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Hatchet II (Unrated Director's Cut)

3.8 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews

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Just as the '80s had their signature murderous maniacs -- HALLOWEEN's Michael Myers of Haddonfield and FRIDAY THE 13th's Jason Voorhees of Camp Crystal Lake -- the original HATCHET marked the arrival of the latest and most lethal of the genre's stalking murderers: Victor Crowley, a crazed backwoods killer stalking the bayous of New Orleans. HATCHET II picks up right where the 2007 original film ends, as Marybeth (Danielle Harris from HALLOWEEN) escapes from the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling killer Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder from FRIDAY THE 13th). Marybeth returns to the Louisiana swamps along with an army of hunters to recover the bodies of her family and exact her revenge against Victor Crowley.

There's probably no better visceral creep-out than a close-up eye gouging (just ask Luis Buñuel). Director Adam Green learned this well by using the old thumb-in-socket shot as the climax of his 2006 cult hit Hatchet, and he repeats it as the opener of Hatchet II. This micro-budget sequel picks up just as the original ends, with the aforementioned eye still belonging to the deformed swamp monster Victor Crowley (again played by ace stuntman and Friday the 13th alumni Kane Hodder). The thumb belongs to demure Marybeth (Danielle Harris), who turns out to be the sole survivor of the first film's tour-boat cruise through Louisiana's most disgusting swamp. She escapes Crowley's one-eyed clutches and finds her way back to New Orleans and the lair of voodoo conman Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd, of Candyman fame), where a posse of redneck morons is quickly assembled to return to the swamp and squash the innards and legend of Victor Crowley for good.

All this Victor Crowley and innards-squashing business will be familiar to fans of Hatchet, of which there are legions. Indeed, it feels as though Green has made Hatchet II as a love letter to them, raising the bloody-disgusting body count and creative means of murder--outboard motor, super-size chainsaw, belt sander--strictly to satisfy an urge felt only by the supremely devoted. Billed as an unrated director's cut, the DVD version will surely send them swooning with even more latex guts and buckets of Kool-Aid-colored blood than they might remember from midnight theatrical shows. Even the commentary tracks and making-of documentary are filled with backslaps dedicated to the exclusive Hatchet groupie club. Green is intentionally riffing on slasher films not only with the comic dialogue and dopey characters, but also by employing icons of the genre as actors. In addition to Hodder and Todd, Tom Holland, director of fanboy favorites Fright Night and Child's Play, turns up in another key role. Unfortunately, Green's sense of insider humor and commitment to a limited demographic seems to have clouded what could have been a more interesting movie. But you're probably not watching Hatchet II to see an interesting movie. You're watching to see a giddy homage to the glory days of practical gore effects and enjoy the goofy fun of howling at senseless characters that lose their heads and countless other body parts in ever more creative ways. --Ted Fry

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  • Actors: Parry Shen, Tom Holland, R.A. Milhailoff, Tony Todd, AJ Bowen
  • Directors: Adam Green
  • Writers: Adam Green
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EI2NP4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 21, 2011
Format: DVD
Adam Green's slasher Hatchet (Unrated Director's Cut) (2006), ended unexpectedly with the character Marybeth, played by Tamara Feldman, being tossed into the swamp by crazed killer Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). Hatchet 2 (2010) picks up right where Hatchet ended, with Marybeth hitting the water, however the transition isn't exactly smooth, as Danielle Harris replaces Feldman, who does not reprise her role as Marybeth. The version of the film on DVD is "uncut and unrated", supposedly identical to that which played in theaters.

As in the first film, the best thing about Hatchet 2 are the kills, which are prodigious, extremely gory, and intended to go beyond what has been done before. The carnage is so excessive and over the top, that you become numb to the violence, as the film loses any ties to reality, becoming more of a bizarre spectacle, rather than a really horror thriller.

Marybeth escapes from the swamp and seeks help from Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd), the owner of the tour boat destroyed in first film. Zombie gathers together a group of assorted losers, puts a bounty of five grand on Crowley's head, and heads into the swamp on a boat with Justin (Parry Shen), the brother of the tour operator butchered in Hatchet. Marybeth has recruited her Uncle Bob (Tom Holland), to join the manhunt.

Much time was spent in Hatchet building up the mythology of Victor Crowley, a deformed freak who was accidentally killed by his father, when he plunged a hatchet into his head, while trying to rescue him from a cabin that was on fire.
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I must say I really enjoyed Hatchet 2. Though originality is zip, I still found it somewhat refreshing. Essentially it's a rehash of the first film with the body count and the gore upped a notch. The survivor of the first film's massacre, Marybeth(here played by Danielle Harris) decides to go back to the swamp and take care of killer Victor Crowley once and for all. She gets Reverend Zombie(Tony Todd) to accompany her, and he rounds up a bunch of locals to go on the hunt. Of course Reverend Zombie has his own selfish reasons for going along on this shindig. And of course another massacre ensues.
I'm not gonna say that you'll like this film if you liked the first one, coz it seems as though many folks who liked the first one hated this one.
I though it was a lot of fun. In recent years there has been a tidal wave of horror films that claim to be in the style of 70/80 horror grindhouse cinema. I found most of these films to be failures through their use of CGI gore and sometimes MTV style editing. I'm not saying that the Hatchet films totally get it right in that department, but it's obvious that Adam Green is a huge fan of 80s slasher films, and has really put forth the effort to make a modern day 80s slasher film.....if that makes sense. It's not a spoof, nor is it a self referential "I know I'm in a slasher movie and I know the rules" kind of deal either. It plays the horror thing straight, but is also tongue in cheek at the same time. It's not laugh out loud funny, and many folks have complained about this. Personally I'm glad it's not funny. Yes, it has a few chuckles along the way-a film like this has to-but in the end we're dealing with gory, fun slasher movie schlock.
Folks have made comments about the "fake looking" effects.
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As a fan of 80's slasher flicks, I almost liked this so-called homage, but not enough; it lacked cohesiveness. Parts of it came across like a catalog of FX or a compilation of their greatest hits/kills. They even slipped in a `kill' montage that rapidly demonstrated their prowess with special effects while dispatching a slew of characters they didn't have to deal with in this movie. As bragged in their bonus feature Behind the Screams, they wanted to top the number of kills from the first feature. That alone, is not a good reason to make a sequel; it's not the Guinness World Records. It takes more than that to make a high quality movie. Instead, the filmmakers wasted this opportunity backtracking too much, squandering chunks of time by rehashing things already known, and creating gaping segments where all their characters did was yap incessantly. At times, it was maddening to watch. Instead of moving the story forward, they stalled with lengthy exposition and speculation on whether or not a ghost can be killed. If Victor Crowley is indeed a ghost, he appears amazingly substantial for a mere spirit. It also didn't help that the characters employed an odd mix of acting styles throughout. Danielle Harris pitched her performance in the range of hysteria and never lowered it but a notch or two for the entire movie. Meanwhile, everyone else was either nosily posturing, joking, or calmly debating the finer points of names, gator hunting, and cookies. This left Danielle in an odd world of her own where frantic behavior was the norm and levity in the face of danger the realm of the crazy. If they had spent less time yapping about inconsequential matters and more time dealing with the monster in the swamp, they might have made a much better film. As it is, even with TWICE THE GORE, TWICE THE INTENSITY, they still came up lacking.
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