Saturday, October 11, 2014

Film Review: Hatchet 3 (2013)

Hatchet 3 (Review)
United States/2013
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No
A 31 Days of Halloween Special Review!*

"It's good ol' gory fun."

After a massacre at Honey Island Swamp, local and state police enter the home of Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) to verify Marybeth's story.

Hatchet 3 picks up where the last installment left off. After killing Victor Crowley, a bloodied Marybeth (Danielle Harris) goes to the police to report her success. So, the police head out to Honey Island Swamp. Meanwhile, journalist Amanda Fowler (Caroline Williams) drags Marybeth back to Honey Island Swamp to finish what really hasn't ended. It's a really simple plot that gets straight to the point -- it doesn't add anything to the characters or locale, but it gets straight to the mayhem. The ending is good -- it's more of the same, though, an ending we've seen time and time again.

I liked the simplicity of the story -- it gets straight to the action and horror. Sure, I would love to see some new characters and maybe some new details regarding Victor Crowley, but I'm perfectly content with a film that simply aims to entertain. And that's what this does. It's good ol' gory fun. Over-the-top violence around every corner. A couple of jolting jump-scares. Typical horror movie logic. Some very black humor. (there was at least one laugh out loud moment.) It's a throwback horror film that doesn't try to be more. If you like practical over-the-top gore, then this is for you. There's not much else to it.

Except... there is one thing I really didn't like. This ridiculously gory fun film is partly spoiled by the terribly obnoxious and annoying journalist character, Amanda. Every scene with Amanda was not only annoying, but also boring and cliché. The other characters are lively and energetic, some are even hilarious, but this one is obnoxious. Also, this time around, there doesn't seem to be a solid protagonist. Marybeth is in the film, but she shares less screen time and plays a minor role. It wasn't really something too detrimental, but it's worth noting.

The acting ranges from decent to bad. A lot of the supporting cast is bad. Danielle Harris is decent. Aside from her character being ridiculously annoying, Caroline Williams' performance is also ridiculously over-acted. Kane Hodder is always welcomed, though, as are the cameos. You see, the acting really ranges. Otherwise, the film is a standard horror film. The special effects are great; it's obviously wasn't aiming for realism, so expect some cheesy effects. The concept is familiar, but director BJ McDonnell does well in cutting any fat from the story and delivering a straight horror film.

Overall, Hatchet 3 is a good slasher movie. It's treads very familiar territory, has one terrible character, and a few dud performances, but the film never fails in delivering the over-the-top gory fun. It's an improvement over Hatchet 2, which I did not like much. Just don't expect too much, and you should have some fun.

Score: 6/10
Parental Guide: Graphic violence and gore.

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