In a total surprise, the tenth anniversary of Hatchet ended up being the fourth film, bringing Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) back to Honey Island Swamp to take on a movie that is coming to be filmed in his home.
It all starts with Crowley massacre survivor Andrew Yong (Parry Shen) promoting his book on his ex-wife Sabrina’s TV show. During a book signing, a film crew tries to get him to hear their idea for a film based on the night he almost died before his agent Kathleen (Felissa Rose) takes him away. Yet before you can say sequel, a plane with everyone on it has crashed into the swamp, the agent’s phone plays Rev. Zombie’s (Tony Todd) voodoo curse and everyone ends up dying.
Everyone in this movie — even Tiffany Shepis and Brian Quinn from Practical Jokers — is cannon fodder for the nearly unstoppable Crowley. In fact, despite the grisly demise he endures by the end of the film, the credits tease that he’s coming back while answering the question of what happened to Marybeth Dunston (Danielle Harris).
Here’s a drink I mixed up that will make this movie ever better!
Honey Island Swamp Juice
- 1 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. blue curacao
- 1 oz. triple sec
- 1 oz. orange juice
- 1 oz. pineapple juice
- Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
- Shake it up like you’re ripping a human being apart and then drink up.
Director Adam Green decided to return to this series because two of his heroes passed on. Wes Craven’s death had him thinking about coming back to another chapter in the Hatchet series, but it was George Romero who told him to make it for his fans. Green has said that Victor Crowley would not exist if not for Romero’s pep talk assuring him that what he did as a filmmaker mattered and that his work was important to the genre.
Even cooler, the band Igniter contributed the song “Hatchet (The Ballad of Victor Crowley).” Green’s favorite Craven movie is Shocker and he loves the song from the movie, “Demon Bell (The Ballad of Horace Pinker)” by Dangerous Toys. Jason McMaster, the singer for both Dangerous Toys and Ignitor, wrote this new song as a gift for Green. After Cravens’s death, Green had gone to a Dangerous Toys reunion show to escape his grief and met McMaster. They discussed what a big deal his band, the movie and the director all were to Green, so McMaster put together a new Shocker-style theme song. How cool is that?
You can watch this on Amazon Prime, Shudder with or without Joe Bob Briggs commentary and on Tubi.
My least favorite of the franchise—and it pains me to say it. But there is still much gory fun to be had in the second half of the movie even if it fails to measure up to its lower-budgeted predecessors.