July 8, 2011

Hatchet II (2010)

"Marybeth escapes the clutches of the bayou-butcher Victor Crowley and returns to the swamp with an army of hunters and gunmen, determined to end Crowley's reign of horror once and for all."

Due to Netflix, it has taken until now for me to finally be able to watch this sequel. It wasn't worth the wait. Despite some very inventive and ridiculously gory kills, it was pretty weak.

Danielle Harris' constantly raised right eyebrow stole the entire show because I couldn't concentrate on anything else after I noticed it. I'm sure that she's always looked like that and is probably self-conscious about it, but I simply never realised how much of a distraction it could be. It's hard to focus on the dialogue, feeble and repetitive as it was, when the main character looks so painfully puzzled.

There's nothing to be puzzled or confused about with the plot, however, as it's all much the same as the first "Hatchet". The only major difference is that this time it's a rescue mission (with a hidden agenda) led by Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd). Even Parry Shen turned up again playing the twin brother, Justin, to the last movie's Shawn.

Just like "Hatchet", everybody who came into contact with the monstrous Victor Crowley died horribly. The kills were a lot bloodier this time and, really, that's all anybody is looking for in a fun '80s throwback like this anyway.

The practical effects were all really good but exaggerated to comedic levels. "Hatchet II" isn't an uber serious horror film by any stretch of the imagination, but it's not really witty enough to be a comedy either.

If you liked the first "Hatchet" (I didn't) then you'll probably like this. Just switch your brain off and enjoy the splatter. I'm throwing it in The Dungeon for being disappointing and instantly forgettable.

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