The very much anticipated sequel to my favorite horror film of all time did not fail to disappoint. Hatchet II picks up right where the last one leaves off and answered all of my unanswered questions after watching the first movie . In the opening scene of Hatchet II you see Marybeth in the swamp fighting Victor Crowley. Right where the first one ended.
Everything about the second film is so much more intense. The kills, the storyline, the emotion...everything. There is a fantastic back story of how Victor Crowley became physically deformed, and you find out why Victor killed Marybeths dad. This movie ties up loose ends in the first film and is done very well.
Let's talk about the kills for a minute shall we? Holy shit intense!! It is very rare for me to get so grossed out during a horror movie that I cringe and look away but there are almost triple the kills in this film than there were in the first, and they are MUCH more disgusting and gory. I have an all time new favorite kill in a horror film and it happens within the first 10 minutes of this film.
I love some of the clever references to other horror films in this movie. My favorite horror film other than the Hatchet franchise is Behind the Mask the Rise of Leslie Vernon, and there is a reference to Leslie Vernon in this film, and the Jason Vorhees reference is classic. I wanted to go to Reverend Zombies shop to buy my own Jack Chop. (comes with its very own FREE glow stick to make your pumpkin look boss.) Very clever Mr. Green. Very clever.
The acting in this movie is done very well too. The people I am going to focus on for this review though are Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris and Tony Todd. I was blown away by Kane's acting in this movie. You don't see him potray a lot of emotion in his films but in the scene where Thomas Crowley is crying and saying how the kids killed his son....oooh I just got chills down my spine. Kane is a fantastic actor and I hope he gets to show his talents more often now. Danielle Harris is probably my favorite horror movie actress. I loved her in this movie and thought as usual she acted brilliantly. Makes me wonder why Adam Green didn't cast her in the first one. She is amazing. I was really glad to see Tony Todd's character, Reverend Zombie get more camera time in this movie too. He is one of my favorite characters from the films and Tony was awesome in the movie.
If you liked the first Hatchet film, Hatchet II is a MUST see. It truly is a film for the fans of the Hatchet franchise. My only complaint about this movie is that at an hour and 26 minutes, it leaves you wanting more, and the fun ride that is this film goes by way too fast. See Hatchet II, you won't regret it! You'll like this movie better than chocolate ice cream and baby jesus!!!!!