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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Hatchet Unrated Director's Cut Blu-Ray Review

Hatchet Unrated Director's Cut Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: With a stellar cast including Joel David Moore (Avatar), Mercedes McNab (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), Richard Riehle (Office Space), and horror cinema legends Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund, Tony “Candyman” Todd, with Kane “Jason Voorhees” Hodder as Victor Crowley, HATCHET is a gory throwback to the classic 1980s slasher/creature horror films. HATCHET on Blu-ray™ features an all new 1080p high-definition transfer of the unrated “Director’s Cut” with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 high-resolution audio, all the bonus features from the original DVD release, AND an all-new commentary track with writer/director Green and Victor Crowley himself – Kane Hodder.

HATCHET spins a terrifying tale of tragedy and comeuppance from beyond the grave. Victor Crowley is a hideously deformed boy, living in seclusion with his father (Hodder) in an isolated cabin deep in the Louisiana Bayou. When a Halloween prank initiated by local kids goes terribly awry, Victor is accidentally killed in a vicious twist of irony. Years later, a tourist group visiting New Orleans’ “haunted swamps” stumble upon the remnants of that shocking event, transforming an evening of seemingly innocent fun into a horrific nightmare, from which there may be no escape.

Review: Ok, this movie is hilarious.  I've seen my share of horror movies in my day, after all I grew up in the 1980s.  Hatchet is a great tribute and homage to the slasher genre that was made so popular in my youth.  We got all the Halloweens, Friday the 13ths and Nightmares on Elm we get Victor Crowley...Hatchet!  

The story is one you've heard before...Crowley was a deformed youth that was burned to death..yet somehow he lives!  Of course years later a bunch of tourists stumble onto the remains during a Haunted Swamp tour.  That always happens! This film is as much a spoof as an homage.  The director did a fantastic job of showing the absolutely campyness of these films, while still being sure to make this a secret love letter to a very underrated genre of film.

The blu-ray looks fantastic, the sound is amazing and the special features are bountiful!  This one is a must for any horror fan.

Interest Range: Horror