Three years ago the Halloween movie special week included Hatchet I-III, so does Adam Green’s Victor Crowley bring back the good old times of tongue-in-cheek slasher horror?
(USA 2017, director: Adam Green)
Lone survivor Andrew Yong returns to Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp to prove to the media that Victor Crowley exists, and an independent film crew as well as other people soon learn the hard way how right he is, as the killing starts again.
It’s amazing to think that the original Hatchet is already 12 years old, with the sequel following four years later, and then the third and supposedly final installment 4 years ago. Even if the sequels weren’t directed by Adam Green, they were still a lot of gory fun, bringing back something from 80ies slasher movies, with hand-made splatter effects, an impressive body count, and inventive kills. Now with the new entry, this tradition continues with Green again delivering the bloody goods.
There’s much more comedy this time around with lots of characters that more or less deserve the hatchet or any other instrument of death in an over-the-top gruesome way. Fortunately, the potential victims aren’t annoying (some are actually quite likable) and some of the writing is just as funny. Granted, there isn’t much of a story or character development, but the pacing isn’t as tedious as some “classic” 80ies slashers, so despite a lot of talk, there’s enough blood and guts to satisfy gorehounds. It might not be the terror bloodfest that the third Hatchet movie offered, but it still delivers on its simple and entertaining premise. Of course it isn’t very original, there aren’t any story twists, and it’s not scary or atmospheric at all. But it doesn’t have to be. It’s one of those popcorn horror movies one can watch without feeling uncomfortable, because it’s simple splatter fun that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
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