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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.



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A group of tourists on a haunted swamp tour find one of the horrific local legends to be true. They try to escape alive--and with all of their pieces.

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Kane Hodder
as Victor Crowley/Mr. Crowley
Joel Murray
as Shapiro
Richard Riehle
as Mr. Permatteo
Patrika Darbo
as Mrs. Permatteo
Tony Todd
as Clive Washington (Rev. Zombie)
John Carl Buechler
as Jack Cracker
Rileah Vanderbilt
as Young Victor Crowley
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Critic Reviews for Hatchet

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (22)

  • 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.

    Sep 22, 2010 | 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.

    Oct 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.

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

    Neil Smith

    Top Critic
  • Green's efforts to strike a balance between knowing humour and no-holds-barred horror are stymied by an erratic tone: a slow, talky build-up gives way to a soggy middle section and a messy, all-stops-out finale.

    Oct 5, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's just not that scary (even the gory sequences are predictable and boring). And it certainly isn't clever or funny.

    Sep 15, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Horror without suspense is like sex without love: you can appreciate the technicalities, but ultimately there's no reason to care.

    Sep 15, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5

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!
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • 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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