Intermixed with dark humor and a passion for splatter kills Adam Green is a horror genius.
Somewhere in the early minutes of this movie you come to realize that despite the fact years separate the three movies that only a couple of days have passed in the movie's time frame.
Mary Beth hasn't had a festering need for revenge last has burned within for years. It's only been two-three days.
This movie begins with a very odd and dangerous beginning. It picks up in Mary Beth in the early morning hours facing off with Victor Crowley. She thinks he's dead but her plan is to cut him to pieces so he can't regenerate.
He almost kills her but he ends up falling on a huge running chainsaw. She's splattered with blood and she takes his scalp and leaves the swamp with just it and a shot gun.
She shows up to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office carrying these things and announces, "I killed him."
Hundreds of NOLAs finest draw on her demanding she drop the weapon.
The sheriff who will always be known to children of the 80s as the guy who accidentally got Mowgi wet and spawned "The Gremlins" is shocked to learn that drenched in blood with body parts matted in her hair that none of the blood is hers. She's bruised and emotionally battered but otherwise healthy.
He calls out EMTs, NOLA PD, and requests state police help in collecting the bodies. He is among the second wave going in not knowing Crowley has respawned.
He arrives on the scene shortly to realize that all of the people he knew to be working out there are dead. Only one survives, Andrew, who should be a familiar face to Hatchet fans. He played the brothers Shawn and Justin in the previous two movies. A joke that a is played out in the movie when Randy comments on how one of the bodies looks just like him. Andrew of course doesn’t even look, believing he was making a racist comment.
Here is where things get interesting for horror fans. Kane Hodder, who plays Victor Crowley, gets to release some pent up frustration on the man who plays Jason in the 2009 Friday The 13th remake. Derek Mears plays Lt. Hawes, a SWAT operator from Louisiana’s State Troopers office. (It never makes reference to which troop he hails from but considering they will eventually make reference to Nicholls State University in the film, I’m assuming it’s Troop C which is maybe ten minutes from my house and ten minutes from Nicholls going the opposite direction.) Mears also played Jason in the remake. Over six foot tall and extremely aggressive, Mears isn’t afraid of Crowley, even after one of the deputies, Scheniderman shot an RPG at him…..and it still didn’t kill him. Of course people are probably asking why does a deputy have an RPG out in the swamp anyway but Of course this is out of the morbid mind of writer/director Adam Green brought to life by possibly even freakier Cody Blue Snider, son of Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider.
Of course everyone knows, “Kane Hodder kills,” but it is what isn’t happening in the swamp that really gets this movie such a high rating. Mary Beth is left in jail and the sheriff’s ex-wife Amanda has an obsession with proving that Victor Crowley exists. In exchange to help prove Crowley exists Amanda offers to pay whoever and whatever it takes to keep her from going to Angola and dying in the electric chair. When the radio on the sheriff’s best friend, Deputy Ralston starts playing their screams, Amanda is both panicked and excited. She is worried about her ex-husband but is also excited to be proved right that he responds. She convinces the deputy to let Mary Beth out so they can stop Crowley by getting the ashes of his deceased father and returning them to Victor…but as the last direct descendant of one of the men responsible for killing him Mary Beth has to be the one to hand them to him. This is where in the directions upon leaving Jefferson Parish on Highway 90 Amanda tells Ralston that Victor’s cousin lives on the other side of Nicholls. A sweet shout out for a school who boasts a professor who is passionate enough about horror to teach two English classes on the subject in such a small town.
The surprise in the swamp is that Joel David Moore makes a surprise cameo in the film. His character Ben was the one who did not want to venture into the swamp in the first Hatchet movie because he wanted to stay in the View Carré and watch drunken women flash their goodies at the floats for more beads. Thought to be killed by Crowley in the final scene he comes to in the dingy only to realize that he did not float away….of course not. That would be too simple and of course, people can’t get away from a Kane Hodder character the same way more than once. He only has a few words of dialogue but with his injuries knocking him unconscious for two days it was likely he was thinking he’d survive only to be drug back into it again.
If we return to the few survivors in the swamp shortly before Ralston, (a nice play on another Adam Green project) Amanda, and Mary Beth survive we find Andrew with Sheriff Fowler and State Trooper Dougherty trapped in the EMT boat. Andrew reveals he works with a bunch of red necks that never let him drive anything. Fowler finally gets out the call he’d been wanting to make since he came face to face with Crowley….he calls out the Louisiana National Guard for assistance. He at first says Victor Crowley is after them but upon realizing they’d never come he gives a more believable lie that a drug cartel has them pinned down, they are under heavy fire, and most of the police force that had responded to the massive amounts of bodies had been slaughtered. Unfortunately, the time to get a helicopter off the ground and out to them is ten minutes……time they don’t have when Crowley realizes all of the wonderful power tools Andrew has stacked outside on the boat’s deck. Since he could not use his massive strength he picks up a grinder to tear through the metal walls. They think they hear something and Crowley stops. They think he’s gone and that’s when Fowler recognizes the voice as Amanda. A little love may still exist because he inches closer to the hole to listen and call to her possibly to run but Crowley was listening too. He rips him apart.
Possibly proving the lame joke that the EMTs made earlier in the movie about how they were smarter than police officers, Dougherty thinks Crowley is gone a little later and tries to slide over to get Fowler’s .9mm service weapon. For those wonder how Mr. Green feels about nepotism….well his wife plays Dougherty and no, not even she survives an extremely violent death.
We leave Andrew cowering in fear praying that Crowley does leave to chase down Amanda and Ralston. Amanda adamantly believes that if Mary Beth returns Victor’s father to him than he can be killed.
The ending always seems to make the difference in the Supernatural Saturday Night first ever Movie of the year contenders. Mary Beth may or may not survive the trilogy. Does the Danielle Harris backed character Mary Beth Dunston have the stamina to go the distance that Neve Campbell’s Syndey Prescott in the Scream Franchise has? Granted Danielle Harris has been a scream queen since she was a child. Can anyone ever forget Jamie Strode in John Carpenter’s Halloween?