As a fan of the previous two Hatchet movies, I was more than excited with the announcement of Hatchet III. Much like Hatchet II picked up where the first movie left off, Hatchet III does the same. It picks up with Marybeth alone in the swamp with Victor Crowley.
Writer Adam Green did an amazing job with the script and basic concept for the movie. I think the script for Hatchet III is by far better than the two previous films.
Hatchet III dives more into why and how Crowley returns every night. It also explores an idea of how to rid Honey Island Swamp of Victor Crowley for good. Not to spoil it for everyone, it does involve Marybeth, a distant relative of Victor and an urn.
The casting was fantastic. Kane Hodder (Victor Crowley) and Danielle Harris (Marybeth) both return to reprise their roles. There were a few new additions to the cast like Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects) has a small yet entertaining role. The most surprising addition to the cast is none other than Zach Galligan (Gremlins and Gremlins 2). Zach has a pretty major role as a sheriff that does not want to believe in the legend of Victor Crowley.
The gore level of this film far surpasses that of the first two films. I do not want to give too much away, but there is a scene with Derek Mears‘ character and Victor Crowley that is nothing short of complete horror brutality. If you are into the intense gore scenes, you will be very pleased. There are a few comedic moments mixed in with the blood and gore.
The makeup that transforms Kane Hodder into Victor Crowley has changed a bit for Hatchet III. He looks more grotesquely disfigured in this film than the previous two. The makeup department was very busy with blood and guts. I must say that I like the makeup in this film more than the others. There were a couple of scenes that paid homage to the old school slasher films by using prop dummies instead of CGI. Yes it looked a bit corny, but it was nice to see a nod to a time when actors actually had to learn stunts and dare I say it, act.
The ending is very open and most certainly leaves the door open for a fourth installment to the Hatchet franchise. I highly recommend Hatchet III to anyone that is a fan of the previous two films or anyone that wants to see a gritty gorefest. I would not at all be opposed to seeing a Hatchet IIII.