, violent, graphic, and probably the funniest of the whole trilogy. If you are a fan of the Hatchet movies or movies that are darkly comedic, I recommend this movie. I would also say that it's better to understand the story if you watch them in chronological order because they are all closely connected and the whole trilogy takes place in a few days. I like Hatchet III a lot.
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VINE VOICEon September 22, 2014
If you enjoyed "Hatchet" and "Hatchet II", you'll enjoy this latest sequel. Following right on the events of the 2nd film, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) seeminly finishes off Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) and stumbles into town to report the latest mass murder to the police, only to be arrested as the prime suspect in the killings. There is some hoodoo about Marybeth being the daughter of the man that set the fire years ago which led to Crowley's rampage, and that because of this, Marybeth is the only one who can stop Crowley. This is just an excuse to get a bunch of people back out into the woods so that Crowley can take them out in inventive and gory ways.

This series is so much fun, and while I don't feel this entry lives up to the previous films, the formula still works. Populated with fun cameos by genre favorites, and featuring some fun dialogue and extra gooey gore F/X, "Hatchet" is a horror series created by horror fans, for horror fans. While I doubt you'll actually be frightened by the film, you will be having such a good time, you won't really care.
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on September 27, 2013
This story picks up with Marybeth (Danielle Harris) "killing" Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) again. It was nice of the producers to use the same person to play Marybeth this time. She is in jail while local police check Honey Island Swamp only to find a bloody mess. Like Jason, Victor never dies so you can figure out the rest.

Sid Haig has a bit part in this film having comedic "Paula Deen moments." I did not enjoy this as much as the one with Tony Todd. This film had its comic and dark comedy moments, but was pretty much an over the top slasher with blood spraying unrealistically all over the screen as if it was coming out of a pressure washer. The characters were decent in this one, but the film lacked a certain eye candy. Plenty of blood and gore, easy on plot.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Danielle Harris being hosed in shower with discreet arm and leg placement.
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on March 5, 2014
I really enjoyed the first two in the Hatchet series but I was a little worried about part 3. As seen many times (Wrong Turn comes to mind), when they start making part 3,4, and so on, the movies tend to get watered down. I read the negative reviews but decided to take a chance and I have to say that while Hatchet 2 was my favorite, part 3 held it's own and I don't regret buying it. Aside from the blood and gore and always creative ways Victor Crowley kills his hapless victims, there are plenty funny moments throughout.
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on August 12, 2015
I have bought all 3 now and this is a great Gore series and if you like a creepy, gore kind of movie then this is for you. It will keep you hiding under the covers, so invite a friend or a date, it'll be worth it. Buy all 3 of this trilogy because this one won't make sense otherwise. Thanking for the good price and undamaged case and bluray.
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on August 23, 2013
If you loved the first 2 Hatchet movies, you've been dying to see this. There was no disappointment for me. The bodycount is at its highest, the gore is plentiful and gruesome, and the cameo roles from a few of your horror movie favorites are there to boot. This "final" go round with Victor Crowley didn't contain the obligatory sex scenes or boobage of Hatchets past, but we do see Danielle Harris get hosed down "Rambo style" in a jail shower...(We even see her sexy tattoo!)..and for the ladies, well, they get to live out their fantasy of seeing a set of gonads hanging from a tree branch. (insert your own hated "ex" here, girls) Not wanting to give anything crucial away to anyone who hasn't seen it yet, my lips are sealed...but we do finally get to hear Victor utter something besides those grunts, growls and gutteral howls echoing from the swamp. Kane Hodder is THE MAN, (as always), and everyone in the cast delivers on their end of the performance too. Could there possibly be a part 4? You'll have to decide for yourself on that one. Grab some popcorn, plant your tail on the couch and enjoy the madness!
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on September 29, 2013
I absolutely love the Hatchet series. I can't really say anything bad about this movie. Great special effects, good acting, and will keep u fully entertained the whole time, without getting bored. Gory as hell, but that's what's so great about these. I do think the Blu-ray edition could have been better than what it was. It was a little grainy, and looked a little dull in some scenes, but other than that, I was happy with my purchase
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on February 24, 2014
I actually thought this was the most entertaining of the Hatchet series. There is a good amount of humor in addition to the outrageous gore. I know this isn't for everyone, but if like the Friday the Thirteenth movies you will probably like Hatchet and the sequels. Sid Haig is in this and has a really funny exchange with a black policeman. I got this at a reasonable price comparable to a trip to the theater, and so I believe it was worth the "price of admission." If you're a horror fan, worth checking out in spite of some unfavorable reviews I've seen of this.
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on August 12, 2014
Love this series, and unlike most they don't get worse with every installment, they get better. Awesome action, laughs, and DANIELLE HARRIS! What else does a horror fan need? Don't just buy this movie, buy all 3. You won't be disappointed.
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