Excerpt: The original Hatchet arrived emblazoned with a ballsy tag line which resonated with a proportion of the jaded horror community; ‘It's not a remake. It's not a sequel. And it's not based on a Japanese one’. The proliferation of tired remakes of horror classics (and a fair number of tired remakes of horror flops, too) had triggered an appetite for original, no-nonsense blood n’ guts.
Conclusion: I hate to talk about the blurbs on a home video release, but the quotes found on the cover of 'Hatchet II' are rather telling. They talk about the increased kill count, the added gore, but not one bit about it being a good film. Take note, viewers. Take note. Fans should enjoy themselves, but this is a noted step down from the original. The Blu-ray for 'Hatchet' has average video that could have been better, good audio, and a nice chunk of extras.
Summary: When the first Hatchet film debuted in 2006, the horror community at large was quick to laud writer/director Adam Green, not as a macabre visionary—twisting the genre into new grotesque forms—but rather, as an adept at appropriating the grimy tone and splatterrific practical effects wizardry of "old school American horror." And by "old school," I don't mean the Universal monster movies of the 1930s.
Conclusion: Do I even need to develop this section? If you made it this far, then you already know this is a MUST-OWN for every horror genre fan out there. You should not be second-guessing yourself. You should be clicking on the link below to pre-order and bring Hatchet II home on Blu-ray ASAP! Well? What the heck are you waiting for?
Excerpt: There are two ways to make a successful horror film. The first is to go as dark and scary as possible; have the film draw the viewers on to the edge of their seats and even if you can’t make them scream, have the experience living in their nightmares. The second is to embrace how far the genre can stretch reality and then just have fun with it. While it may seem that one is a bit more complex than the other, if done properly, you can yield The Exorcist or Evil Dead II .
Excerpt: Filmmaker Adam Green has amassed a loyal cult following for his budget horror pictures over the years, though there's never been much to celebrate. A schlockmeister with an appetite for broad displays of gore, Green likes to make a mess of matters, but rarely does he engage an enthralling cinematic spirit. "Hatchet II" covers muddy old ground for the writer/director, picking up mere seconds after the lifeless first installment of this series.
Excerpt: In the horror thriller Hatchet II , the great character actor Tony Todd plays a fraudulent New Orleans witch doctor who peddles a bogus brand of voodoo to tourists gullible enough to stumble into his tacky little shop. The role was conceived as a comic character, a shameless con man masquerading as a conduit to the spirit world, but Todd has such a dignified presence and such a sonorous, hypnotic voice that he’s impossible to dismiss, though he’s similarly impossible to...