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"Stay out of the swamp."

Billed as original American horror, Hatchet dives back into the Slasher movie genre up to its shoulders. Gore, murder, mystery and full frontal nudity are the hallmarks of these kinds of films, and Hatchet delivers all of this along with some of the most recognizable names in horror movies. Hatchet follows a group of tourists looking for a little fun, excitement and ghost stories in a Louisiana bayou. However, when the regular tour guide Reverend Zombie (played by horror legend Tony Todd) reveals he's been shut down for business, they all go to see Shawn (Parry Shen), a younger, less experienced tour guide down the road. Shawn takes the motley crew of the curious out into the swamp, giving a mostly made-up account of the events that transpired there, including the sad tale of Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder), a deformed young boy who was hit in the face by his father with a hatchet and killed.

When Shawn crashes the boat it becomes very obvious that he's just a kid looking to make a little money, and that he has no idea what he's doing or what he's talking about. One of the tourists, quiet and hot tempered Marybeth (Tamara Felding), informs the other stranded tourists about what really happened to Victor Crowley, explaining how a prank gone wrong burned down his house, and when his father tried to chop down the door to save the boy the ax hit him in the face because he was up against the door. Crowley's spirit, according to her, roams the swamp looking for victims for its vengeance.

From that point onward, Hatchet becomes horror by the numbers. Disbelievers are hacked apart by Crowley, survivors run and try to escape, fighting back only to slow the hulking creature coming after them. In the end, wounded and torn, Crowley still emerges victorious, with half a dozen new notches to put on the handle of his bloody hatchet. More were added in the sequel, Hatchet II.

| 2006 | 1 hr 23 min | 5.7/10 | 57/100
Joel David Moore, Amara Zaragoza, Deon Richmond, Kane Hodder
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Adam Green

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