Hatchet (2006)

Hatchet
Director: Adam Green
Writer: Adam Green
Cast: Joel David Moore, Tamara Feldman, Deon Richmond, Kane Hodder, Mercedes McNab, Parry Shen, Joel Murray, Joleigh Fioravanti, Tony Todd

Plot:
Ben’s (Joel David Moore) girlfriend just broke up with him. He’s crushed so his best friend Marcus (Deon Richmond) takes him to Mardi Gras in New Orleans to take his mind off of it. But Ben would rather go on a haunted swamp tour than party. But that tour turns out to be a lot scarier and more dangerous than anticipated.

Hatchet is fun sometimes, but it’s also sexist and offensive and it didn’t do much for me in general.

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I know it’s an age old thing in horror movies to show a lot of tits and to have the people with disabilities be the evil ones, especially if they’re rednecks, but it’s time to put these things to rest, really. There are movies that are clever plays on these tropes, there are movies that give a nostalgic nod in that direction and then there are movies that just perpetuate the sexism and the ableism. And this one, for me, falls squarely in the last category.

Which is just too bad because I very much liked the set-up (the creepy swamp tour) and the gore – there were some nice moments there.

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There were even a couple of nice jokes in the script and I did not expect the ending that way. But mostly the script was at the same time too much and too little. There was too much nervous energy and too little atmosphere. There were too many clichés and too little subversion.

The cast was just right for the B-movie quality of the entire film. Not too good and sometimes rather wooden, but that is exactly what you want for a film like this. But put altogether, the movie doesn’t move past eh.

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Summarizing: Okay.

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