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The over-the-top gore, campy acting, and dim cinematography may be part of Hatchet's self-described old-school ethos, but irony alone can't sustain a horror film. Read critic reviews

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Ben (Joel Moore) and Marcus (Deon Richmond) are college students in New Orleans, enjoying Mardi Gras, when they decide to go on a boat tour of an allegedly cursed bayou. Meeting up with several other tourists, including quietly beautiful Marybeth (Tamara Feldman), they are entertained by their guide Shawn (Parry Shen), who regales them with tales of a ghostly serial killer who wanders the swamp. They laugh off the stories -- until someone, or something, starts picking off members of the group.

Cast & Crew

Tamara Feldman
Marybeth
Kane Hodder
Victor Crowley, Mr. Crowley
Richard Riehle
Mr. Permatteo
Patrika Darbo
Mrs. Permatteo
Tony Todd
Clive Washington
Rileah Vanderbilt
Young Victor Crowley
Adam Green
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Cory Neal
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Roman Kindrachuk
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Andrew Mysko
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Andy Garfield
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Will Barratt
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Bryan McBrien
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Tim Beckett
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Critic Reviews for Hatchet

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (22)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Lacking the satirical bite of the first Scream... this is mere pastiche that doesn't even wink at what it is pointlessly xeroxing from the past.

    September 22, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Fun horror-comedy about tourists being picked off in the swamps. Tongues are firmly in cheeks; heads don't stay long on shoulders.

    October 5, 2007 | Full Review…
  • This low-budget horror spoof lasts only 84 minutes, but seems to take forever.

    October 5, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A reasonably serviceable horror, with much gory dismemberment, and featuring a kind of ancestor worship in the casting of scary-movie veterans Robert Englund and Tony Todd.

    October 5, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Long before its howling bogeyman has savaged his last victim you'll be wondering if the movie has anything else to offer besides self-conscious homage.

    October 5, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hatchet

  • Dec 27, 2014
    I've always had a soft spot for black comedies and Hatchet really entertained me. A group of stupid tourists joined a tour to the swamp in Louisiana: con artist Shawn, quiet Marybeth, best friends Ben and Marcus, Sharpio the "movie" maker, fiesty Jenna, ditsy Misty and Mr and Mrs Permatteo. What they don't know is that a local killer deformed hillbilly legend is true and they all need to work together to get out alive. The direction was great, well done Adam Green. I loved the campiness which made fun of all the cliches, there was not a single dull moment in the film which is quite impressive considering I get bored easily with slashers. Green managed to cracked me a few laughs. Not the best black comedy every but it really tried and it worked!
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  • Apr 14, 2012
    I get the dark humor, and the conspiracy on the acting, but hell if they'd just made the antagonist a little more sensical then they might have been on the right track. Victor Crowley is all too powerful and inescapable without the rationalization how he does those things which made me think that Hatchet also has to be in the genre of fantasy.
    August S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2012
    Marcus: You look like you been molested by wolves!  "Stay out of the swamp." So, Hatchet is another one of those backwoods, deformed killer movies. The genre isn't great to say the least, and Hatchet isn't the worst one out there. But it certainly is terrible. It had moments, and when I say moments I mean like two 30 second scenes that were okay. The rest is complete garbage. Most of the shit is recycled garbage. I know that Adam Green's goal isn't to surprise us. He knows that 90% of the people who are watching his movie are doing so because they are horror buffs. So he knows that we've seen all the slashers, and that we know all the plot developments. So I'm not disappointed with Hatchet because it follows that familiar plot. I'm disappointed with it because nothing in between those plot developments did much to set it apart from any of the other crappy slashers. The good ones are always able to mix in some originality amidst all the predictability. Hatchet is about a group of people who take a haunted boat tour in the swamps of Louisiana. Once they are out in the swamp, their boat breaks down and they are left stranded with a deformed killer chasing them. It's very much like The Hills Have Eyes, except instead of the desert, we get a dark, wet swamp.  Hatchet is extremely gory too. I mean there are gory kills and then there are the ones that take place in Hatchet. Now, gory to some people means gross. The kills in Hatchet relays aren't gross though because there is now amount of realism in them. Each one looks more ridiculous and fake then previous one. I mean the kills here make the ones from Friday the 13th look amazing. As a horror fan who finds too much enjoyment in bad slashers, I'm telling you not to watch this one. That should tell you everything. When I see a slasher that I denounce this badly, it must mean it's pretty damn bad. Terrible acting, terrible attempts at humor, and even worse attempts at horror. But there are some nice shots of naked boobs.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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