REVIEW: ‘Hatchet’

Serving up victims cajun-style in "Hatchet".
Serving up victims cajun-style in "Hatchet".
Serving up victims cajun-style in "Hatchet".

I found myself at a crossroads when it came to ”Hatchet”. Part of me wanted to watch it and part of me just knew it was going to be another run-of-the-mill slasher flick. The bored part won out and so I began what was to be an interesting, only slightly predictable 84 minutes, in which some of the funniest lines I’ve heard come from a horror film in a long while.

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REVIEW: ‘Hatchet 2’

Marybeth (Danielle Harris) breaks it down for the latest victims in "Hatchet 2".
Marybeth (Danielle Harris) breaks it down for the latest victims in "Hatchet 2".

It used to be there was a time when the Great American Horror Tale was “The Tell Tale Heart.” With the advent of moving pictures, one might point to “Frankenstein”. Later on, you could perhaps point to “Psycho” and maybe even “The Exorcist”. These days, some might say that the slasher film is the modern embodiment of the Great American Horror Tale. It’s like a moonlit walk down a familiar path – albeit a very isolated, very dangerous moonlit path – that takes us from the ordinary to the peak of terror and then finally, to release. This current formula is scarcely thirty years old and has become a cherished part of the horror vocabulary. Mostly, Hollywood is content to serve it up as is, but happily, every now and again, someone comes along who can take that recipe and kick it up a notch.

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