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.
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.
Friday the 13th 10
Director: Victor Miller
Main Stars: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Jeff Geddis, Lisa Ryder, David Cronenberg
Storyline: The body of Jason Voorhees in found in the 25th century and is awakened by some overly interested passengers of a spaceship.
Review (Spoils): Yes here it is Jason in space……sigh.
So set in the future when Earth is nothing but a junkyard and nobody can live on it anymore. A small group of adventurers receive two frozen bodies and defrost them. Well one of them is Jason Voorhees the maniac killer from Crystal Lake. Jason then awakens and starts to slaughter the whole crew on the ship. We learn that Jason was frozen because the government had no other way of destroying or stopping the madman. During the battle he gets a cyborg upgrade due to a battle within the medical station of the ship.
This film has some terrible acting but the film delivers the following. We have machete action as usual, impaling, back breaking, throat slits, lots of shooting, head chopping, head punching, cyborg nipples and of course a sex scene. Ending it all with a holographic simulation of Crystal Lake and sending Jason there as a fallen star.
Rating: The acting is horrid; this is pretty much the lowest budget in film for the series as even the film work is amateur. We knew this was bound to happen as almost every other main horror character of the 80s era went to space at some point. One if not the worst of the series right here. Thank god for Freddy VS Jason.
Friday the 13th 9 (1993)
Director: Adam Marcus
Main Stars: John D. LeMay, Kari Keegan, Kane Hodder, Erin Gray
Storyline: The supernatural origins of Jason Voorhees is revealed
Review (Spoils): This is weird the series takes a long tumble also known as Jason Goes to Hell. The opening is a classic where a bunch of army dudes from the FBI finally trap Jason (Kane Hodder) and lays the lead to him and a nice grenade. The remains end up at the morgue and a coroner ends up being enchanted by the heart of Jason and eats it. He becomes then possessed by the haunting spirit of Jason. Yes this is the storyline!
Anyways this follows then the typical Halloween storyline where he must hunts down the Voorhees bloodline and kills everyone in his way. The spirit of Jason jumps from one person to another by some strange pink alien form. We got lots of blood, weird aliens, melting, gunshots, some magical daggers to kill off the Voorhees bloodline, demon babies, some machete action. This film is way off the Crystal Lake days.
Rating: This film travelled far from the norm in the series, almost to the point of no return (see the next one). The ending and the begining are the best part of the film as Freddy VS Jason revives the series.
Friday the 13th 8 (1989)
Director: Rob Hedden
Stars: Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder, Todd Caldecott, Barbara Bingham, Tiffany Paulsen, Charles McCulloch
Storyline: A school trip goes to New York on a boat and Jason follows
Review (spoils): The cute Rennie (Jensen Daggett ) has some issues and she decides to go on a school trip with some not so friendly schoolmates. She has an issue with water because of her childhood and arsehole uncle but she goes anyways. Oh and the boat gets a new passenger named Jason Voorhees who was revived by a underwater power line and climbs on to the boat. The film moves in the same vein as many of the others, Jason kills teenagers and when the victims escape and float to New York he follows there also.
We have the basic axes, harpoons, breaking necks, face smashing, guitar to the face, heroin needle through the body and the classic punch the head off. The film lacks in gore and major blood but we have Hodder once again playing the maniac. For the lack of gore, stupid deaths and too much 80s feel (aka the rocker chick was the lamest yet in the series) the movie fails. This is not counting the stupid dream sequences of Jason as a little boy throughout the boat and the ending.
Rating: The film fails for the series as its lame and too cheesy. The whole idea was wrong and they should have left it back to the lake. Brought it all back to basics for this entry but they missed the boat (get it?).
Friday the 13th 7 (1988)
Director: John Carl Buechler
Main Stars: Jennifer Banko, Susan Blu, Lar Park-Lincoln, Kane Hodder, Heidi Kozak, Terry Kiser, Susan Jennifer Sullivan
Storyline: Years after Tommy Jarvis chained Jason Voorhees underwater; he gets released and traveled back to Crystal Lake but this time up against a young teenage girl who has psychic powers.
Review (Spoils): The film starts off giving background to a young Tina Shepard (Jennifer Banko) who goes through trauma thanks to her alcoholic father beating her mother. She races to the end of the wharf to get away and her father follows and she in a heat of rage using her telekinetic powers and buries him to the bottom of the lake. 10 years later Tina (Lar Park-Lincoln) is still trying to get over it and control her mental powers. Her mother (Susan Blu) is not so forgiving and wants her to be just normal so sends her to an asshole Dr. Crews (Terry Kise). They end up going to the cottage where her father died and she tries desperately to bring her dad back but instead releases Jason from the bottom of the lake. Jason goes loose and starts killing nearby teenagers whom Tina has introduce herself too. In the truth Tina see’s visions thinks she is going insane Dr.Crews has a feeling something weird is going on but does not care. This all leads down to some dead teenagers and battle royal with Jason and Tina, which the ending is not that believable but more of an ode to the first film.
Jason is back and this time we have him killing love makers, axes to the face, drowning, sickle stabbing, skull crushing, party blowers to the eye, stabbings and the classic throwing out of window. The gore is not quite all there but the finale battle we get a good look at Jason as he fights off someone with telekinetic powers.
Lar Park-Lincoln does a great job playing Tina and this is a memorable character of the series. Unfortunately the whole mental power thing just does not work for me when it comes to Friday the 13th. I understand that they wanted to do something different and the film was not that bad but I believe this is just the start of the real downfall of the series.
Rating: Sure the film holds babes such as Lar Park-Lincoln and Susan Jennifer Sullivan for the series and brings the welcoming of the powerhouse Jason (Kane Hodder) but the mental power thing just ruins the movie. And the ending alone (even though an ode) is just dumb and makes the film seem like a waste. The film is not horrible but it definitely the start of the downfall of the series.