Thursday, February 17, 2011
Hatchet II (2010)
Hatchet II (USA, 2010) - Color, Director(s): Adam Green
MPAA Rating: UR
Approx. 89 min.
Z-rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
B-factor: 4 out of 5 stars
At last!!! I've been waiting since October to review this movie, I was hoping that it would get a release at one of the smaller theaters here in the city but no luck. Finally, I couldn't wait any longer and bought the DVD. I absolutely LOVED the original, how bad could a sequel be? This wasn't a terrible movie but the special effects looked way more low budget than the first. In fact, this movie as a whole seemed way more ridiculously over-the-top than the first one did. (it felt more like it was a parody of the original in some ways)
Picking up right where the first one left off, we see that Marybeth (the final girl from the original) now looks like Danielle Harris and good old Victor Crowley looks more like a Power Rangers monster than he did in the first. No matter, she struggles to get away when she's pulled out of swamp by Jack Cracker or Cracker Jack... whatever his name is. Originally attempting to be helpful, he turns hostile when he finds out who she is but remains vague and mysterious about his reasons for throwing her out of his house. (the acting has definitely gone downhill as well in this sequel) Of course, once she's outta the house.... Crowley comes outta left field and slaughters good old Cracker Jack by ripping out his intestines and not only strangles him with them, he pops his head off(?) with them in a completely ridiculous scene reminiscent of ones you would find riddled throughout a film by a certain independent film studios responsible for such dime a dozen trash pics like Terror Firmer and the more recent, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. Before you can shout "Troma", we see a guest appearance by none other than Lloyd Kaufman as one of the hunters that walk out on the proposition by Reverend Zombie, played charismatically by Tony Todd (Candyman, Night of the Living Dead) who is always a pleasure to watch. The idea is a bring a bunch of the best hunters with him into the Louisiana bayou to "retrieve his boat" and hunt Victor Crowley while they're in there. Undoubtedly, they have an inevitable run-in with the psychotic killer where he gets to slaughter masses of the young folks in his backyard.
The first thing I have to say is that I absolutely LOVE the reference to the movie Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. I squealed with delight and might've even peed my pants a little when I heard it. (giggles) The strangest thing I find about the movie is that, despite having a bigger budget than he did with the original, this sequel feels a lot lower budget than the first. The first film had a ton of splatter effects that looked kinda real but this one went ridiculously over-the-top. These effects looked more like a cross between Japanese splatter films and Troma studio's low budget schlock. Either way, it was an enjoyable sequel that I would recommend people wait for on Netflix rather than buying your own copy right away like I did. Anyone who is looking for more of the original will be disappointed because this one totally goes the B-movie route and never comes back. (even uses some stock sound effects when people are being killed) Luckily for me, I love B-movies so I still enjoyed the film. I would just be sure to know what I'm getting into before I go and buy this film. All-in-all, still a pretty good movie but not as good as the original.
Nudity: Plenty. Are you serious? A slasher film without nudity would be missing a major ingredient in the formula. Not that it can't be done, just that it would be missing the point. The slasher genre rose out of the audiences' love for seeing certain things on the big screen, particularly naked teens getting hacked to bit by hulking masked maniacs.
Gore: 4 out of 5 stars. For quantity, not quality. This was a splatter film and splatter it did. Jaws getting ripped out, faces getting hacked off, decapitations galore!!! Problem is, it all looks hokey and is used more like sight gags to make us laugh rather than be scary at all.
Awesome: Very. Even though the effects don't look as good as the first one, they went for all-out balls to the walls entertainment and, in my opinion, they succeeded. I thought this movie was a throwback to more of the slasher genre as a whole, including more recent ones like Leslie Vernon. Tony Todd was awesome, as usual, and Danielle Harris just cried a lot. (tits might've helped her performance... what?? why do a shower scene at all then? I'm just saying....) Looked like a fun movie to be a part of but kind of a "you had to be there" deal.