Victor Crowley returns to the swamps of Louisiana and back into our slasher-lives to bring on more mayhem and more body parts in this deliciously fun sequel. Adam Green takes a break from the directorâ€™s chair this time around and gives the reins to BJ McDonnell.
The ï¬lm takes place right after Hatchet 2 ends. Marybeth (Danielle Harris) has ï¬nally just put an end to Victor Crowleyâ€™s (Kane Hodder) murderous rampage….or so she thinks. In the fashion of many undefeatable horror villains, Victor Crowley rises from behind our leading lady and disappears. We watch as a blood covered Marybeth strolls into town with Crowleyâ€™s scalp in hand and into the local sheriffâ€™s station. Everyone immediately thinks sheâ€™s insane and locks her up as she speaks of the events have happened to her. No one believes her except a very persistent former journalist who strives to gain back her title (Caroline Williams). Fortunately for Marybeth, Amanda has been researching Victor Crowleyâ€™s story for quite sometime and claims to know how to ï¬nally end his curse once and for all. While the sheriff (Zach Galligan) and a search team go off to search for the bodies Marybeth claims to be to be in the swamp, Amanda tries to convince Marybeth that she is the only one who can really stop Victor. Can Marybeth save the search crew from a very bloody fate? And will Victor Crowley ï¬nally be put to rest?
Hatchet 3 is deï¬nitely a huge step up from its very weak predecessor. This time we have a meaner and deadlier Victor Crowley with more gruesome kills. One of the best aspects of the ï¬lm is the always amazing Danielle Harris. In this ï¬lm we see Danielle bring more to the character of Marybeth. We see her bring out Marybethâ€™s witty and sharp-tongued side, her vulnerable side as she contemplates her fate, and eventually the side of her that we love to see in a ï¬nal girl, the side willing face down her monster. Harris shows these sides with amazing depth, which provides with what has to be her most best performance in a long time, if not ever in her career. We also get two new supporting characters that we root for in Amanda and Sheriff Fowler. Caroline Williams, famous from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, gives us the prowling journalist, and Zach Galligan as the unbelieving sheriff. Both actors get really into their roles and play off the other actors solidly. While Hatchet 3 deï¬nitely has its gruesome body count that we know and love, a lot of these bodies consist of major throw away characters. But because of our three leads and the focus on them, the viewer should easily get passed that. McDonnell deï¬nitely did his homework watching Green do his work with his ï¬rst two ï¬lms. This sequel deï¬nitely feels as much of a Hatchet ï¬lm as the others do. While this ï¬lm isnâ€™t as fun and humorous as the ï¬rst two, it provides just enough wit to get by with its overall dark and slightly more serious story. I personally consider this my favorite of the ï¬lms, and very much hope we get another one. Also, be on the look out for some very familiar faces. One cameo in particular provides the funniest scene in the ï¬lm.