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I’ve got another newer slasher flick today with Hatchet, the story of Victor Crowley. This movie seems to be an attempt to resurrect the slasher films of the 80s, with recognizable baddies like Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers. The victims are, as usual, a group of teens hanging out in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They sign up to take a fan-boat tour out in the bayou and – you guessed it – bad shit happens.
As they’re out on the fanboat, they’re told of the legend of Victor Crowley, who was whacked with a hatchet by his father. It seems Victor’s haunting the bayou, killing unsuspecting tourists. Of course, just then, the fanboat sinks and our happy tourists become target practice for Victor.
I originally went out and bought Hatchet on its day of release because of all the praise that was being heaped on it by websites I respect. They all proclaimed that it was a fine return to the slasher films of yesteryear. And while it’s certainly a decent film, it’s no classic. Victor doesn’t fill the shoes of Freddy or Jason, though the bayou setting is definitely a nice change of pace from the typical forest/haunted house.
But unlike many of the movies I’ve talked about in SHOCKtober, Hatchet has some really nice production, decent acting, and really cool special effects. There are also some great cameos for horror buffs. Definitely seek this one out.
And by the way, in that picture up there…that’s an axe.