Hatchet 2 Review
Written by: Googopqp
Victor Crowley is back and he's just as pissed as ever in the sequel to the slasher film Hatchet. The story continues at the exact moment the first one ends (literally) and follows Marybeth who is now played by Danielle Harris. She is told to visit Rev Zombie, played by Tony Todd, to learn how to stop Victory Crowley once and for all, although Rev Zombie has other motives. So Zombie rounds up a group to take them out to the swamp to stop Crowley, but will they be successful?
I was lucky, as I found, to see this film in theaters as it was apparently pulled from theaters due to being released fully uncut. To me this is complete shit and nothing in this movie is as gory or sexual or whatever than anything else released in wide screenings.
Anyways, Hatchet 2 was a blast! It really was, from the opening credit sequence (which recaps the deaths from the first movie using a fast camera through the forrest) to the gory end I was just having fun. This really is a good homage to 80's horror flicks with balls out gore, a simple story and everything being fun.
The gore and deaths in this film really are rather unique. Most of them are new, or at least I havn't seen them done before, and there is that sweet gore that follows. The best part about it though is that its all practical and no CGI (or at least I didn't see) and this makes the gore fun and silly at times and fun to watch!
When compared to Hatchet, the first film, Hatchet 2 is a completely different film. Other than the killer in it everything feels so much different. What I mean by that is its less of a fun journey into the woods, not knowing what is going to happen to them type of film and more of a darker tone and serious cinematography (if that makes sense) with all those jokes and characters set around it. Its definitely shot with a different camera or operator and thats quite noticable, or maybe it was just because it was on a much bigger screen than I'm used to watching movies like this :P
Of course there are some downers to the movie, like it has a slow start to fill in the story of Crowley and a bunch of talking and dialogue kind of like the first film. The shit doesn't really go down until much later in the film. Also, and this isn't necesarily a bad thing, they kept trying to show the acting abilities of all their leads by giving them long dialogues to cry to and there seemed to be a lot of crying going on especially early on, which is understandable given the circumstances but to me it was just a bit old after a bit.
The actors in the film really did a pretty decent job. Hodder once again shows what an actor he can be when out of all the prothetics. Tony Todd is creepy as always, in that good way. And Lloyd Kaufman makes an awesome cameo eating cookies, which I just had to point out.
Overall, Hatchet 2 was a blast and a great time and gory greatness. If you get a chance to see it and liked the first one you should like this, even tho its not as good as the first. I give Hatchet 2 a deserving 8/10!!!!
-Dustin "googopqp" M.