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½ November 6, 2014
Really gory horror movie, plenty of blood and spills. Awesome slasher! Story was a continuance of the previous one, so really need to watch them all in one go.
November 2, 2014
retarded but good slasher movie nonsense!
½ October 1, 2014
Pretty good movie. It's fairly suspenseful, plenty bloody, funny in moments, and decent B-Movie material. But its plotline is both terrible and nonexistent, and its performances are way too over the top, especially Harris.
September 27, 2014
Hatchet 3 is a very bloody gory sequel that ties up Victor Crowley story and all the victims that he killed out in the swamps. B (2013)
½ September 21, 2014
There's something curiously underwhelming about the blood-soaked mayhem on display in Hatchet III. Too busy with limb-severings and gunfire to bother being intelligent. 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. 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. Even die-hard fans may be disappointed by this ultra-violent low-budgeter, the latest and least installment in the cult-fave franchise about fear and loathing and corpse accumulating in a notorious stretch of Louisiana swamp country. McDonnell is a significantly less eloquent aesthete: Though he tries his best to mirror Green's deliberate rhythms, his style ends up recalling the punkish amateurism of bargain-bin '80s horror flicks. There is so little to the script that the only actor who really makes an impression is Caroline Williams, playing a reporter who has been ridiculed in the past for promulgating the Victor Crowley legend. For once in a horror movie, the journalist is the smart one. 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.

VERDICT: "Not So Hot" - [Negative Reaction] These films are truly terrible films. They are not the worst things ever made, but they are definitely awful and should not be seen by anyone. (Films that are rated 1.5 or 2 stars)
September 16, 2014
Brutal, and filled with gore, Hatchet 3 is both fast paced, a ton of fun and awesome slasher flick.
September 15, 2014
Extremely excessive and almost a mirror image of Hatchet II. The kills are uniquely designed, but the plot runs very thin.
September 6, 2014
More of the same but this is a good thing. Old school horror effects and some grisly death sequences put most contemporary CGI driven horror to shame.
½ September 5, 2014
This throwback style slasher flick is an awful lot of fun for fans of the genre. The writer/director of the first two films, Adam Green, stepped back from director duties this time, but still delivered a script full of gory fun. The story still essentially the Jason Voorhees unstoppable killer in the woods story, but what I think this series does so well is that the various kills are original and, more importantly, is the filmmaker's use of practical special effects instead of CGI. Maybe my tastes for practical special effects (i.e. "The Thing" or "An American Werewolf in London versus "I Am Legend" or "The Thing" remake/prequel) favor this style of gore and I think that is the real charm of this film, which is, of course, not for all tastes. To this sequel in particular, a search and rescue team goes into the swamp to investigate the massacre left at the end of the second film, but no one still believes in the legend of Victor Crowley, the film's unstoppable killer, which means that most all of the rescue team ends up being killed in various gory and rather bizarre ways. Danielle Harris returns as one of the few surveyors of the previous film and Kane Hodder return as Crowley. "Gremlins" star Zach Galligan joins the cast as the parish sherif. It's all very silly, but quite a fun ride in a Karo syrup sort of way.
½ August 22, 2014
"Hatchet III"-the non-stop onslaught gorefest! The third installment of the Hatchet franchise came on like gangbusters, with a fierce body count, grue-master deluxe amount of gory kill shots that really was like the 4th of July. This one, directed by BJ McDonnell, held true to the stylized massacre that has become synonymous with the name Crowley. The thing that really sets this it apart from the other two films is the insane amount of firepower and action-styled explosions that almost pays homage to "Friday the 13th: Jason Goes To Hell-opening sequence". Only slightly though-because what was a momentary thing in that film was an extended Apocalypse now folderol of spent shells, grenade and thunderous sound effects. Really the only times the story rested on the melodrama and character builds where the moments that featured Danielle Harris' character. Most of the action and carnage was reserved for the "guns-a-blazin'" scenes.

"Hatchet III" was set up as 'man's belief that he can maintain or regain control over anything he faces- including the supernatural or impossible-only to realize it just may be a delusional assumption'. After all Victor Crowley systematically eviscerates strike forces and government officials with rabid savagery. At moments it seems to only cover the fact that the writing may not hold up within the story or the fact that it may have been written with more insecurity to the script than desired. Kind of like "sky flowers" for the audience to distract from a flimsy story line. Can't really say but as I was hearing the set up to finally putting Crowley to rest I felt a little "brake squeaking" moment in the back of my mind-especially considering only moments earlier it was made very clear that there was no killing the monster that was Victor Crowley. However considering the last breath of the film, that original clarity, of Crowley's inability to die, may very well hold up. I sure hope so because, all negative aspects aside, I really do enjoy the "Hatchet" films and they seem to embody the original spirit of the slasher genre set forth in the 80's. And the kills scenes and gory effects are awesome. Even if the blood and gore look a little more pumpkin-y prefab than I would like to see splattered across my nightmares.

In all aspects, within the "Hatchet" mythos, "Hatchet III" stands as close to solid as a sequel to the original and even the lesser affective "Part II". There isn't much in the lines of character build here but somehow I didn't mind because the cast was stellar and visceral onslaught was a true gruesome spectacle to see. Even with the kind of flat finally between Marybeth and Crowley which really does beg the question "why did crazy blogger lady just join in and dust this sh*t in part two?" I mean she seemed to be crotch rocket strapped to the whole Honey Island legend and Victor Crowley thing so why wasn't she up in the sh*t earlier in the story. Maybe I missed something. Which is a good reason for me to watch this along with "I " and "II" over and over again. "Hatchet" really does provide much desired blood into the fictionalized slasher genre that somehow the very human psycho killer just doesn't give us.
August 21, 2014
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. I say SKIP IT!!!
August 21, 2014
Was weak only like the gore
August 13, 2014
"THE RETURN TO VICTOR CROWLEY'S SWAMP"

- 'Hatchet 3' is a 2013 slasher film written by Adam Green (Hatchet saga, Frozen) and directed by BJ McDonnell. Logically, it forms the third installment in the gruesome 'Hatchet'-franchise, starring the deformed serial killer Victor Crowley. The series is known for its explicit gore and violence. I must say I've enjoyed this movie more than the second one. The story takes of where the previous one had ended and shows a final confrontation between Victor Crowley and Marybeth Dunston. Reappearing cast members are Kane Hodder (Hatchet, Friday the 13th films) and Danielle Harris (Halloween franchise, Urban Legend). Added to the cast are Zach Galligan (Gremlins films) and Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Leprechaun 3). And cameo's from legendary Sid Haig (House of a 1000 Corpses, Foxy Brown) and Joel David Moore (Hatchet, Avatar). Some Legends Never Die...

It had been a peaceful day in the Jefferson Parish Police Station after the Mardi Grass Festival, when suddenly a blood-soaked Marybeth Dunston (Harris) walks in, carrying a rifle and a piece of human head. She surrenders to Sheriff Fowler (Galligan) and tells him about the two massacres by local legend Victor Crowley (Hodder) that took place at Honey Island Swamp. While the police heads to the swamp to investigate, Marybeth is placed in a cell where she is visited by Fowler's ex-wife Amada (Williams), who is a journalist and Victor Crowley expert. The woman claims that the terror of the mutilated killer will never be over, unless he gets what he wants: his father's ashes. Together they go and seek Victor's only living relative, the crazy Abbott McMullen (Haig).
August 11, 2014
Great classic horror, great sequel, really cool practical effects.
August 10, 2014
Brutal but at this point either your a fan or your not of the slasher genre. This is the most efficient entry in a while but these sort of affairs may never shoot to 5 star approval status by unanimity and watching some of these cardboard cutouts who we perceive to be people die in grisly ways should it?
August 5, 2014
The story shows you the continuation of part II with Marybeth. The story talks about a boy and his father that was know as a old tell among the people. The setting is in a swap in the middle were people outside of the city know when to keep out. If you seen part I and II you would most likely understand the storyline. The story of a father and his child with the cursed of a crime of unfairness.
½ July 28, 2014
For a series that has well overstayed its welcome, Hatchet III goes out in a firestorm of a hyper-violent, limb-ripping rumpus.
Super Reviewer
July 24, 2014
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.
July 22, 2014
This is essentially meta-Hatchet, as it's now becoming a spoof of itself. It's rife with in-references, and a bunch of horror veterans join the cast. The plot really isn't a whole lot different from that of the second installment, and, of course, the element of mystery that surrounded Crowley in the original has long since faded. The cavalcade of hilariously fake gore also continues, although it's now totally expected. The movie has to fall back on its menacing and seemingly invulnerable villain as well as the continual humor. It's a decent continuation of the previous two, but it pretty much just offers more of the same.
½ July 18, 2014
Yet another fun installment in this new hilariously ultraviolent B-horror franchise.
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