If you have a penchant for 1980’s slasher films with larger than life killers, a stack of bodies a mile high and enough blood to warrant a flood, you will love Hatchet.
The story revolves around Victor Crowley, young deformed boy who lived in the bayous of New Orleans. He is the victim of a prank on Halloween that goes horribly wrong, and as his father tries to break down the door to rescue his son from where he is trapped he inadvertently hacks through the door with a hatchet and hacks through his sons head at the same time.
Jump forward to today and a group on a tour of the ‘Haunted Swamp’ hear about Victor and the legend that he haunts the area, and find out to their cost that sometimes legends are the truth.
That is the premise for this film that makes no pretences, it is a good old fashioned horror film with blood spurting and splashing all over the screen and not an iota of CGI. Hatchet isn’t deep or serious, it doesn’t try to be cutting edge, and is all the more enjoyable for it.
There is that perfect balance of horror and humour that hasn’t been seen for years, the characters are great and the kills well shot and creative. Bloodhounds will be in their element with the gallons of the crimson stuff that is swilling around and the rest of us can relish the chance to watch a great horror film.
The clever cameos from the likes of Joshua Leonard (Blair Witch), Tony Todd and Robert Englund are nice touches and there are great performances from Joe David Moore and Deon Richmond as Ben and Marcus. Overall, this is the perfect film for a pizza and beer night with your buddies, and your choice of film will be applauded.