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31 Days of Terror: Hatchet II (2010)

31 Days of Terror: Hatchet II (2010)

31 Days of Terror will cover a wide array of horror films leading up to Halloween. We'll be posting our thoughts and feelings on some of our favorites every day for the next 31 days. If your favorite doesn't make it, it doesn't mean we don't like it, so speak up in the comments below!


I love slasher films, let me put that bluntly. I love the ingenuity and creativity that goes into each and every blood splatter and every decapitation. There are many films that would take the cake as some of the goriest, most violent slashers but Hatchet II is one that takes residency in the darkest part of my mind, cementing Victor Crowley as a worthy successor to Jason Vorhees.

Hatchet II picks up where the first left off with hero Marybeth escaping Victor Crowley, seeking help from Reverand Zombie to finally be rid of the monster but Zombie has plans of his own. Knowing full well of Marybeth's lineage and family history, Zombie uses her and hires some southern hunters to finally put an end to Victor Crowley, but when the body count rises, there may be no stopping the legend.

You want gore? This has gore; buckets and buckets of gore. A laughable amount of gore really and a lot of the kills are so cartoon-like it's hard not to laugh. The practical effects are outstanding and outshine those from the first film. There are some kills though that may make anyone wince, man or woman, where you'll be saying out loud to yourself, "Noooooo..." But you'll later think on it: That's really creative. Utterly disturbing and demented but creative nonetheless.

There's really nothing more to his movie than the effects. While horror alums Danielle Harris (Halloween 4 & 5) and Tony Todd (Candyman) are good, Kane Hodder, who played Jason Vorhees in many of the Friday the 13th films,  is having the most fun as Victor Crowley, hacking, sawing, sanding, stabbing, slashing, chainsawing, choking, skinning, and ripping his way through everyone in sight. And that's the main reason to check this one out. 

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