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.
Urban Legend (1998)
Director: Jamie Blanks
Stars: Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Tara Reid, Robert Englund, Danielle Harris
Storyline: A series of deaths could connected to old urban legends
Review: A young women gets murdered by an axe swinging maniac in the backseat of a car and now a group of university students are interested. Natalie (Alicia Witt) a beautiful redhead is studying folklore with her friends and Professor Wexler (Robert Englund). The Professor brings the attention of the murder and the connection of folklore to the class. Before you know it people are being killed off one by one in the way the folklore falls, leading to once again another who done it horror film.
Another collection of Hollywood horror with beautiful red carpet teenagers and trying to figure out who is killing them all off. This film brings us axe swinging, hangings, strangling, slashed wrists, slashed ankles, some running over, the classic pop rocks and liquid draino. Sure the killer is wearing a winter coat and walking around killing people but the whole idea of who the killer is in the end is a little out of range and it isn’t possible if you think about it.
Rating: Another teenage slasher film of this era. There was not enough to hold the film together and the final is just stupid as it is not really possible. For that alone this is not a memorable one even for the era of horror that it sits in.
Halloween 5 (1989)
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Wendy Foxworth
Storyline: Michael Myers survives the shooting and comes back to track down little Jamie who is now in a mental hospital for children.
Review: This continues right where number 4th movie left off. Jamie is now in a hospital and she cannot longer talk due to trauma and shock (stupid part of the film actually). Annoying Rachel is still around and visits her regularly with her friend Tina. Doctor Loomis is also still around and still predicts and over shadows the young girl as Michael Myers is root of all evil and will be back to kill her. Michael survives his last over deal and floats to a remote area where someone takes care of him (Son of Frankenstein type feel).
Michael comes back and hunts Jamie and Rachel (which he finally gets YA!) and kills off everyone that gets in his way. The movie is pretty much the same as the last one; we have stabbings, hangings, pitch forks, gardening claw and great scene involving a laundry chute. This is also the beginning of the rune symbol which leads into part 6 and explains who rescued Myers from jail in the end.
Rating: This film is your typical slasher film; we have hot babes (Wendy Foxworth and that blonde), some blood, many chase scenes and Dr. Loomis spreading his prophecy of doom.
Halloween 4 (1988)
Director: Dwight H. Little
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur
Storyline: Ten years after the Michael Myers massacre he escapes the mental hospital and returns to Haddonfield to kill his niece.
Review (spoils): Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) escapes when he was being transferred and he heads back to Haddonfield to now kill his niece Jamie (Danielle Harris). Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is also back after he hears that he escaped to track him down before he gets to his young niece. Laurie Stroude is now dead and her daughter Jamie lives with her adopted family named the Carruthers and their daughter Rachel (Ellie Cornell) is her main caretaker. Michael comes back and does find Jamie after she takes off on her own on Halloween night and he kills everyone that gets in his way.
Michael is back which is nice as it just made sense to continue with him in the series. We get a thumb through the head, a dead dog, some electrical deaths, shotgun jammed through the chest and a gory throat rip. This all ends with a shootout and he falls in an old well. Jamie gets messed up through the whole ordeal and puts on the clown costume and kills her adopted mother (a nice little ode to the first film).
The film does suffer some bad acting and writing unfortunately, the Rachel character’s goody too shoes attitude can be annoying after awhile, why was there Myers masks in the store, who makes out at work, why was there a coil of cable on the roof by the chimney and yes the Brady character is a dick. So yeah there were some flaws.
Rating: Michael Myers is back so too me this is a bonus and plus this is the intro to the Jamie character which also leads Danielle Harris career in horror. Sure they killed the cop’s daughter who we all thought was hot when we were teens but the film is not that bad overall. Cheers to Michael’s comeback.
Laid to Rest 2 (2011)
Director: Robert Hall
Main Stars: Brian Austin Green, Thomas Dekker, Mimi Michaels, Nick Principe, Danielle Harris
Storyline: Right after the first movie Chrome Skull is back and wants revenge from someone who killed his prize girl.
Review (Spoils): Well Chrome Skull (Nick Principe) is back and he finds out finds out after being reconstructed again in the head that someone has been faking as him and even killed his prize survivor girl (Bobbi Sue Luther) . With the help of a woman named Spann (Danielle Harris )she bring him back and shows him love can be found again through another young girl to track down. This girl is Jess (Mimi Michaels).
This movie fails in a large way, number one the back story of Chrome Skull is finally revealed and it is as confusing as hell. They made the poor villain some type of FBI hidden project and his counterpart Preston (Brian Austin Green) tries to take over as Chrome Skull and even gets a nice little tattoo to match. Too be honest it does not work and it is just stupid it ruined the whole series. Too bad as this movie has lots of gore, lots of knives to the head and even some good ol’ gutting.
Rating: This series had a great villain which I really thought would be become a new horror icon unfortunately the stupidity of the back story that Robert Hall created killed the character. Maybe a third movie can save this series but right now i could not careless if they did.