Hatchet

Film, Comedy
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.

By: Nigel Floyd

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Details

Release details

Rated:
18
Release date:
Friday October 5 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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