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By James Whittington, Saturday 27th August 2011
When Adam Green unleashed Hatchet at FrightFest 2006, I wager he couldn't have dreamt of the amazing reception the movie got from the audience. This old-school horror was just what hack n' slash movie fans had been waiting for and Victor Crowley, the psycho of the piece become an overnight anti-hero.
Green brought Crowley back to FrightFest last year with the anticipated sequel promising more gore and more thrills. To say he delivers on this promise is an understatement, Hatchet 2 is a wild ride of a movie that perfectly combines humour and horror with lashings of sex and blood-splattered shocks.
Following directly on from the first instalment it's a solid mixture of shocks, slaughtering and big laughs. Yes, you read that correctly, Hatchet 2 has a wicked sense of humour running all the way through it. But back to the movie, it stars Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder and Tom Holland and features cameos from Shawn Ashmore and Emma Bell amongst others, and has vengeful supernatural killing machine Victor Crowley coming up with ever more inventive ways of dispatching anyone who dares trespass on his little patch of the Louisiana swamplands.
From the pulse pounding start to the blood-splattered ending, the film grabs the audience by the neck and refuses to let go. The gloriously gruesome set-ups are incredibly imaginative mainly using traditional effects rather then relying on CGI which retains the old school horror of the first but with the added bonus of a decent sized budget and state-of-the-art effects.
Sequels are usually excuses to cash-in on a triumph of the past. Hatchet 2 takes the basic idea from the first, ramps the blood and guts to the max and delivers one of the finest slasher movies of recent. A real hack n’ slash triumph.
Hatchet 2 will be relased onto DVD and Blu-ray on August 29th.
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