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Victor Crowley Lives Again
Picking up right where the original ended, Marybeth escapes the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling iconic killer Victor Crowley. After learning the truth about her family’s connection to the hatchet-wielding madman, Marybeth returns to the Louisiana swamps along with an army of hunters to recover the bodies of her family and exact the bloodiest revenge against the bayou butcher.
Ok, so this is basically how this plays out:
- Opening gore: guy gets decapitated by his own intestines.
-Lots of blablabla with useless backstory and bucketloads of Tony Todd's wonderful voice.
- Bunch of rednecks accompany the 'I have one facial expression' lead actress. I'm falling asleep here.......and then:
FACE BASHING!! FACE MULCHING!! MOST HOLARIOUS SEX SCENE EVER!! bit of plot DECAPITATIONS!! CASTRATION BY THE BIGGEST CHAINSAW EVER!! WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON!! SPIDERS!! DEATH BY SANDPAPER!! bit of plot WHY DOES THE BAD GUY LOOK LIKE SLOTH FROM THE GOONIES!! huh...plot twist?? MORE HATCHET CHOPPING!! OH MY GOD AN AUTHENTIC SPINE PULLING SCENE!! OH MY GOD IT'S JUST AMAZ ...oh..it's over...
Good, clean, wholesome family fun.
Not a big fan of the Marybeth cast change. However Adam Green is great at giving us a story with characters you grow to like, only to watch them all die. Some very creative ways to use a Hatchet, some really funny moments, and a good sequel to the original. I like part 2, but I really like part 1.
"You gotta be fucking kidding me!"
Man, these movies are really boring in the first two thirds. The first kill comes at the 53 minute mark, again not counting some quick gory bits at the beginning, like a jaw being ripped off and a head being split in half vertically. Those 53 minutes, bar the gory bits of course, are so uneventful and stupid that I was ready to call this one of the worst movies I've seen in quite some time. The only mildly intriguing thing was Danielle Harris' right eyebrow. There's even less boobs than in the first. But once the blood starts covering the trees, the movie has a better footing and is a hell of a…
I still haven’t seen the first Hatchet film but the sequel is still easy enough to follow without prior knowledge, particularly as the film gives a quick origin story to the legend of Victor Crowley. This Adam Green movie is a throwback to the type of slasher movies that favoured inventive kills and a knowing tone rather than coherent plotting and building an effective atmosphere. Whilst I prefer out and out horror films rather than these horror-comedy hybrids I sort of enjoyed Hatchet II simply for its gusto in delivering over the top and implausible murder sequences.
Heads split in half, strangulation by intestines and jaws being ripped off - the film features more exaggerated killings in its opening ten…
I liked the first Hatcet. It introduced what could be a new slasher icon.
But unfortunately I don't think that Crowley will be a part of the slasher icons that counts Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Jason Vorhees, Pinhead, Candyman, Chucky, Ghostface and Jigsaw (maybe I forgot someone?) - it's like this franchise never really got the success that I thought it deserved.
But now I know why.
This second istallment in the series is weak. The story is not good. It begins with telling an interesting backstory, but I don't think they really use this backstory in the rest of the movie.
Crowley is reduced to a growling killing machine - he simply isn't an interesting character. Maybe it…
Sometimes, as humans, we love things too much. These things probably don't deserved to be loved this much, but we do it anyway. These things should be measured on a scale beyond 'Good or Bad'.
This is how I feel about the Hatchet franchise.
Hatchet 2 is bloody marvellous. With emphases on the bloody.
Immensely satisfying slasher sequel. The best in the series!
Taken from FrightFest 2010 diaries first published by Little White Lies
...The opening film was all about nostalgia too. In 2006, Hatchet introduced FrightFest to the writer/director who would fast become the Festival's favourite son. Since then, Adam Green's subsequent features - Spiral and Frozen - have premiered at FrightFest events to great fanfare. The affectionately self-parodying 'Road To FrightFest' shorts that he makes each year with his friend Joe Lynch have become a permanent fixture (and highlight) of the annual event. He is a charismatic, energetic and sometimes sentimental raconteur with an infectiously unapologetic enthusiasm for both the genre and for FrightFest itself. We all love the guy.
So it was a no-brainer to open this year's FrightFest with…
Generic dumb slasher that's all about the kills. Everybody is supposed to give it a free pass because it's a comedy but that doesn't change the fact that it's still just a generic dumb slasher.
Liked it more than the first. I think the addition of Danielle Harris and a promotion to lead role for Tony Todd really helped this movie pull ahead. The practical effects continue to be fantastic. Could've done without that dude from Parks and Rec and Mad TV whose performance here comes off like he's doing a D-Grade Sinbad impression.
Danielle Harris deserves better than this (also someone give Mercedes McNab more roles)
Not as good as the first, but still a fun romp in the swamps with a deranged un-dead thing.
I am shocked. The original was trashy, far too slap-stick, and just down right poor. 'Hatchet 2', however, achieves a far higher station than it's predecessor.
From the off the game is raised with having the modern scream queen Danielle Harris in the mix, and in the most part, she is solid. The support cast is also far more believable, with Tony Todd given a starring role.
The kills were still ridiculous, the double groin kill being the most laughable moment. But above all, it rescue a wannabe franchise in the making. I will certainly watch the third instalment, with my faith being reinvigorated.
Some interesting kills for a trashy horror.
Mediocre and clunky, but the creative death scenes kept it afloat. Decent twist at the end too, even though I knew something was coming, because... ya know... Hatchet 3 exists.
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