Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet – USA, 2009 – reviews

‘Will you make it through the night?’

Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet is a 2009 American slasher horror feature film about teenagers being stalked by a female maniac.

Co-produced, written and directed by Frank Sabatella (The Shed), the movie stars Bill Moseley (3 from Hell; Crepitus; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; et al), Danielle Harris (Inoperable; Camp Dread; Halloween 4 and sequels), Nate Dushku and Samantha Siong.

Plot:

A group of teenagers celebrating “Blood Night”, the anniversary of the death of a local axe murderer, Mary Hatchet, suddenly find themselves face to face with the realities of her haunting. As they run from the bloody rampage left behind they’ll need to survive the night to expose the truth behind the legend of Bloody Mary…

 

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The “twist” is predictable and easy to spot right away, the gore is not done very well, there’s nothing scary about it and the murder scenes aren’t creative enough to make this enjoyable. The characters are annoying and there aren’t really any leading protagonist that the viewer can cheer for or hope to survive.” Cinema Terror

“The script’s attempts at originality are foiled by one predictable turn after another, culminating in a surprise twist that is neither a surprise nor much of a twist […]  The reasons to watch Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet — some decent gore effects and Facchi traipsing around nude as she slaughters people — are not enough to recommend the movie.” DVD Talk

“Despite a good opening portion Blood Night quickly devolves into a by-the-numbers slasher flick, along with people getting killed after having sex and the obligatory twist that one can see coming from a mile away.  Acting is okay, Bill Moseley is great for the little time he is onscreen (despite top billing) and the gore effects are well-done.” Expelled Grey Matter

“It’s clichéd from start to finish and you can guess who the killer is right away, but it’s obvious that the film was made by fans of the genre for fans of the genre, so I for one really enjoyed it. Taken for what it is, slasher fans should have fun with this.” Horror Asylum

” …this is a professionally made piece, some of the deaths are quite well done (loved the scissors through the back of the head and the “spaghetti intestines”) but in the end you really don’t care. Looking for some mindless gore? Have at it. Everyone else? Look elsewhere.” Slasher Studios

” …it’s quite well made with an eye for the kind of visuals that adorn slasher flicks of yore and the teen-scenes are staged as sort of docu-drama Real World thing […] The downside of this approach is that it serves to expose the teenagers as annoying, shallow blade-targets and pretty much nothing more…” Vegan Voorhees

“Just another slasher movie, except this one has a female killer and the gore quota is very high. And that’s all there is to say really because this plot is so routine, it’s beyond dull. A killer child, an insane asylum, abuse, an escape, a teenage sex party, lots of deaths and chases and so on.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre

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Cast and characters:

  • Bill Moseley … Graveyard Gus
  • Danielle Harris … Alissa
  • Nate Dushku … Alex
  • Samantha Siong … Mary Hatchet (as Samantha Facchi)
  • Anthony Marks … Chris
  • Billy Magnussen … Eric
  • Alissa Dean … Nicole
  • Maryam Basir … Jen
  • Samantha Hahn … Lanie
  • Michael Wartella … Gibbz
  • Patricia Raven … Young Mary Hatchet
  • Connor Fox … Katz
  • Russell Dennis Lewis … Tim (as Russell Lewis)
  • Rich Ceraulo Ko … Corey (as Rich Ceraulo)
  • Garett Pereda … Huey (as Garett Stevens)

Filming locations:

New Jersey and New York

Technical details:

  • 83 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1
  • Audio: Dolby Digital

Trivia:

The film references Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978).

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