Sunday, June 23, 2013

The epic conclusion - Hatchet III

  The epic conclusion
Hatchet III
PLOT - A search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and Marybeth learns the secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.

LOWDOWN – Back in 2007, the film Hatchet had been released to a limited number of theaters, in which a friend and myself tried in vain to go see. I remember clearly that my friend told me about this new gory slasher film that had been released and featured a bunch of famous horror icons. In fact, if I remember clearly, she told me it had Freddy, Jason, and even Candyman. That the deaths were all practical, and amazing. Of course my interest was caught, and the two of us tried to go see it. Sadly as a big epic fail, the movie was pulled from most theaters and we had to wait to buy it on DVD. Funny enough, a few months later we went to Newbury Comics to buy Hatchet and my friend was able to get a pretty cool Newbury drinking glass since she had bought this movie. Well that afternoon, she watched the first movie at her house and I remember how much fun it had been. This was legit a movie that reminded me of the good old days. A great creepy setting, a ghost story background, a likeable cast, funny one liners, great cameos, and of course an amazing villain and some of the greatest deaths I had seen on screen in years.

Well sadly my friendship to this girl didn't last, but my love for Hatchet did. It wasn't until 2010 when I was away at school when another friend of mine said she had rented Hatchet II on Netflix. The two of us sat down together sculpting in my apartment and watched it, cheering, and yet again loving the same fun as the first which seemed to be pumped up another notch. Of course the two of us were left completely breathless at the epic AMAZING final death that made us cheer and have to rewind and watch it a few more times. 

My love for director Adam Green found a much higher level of respect when the following year my father and caught Frozen on TV. I seriously have to give Mr. Green props. First off he made two very awesome slasher films that were a complete homage to old school horror movies. He made them the way he wanted to make horror movies, which were fun, gory, and over the top. Then it seemed as if he took pages from such movies as Jaws, and other suspense thrillers, and seriously created a complete and utter panic attack for myself while I watched Frozen. Instead of a over the top splatter movie, he made an amazing thriller that dare I even say it sorta reminded me of a classic Hitchcock film. This was seriously Jaws for skiing. In fact, back at school when me and my friend rented Hatchet II, I had asked her if she had seen Frozen yet. (A lot of my old roommates raved about it.) She said no, simply because her brother worked at a ski place, and the idea of that ever happening really made her uneasy. See, this is when you know you are one amazing story teller. When you made realistic things happen, and cause people to start truly thinking “What if this happened to me?”

Well like I said, Frozen held my heart, and I really had to cheer for Adam Green since he was a fellow horror fan at heart from Boston who was making some really amazing movies. That's when I began to hear about the making of Hatchet III. I welcomed it with open arms, and began to follow the production online.

I hate to say it, but I still haven't gotten around to watching Chillerama or the seasons of Holliston yet. I've heard nothing but good things and I know when I finally get some free time I'll try to tackle them. Funny enough when I was staffing HorrorHound this past March, the cast of Holliston was there and my good friend Jeanette brought them in thru the back door and seriously had them walk up and down the same flight of stairs twice before figuring out where they were going. I remember keeping the back door open and laughing my ass off at this before Joe Lynch just looked at me and started cracking up. Nice to see that they were easy going guys who didn't give a shit and like us were there simply because they loved horror.

Well I think it's pretty clear what a big Zach Galligan fan I am. The very second I found out he had been added to the cast, I couldn't wait to see the movie. I love Adam Green in the fact that he casts people who were in movies we all watched growing up with. Such names as Zach and Caroline Williams, brought a huge smile to my face. It's nice to finally start seeing these people again!

Slowly photos from set were getting released along with the epic Comic Con poster of Victor in all his glory. Then on Halloween night last year the first couple of photos and clips were starting to get shown. Seeing Zach and Derek Mears standing side by side warmed my heart.

Then the trailers were released and as much as I was sorta bumped out that Adam wasn't coming back to the director's chair, I felt with Mr. McDonnell, we were in good hands. The film had still been written by Green, and he was very heavily involved in production, but it was nice to see a crew member who had been there since the beginning was taking the wheel. In fact, I honestly don't think anybody could have done it better since Green didn't direct. 

Now this is the truly awesome part of this movie. For those who have been reading/following my blog they know I had planned a trip to Florida to attend Spooky Empire to FINALLY meet Zach Galligan. Well as luck would have it, Adam Green decided a week after my trip that they were going to have a party/fundraiser for the tragic Boston marathon bombings that had happened in April. Since Green is from Boston, he decided to do a week long of events to raise money for the amazing cause to help the victims and families. One night he was going to do a silent auction where the cast of Hatchet III would join him, to auction off some truly amazing items to raise money, and then the next night in Boston show a private special screening of Hatchet III for the first time ever two weeks before it finally got released. This would be the first time himself, the cast, and a public audience would see the finished film on screen. (pretty amazing huh?)

Well the first night I won the Waxwork II shirt and was able to hang out and talk with Zach again and introduce my friends to me. Seriously one of the coolest nights ever. The next night was even better tho. In Boston was the premiere of Hatchet III, and they were showing the first two movies before hand in which Adam Green and the cast would stand on stage and talk a little bit about the production and the making of each one. This was truly amazing since the cast just saw a few feet away watching the movies with us. For those who have watched horror movies with an audience...mostly an audience of fans they know how much fun that can be. The Hatchet movies are perfect examples of that.

Hatchet III was everything I had expected. Many people are calling it the Aliens of the series. This is the epic conclusion to the amazing slasher series that brought us one of our newest modern day villains. I remember loving the shot of MaryBeth and Victor rising at the same exact time. This movie picked up exactly where it left off and had a bloody brutal opening. I couldn't stop cheering with everyone else. Loved the opening credits with Hail,Genocide playing loudly over the credits. Such a great way to set the tone for the movie.

I loved of course the addition of the sheriff played wonderfully by Mr. Zach Galligan, who in fact does a really awesome Southern accent in it. Funny enough, I somehow thought he was going to play the villain in this movie, but the night before at the auction he told me he played actually the good guy. He was the voice of reason in the movie, and after watching it he was seriously completely likeable much like the first film's lead played by the great Joel David Moore, who also attended both events. I loved the faint back stories we got, mostly between Galligan and Williams as playing ex husband and wife, who still clearly care about each other. I love how Williams is pretty much playing the same character she played in TCM2, looking for a story and trying to put the legend of Victor finally to rest.

Daniel Harris on the other hand, well...I've sadly never been much of a fan of hers. I met her once and she was very nice, and I loved her when she was a young kiddo in the Halloween movies (Not Rob Zombie's.). Eh, but now...I could take her or leave her. She's MUCH better than the original MaryBeth, who was a complete idiot not to return for the other two films. Harris' accent is pretty cringe worthy and those eyebrows...oh those eyebrows...

Anyways she really doesn't do much in this movie besides sits with her hands cuffed and really just gives a lot of sass. But after all, her character had been thru a lot, so I'll give her a break. Still whenever she says “Get out of my face bitch!” I really want to slap her. Eh...

We got a great cast, with the S.W.A.T team coming into the swamp with the local police to try and save the recovery and clean up team. Cody Blue Snider pretty much steals the show as the nervous deputy who I think represents the audience in this movie. I loved his little one liners, pointing to the balls hanging from the tree, and of course the epic rocket launcher moment that I had complete tears in my eyes from laughing so hard from.

Loved what a dick Derek Mears played (which is funny because in real life he's one of the nicest guys. The entire night he sat next to Zach Galligan a few feet away and the two took photos together on their cell phones and were on heart was melting.)

Loved how Kane and Derek go face to face and have one Hell of an epic scene together.

We got some pretty awesome cameos that I won't give away. One in which I couldn't stop laughing over. Trust me if you are a huge fan of the original movie, you'll love this one.

Part III is full of action, lots of guns, explosions, bullets flying, the whole nine yards. I loved how the sheriff, S.W.A.T member, and paramedic are trapped inside the boat as Victor starts cutting his way in. I seriously gasped when the sparks started flying. Great tense fun moments like this was what made the movie. 

Even though this is the darkest of all three films, it still has lots of humor, and sets the tone and this really is the end (or is it) I would like to think so simply because it was the perfect way to close this story.

My heart broke at Galligan's line in the boat when he hears Amanda calling and goes “It's my wife!” Seriously, so fucking sad.

I loved the whole ghost story/supernatural element that Green had been building on, and of course the epic ending that happens. I have never screamed/cheered so much before in my life. Without giving anything away, I loved the ending to this movie. Mostly the heartbeat, and the very ending shot. It seriously gave me chills. When the credits started to roll, everyone stop up and couldn't stop clapping. It warmed my heart to see Adam Green stand there with proud tears of joy in his eyes.

This was an amazing story that took three very awesome movies to tell Green's tale. I thought this movie was utterly amazing and exactly the reason why so many of us love horror. My only true complaint was the effects. I have being a snot about them, but even my friend Jeanette leaned in towards me and said “Why does the blood look orange?” The deaths, which have made the Hatchet movies weren't really that mind blowing. I've heard many people say the same thing. Maybe they wanted the deaths to take a backseat with this movie, but they just didn't seem that truly awesome. Some of the effects looked super cheesy and well...fake. But Hell, maybe that's what they were going for. Who knows...

Besides that, Hatchet III was a complete blast to watch and is my new favorite film out of the series (When I told Zach that he laughed and said he knew why...I have no idea what he's talking about...) Still, being able to watch this movie for the very first time with the cast was amazing. This was an event I'll never forget. I really do hope there isn't a Hatchet 4, but then again I'm sure people in the 80's said the same thing after Friday the 13th the final chapter

This seemed to close up everything neatly and after re watching it when I rented it on I-tunes I seriously can't wait until it comes out on Blu-Ray. Some of those shots in the movie were breathtaking.

In fact Adam Green said if he ever figures out things with the rights he would love to release the Hatchet movies as one big movie. I for one would love to see that. I mean what better way to spend three hours drinking beers?

So all and all an epic, action packed gore fest that I loved. Yet another part III that goes in my favorites. Hatchet III was great, and I highly recommend it to anyone/

5 Stars!

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