Hatchet II (2010)

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“The only thing he’s reverend of is being an asshole”

Alright you guys, moving this right along, because really this is just sort of…what I do with my time. We are back again with the return of Victor Crowley. This time around, the story is as follows :

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.

So this one picks up right where the last one left off, in the boat. Our dear and charming Joel David Moore has been killed, and Marybeth is in the clutches of Victor Crowley. However, things are looking a little bit different. Crowley has a bit of a different face, but that isn’t the major change. Tamara Feldman has been replaced with horror’s sweet-heart Danielle Harris (Halloween 4, 5 and both remakes). Anyways, Marybeth escapes crowley, and is rescued by our unlikely opening-scene hero, from the first movie, Jack-Cracker.

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So we have an awkward exchange between Jack Cracker and Marybeth as we realize that her and Crowley are connected in a way that no one could have expected. Which of course is quickly followed by Crowley breaking in and strangling Cracker with his own intestines until his head explodes. After this, Marybeth teams up with Tony Todd, and the two come up with a plan to head back out into the swamp so that Marybeth can retrieve the bodies of her father and brother, and get her revenge on Crowley. With the help of Perry Shen (yeah that’s right, the guy who dies in the first one) playing his own twin brother hoping to save his brother’s life.

What ensues is of course, outrageous and graphic death at the hands of Kane Hodder. Including a pretty hilarious double-hill with one of the most enormous chainsaws that I have ever seen in my life. It was comedically huge, and the death was comedically graphic.

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This movie definitely drives more into the direction of silly over scary, which in this case is sort of working against it. The first one certainly had elements that were funny and bordering on absurd, but it was a fun enough movie, with a likable enough cast. This time however, with the exception of Harris and Shen, the cast really lacks the likability that the first movie had. Reverend Zombie (Todd) puts together a rag-tag group of red-necks to go and ‘git’ Crowley.

None of the actors offer up the same level of charm that we saw in the first movie, and it just really works against the level of fun the movie gives. At least, it did for me. That being said, of course, the gore and the deaths are amped up even more in this second one, and it does balance out what was missing for me.

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Another addition to this movie is back story. We get the entire back story of Victor Crowley, which includes voodoo curses, family tragedy, and actually effectively builds Crowley as an effectively sympathetic ‘repeater’. Which, when your villain become more likable and sympathetic than most of your main characters, can be a bit of a problem. In the end though, the movie does still maintain the spirit of the first one for the most part.

It clips along at a pretty good pace, and maintains its ability to keep your attention, and delivers the brutal murders and mayhem you want after seeing the first one. It does at more to the story of Crowley, and creates a bit of a deeper mythology. It offers enough satisfaction, and prooves that Crowley is the next in line of horror icons, and is earning his place along the ranks of Krueger and Jason.

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So, if you want more of Victor Crowley, and you want to carry on the story, then I wholeheartedly recommend you pick this up and enjoy the shit out of it. If the first one was all you needed, then that’s alright too.  While it may not be as good as the first one, it’s still a whole hell of a lot of fun.

FINAL GRADE : C+

(Note  :  Feel free to check out the Hatchet review here)

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