Hatchet (2006) Review

6 out of 10 Skulls
Written by: TerrorCorner   

The poster for "Hatchet" calls it "Old School American Horror"... and it is.

In the depths of the New Orleans bayou, a deformed boy by the name of Victor Crowley was the victim of a Halloween prank gone wrong.  While saving trying to save his son by hacking through the door with a hatchet, Mr. Crowley accidently kills his son with a chop to the head.  Years later, a group of people on a "Haunted Swamp" tour hear about the legend about Victor haunting the area... and discover that some legends are true...

And such is the premise of this throw back to the era of the 1980 slasher horror flick- an era where the killer was larger than life, the bodies piled up in pieces, and the sweet crimson blood coloured the screen with splashes, spurts, and sprays.

This movie doesn't try to be anything more than a fun, old school horror film.  And it is fun.  It's not deep, it's not serious, it's not cutting edge. It's plain, simple, popcorn munching fun.

There's humour, which flows beautifully from the characters, and balances out the gore nicely.  The kills are creative, well shot and produces lots of the red stuff splashing on trees.  The scene with the belt sander was quite good and memorable.  The characters, though stereotypical mesh well together and were well acted.  I also liked the cameos by Robert Englund, Joshua Leonard (of Blair Witch fame), and Tony Todd (Candyman).  I also enjoyed Joe David Moore's performance as Ben, as well as Deon Richmond as Marcus.

The camera work, and special effects were creative, interesting, and effective- and all done without CGI, and cutting edge technology.  They did it much like they would've in a 1980's slasher film- and did it well.  Victor Crowley's make-up was amazing, and was only enhanced by the use of the shadows around the location.

Was this a smart movie?  It was smart enough to use its strengths to keep me entertained from start to end at least- which isn't too bad, to be honest.

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