Hatchet 3

Directed By: BJ McDonnell

Starring: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Parry Shen, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Derek Mears, Sid Haig, Joel David Moore

Subgenre: Slasher

Synopsis: Emergency Services head to the swamp to start cleaning up the mess that Victor Crowley made in the first two movies, only to discover that Crowley is still very much alive.

Thoughts: Victor Crowley, The Bayou Butcher is back in the third installment of the Hatchet series.  Fans of the first two will be happy to know that the movie follows the same formula with over the top kills and notable horror icons all over the screen.  Hatchet III even starts right where Part II left off, just like its predecessor.

True to form, Hatchet III brought in several new names to the series, mostly because Adam Green has a penchant for killing off so many of them.  This time around Derek Mears, Caroline Williams and Zach Galligan all play major roles, and even Sid Haig has a fantastic cameo.  Horror fans are sure to note that Mears goes toe to toe with Kane Hodder, who is back as Crowley.  I can’t lie, it was pretty awesome seeing Jason vs Jason (Hodder was Jason in Friday the 13th 7-9 and X while Mears played Voorhees in the remake.) In addition to Hodder, Danielle Harris returns as Marybeth as well.  The casts have been one of my favorite parts of the Hatchet series.  You can really tell that everyone is there because they want to be there and are having a blast making a film they all love.

The biggest departure from the successful Hatchet formula was behind the camera.  Adam Green elected to step away and produce Hatchet instead of directing it.  However, he did hand pick his replacement in BJ McDonnell who was a cameraman on the first two Hatchet movies.  Personally, I think this is amazing.  Green giving McDonnell a shot was very much paying forward his success to date.  I thought McDonnell’s work was reminiscent of Green’s, which worked great for the series.  Overall, it was a very good first effort and McDonnell is someone I am eagerly watching in the horror genre.

If you’ve made it this far in the series, you know what you are in for.  If you liked the first two Hatchet flicks, this one is for you.  The series has gotten slightly campier, but I think that is OK. As long as it doesn’t get too out of hand and become a parody of the horror genre, I will gladly sit down to watch a fourth installment.  In the meantime, invite some buddies over, crack a few cold ones, and enjoy the Hatchet series!

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