HATCHET III (2013) Reviews and overview

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Hatchet III – aka Hatchet 3 – is a 2013 American slasher film written by Adam Green (who has a camera role) and directed by BJ McDonnell. It is the sequel to Green’s Hatchet and Hatchet II.

Kane Hodder portrays the unstoppable killing machine antagonist Victor Crowley for the third time, while Danielle Harris returns to play Marybeth Dunston. Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, 2009) and Sid Haig also star.

Marybeth Dunston (Danielle Harris) seemingly blows off Victor Crowley’s head (Hodder) with a shotgun. She walks away and comes across the bodies of Vernon and John, where she hears Crowley in the woods. Just as Victor attacks her again, she starts up the chainsaw, and cuts him down the middle. She grabs a shotgun from one of the men and shoots Victor’s head, and walks back into the city. She walks into the Jefferson Parish Police Department, immediately having guns drawn on her.

Upon discovery of the twenty to thirty bodies at Honey Island Swamp, she is placed as the prime suspect in the murders by Sheriff Fowler (Zach Galligan – Gremlins), even after telling him numerous times about the events of the last two films. The Sheriff heads out to the swamp with the paramedics and fire department, leaving Deputy Winslow (Robert Diago DoQui) in charge of the station until he gets back…

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“The fast-paced film certainly features enough dismemberment, disembowelment, shootings, stabbings, etc. to please genre fans, even if the special effects employed often prove less than convincing.” The Hollywood Reporter

“The combination of Will Barratt’s cinematography and McDonnell’s eye for the camera proves to be particularly lethal as this is easily the best looking entry in the franchise to date. There are several hero shots of Crowley that just define the word badass, and the swamp scenes especially look as lush and creepy as you could possibly want.” Dread Central

HATCHET III / Director BJ McDonnell

“There’s no shortage of visceral, gross-out thrills: Aside from the dismemberments, we’re presented with a death by defibrillator, and a loving shot of half a brain falling from half a skull. Disappointingly, Marybeth is largely passive in this instalment…” Village Voice

“Originally unstoppable, the monster is now unbelievable, though Green has been working on creative fumes from the start, finally reaching a point where it doesn’t matter what happens in a Hatchet picture, as long as it feeds the carnage. Talk of curses and Marybeth’s ruinous bloodline are mostly filler for the 77-minute-long movie, which is always more comfortable staging silly kills with game cast members.” Blu-ray.com

HATCHET III / Director BJ McDonnell

Yes, the situations and the characters are indeed clichéd; Hatchet creator Adam Green, who has a non-speaking cameo early in the film, knows this, and rather than provide tired old scenarios we’re all familiar with ad nauseum, Green has, so far created a trilogy that celebrates this sub-genre while adding some self-deprecating humour.” Starbust Magazine

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