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  • Summary: For years the locals in the Louisiana bayou have whispered the frightening and tragic tale of Victor Crowley. One group of tourists are about to discover that the legend is real…and more horrifying than they ever imagined. Hatchet is a throwback to the glory days of horror that literally saws the face off the ‘slasher film’ as you know it. (arieScope)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 80
    This horror comedy is loaded with decapitations, bodies torn in two and spewing blood, and yet, unlike the grim, torture-filled gore-fests of late, Hatchet’s mayhem is so giddily over-the-top that you end up applauding the low-budget aplomb of it all.
  2. 78
    No other film in recent memory has featured such a terrifically retro maniac or revisited the heyday of Eighties gore films with such gleeful, moist abandon.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Schueller
    75
    This is not a film intended for a wide audience. But B-movie fans who find their way to Adam Green's gory schlock extravaganza are going to like it.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    Joel David Moore leads a cast full of token minorities and bickering bimbos, whom writer-helmer Adam Green dispatches with knowing glee and an obvious love for genre conventions that almost overcomes the derivative scripting.
  5. Hatchet is further evidence of the decline of Western civilization.
  6. Horror without suspense is like sex without love: you can appreciate the technicalities, but ultimately there’s no reason to care.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    40
    Even after appropriately lowering expectations, it's kind to call this one a cut below.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jun 21, 2013
    10
    This film is charming and something new in horror movies, is not the same like others movies. Is scary with a strong plot and excellent performances in this film. Expand
  2. Jun 16, 2013
    9
    Honestly, I thought it would be scarier, but unlike any slasher films, Hatchet delivers a funny creepy time, with great gore, and interesting story, although the characters make stupid decisions sometimes, and the movie doesn't takes it self seriously, it is still good and powerful! Expand
  3. Aug 5, 2014
    7
    This graphic slasher flick brings a lot of campy acting from It's cast and a strange creation from It's director, Hatchet just manages to make it as a decent horror film. Expand
  4. Jan 8, 2012
    6
    While obviously suffering from its low budget, Hatchet is a watchable, but flawed horror film. The pacing is quite dreadful, taking about 40 minutes for the first kill, but once it starts, it never really lets up. There's gore, boobs, jump-scares and an intimidating villain -- everything that should make it an instant hit -- but it falls flat with its by-the-book story and generally abysmal acting. Expand
  5. Oct 24, 2012
    6
    A solid cast featuring serveral noticeable B list actors. It's doubtful you will know their names but you will know their faces. A rather generic plot (exactly like Friday the 13th but set in a swamp). Add in very noticeably fake and over the top kills and you have yourself a suprisingly decent horror movie. At first glance it looks like a terrible straight to dvd horror movie but what makes Hatchet so interesting is the fact that it's an almost perfect throwback/tribute to 80s slasher films, something many horror fans miss in current horror films. I suprisingly liked Hatchet more then I thought I would, not much more because the whole throwback to 80s horror gets stale after a while, but it was still decent enough to sit through. Expand
  6. Apr 9, 2012
    6
    The campiest movie you will ever see. This is not necessarily a bad thing, a few of the over the top kills were some of the best i've seen in a movie. The acting and the story both equally suck a whole lot but there are constantly funny moments. I give it more credit for the way it ended and that the black guy didn't die first. Expand
  7. Jun 12, 2011
    3
    The first and most important thing you need to know about this movie is it is incredibly stupid. However, the movie knows it and make fun of it's self. If you are a big gory horror movie fan then you might enjoy this one. There are some humorous deaths and a whole lot of gore. There are a whole bunch of problems with this movie two though. The acting is pretty weak through much of the movie, and the whole story and plot are kind of stupid. Overall if you enjoy bad horror movies and good gore then this movie is for you. Expand

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