|Starring:||Joel Moore, Tamara Feldman, Deon Richmond, Mercedes McNab, Kane Hodder, Parry Shen, Joleigh Fioreavanti, Joel Murray|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL|
|Run time:||1 hour 21 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 Jan 2008|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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If ever there was a hatchet that should be buried... it's this one..By PaulaWestwood (397 reviews) from Ashton-Under-Lyne , 08 Oct 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]All the billings lead us to believe this was a grand homage to 70s horror films such as Texas Chainsaw, Dawn of the Dead etc etc... it just didn't do its job and was very very pale in comparison. Just about everything in this shouts cheap, the acting, the plot the atmosphere. There is very little horror value in fact very little value at all in this, the less said the better. In our screening the audience were leaving in giggles saying what on earth was that. Should have gone straight to DVD, and as a 99p bin special at that. The movie flyer said think Saw then add more gore,, that is a huge slight on the brilliance that is Saw, as this couldn't come close to the thoughtful violence of Jigsaw. basically we suffered so you dont have to.
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Dire Dire DireBy Prawnster (26 reviews) from Harrogate , 06 Nov 2013I love a bad B movie but even I had to give up on this film after an hour Bad acting, script, The baddy is a joke and the film is full of jokes (more jokes than horror), what worked in Scream fell flat in this movie
could of been alot betterBy smokeychops (670 reviews) from newcastle under lyme , 20 Aug 2013I enjoyed the film overall, but why try make it funny would of been better just as a horror film. Stop making horror films funny or stop trying too. This could of been a good horror film, poor acting and weak story.
A good effort all round!By CHRISTOBEN (131 reviews) from Loughborough , 17 Mar 2013Not bad compared to some of the dross that is passing itself off as horror these days! My only fault with this film is that the ratio of comedy and horror in it feels wrong - too much comedy to take it seriously as a horror film, not enough comedy to class it as a comedy/horror. Nevertheless, a good effort all round! Some great kills too!
A good chuckle, but make sure youre in the mood for itBy TheWatchman (746 reviews) from Suburbia , 19 Jan 2013Im writing this review after a second viewing of Hatchet. I do love a good/daft horror/slasher movie and this one was billed as being right up there with the best of them, plus even a homage to the classics of the seventies and eighties. In short, I didnt like it at first. However, after a couple of years I decided to watch it again and see if I missed anything. Even now, I probably wouldnt say its an absolute classic, but it is a decent enough little yarn (with plenty of blood). Did I say plenty of blood? I meant TONNES. In fact, the producers obviously know theyre going a bit over the top and must have had great fun throwing bucketloads of the red stuff at trees after every kill takes place. Its quite a short film (it doesnt really need to be any longer) and, after the thumping Marilyn Manson opening song, we meet about a group of people who go on a boat ride into the swamps of America and end up on the wrong end of a maniacs hatchet. The kills are very violent and, if youre looking for gore, youll find it here. The best part of the film is the characters. Whether theyre horrible or nice, theyre entertaining. Theres plenty of amusing banter between them to keep us amused (special mention to the two *ahem* actresses who continually bicker with each other all the way through). These good characters go some way to make up for the films major flaw: they dont kill the killer. This slasher film possibly has the most opportunities to either kill, or severely subdue the nutter with the hatchet, yet they choose to run off every time and leave him to get better and resume coming after them. This is the most annoying part of the film and, if it wasnt for the snappy, tongue-in-cheek dialogue, I would have found myself getting increasingly annoyed with the whole package. All in all, this film is far from perfect, but, if you lower your expectations enough and put your brain on hold, you should enjoy the daftness and gore (like I say, its not on for long!). Also, kudos to the film-makers for getting Robert Englund, Kane Hodder and Tony Todd on the same cast list.
Heard it was funny its not reallyBy brokenking (268 reviews) from Bristol , 20 Mar 2012Lots and lots of ups and downs in this film. Each time I saw an upswing I thought things might improve they never did.
Hatchet would have been good for someone who was planning on getting drunk with a few mates around but notat any other time. The humour is based on making fun of the horror film conventions, the spooky old men, OTT death scenes and best of all the characters back stories. But the sum of its parts really doesn't amount to enough and I was left with a desire to simply just get through it.
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