Directed by BJ McDonnell
Written by Adam Green
Based on characters created by Adam Green
I have to admit I was a little hesitant to visit Honey Island Swamp for a third time after the uneven effort that was Hatchet II. However, after the first five minutes of Hatchet III I can gladly tell you that Victor Crowley lives and that life’s a big bitch in heat for anyone who steps foot on his stomping grounds. Hatchet III is a funny, witty, gory, scary film made all the stronger by a kick-ass performance from Danielle Harris and of course the legendary Kane Hodder as Victor Crowley. There’s no CGI to be found in this gore-fest; it’s old school all the way.
The film picks up where Hatchet II left off; Marybeth Dunstan (Danielle Harris, Shiver, Among Friends) is jailed for the murders committed by Crowley (Kane Hodder, Frozen, Monster) over the course of the two previous films, Hatchet and Hatchet II. Marybeth tells her story to Sheriff Fowler (Zach Galligan, Gremlins, Waxwork), who of course thinks that the legend of Victor Crowley is all bullshit and sends his unwitting crew out to Honey Island Swamp to investigate. Salvation, of a sort, comes for Marybeth in the form of Fowler’s ex-wife, Amanda (Caroline Williams, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Rob Zombie’s Halloween II), a self-proclaimed Crowley expert who claims to have a way to get rid of Crowley once and for all. Crowley is a repeater spirit destined to relive the night of his death until he can be re-united with his father. Someone from the Dunstan bloodline has to give the ashes of his father to Victor and that will break the cycle. Sampson Dunstan is dead; so who does that leave? You guessed it; Marybeth. Meanwhile Sheriff Fowler is forced to play second fiddle to SWAT Team Leader Hawes (Derek Mears, Friday the 13th, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters); a man whose picture would easily accompany the word ‘asshole’ in any dictionary.
Hatchet III would be in no way complete without the customary over the top death scenes that the series is known for. It seems as if there are 8 million ways to die in Honey Island Swamp and that Victor Crowley knows at least 7, 999, 998 of them; including death by defibrillator, hands-on mutilation and, duh, hatchet. 8 million, 7 million, 5 million, whatever; Hatchet III is one way to have some gory fun on movie night.
After just one week of shooting Hatchet 3, actor Kane Hodder declared it “the hardest job he’s ever done”. Performing rigorous action and stunts in sweltering Louisiana summer heat and humidity while wearing 50 pounds of silicone and make-up on his body, Kane Hodder truly suffered for his craft in making Hatchet 3.
Series creator Adam Green prides the Hatchet films on their “no CGI rule”. All make-up effects are done the “old school” way with prosthetics, make-up, latex, and silicone in order to give the films their throw back feeling and tone. CGI and digital enhancement is only used for such things as wire removal or fixing any camera issues that occurred while filming, but never to create the films’ outrageous special effects. Hatchet 3 was no exception to this rule and Green continually challenged the make-up effects crew by writing crazy death scenes and sequences that most any other modern production would have brought in computer generated visual effects teams to accomplish.
Actress Rileah Vanderbilt (who plays SWAT team member “Dougherty”) appeared in the first two Hatchet films as “Young Victor Crowley” and also served as the key make-up artist on both Hatchet 1 and Hatchet 2. Hatchet 3 marks her first character in the series using her own pretty face.
Actor Parry Shen has appeared in all three Hatchet films but as different characters. In Hatchet, he played Shawn, who worked for the Swamp Tours. In Hatchet II, he played Justin, who was Shawn’s brother. Justin also worked for the Swamp Tours. In Hatchet III, he played a paramedic named Andrew. Andrew is not related to Shawn or Justin. A joke is even made in the film about how one of the bodies they find looks like him.
- Review: Hatchet III (and kind of Hatchet II) (bloodypopcorn.com)
- ‘Hatchet III’ (2013) Review (killerkalyn.com)
- Interview: BJ McDonnell Talks Hatchet III (shockya.com)
- It’s A Crowley Family Reunion In This ‘Hatchet III’ Clip [EXCLUSIVE] (geek-news.mtv.com)
- Nerdlocker Movie Review : Hatchet III (nerdlocker.com)
- New Unrated Hatchet III Teaser Trailer and Teaser Poster Released (shockya.com)
- AICN HORROR hacks into all three HATCHET films! (aintitcool.com)
- Hatchet III (bestmoviesnew86.wordpress.com)
- Hatchet III Movie Review (shockya.com)
- ‘Bad’ Movies You Watched Last Week? (blackiswhiteblog.wordpress.com)
SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-OCTOBER 2012-DANIELLE HARRIS
I have to be honest with you all; I really don’t know all that much about the October Scream Queen of the Month, Danielle Harris. I know that she’s beautiful; the photo above is proof of that. I know that she made her film debut as Jamie Lloyd in 1988′s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and would return to the role the following year in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. I also know that she stepped into the role of Annie Brackett for director Rob Zombie’s re-vision of Halloween and Halloween II in 2007 and 2009; a role was originally filled by Nancy Loomis in John Carpenter’s Halloween in 1978 and again in Halloween II in 1981.
Hmm, so what else do I know about Danielle Harris? Well, she has earned the title of modern day Scream Queen by appearing in genre films like Urban Legend (1998), Left For Dead (2007), The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond (2009), Hatchet II and Stakeland (both 2010) and Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2 and The Victim (both 2011).
She has appeared in the non-genre films The Last Boy Scout (1991) with Bruce Willis as well as Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and Free Willy. She recently completed Fatal Call and is in post-production with Hatchet III, Dead.tv and The Ghost of Goodnight Lane.
Last but not least, I know that it is an honor to bestow the title of Scream Queen of the Month for Halloween Month 2012 upon the beautiful and the busy Miss Danielle Harris!
Born Danielle Andrea Harris on June 1, 1977
She appeared both as the on-screen “Roseanne” (1988)’s neighbour, Molly in the TV show, and as Roseanne’s real life daughter, Jessica in a movie autobiography of Roseanne’s life.
In the mid-1990s, she was stalked by an obsessed fan. This person wrote letters threatening to kill her, and was eventually arrested for bringing a shotgun to her house.
Kept her clown costume from Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) for years and even went trick-or-treating that year around Queens as Jamie Lloyd. Years later she sold the costume to a dedicated “Halloween” fan for his own personal collection.
- Three Part 3s: Friday the 13th Part 3, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warrior and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (gawker.com)
- 31 Days Of Horror – Exclusive Interview With Actor/Director/Scream Queen Danielle Harris (biffbampop.com)
- Top 6 Danielle Harris Horror Roles (dreadcentral.com)
- Blu-ray review: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (mutantreviewers.wordpress.com)
- Danielle Harris Bringing Among Friends to DEDfest 2012 in Edmonton (dreadcentral.com)
- Three Part 3s: Friday the 13th Part 3, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (gawker.com)
- Halloween Horror: Hollywood’s Best Scream Queens (mtholyoke.uloop.com)
- Neve Campbell & Our Favorite Scream Queens (k1047.cbslocal.com)
- Geekery’s Favourite Scream Queens (houseofgeekery.com)
Did you ever notice that when it comes to horror films it’s usually the mother who is the catalyst for the killing? I mean, would there have even been a Psycho if littleNorman had a dad in his life to straighten him out? Don’t even get me started on Friday the 13th. If Jason had a dad he would have taken notice of his son’s obvious love for hockey and helped him to channel that passion into a lucrative career. Mrs. Voorhees was clearly not a hockey fan.
Then there are the ones who can’t clearly determine who their biological fathers are. Take Freddy Krueger, for instance. If you recall, they referred to him as ‘the bastard son of a hundred maniacs.’ That’s a lot of paternity tests. On the other hand, Victor Crowley knew exactly who his daddy was. He should, after all it was Dad that gave him his charming visage. There’s also the case of Rosemary Woodhouse and her little bundle of joy. There is no doubt that the devil was the daddy in this case. It certainly wasn’t John Cassavetes. Another little bastard who knew who his daddy was is Damien Thorn. In fact, it’s safe to say that Damien will follow in his father’s footsteps.
My point that I am trying to make is that fathers really don’t play that big a role in horror films. If they do, it’s usually with the word “step” in front of the word “father”. That doesn’t really count, now does it? Mother’s not only are the guiding light behind the maniacs, but they also get the name in the titles of the movies more than the fathers do. Mother’s Day, Mother of Tears, My Mom’s a Werewolf, Serial Mom and on and on. Fathers just can’t cut a break when it comes to horror movies.
Anyways, I’m going to cease my incessant prattle. I have spoken my mind and now I feel much better. So, I want to wish a happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there who are taking the time to read this post. Here’s hoping that you all get your chance to mold the next batch of horror movie villains. Why should the moms have all the fun?