Friday, February 25, 2011

Hatchet 2 (2010)

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.

Rating: 6/10.
Gore: 7/10.

13 comments:

  1. 100% Disagree.

    First one WAS fairly over-rated. But I thought the second one had a far more interesting approach to the limited story, quirkier and more interesting characters (among the Rev Zombie and his bounty-hunter cronies) and an overall better pace. The violence was cartoonish and I was rarely bored.

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  2. 100% Agree.

    The gore is terrific, but everything else is quite lame.

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  4. I pretty much rate this the same as you, Carl, although I thought the characters were the most interesting part of this one, even if they were pretty thin. Aside from that, the over-the-top kills and gore was enjoyable. Still, I think Green leans too much on paying homage.

    I suppose that's the point of these films, but it's really damn annoying after the 100th shout-out to a better film is thrown at the viewer. Victor Crowley is still a total background character in this film dispite the heavy focus on his backstory, that I just kind of shook my head in confusion as to what the point is. He could be interesting. The idea of him coming back every night because of a cruse is cool. But Crowley, based on Jason and some other redneck slasher stereotypes, comes off like an empty shell.

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  5. Thank you! I'm so tired off everyone kissing these movies' ass! I've talked about this phenomenon before. Everyone will rally behind a picture completely undeserving of praise. DEAD SNOW, for instance.

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  6. I really liked the brief but effective background in the first film, I thought it was just enough, but to go back and draw it out to such ridiculous lengths just got tedious. Rev Zombie was the only character that I felt deserved any attention J.ness; the fighting lovers, the 'new' Asian stereotype, the virtually speechless RA Mihailoff.. All just waiting for death. But Danielle Harris completely ruined it for me from the very start. Her single facial expression and emotion were so out of hand. If I remember correctly, the first death after Buechler is the boning scene about an hour in, no? Waaaay too long by my standards for something this incomplex.

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  7. ...Well I have to concede on DEAD SNOW, Jenn, I thought it was stupid fun. Not enough gore though lol.. I hate even saying that, because it makes me sound like a superficial Horror fan, but if you are going to make a stupid, trite, and conventional Horror film, the only thing left is to just drown the film in blood to at least make it entertaining.

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  8. it's a shame ive heard so much about these two films

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  9. Even worse than the first. Green apparently became ill with the Merrye Syndrome from SPIDER BABY and regressed quite a bit with this one. It's already $10 at wal mart, but better priced at $5. Awful, awful movie. I never thought I'd say I disliked seeing Danielle Harris, but she is cringe worthy here. I wish she would have picked an accent and stuck with it. Would it be offensive to say this is the EVIL DEAD 2 of slasher flicks, only this sequel/remake cropped up much sooner? Green would seem to be in love with himself and his movies. FROZEN was either a fluke, or directed by someone else entirely. The HATCHET Army? Get the fuck outa here!

    I hated DEAD SNOW, too. I wish that movie would melt.

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  10. I honestly dont know what happened with Danielle here, she was decent enough in RZ's HALLOWEEN, but the funniest moments in the film were watching her raise the same eyebrow while forcing out that ridiculous accent. Maybe HATCHET 3-D will be better?

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  11. Oh, hell no, they're planning another one???

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  12. Hell if 2 somehow got a theatrical release, I can only imagine!

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  13. If there are six Leprechaun films, anything is possible...

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