On DVD this week from director BJ McDonnell and Dark Sky Films comes another installment of a creature that keeps us guess with HATCHET III.

This film tells the story of Marybeth (Danielle Harris) who, in the previous film, had led a band of people into the swamp to kill the insane and horrific Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). This hatchet wielding mass murderer is on a rampage and only one person seems to know why.

Amanda (Caroline Williams) has become the laughing stock of journalism because of her writings about Crowley. Along with ex-husband Sheriff Fowler (Zach Galligan), the town just doesn’t believe what she has to say.

When Marybeth comes into the sheriff’s station holding a face that is equally as bloody as she is the town goes into high gear! The sheriff doesn’t believe anything Marybeth has to say until the calls start coming in about all the bodies.

Sending more law enforcement and paramedics the scene is covered – or so they think. It doesn’t take long before Crowley is up and around from his last ass kicking from Marybeth to take on anyone that gets in his way.

In the meantime Amanda tells Marybeth the story behind Crowley and now they must see him face to face to finally end Crowley’s bloody reign of terror.

FINAL WORD: Harris returns to play the horrified and pretty bloody Marybeth. Obviously leaving her in the clutches of Crowley in the last film she walks out thinking the creature is gone. Yea, didn’t turn out the way she planned. Now she gets a chance to be pissy and totally not happy with what Amanda is asking her to do.

Williams as Amanda is a reporter looking for redemption. Well, it doesn’t take long for her to find it. I love her over acting (lets be honest, it is over acting) with a southern accent. Being the ex of the sheriff has its privileges although if you asked the ex sheriff I doubt he’d agree.

Speaking of the ex-hubby-Sheriff-Fowler played by the very cute Billy Peltzer in the 1984 still-one-of-my-80’s-favorites GREMLINS is clearly in denial of a crazy killer loose in the Honey Island swamp. Even when he witnesses arms flying off Sheriff Fowler has acceptance issues.

Dark Sky Films concludes this 2006 storyline and stays true to the discovery, preservation and production of new and classic horror, sci-fi and cult films from around the world. I can’t wait to see what they put out next! The DVD contains extras with cast and crew commentary, Hatchet III: Behind the Scenes, Raising Kane featurette and Swamp Fun featurette.

Other cast includes: Parry Shen as Andrew, Robert DoQui as Deputy Winslow, Derek Mears as Hawes, Cody Snider as Schneiderman, Rileah Vanderbilt as Dougherty, Sean Whalen as Randy, Jason Trost as Hamilton, Diane Ayala Goldner as Elbert, and John Sudol as Jim.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give HATCHET III three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. This is one of the awesome horror films because of the special effects alone. Listen, this isn’t really the end all be all of horror plot lines but is sure makes for an awesome reason to order a huge pizza, invite some jumpy friends over and turn out the lights. Now that’s the kind of movie watching experience I’m thrilled with.

I always joke about films that have sequels by saying “collect the set!” in a very Jim-Carey-Ace-Venture-guano-bowl-sarcastic-way but not this time. Having the set of HATCHET films are the kind you want to see over and over. While watching it there is laughing, squealing, yelling, screaming, ‘ugggggghhh’ sounds and applause (and sometimes for the creepy Crowley!).

Of course this isn’t for little kids, unless you are trying to scar them for life, but for adults it’s a horror movie candy store in the middle of a scary and twisted Disneyland – oh yea ROOOOOOAD TTTTRRRIIIIIPPPPP! That’s just how my family roles.

In the end – the voodoo curse is coming to an end!



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