Victor Crowley lives! ...If only to disappoint Horror fans around the world once more. HATCHET may not have been the instant classic that everyone had hoped for, but Adam Green's endless love for his own film spread like an infectious disease and lead to the uprising known as the Hatchet Army. Whether they were willfully blinded by the gore or secretly praying for a superior sequel, Crowley's minions amassed into a huge movement online, and their undying devotion helped earn HATCHET 2 a limited theatrical release in its fully uncut form. Although Green does show some minor improvements this second time around, he apparently hasn't learned from his previous mistakes.
After a narrow escape, Marybeth returns to Reverend Zombie's House of Voodoo back on Bourbon Street in the hopes that he will help her to retrieve the bodies of her dead father and brother before destroying Crowley once and for all. Zombie rallies the local hunters and trappers to set off into the swamps, but he has his own sinister intentions at heart...
HALLOWEEN sweetheart Danielle Harris takes over for Tamara Feldman in the lead, but her character was better off dead given her laughable accent and ridiculous overacting. Tony Todd is barely able to hold the film afloat while the impatient viewer eagerly awaits the gory payoff. Unfortunately, the pacing in HATCHET 2 is somehow ever worse than before. The unnecessary expansion on Victor Crowley's backstory only draws out the distance between kills. Thankfully, the film does pack in more incredibly gruesome deaths, like the first double-bisection via chainsaw and the return of the power-sander, but the plot is such a bore that it hardly seems worth the anticipation. Despite putting two strong efforts in between the HATCHET films with SPIRAL and FROZEN, Adam Green's writing and direction have hardly benefited from his growing experience, which makes this sequel that much more upsetting.
Genre fans that are expecting another mindless romp through the bloody bayou will get what they paid for (eventually), but without the gore, HATCHET 2 is just another forgettable Slasher sequel.