HATCHET (2006) Reviews and overview

 

‘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.” 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.” 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.” 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 and tie-in merchandise such as a Victor Crowley action figure.