Hatchet II (2007)
Director: Adam Green
Main Stars: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Alexis Kendra, Kathryn Fiore
Storyline: Marybeth escapes from last time from Victor Crowley and gets help to seek revenge on the bayou butcher.
Review (Spoils): The movie picks right up from the last one when Marybeth (Danielle Harris) escapes the lunatic of the swamp Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). She digs and learns some backstory truth of her own connection to the butcher (tied to her dad) and decides she wants revenge and go back in because of the slaughter from the first film.
The film brings a recast, as we know have classic Halloween star Danielle Harris now playing Marybeth. Not sure why they changed, the actor for this film but it hurts the gel of the story but then again I do not dislike Danielle Harris. We have extra gore, a more detailed Victor Crowley, a massive chainsaw, many bodies being ripped apart, heads flying, face chopping, the classic axe and the return of Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd). This film does not shy by a full cast of classic horror legends.
Much like the first film do not expect a great over the top story that makes much common sense. This is created more for the gore hounds out there that just want to see gore, blood and some nakedness (so a good chunk of the horror community).
Rating: Want some tongue in cheek gore and blood? Well your in luck as Mr. Crowley is back and this film deliveries that. The downfall of this film is a couple of things, it is a repeat of the first film in an overall thought and the humor sometimes over comes the horror and it does become a but silly. (Cabin Fever 2 fell into this problem also). For some reason this series is a hit and miss for me.
Haunted Forest (2007)
Director: Mauro Borrelli
Main Stars: Sevy Di Cione, Adam Green, Mark Hengst, Kiralee Hayashi
Storyline: A young man of Indian descent finds his grandfathers journal and they journey into a forest in search of the lost love within a tree.
Review (Spoils): Sean (Sevy Di Cione ) finds a journal of his grandfathers which talks about a love relationship with the Indian Satinka (Kiralee Hayashi) and the son of a medicine man which later leads to her spirit being trapped in a tree. They journey to forest to find that the forest ahs spirits of its own. One by one Sean and his friends start to be dragged into the forest by the evil that haunts it.
To sum down this film take Ringu and Ju-on and throw it in the middle of the forest with some Indian legends and not much money to back it. The characters are weak to the point do you really care and the girl with the long black hair in front of her face…..waaaay overdone in the horror business.
Rating: Skip this one there is not enough here to hold your attention really….. just throw on the originals that did it right.
Director: Adam Green
Main Stars: Kane Hodder, Joel David Moore, Deon Richmond, Robert Englund, Tony Todd, Tamara Feldman, Mercedes McNab, Joleigh Fioravanti
Storyline: Welcome to Louisiana boat tours where the haunting of Victor Crowley lives again in the bayous.
Review (Spoils): In the Louisiana bayous a group of friends during Mardi Gras decide to go on a boat tour hosted by the strange Rev.Zombie (Tony Todd). They do the tour which involves a tour of the late Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) who is a legend of having his face smashed with an axe from his father when trying to save him from a fire. Well they get stranded in the swamp and the haunting of Victor begins.
We have lots of swamp, babes, harpoons, alligator bites, pitchforks, gun shots, the sharpest shovel ever, lots of blood, some pole impaling and of course axes. Lots of blood for the kiddies in this one but for some reason the film falls flat. I can’t explain it really, it’s like it lost the whole point of the plot. Sure you can throw as much silly gore at me as possible but the film became so flat that I no longer cared about the characters and lost interest.
Rating: I had high hopes for this film as we have such classic horror actors like Kane Hodder, Robert Englund and Tony Todd. But even with all the unnecessary blood and gore it was not enough. The film was boring after about the first 40min and the Rev.Zombie character was something from a Rob Zombie film which is not a good thing. You want a revenge killer who got burnt named Crowley see The Burning.
Director: Adam Green
Main Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, Kevin Zegers
Storyline: Three skiers get stranded on a chairlift after they talked to the employer to let go for one more run after hours.
Review (Spoils): Three skiers Joe (Shawn Ashmore) his best friend Dan (Kevin Zegers) and his girlfriend Parker (Emma Bell) are trying to run a scam at the ski resort so that they can ski for cheaper. After having Parker works her charms they get a day of skiing for cheap, so cheap that they go for another run after the place closes. This leads to miscommunication to the shift change and they get trapped on the chairlift at night after hours. What to do to survive the bitter cold?
This film plays on a lot of character build which is kind of long but once they are trapped in the chair the real movie begins. We lots of gore, wolf attacks, frozen skin and lots of gooey skin gore, fun winter times! The film does just sort of end but it the film works mostly on in-tenseness and dealing with the situation of being trapped.
Rating: I had no idea about his movie at all and came across it and thought I would give it a shot. To be honest it was actually not bad after the character build and it kept me interested. Totally surprised by this film as it worked on the being intense sort of like Burning Bright, the acting was great and Adam Green did a great job.
6/10 Beers! (Frozen beers!)