Hatchet 3

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Synopsis from Fandango:

Traumatized Marybeth (Danielle Harris) faces off against deformed psychopath Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) once again in this gory sequel that finds director B.J. McDonnell taking over the reins from series originator Adam Green, who penned the screenplay. Having just turned Victor Crowley’s head into raw hamburger with a point-blank shotgun blast, tormented heroine Marybeth must once more fight for her life when the deformed maniac resurrects yet again. Fortunately for Marybeth, a well-placed chainsaw rips Crowley clean in two, allowing her the opportunity to make her way to the closest police station, where Sheriff Fowler (Zach Galligan) is contending with drunken Mardi Gras revelers. Drenched in blood and carrying Crowley’s scalp, Marybeth is quickly hosed down and locked up in a cell. As Sheriff Fowler heads to Honey Island Swamp with his best men to investigate, his ex-wife, disgraced reporter Amanda (Caroline Williams) convinces Deputy Winslow (Robert Diago DoQui) to let her question Marybeth. Meanwhile in the swamp, Crowley descends upon the first responders tasked with cleaning up the shocking scene. With half the force heading in as back-up, Amanda realizes that they key to defeating Crowley may lie in his father’s remains, and talks Deputy Winslow into bringing Marybeth along as they head to a nearby town to retrieve them. By the time Amanda, Deputy Winslow, and Marybeth arrive in the swamp to confront Crowley, the madman has already massacred most of the police as well as a heavily armed swat team led by the fearless Hawes (Derek Mears). Should their bold plan fail, the trio will certainly die horribly. With no options left, they venture into the darkness to confront the legend that never dies.

And don’t forget to read my interview with Hatchet 3 star Danielle Harris!


BackwoodsHorror Danielle Harris Interview

Originally appearing in the Horror world as little Jaime Lloyd in Halloween 4, Danielle Harris instantly became a horror icon and gained a horror fan base that has stood the test of time. Taking a hiatus from Horror for a while, she came back for a starring role in Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, after which she steadily became one of the best and most recognizable actors in the genre. Recently starring in Hatchet 3, making her directorial debut with Among Friends, and raising funds for the Fear Clinic movie, I give you the very first (i.e. phone instead of email) interview. Boils ‘n Ghouls, Danielle Harris:

BACKWOODS HORROR:  Well I think the first thing I’d like to say is congratulations for Hatchet 3!


BWH:  I just saw it last night and thought it was pretty good.

DH:  Awesome, I’m glad you liked it.

BWH:  I really, and I’m not just saying this, I thought you were the best part about it.

DH:  Thank you.

BWH:  I also read that you were getting married soon?

DH:  I am, where did you find that one?

BWH:  When I was doing some research for the interview, I found that you had mentioned it in another article so I wanted to congratulate you again.

DH:  Thank you. I’m getting married January 4th.

BWH:  Not too far off now.

DH:  I know, I’m in the midst of wedding planning. It’s been pretty insane.

BWH:  So, if you don’t mind my asking, how did you get started in the film business?

DH:  I was actually a beauty pageant kid. I did beauty pageants from about 5 until I was 7 and I won a pageant that took me to New York and I got a modeling agent. I was originally from New York, but was living in Florida at the time, so I moved back to New York and started doing commercials and TV Shows. I was in a soap opera called One Life To Live for a couple of years, and then I landed the Halloween movie [Halloween 4] and it was sort of all uphill and forward from there.

Jaime Lloyd



We don’t really have much in the way of information regarding the upcoming sequel in the HATCHET franchise, but feast your eyes on the newly released Teaser Poster & be sure to check out the mini interview with Danielle Harris about the film below:


Source: Shock Till You Drop

The documentary Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever – a look at horror’s slasher film boom – is hitting UK DVD May 13th.  While we don’t have any word on a U.S. release, we do have a trailer to share with you.

Filleting-up numerous facts, which will appeal to both the seasoned follower of shock-cinema, and the more passive fan of fear-films, and featuring interviews with Corey Feldman (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Mick Garris (Masters of Horror), Tom Holland (Child’s Play), Jeffrey Reddick (creator: Final Destination), Adam Green (Hatchet) and Scott Spiegel (producer: Hostel series) to name but a few, this is a documentary which aptly investigates the appeal of the ever-endurable stalk and slash trend. Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever explores all of the genre’s most famous features – including Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween and Friday the 13th – as well as various cult obscurities and long forgotten flops!


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This Saturday, July 14th, Dark Sky Films and ArieScope Pictures will be distributing limited edition teaser posters for their upcoming horror sequel HATCHET 3 exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con. On-hand at SDCC to sign the posters will be writer/producer Adam Green, director BJ McDonnell, and cast members Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, and Rileah Vanderbilt.

The teaser poster, featuring Kane Hodder as slasher icon Victor Crowley, offers fans their first look at producer Adam Green’s hotly-anticipated film.

The official HATCHET 3 signing will be held on Saturday, July 14th on the San Diego Comic-Con floor at area/table AA21 from 02:30 PM – 04:30 PM. Each fan who comes to the signing will receive a free limited edition poster, which will only be available at Comic-Con 2012. Fans can also catch Victor Crowley walking the convention floor throughout the day, and those who snap a picture of themselves with Crowley and tweet it (tagging @darkskyfilms), will be entered to win a Hatchet Army t-shirt and limited edition poster.

HATCHET 3 is a co-production of MPI/Dark Sky Films and Green’s Los Angeles-based ArieScope Pictures. The film marks cinematographer McDonnell’s directorial debut after having handled A and B camera operations on such features as Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN remake, Timur Bekmambetov’s ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER and Adam Green’s first two Hatchet films.


The story finds Danielle Harris hunting down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Crowley’s ghost terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades. Mears will play a brooding, pompous SWAT team leader who is sent in to contain the carnage strewn about the haunted swamp. Williams will play a fast-talking journalist who fancies herself an expert on the legend of supernatural stalker Crowley.


Over on her Official Blog, Danielle Harris (reprising her role as Marybeth in HATCHET 3, directed by BJ McDonnell) posted a few bloody behind the scenes photos, along with video from some Louisiana Morning show called Hollywood South. The film stars a who’s who of horror with Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Derek Mears (“Friday the 13th”), Caroline Williams (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2?), Sean Whalen (“The People Under the Stairs”), Diane Goldner (“The Collector”), Jason Trost (The FP), Zach Galligan (Gremlins) and Cody Blue Snider.


A search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces as Marybeth learns the secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.

Check for more bloody, behind the scenes, Danielle Harris goodness after the break!



BJ McDonnell has released the first gory behind the scenes photo from the set of HATCHET 3 on his facebook page. It’s no real shock to regular readers that, personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the HATCHET series thus far. The first film was…ok, but nothing special. The practical special effects were the star of that film. HATCHET 2, however, was godawful, with terrible story, acting, direction, special effects, and Danielle Harris’s weird, distracting eyebrow thing going on. I have low hopes for HATCHET 3, but who knows, I could be pleasantly surprised.

That being said, I realize a lot of you out there in gore land are big fans of the series, so I’ll continue to pass along news on the most recent film in the series as it develops. For now, feast your eyes on a bit of gutsy grue above.


A search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces as Marybeth learns the secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.

The film stars a who’s who of horror with Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Derek Mears (“Friday the 13th”), Caroline Williams (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2?), Sean Whalen (“The People Under the Stairs”), Diane Goldner (“The Collector”), Jason Trost (The FP), Zach Galligan (Gremlins) and Cody Blue Snider.


Posted on 3rd October 2011 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , ,

Source: Shock Till You Drop

That’s right boils ‘n ghouls. Adam Green will not be returning to direct the next installment of the Hatchet series. Instead, he’s passing the reigns to the former cinematographer for the first two Hatchet flicks, BJ McDonnell. All I know of the plot for the upcoming Hatchet 3 is that it continues from where Hatchet 2 left off. I assume Green is still writing the script in crayon somewhere.

If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you may know my feelings about the Hatchet series. After a promising trailer that had me drooling for the flick for ages, I jumped on the hype machine and nearly drove to TEXAS just to see it in a theater. Luckily, I didn’t, as my drunken review from 3 years ago will tell you, Green dropped the ball. The thing is, he’s not a bad director. FROZEN is a very well done movie and shows that he can bring the talent when he wants to. But then there was Hatchet 2, and I’m sorry, but that movie was the largest steaming pile I’ve seen in a long time. The gore was over the top, and that’s fine, but the writing and the acting…GeeeeeeZUS it was awful. Some viewers are in it for just that sort of ride, however. They don’t care about the things that used to make horror movies great. They just want to see titties ‘n blood. Not that there’s anything wrong with two of the three B’s (Blood, Boobs, & Beasts), the Hatchet series has ’em in spades, but while all good horror films should have at least two of the three, Hatchet 1 & 2 having all three, that shouldn’t be ALL the film consists of.

While fresh directorial blood is being brought to the table for Hatchet 3, if the writing remains the same I’ll have issues with it, no matter how good it looks. That’s the thing with the first 2 Hatchet movies. Green could be blamed for the entire fiasco because he directed and wrote the films. He was wholly responsible and wholly accountable. It seems that when most people think of films being terrible, they only blame the director. Granted, the director is captain of the ship, and it’s his job to see that everything works together to make a great film, but people forget the other players. The admiralty (to continue the analogy) of producers/production houses control the film because they have the money. No matter what a director wants to do, if the production part of the film decides they want to cut something, put something in, or just shelve the whole project altogether, they can. And producer intervention has fucked up a lot of movies. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a story where it was a good thing. Then there’s the writer(s). You could look at the writer in our nautical analogy as the one who dreamed up the ship and charted the course to begin with. The writer is just as important as the director and a lot of people do not realize this. Bad writing means the end of a film before it’s even started because no matter how good the film looks, if the story and dialogue are garbage, it’s going to stand waaaaaay out. I could go into the actors being part of the crew, but who gives a shit about actors? They’re either good or bad and it’s up to the director to accurately decide which. So you see, Adam Green had a lot of control over his Hatchet movies, so when I say they were abysmal, and say it’s his fault, that’s why. None the less, given that he’s proven himself somewhat with Frozen, I’d like to see where he goes with any film NOT in the Hatchet series, and I’m interested to see where BJ McDonnell takes the franchise. Given the sub-genre, and the nods to Friday the 13th, could Hatchet 3 be 3D? That’s all the speculation you get!


Posted on 5th November 2008 by aaron in Reviews - Tags: , , , , ,

Ok, before I go into what I thought about this flick, I’m going to give the Reader’s Digest of the flick.  So here it is in a nutshell.  SPOILERS SPOILERS:

The movie starts off with Robert Englund (perhaps reprising his role of Tex from Tobe Hooper’s EATEN ALIVE) and Justin Long from Blair Witch Project. They’re “huntin’ gators ‘n the swarmp.” Justin Long has to take a piss and pisses off the edge of the boat and nearly gets his dick chomped off by a huge ass gator. They pull off to the edge for Justin Long to finish pissin’. Then he couldn’t hear his papa anymore, Robert Englund, then he goes to check on him and finds him ripped in half, intestines everywhere, a high point. Then Justin Long goes back into the woods to go after the gator he thinks killed his dad. There he finds only…DEATH. Victor Crowley, though in the shadows, starts to rip him apart, first he rips his arm off, then he throws him into a tree, smashing his face, then he rips his spine out, and THEN he rips him in half.

Then we have a Marilyn Manson song intro flying through and under the swamp, into the sewer, then up to the streets of Mardi Gras. Titties everywhere and people getting drunk and crazy. Then we have the introduction to the main characters. One of them, played by Joel Moore (as the character of Ben) who’s trying to get over his girlfriend of 8 years. The rest of his friends decide to stay at Mardi Gras, but his BEST FRIEND FOR LIFE Marcus, played by Deon Richmond follows him.

Ben had heard of a ghost tour from some friends of his at college and decides to check it out but Rev. Zombie (played in a Cameo by Tony Todd) doesn’t do it anymore due to some “funny” story about a lawsuit. So they go to another store and find this little asian guy with a fake ass southern accent giving ghost boat tours. In the shop we have Mercedes McNab and some other chick showin’ their tits for some guy Shapiro played by Joel Murray who has just a little miniDV camera trying to convince these two chicks they’re going to be famous. $40 bucks a pop later and they’re on a retard bus headed towards the swamp.

On the bus, Ben meets Marybeth who doesn’t want to talk while Marcus decides to hit up on one of the skanky softcore porn chicks. Ben isn’t as lucky as Marcus. Once on the boat, the fake talkin’ asian guy starts ‘er off. They’re warned by Jack Cracker (played by John Carl Buechler) not to go off into the swamp. The go in anyway and asian tour guide spouts off all these shitty ghost stories while Shapiro has the chicks showin’ their tits again. Blah Blah until they get stuck on some rocks and the boat begins to sink Wilfred Brumley lookalike Richard Riehle (playing Mr. Permatteo) decides to walk across a tree to get to shore but falls and gets chomped on the leg by a gator. The boat’s sinking and they all decide to get to shore and drag the fatass Permatteo to shore. Oh yeah, Marybeth shoots the gator and that’s why it stops.

Anyway, so they’re on shore and we find out that the asian guy isn’t really southern and that they’re at the Crowley house. Marybeth tells the story of what happened to Victor Crowley, and how he was a freak and how his dad loved him, but when some kids accidentally light the house on fire, his dad tried to break in with a hatchet, but Victor was on the other side of the door and Daddy Crowley (played by Kane Hodder) gets him in the face with the axe/hatchet.

Then Mr. and Mrs. Permatteo start limping towards the Crowley house, hoping to find help, but all they find is Victory Crowley (Kane Hodder again). Crowley is one big motherfuckin’, elephantman lookin’ guy, and he comes runnin’ out of the shack and hacks Mr. Permatteo between the neck and shoulder and keeps hackin’ away at him, blood sprayin’ everywhere. Everyone tries to run and Crowley grabs Mrs. Permatteo and rips the top of her head off, blood sprayin’ everywhere. The wigglin’ tongue was a nice touch.

So then we have characters in the woods gettin’ lost and picked off one by one. First it’s Shapiro who runs into Crowley and gets his head completely turned around and ripped off. Then the rest of the group finds themselves back at the shack again. The one dark haired softporner gets a grinder to the face here, very nice, but Crowley’s knocked off with a shovel, then they run but the asian guy gets caught by the leg and the leg gets ripped off, then he’s decapitated by shovel. Then Crowley finishes up on the dark hair with the grinder to the face. The lighting is dark, but you can see she gets fucked up pretty good. Then it’s Marcus and Ben and Marybeth. That’s because Ben is in the shack trying to find some gas when parts of Mercedes McNab parts are thrown into the shack. Ben finds the gas and they light Crowley up. Then it rains and puts the fire out and Crowley gets back up and comes after them.

They’re in a cemetery all of a sudden and Crowley’s there. Marcus gets caught and his arms get ripped off, spewing blood everywhere and then Crowley gets slammed against a tomb, more blood splattering. Ben and Marybeth run back into the woods and to Marybeth’s dad’s boat (That’s why she’s there, she was lookin’ for her dad and brother, the first two in the movie) and an iron bar pins Ben’s foot to the ground and they move it forward to impale Crowley. Then they’re on the boat and they think they’re ok and Marybeth gets dragged into the swamp, and you see a hand extend into the water and she grabs it and it turns out to be Ben’s arm, ripped off by Crowley and she screams and he’s yelling and the movie ends.

My thoughts:
This flick was stupid.  I generally like horror comedies, but this one was just done so poorly.  The humour was juvenile and retarded, something fratboys would think was funny, but then you have this interesting character in Victor Crowley and great gore gags but the Characters, aside from Marybeth, were just stupid and annoying and I couldn’t really get into the story because of them and the humour.  The dialogue was horrible, the story could’ve been good but Adam Green really dropped the ball on this one.  I appreciate the passion he had for making a good horror film, but he failed…miserably.
When I first saw the teaser “moneymaker” trailer with the shots of the swamp and the little girl narrating, I was SO excited to see this movie and I expected a serious, hardcore, balls-to-the wall scary flick and it was just this stupid buddy-comedy-esque dumbass shit and I fucking hated it.  This could’ve been such a great story and they fucked it up and I’m PISSED about it because I actually bought it thinking, hell yes, finally a great horror flick because I’d heard so many good things about it and I had that trailer in my mind and it was just, it was just fucking BULLSHIT!  I was/am SO PISSED, I cannot describe how pissed I was when first watching this flick.  So this flick gets a one skull for great gore by Beuchler’s group and a character and story that COULD’VE been good.  I don’t suggest seeing this flick unless you want to see boobies in the first half or you’re a gore fiend.  If you expect a well told story with interesting characters and depth, stay away from this one.

Oh yeah, I’ll probably also be reviewing this one on the upcoming BACKWOODS HORRORSHOW, so stay tuned…