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BJ McDonnell, too hesitant to stray from the beaten path set by Green's previous films, lacks the looser, more whimsical hand that would have allowed Hatchet III to transcend its thoughtlessly imitative state.
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.
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.
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.
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.