Throwback Review: Hatchet is an Entertaining Return to Slasher Flicks

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When Ben (Joel Moore), his friend Marcus (Deon Richmond) and assorted strangers embark on a creepy nighttime boat trip into the bayou, their journey takes them into the lair of Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder), a freak of nature whose deformity has turned him into a bloodthirsty killer. Only Marybeth (Tamara Feldman), one of the travelers, holds the secret that may keep them alive. Horror legend Robert Englund co-stars in this comic gore fest. (Synopsis from www.netflix.com)

Adam Green helms this take on a new serial killer/slasher story based in the Lousiana swamps. While the movie does contain the typical slasher film tropes, the level of gore and the methods of kills brings a different type of entertainment. The movie also contains a level of comedy that does not detract from the horror aspect of the film. It is just aware enough of what it is to provide the movie with the right mixture of horror, self-aware comedy, and human interaction.

For horror fans who grew up with Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Myers, this movie is a treat and a return to the slasher genre. Inventive kills (one involving a belt sander), logical reactions, and some impressive shots make this movie a gift to slasher fans everywhere.

Granted, this is a return to 80’s slasher film with gratuitious nudity (one of the victims is a porn producer) and tons of gratuitious violence including ripping arms from bodies and decapitations. Some horror fans may not see this movie as original or entertaining, but the level of fun and horror still provides an entertaining viewing experience.

If I was forced to give this movie a rating, I would give it a 7 out of 10. Currently, it is following along with the other horror slashers movies with its first sequel being released: Hatchet II. If you are looking for a fun, gruesome movie, check out Hatchet. I promise you that you will have fun. Word of warning: don’t eat any Italian…or anything with red sauce.

You can see the trailer here. Take a look. You might be surprised.

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