Hatchet – USA, 2006 – reviews

‘Stay out of the swamp’

Hatchet is a 2006 American slasher horror feature film written and directed by Adam Green. The movie stars Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Mercedes McNab and Tony Todd.

Plot:

A group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour are accidentally stranded in the wilderness, only to be hunted by a vengeful, supernatural deformed man who kills anyone that enters his domain…

Reviews:

“Where the movie really wins most horror fans over is the pure entertainment value. The combination of poor acting and cheesy dialogue creates great comedy (both intentional and not) and the kills are well-done, with more than enough gore. Overall this is a very solid awful horror movie.” Awful Horror Movies

“At times it feels like it is parodying the slasher films and if that is the case then it really missed its mark since it is neither funny or does anything different from the bad slasher movies of the 80’s. If it’s an homage, then it’s one with a middle finger at the older slashers since it takes all the parts that are not good in the old ones and highlights them here.” Torstein Karlsen, Cinema Terror

“Green directs the film with enough style to ensure that it looks decent enough but doesn’t go so over the top that the film looks too modern. The movie is goofy and has some pacing problems but the last half makes up for the complete lack of characterization and originality with gore galore and some fun jump scares.” Ian Jane, DVD Talk

“Not much to write home about, but there are some funny lines, and the blood and guts are spilled with a gleeful lack of taste.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Cast and characters:

  • Joel Moore … Ben
  • Tamara Feldman … Marybeth Dunston
  • Deon Richmond … Marcus
  • Mercedes McNab … Misty
  • Parry Shen … Shawn
  • Kane Hodder … Victor Crowley
  • Rileah Vanderbilt … Young Victor Crowley
  • Joleigh Fioreavanti … Jenna
  • Robert Englund … Sampson Dunston
  • Tony Todd … Reverend Zombie
  • Joel Murray … Doug Shapiro
  • Patrika Darbo … Shannon Permatteo
  • Richard Riehle … Jim Permatteo
  • Joshua Leonard … Ainsley Dunston
  • John Carl Buechler … Jack Cracker

Technical credits:

83 minutes

Sequels:

The film spawned three sequels: Hatchet II, Hatchet III and Victor Crowley. Plus a comic book series.

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