A search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and Marybeth learns the secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.
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Lacking the same smiles of the 1st in comedy, nor utilizing its wink-wink slasher parody, it more just now feels like it can't better bad slasher archetypes. The splatter is still gleeful in its thrills, yet the series is getting repetitive at this point, perhaps due to keeping its chronology, which backs it into a corner of predictability and bad plotting, even if it may still provide some light fun.
Let me explain why this receives three stars rather than 1 or 2. I first watched Part I in 2007, and it was a breather from what other slashers were making their way into the world at that time. 2006 was the year of hyper slasher and horror output. So many awful films came out that year. Hatchet was at the very least gritty, if too comical and apparently made by a misfit 11 year old. Part II was a further dive.
Okay, so not only do we have a totally new director on board, with Adam Green serving as only the writer and exec producer, but the film itself is lacking as the third installment. Sure, we have to wrap up the story of Victor Crowley, but at this point there's not much that we haven't seen in the previous two films. I liked that the police were finally brought in to handle the creature, but that's about all I liked.
Gore, gore and more gore. What else could i have expected from a film called 'Hatchet 3'? Yes, there are two others that precede this one! Crazy, I know. God bless Netflix for allowing me to discover old skool slasher movies. Yes, I my taste have matured over the years but the kid who got into cinema over 30 years ago still loves horror...