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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…
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.
Seems like the previous movie really did a number on me. Since the last one was filled to the brim with references, I'm not quite sure if this was actually a shitty sequel or if it was filled to the brim with references to shitty sequels.
The killer gets a terrible backstory, the only survivor from the last movie is recast, one of the actors returns as the brother of his now deceased character, there are more kills which are way more bloody and also more goofy and overall I had much less fun. It was just seriously missing any sort of tension and felt like it was going by the numbers.
I like that they added Danielle Harris to…
After watching the first Hatchet, I was looking forward to the sequel. It had Kane Hodder returning as the monstrous Victor Crowley, and it had Adam Green back in the directing chair as well as also writing the script. The overall experience was okay and not nearly as much fun as it should or could have been.
There are positives for this film. The gore was even more over the top and the kills were even more gruesome. The film starts right where the first one left off which I liked a lot. It has most of the same characters so you feel the story is advancing. Sadly the positives end there.
The negatives for the film start with the…
Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) is at it again! Following the brutal events of the first feature, our heroine Marybeth (Danielle Harris) continues to fight for her life against the undead monster that killed her family. After escaping the haunted swamp where Victor Crowley resides, Marybeth seeks out Rev. Zombie (Tony Todd) to learn of her family’s involvement with Crowley’s untimely death. Upon her arrival, Marybeth describes the chaos that occurred the night before on Rev. Zombie’s tour boat, which left her the lone survivor. Rev. Zombie concludes that he cannot afford to face the financial loss of leaving his tour boat in the swamp, so he gathers a ragtag group of backwoods fishermen, hunters, and volunteers (including notable horror staples…
After escaping from Victor Crowley, Marybeth decides that she must return to bring back the bodies of her father and brother, but she isn't going back alone.
Here we have the second entry in the Hatchet trilogy and like its predecessor, it is one of those films where at first glance, the premise does not offer the viewer anything that has not been seen countless times before, but is handled so well it goes to prove that something does not have to be new and inventive to be good. The story continues directly from Hatchet and has exactly the same tone, and though there is still a large amount of tongue in cheek humour, it does have a slightly darker…
Boring from start to finish. Impressive gore doesn't make a good movie.
I should like this series more than I do. I think if I'd seen them when I was younger I'd probably enjoy them more, but I've seen too many films use the same ideas and do them better that it just doesn't click as well with me. I do like the cast change out as I love Danielle Harris and Tony Todd is always a welcome addition to any film or tv show I'm watching.
You gotta be fuckin' kidding me!
View it as a horror convention or just a straight up horror film, doesn't matter. Original review is here.
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…
Pretty pathetic. Even if the director was going for a "so bad, it's good" feel, he still failed miserably.
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Rest in Peace Vernon.
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