Director: Adam Green
Writer: Adam Green
Sequel to: Hatchet
Cast: Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Parry Shen, Tom Holland, AJ Bowen, Mercedes McNab, Joleigh Fioravanti, Shawn Ashmore (for about 3 seconds before getting his face sliced off)
Plot [with Spoilers for Hatchet]:
Marybeth (Danielle Harris) just barely escaped Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) and she’s the only one from her group. She returns into town to ask Reverend Zombie (Tony Todd) for help. Zombie agrees and gets together a band of mercenaries for support. But there is more to his agreement to help than pure altruism and Victor Crowley is far from dealt with.
Hatchet II is a decent continuation of the series. It concentrates more on the gore and less on the sexism, which I appreciated. But it also rehashes a bit and makes the ending of the first movie worse in hindsight.
As I said in my review of Hatchet, I did not expect the ending to happen the way it happened. And I rather liked that it surprised me. Unfortunately Hatchet II ruins that a little bit. It picks up right where the first one left off and instead of having Marybeth die (as the ending suggested), it has her survive, playing right into the last woman standing stereotype and therefore cheapening that ending a bit.
And while the transition from the ending of the first one to the beginning of the second one is very nicely done, that stereotyping after the fact is an especially weird choice because they didn’t even have the same actress play Marybeth. [Though they did have the same actor (Parry Shen) play his own brother, basically. Since he’s also in Hatchet III, playing yet somebody else, I applaud that continuity, though.]
While the first Marybeth wasn’t what you’d call an amazing actress anyway, Danielle Harris was still a step down, I thought. I mean, her Marybeth is also written much whinier and more annyoing, so it’s not entirely her fault, but her acting skills do nothing toimprovethings.
Generally the script was better than for the first movie, amping the gore and dialling down the sexism (though it is still very much there). But as the first one, the entire film didn’t blow me away.