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Hatchet (2006)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 23

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.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 11

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 handful of college students looking for a good time are thrown into a world of danger in this homage to the slasher film cycle of the 1970s and '80s. Ben (Joel David Moore) has just been given his walking papers by his girlfriend and is deeply depressed. Needing a pick-me-up, Ben and his friend Marcus (Deon Richmond) head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and take in a "Haunted Swamp Tour," with master of ceremonies Shawn (Parry Shen) guiding guests through a spooky patch of bayou country. Along



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Dec 18, 2007

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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 Source: | Comment (1)
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Anyone feeding into this nostalgia is yearning for a kind of warm and fuzzy horror that's wholly irrelevant today.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Horror without suspense is like sex without love: you can appreciate the technicalities, but ultimately there's no reason to care.

September 15, 2007
New York Times
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It's just not that scary (even the gory sequences are predictable and boring). And it certainly isn't clever or funny.

September 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Draggy stretches in the first few reels could easily have been pruned from an already tight 83-minute running time.

September 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film might not host an original concept, but its attention to detail - the tiny things that made '80s slashers unique - render Hatchet a far more enjoyable experience than its competition.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

I enjoyed Hatchet quite a bit. I was never scared, and I can't say I laughed out loud much, but it has a very gleeful tone that invites the viewer in.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Only a brief, nicely sculpted bass clarinet line provides any redeeming quality.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: JWR

This may be the bucket of blood that splatter fans were eagerly anticipating ... but it is also an excellent horror film with solid scripting and strong performances that make it appealing to a wider audience.

July 5, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Enjoyably schlocky horror flick, with its tongue firmly in cheek, ensuring that there are several laughs to be had amidst all the gory, hatchet-wielding mayhem.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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 Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

This low-budget horror spoof lasts only 84 minutes, but seems to take forever.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent

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 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Billed as "Old School American horror", Hatchet's actually something far less classy: a technically inept homage to '80s slasher movies that's both bloody and bloody stupid.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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 Full Review Source: BBC

What could have been a mini-Scream is ultimately I'll Always Know You Did Last Halloween the 13th.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Like Scream never happened, this is an uneven comedy-horror homage that gets by on enthusiasm alone.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

usually the choice between "fun party" and "mad badness" is a no-brainer - but in Hatchet, viewers get the best of both worlds, as carnivalesque hilarity and carnage go hand in bloody hand.

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Hatchet est un film fait par des fans pour des fans avec tout ce que cela implique en termes d'effusions de sang et de démembrements à n'en plus finir

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

(I)t has to be said that Hatchet's homage to the goofy, gloppy vivisection-fests of two decades before has a strange way of satisfying.

September 16, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Hatchet

October 5, 2013
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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.
March 23, 2012
Melvin White

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Good gore and pretty mediocre everything else. And seriously everyone suffered from "I'm just gonna stand still and let you kill me" syndrome.
November 13, 2011

Super Reviewer

This was a surprisingly competent throwback to the old slasher films. As far as entertainment value, it could more than hold it's own with any of the recent remakes. The film succeeds with a series of graphic and violent murders, that are actually quite comical. There are plenty of flaws including an all out lack of suspense. I'd actually like to see horror movies attempt to be scary, instead of humorous. I was also kind of put off by the physical appearance of Victor Crowley. In the end, I'd certainly recommend this to fans of the slasher genre. If you don't like that style of movie, you'll hate this too.
October 7, 2011
Jason Calvin

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    1. Clive "Rev. Zombie" Washington: I had a tour group, out in the swamp, last Halloween. It was the mist of night, and there was this kid, who looked kind of like you, he was spooked by something in the marsh. He saw two eyes staring at him from the woods, it chilled him to his very marrow. He wanted to get off the boat in a hurry, and he had his foot dangling over the edge. He...
    2. Ben: He fell in?
    3. Marcus: A gator got him?
    4. Clive "Rev. Zombie" Washington: He slipped, hit his head, on the roof... and sued me for negligence! That cock sucker!
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
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