Victor Crowley (2017)
Hatchet review series:
Ten years after the first three films, the survivor of the massacre revisits the swamp with a talk show crew.
Well, this is undoubtedly the worst in the franchise, and it's terrible, but not in the worst way.
Made in secret and blessedly sprung on us, VC sees the return of director Adam Green to the franchise and I'm happy about that.
Everything is noticeably cheaper, there are fewer big names, the setting is not quite as swampy and uniquely atmospheric as it usually is (they're holed up in a downed plane for most of it and even the outdoor scenes aren't really the same), and it's suicidally funny... But it's the fourth in a franchise and it feels like it. I didn't love every single Friday the 13th film either, but it's my favourite mainstream horror franchise even still, so I'm just happy to see more. I'd still happily watch Hatchet 27, even if it was 27x worse than the first.
There aren't as many cool shots of Hodder as Crowley, and the kills are uninspired, the characters are all-around less, but it's entertaining and that's all I demand.
There's one set of nice titties and a dong, so that's awesome, and Green's dog Arwen makes a cameo (the boat is also named after her).
What I'm most happy with is Parry Shen and how they keep managing to bring him back. He's a highlight in all four films. My two favourite characters also survive, and the one especially is really funny so I'm glad I didn't have to see her bite it.
Finally, the end credits scene has a beautiful little surprise that was the cherry on top that made me ever so happy.
It's good, bad, ugly... Stupid AF tonally... But I beg for more. Even if it's worse. Please.
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