Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Hatchet 3

HATCHET III continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades. (Source)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 53% (Critics) / 83% (Audience)
Directed By: BJ McDonnell
Written By: Adam Green
Starring: Danielle Harris, Caroline Williams, Zach Galligan and Kane Hodder
Studio: Dark Sky Films

The Good:
This movie was ridiculously and gloriously gory with people being dismembered and gutted and just all around butchered every which way but loose.
I also appreciated that the humor was back in this franchise after going the depressingly “real” route with the horror in the second movie.
Danielle Harris continues to hold the #1 spot on my Modern Scream Queens list.
And any movie that gives work to Zach Galligan endears itself to me.

The Bad:
I didn’t quite get why Danielle Harris’ MaryBeth got sidelined for so much of this movie. I was hoping to see her and Victor Crowley go a few more rounds in this film than what we were given.
And what was up with all of the cops acting like the crooks from the old 1950s Superman TV show and upon seeing that bullets didn’t work attempted to get physical with Crowley?
I also didn’t really care about the fates of any of the characters in this movie other than MaryBeth.

The Ugly
Victor Crowley’s mythology may be the most murky, muddled and nonsensical bit of backstory since someone decided it would be a good idea to make Michael Myers an agent of some ancient order of Druids.

Final Verdict: If bloody, over the top violence is what you look for in a horror movie then HATCHET 3 is exactly what you have been hoping for. The filmmakers spilled dumpsters full of blood and guts while maintaining a significant amount of humor to counterbalance all of the gore. A major step up from the second movie in the franchise.

Grade: C+

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