Saturday, June 29, 2013
Hatchet III (2013)
The Hatchet series has been fairly good on the whole with a really good first entry in 2006, a pretty good second entry in 2010 and a few weeks ago, the third and probably final entry was released.
The main thrust of the franchise is that the ghost of Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder), haunts an isolated swamp in New Orleans and whenever intruders enter his realm,. they are gruesomely murdered in the most over the top fashion imaginable.
The first two films were directed by Adam Green and he produces the third which sees the survivor of the first two films, Marybeth (played by Danielle Harris in the second and third films after Tamara Feldman played the part in the first) reluctantly going back to the swamp to put an end to the madness once and for all.
That's pretty much all the plot we get as we cut from a bunch of cops led by the Sheriff played by Zach Galligan (Derk Mears, the most recent Jason Voorhees is also on hand as a jerky SWAT Team guy) and Marybeth and an obsessed reporter (Caroline Williams of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 fame) trying to get hold of something that will kill Victor forever.
Th film moves at a decent clip and the gore is plentiful but apart from the last few minutes and some stuff here and there, it just seems rather ho-hum. Kane Hodder is awesome as usual as the killer and Danielle Harris is good and Caroline Williams is fun in her role but the whole thing comes off as somewhat perfunctory. I wasn't expecting sheer genius and it ends up being a pretty good movie but it just barely misses the mark for me. Still, if you liked the first two you should give this one a look.