Hatchet III (2013)
HATCHET III continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades. (c) Dark Sky Films
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Critic Reviews for Hatchet III
This horror sequel delivers the explicitly bloody mayhem genre fans crave.
There's something curiously underwhelming about the blood-soaked mayhem on display in Hatchet III.
When the title of a movie consists of a number and the name of a tool, expectations are likely to be pretty low. So it feels somewhat incongruous to call "Hatchet III" a disappointment.
The crowd that likes these things will certainly be psyched. Everyone else, not so much.
As in the earlier installments, the climax comes across as merely one last cliché designed to please gore aficionados who've been schooled on past, superior horror efforts.
Hatchet III more specifically recalls the output from indie outfits like Troma. Which, given the energy and thrills provided by McDonnell's bare-bones bloodbath, is perhaps exactly as it should be...
It is time that Victor buries the hatchet once and for all, and gets out while he is ahead - or at least not totally behind.
It's great to see Zach Galligan on the big screen again, but Hatchet III serves up a host of unimaginative kills stymied by terrible gore effects. Strictly for fans of the series.
HATCHET III is almost as much gleefully gory fun as the original - a comedy-horror hybrid that elicits screams of laughter and disgust in equal measure...
Hatchet III feels more like the "old school American horror" the original film promised that violently shoves comedy in the back seat while gruesome terror gets behind the wheel.
It's admirable to see franchise mastermind Adam Green continue to make these gruesome features despite limited outside interest, but it's become increasingly difficult to distinguish one installment from the other.
If you've seen the first two films you know what to expect, but just like AC/DC still rocks hard with those same three chords they've been using since the 1970s, Green and McDonnell have a way of making the familiar feel fiendishly fun.
A satisfying and faithful capper to a series that was made by true-blue horror buffs as a love letter for true-blue horror buffs. Job well done.
While BJ McDonnell's Hatchet trilogy ender doesn't compare well to Adam Green's Hatchet I and II, there's still plenty of 80s slasher fun to keep hardcore fans watching what should be Victor Crowley's last hurrah.
At the very least 'Hatchet III' delivers some gore and thrills that hardcore horror fans are going to eat up.
The trilogy ends with a bang. And blood. A bit clumsy in the plot department but still pretty good fun.
Audience Reviews for Hatchet III
Third part in the Hatchet trilogy is a satisfying gory treat that retains the traditional elements of the previous two films, and adds to the story something that is sure to delight fans of the first two films. What makes this film really good is the fact that the filmmakers have cast some terrific horror icons to star in the film. Sid Haig is here along with Danielle Harris and Caroline Williams. The film also boasts impressive gore sequences that will appeal to the most diehard gorehound. Hatchet 3 is an accomplished Slasher film, one that continues the tradition of old school terror in modern times. Although Hatchet creator Adam Green doesn't direct this third effort, he assumes producing duties and hands over the director's chair to BJ McDonnell who crafts a film worthy of the Hatchet banner. This is a fine horror film, one that ranks up there with the year's best horror films. Fans will be pleased with the direction this film is going, and the idea behind its plot is insane and will leave you on the edge of your seat from the last bloody frame. With simple, yet effective idea, McDonnell delivers one of the most exciting Slashers in recent years, and it is a film that if it spells out the end of the Victor Crowley saga, they ended the series on a high note. This is a gory good time that is a must for any horror fan looking for something actually worth seeing. Forget crap like Texas Chainsaw, this is the Slasher film to see this year along with the remake of William Lustig's Maniac. The only complaint here is that Adam Green didn't direct it, but at least he was involved with the project and it made this one standout like the first two. Hatchet 3 may not be perfect, but for what it is, it's a standout horror offering, and for horror fans, that should suffice.More
Well first off, It's a Hatchet movie, so of course I'm going to give it 5 stars.
So Hacthet III begins right where the second one left off, and basically the movie follows both Marybeth and some crazy old lady and a S.W.A.T team off in the swamp investigating the murders of Victor Crowley; and yes, Victory Crowley eventually attacks them. Do not expect Danielle Harris to be the main star of this film, however. She isn't in it as much as the second one, and definitely needed more screen time. But just like the first 2, this film is a non-stop gore fest. I really can't compare a Hatchet film based off the violence, they're all the same to me. But this movie is definitely the most "serious" of the Hatchet films, unlike the first 2 that you could almost call Horror-Comedies. I'm not saying this is a Dark and Gritty film, because it does still have humorous and comedic moments, like a pair of balls dangling from a tree. Yeah, you read that right.
But Hatchet III delivers, just like the way it should. There are also quite a bit of unexpected cameos as well, which I will not spoil...including one reoccurring character from the previous films that comes from the open, which I will DEFINITELY not spoil. But overall, Hatchet III is a great finale to the one and only Hatchet franchise. Although it isn't the best of the series, the first will always be the best, I do think it is a slight better than the second. But hey, personally I like all of them just the same.
Now I will not spoil the ending for you, but let's just say, it's the perfect way to end a great Horror movie franchise that will hopefully live on forever.
Hokey trash with a story that was absolute bobbins in the first film and is one step beyond parody here, but Danielle Harris is somehow superb and the ludicrously over-the-top gore effects and high body count, not to mention scant running time, makes the film enjoyable.More
I'm not expecting high art from 'The Hatchet' series. Green is attempting a throwback to the Friday the 13th series of the 80's and for the most part he succeeds. It helps that he throws in a lot of horror movie homages and old cult actors and goes to town with the gore. However unlike the recent horror remakes such as 'Last House' and 'The Hills have Eyes' this series never takes itself seriously and even though it's very bloody the whole thing comes across as very tongue in cheek. This series can probably go on forever as there doesn't seem to be any way to kill Victor Crowley but as long as Green keeps the in-jokes intact and has fun with it there's no reason we won't still be enjoying 'Hatchet X'!More
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