Hatchet III (2013) *
D: BJ McDonnell
C: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Robert Diago DoQui, Derek Mears, Cody Blue Snider, Rileah Vanderbilt, Sean Whalen, Jason Trost, Diane Ayala Goldner
P: Picking up directly where the second one left off, lone survivor MaryBeth (Harris) is thrown in jail, while the police try to make sense of the bloodbath that occurred in the second film, but of course Victor Crowley (Hodder) isn't dead. And of course, yet another bloodbath ensures, but this time around MaryBeth might have just figured out a way to end it all.
In all honesty, part two was completely and utterly unnecessary. So I think it goes without saying that a third Hatchet film was completely unwarranted. If you're a fan of the series, the film features an all star cast along with plenty of gore and violence, which has been a trademark of this series.
Danielle Harris is wasted for most of the film's running time and isn't given much to do. The film might have an all star cast, but I think it is more important to have the right person for the right role and that's an area that the film falls short on. The roles are poorly written. The cast does what they can with the material, but nobody shines through, nobody stands out.
There's lots of gore, but gore doesn't necessarily equate to horror. The first Hatchet film is the only entry to date that found a balance between being truly scary, while managing to pack in plenty of violence for the gore hounds out there. There's some sporadic laughs here and there, but nothing memorable, nothing laugh out loud worthy.
With the first Hatchet film, I thought the film was slow to start, but once it got going, it blew me away. Hatchet III feels like a sequel that just goes through the motions and offers absolutely nothing new, nothing to get me excited, nothing that recaptures that WOW feeling I felt the first time around when I watched the first Hatchet film. [R] 82 mins.
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