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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.
Will there be a "Hatchet IV''? I shudder to think about it.
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.
With new revelations and what appears to be a final solution for Crowley's curse, could this really be the final installment in the franchise? (insert sinister laugh here)
It may not be perfect, but Hatchet III is still a ton of fun and McDonnell does a great job at delivering a sequel that feels much bigger and bolder than anything we've seen so far in the Hatchet series.
The trilogy ends with a bang. And blood. A bit clumsy in the plot department but still pretty good fun.
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.
This is a considerable improvement over Hatchet 2. I don't even know what it was that made this film so much better than its prequel, because, essentially, they're the same exact film with very little that's actually different. But, I don't know, I thought the film was better paced than Hatchet 2, the horror/gore was, obviously, very over-the-top and tongue-in-cheek. I wouldn't call this a parody of slasher films, but it does poke fun at some of the tropes. Like, for example, how a lot of these monsters keep coming back film after film, no matter how devastating an end they met in the previous film. The film plays with that here and it's actually probably one of the more important elements of the film, in how you actually get rid of Victor Crowley. While how they did end up getting rid of him might seem stupid, particularly considering everything that was done to him, it actually makes sense within the context of what the film is trying to do, so I had no problem with that. Maybe I'm overrating the film, but I honestly had quite a bit of fun watching this film. It's not what you would call a great horror movie, and it was never actually meant to be one. But as far as quick, doesn't overstay its welcome diversion, then it works pretty damn well to be honest. Another reason I think I'm overrating this film is the fact that Sid Haig made an awesome cameo appearance in this film. His appearance definitely made the film a little bit better to me and, without him, it's very likely that I'd have given the film 2.5 star rating. It's not that I didn't have fun, but Haig's appearance made the film better than it would've been without him. And it's not even a cameo that goes more than five minutes. With that said, I think I still would've enjoyed the film in a more B-movie type of way, even if I didn't give it a good rating. There's a lot of gore, duh, and it's obviously completely over-the-top, just what you would expect. The film is surprisingly well paced for this type of film. Like there's a good balance of gore and 'story'. Not that there's honestly much of a story to speak of, but it is there and they find a good balance between those two elements to make sure that the film doesn't peak early. So that was cool. The film, obviously, has its comedic elements and it's clear that this isn't meant to be taken seriously in the slightest. So I enjoyed this movie. It's got good gore and good tongue-in-cheek tone. Hatchet fans will definitely enjoy this one. It's a fun time.
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.
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.
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.
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