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Hatchet

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
Set in a Louisiana bayou, Adam Green’s old school slasher movie has all the right ingredients for a gruesome gumbo, but lacks an all-important piquancy. Bloody deaths, jokey cameos by Robert Englund and Tony Todd, breast-baring blondes, a killing-by-numbers plot and raucous rock music from pasty-faced poseur Marilyn Manson are thrown into the pot. Yet somehow the tired flavours never quite mingle.
On Halloween night, a hapless tour guide strands lovelorn twentysomething Ben (Joel Moore) and his wise-cracking black pal Marcus (Deon Richmond) in a supposedly haunted swamp. They and their fellow tourists – a porn director, two ditzy ‘actresses’, a middle-aged couple and a shy teenage girl – are then haunted and hunted by hatchet-faced hick Victor Crowley. Burned and hacked with an axe as a child, the hideously deformed Victor now likes to tear off the heads or chop off the limbs of passing strangers. Green’s efforts to strike a balance between knowing humour and no-holds-barred horror are stymied by an erratic tone: a slow, talky build-up gives way to a soggy middle section and a messy, all-stops-out finale.
Written by Nigel Floyd

Release Details

  • Rated:18
  • Release date:Friday 5 October 2007
  • Duration:85 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Adam Green
  • Screenwriter:Adam Green
  • Cast:
    • Kane Hodder
    • Robert Englund
    • Joel Murray
    • Patrika Darbo
    • Deon Richmond
    • Joshua Leonard
    • Richard Riehle
    • Parry Shen
    • Tony Todd
    • Joleigh Fioreavanti
    • Tamara Feldman
    • Joel David Moore
    • John Carl Buechler
    • Mercedes McNab
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