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Hatchet (Unrated Director's Cut)
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09.22.2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Adam Green

Actors:
Joel Moore
Dion Richmond
Kane Hodder

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An illegal after dark boat tour down a haunted New Orleans swamp puts a group of strangers at the mercy of Victor Crowley, a tormented soul whose tragic death has him forever wandering the swamps angry and looking for blood.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If you read my reviews or ravings in Címon Hollywood, itís no secret by now that Iím not very happy with where Horror has gone in the past decade. Aside from a random gem here and there, all weíve been left with are remakes and campy, watered down PG-13 fluff (which admittedly works from time to time but mostly doesnít). HATCHET had me intrigued from day one. Not because it was an insanely high budget endeavour, or because it was so death defiantly original but because director/writer Adam Green is like me, a true fan of old school Horror. He wanted to give us a taste of the glory days and trust me when I tell you that evilís never tasted so good.

Now Iíll be the first to admit that HATCHET goes overboard with the blood and gore, something thatís painfully obvious in the opening moments of the film but then again, thatís the point. This film delivers on the same level MASTERS OF HORROR did (which to me was THE best Horror show to ever grace TV) and does so without shame or apology. Some have argued that this film was ďtoo grossĒ and you donít need that kind of violence to make Horror fun. These people are right. You donít need it at all. I just watched DEVIL this weekend and enjoyed the hell out of it in a totally different way than I enjoyed HATCHET. You donít need limbs a flying or heads being torn off just like I donít need a sixty inch TV but that doesnít mean that both donít put a huge smile on my face.

The cast was another fun aspect of this film with the most obvious being that Kane (Jason Voorhees) Hodder and Robert (Freddy Kruger) Englund are once again in the same flick, even if itís not for long. It was cool to see Candyman as well even if it was only a cameo. Joel Moore and Deon Richmond were the perfect pair of friends to pony up for this adventure. Sure, Deon was playing ďthe token black guyĒ to the letter but his dialogue was priceless and had me in stitches most of the time. The writing was tight, witty and not too over the top which is exactly what flicks like this need. I was also a fan of Victor Crowleyís story line, it was simple yet solid.

HATCHET was the perfect DeLorean ride back to Horrorís past while maintaining all the great features of the present. There were scares, laughs, lots of red stuff and plenty of T&A, basically all the things that seem to be on the comeback lately with flicks like PIRAHNNA 3-D and MACHETE (even though that last oneís not technically a Horror movie). HATCHET made no attempt to hide what it was or trick anyone into thinking it was anything but an old school bloodbath from start to finish. Every now and again this is exactly what I want out of a Horror film, which I guess means itís good to have some fluff in this genre otherwise the novelty of films like this would no doubt quickly wear off.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: There are two commentaries; the original from the DVD featuring writer/director Adam Green with some of the cast (which is hilarious thanks to him and the two main guys) and then thereís the new one that was added to the Blu-ray with Green and Kane Hodder all pumped up for the sequel.

The Making of Hatchet: Now this is really awesome as Adam Green relays how he came up with this story as a kid of eight years old at camp scaring the holy hell out of the rest of the kids and nearly getting sent home for it.

Meeting Victor Crowley: Kane Hodder is the man and knows how to keep things fresh and keep the cast scared out of their minds by keeping his face/makeup hidden until the camera is rolling to make all the scares as genuine as possible. He succeeded admirably.

Guts & Gore: As you can well imagine, this is the part where they take us through all the gory details surrounding the kills. This is just the kind of stuff I need for my Halloween party.

Anatomy of a Kill: Here we get each kill broken down and a play by play of how it all comes to life. I love how they use a Brittany Spears doll to test them.

A Twisted Tale: Wow, now this is one of the coolest stories Iíve ever heard about a kid with a hero and a dream. Thatís all Iím going to say, just watch it.

Gag Reel: This is not very long and not very funny but I guess you canít win them all.

Previews: Thereís a theatrical trailer for the feature as well as some previews before the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is one of those films that you know youíll either love or hate before it ever goes anywhere near your player. That said, a shit ton of love went into this film and after watching the special features Iím all for recommending this visit to Victorís swamp if you have yet to do so.
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