This second installment of Adam Green's cheeky ode to old-school, ax-to-the-face slasher movies dutifully drowns itself in blood, camp and nostalgia. Hatchet's sole survivor, Marybeth (Harris), wades back into the Louisiana swamp with a pontoon of misfit mercenaries, seeking vengeance upon the mysterious, malformed ogre (Hodder) who murdered her family. Green hinted at mature filmmaking with his spare experiment in ski-lift terror, Frozen, but he appears to have regressed to another adolescent celebration of filleted flesh. It's a functional sequel, but with all that spirited slicing and dicing, the director could have at least broken a sweat.
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