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Title:   Hatchet
Director:   Adam Green
Year:   2006
Genre:   Slasher
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   09.25.06

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Hatchet II

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
09.25.06Alamo South LamarThis Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2006
OK So when i got wrangled into a way-too-long discussion after the movies last night, I inadvertantly stayed way past the letting out of Hatchet's first screening. So I got to see how excited people were after seeing it... The leatherface guy came up to us and gave us all high fives for no reason and the director did indeed stay out there talking to people until 4:30am. The next day I heard that a whole group of people from last night were here today to see it again. So this movie had some buzz. Apparently it sold out five nights at Tribeca... and did some equally buzzworthy things at other fests. So Fantastic Fest screened it in the smallest theater. people had to sit on the floor... To say that when the house seats 200 is one thing, to say it when the house sits 83 is another. Oh well, I guess the film has just a tiny bit more buzz now that it's played here and people had to sit on the floor to see it.

All of that monkey business aside, it was a pretty fun movie. It looked pretty decent for its budget, had some cameos by Robert Englund and the guy who played Candyman, and the monster was played by Kane Hodder... So in its own completely separate way, this was similar to Behind the Mask in that respect... kind of a throwback to 80s slasher flicks: Monster, gore, and tits. This has some fun with all of those though, setting it during mardi gras to get the boobies, coming up with another monster mythology along the lines of Jason and Freddy, and executing some pretty cool gore gags that - GASP! - are shot so we can actually see what's going on!

Unfortunately, it sounds like the MPAA has a problem with some of the best gags on display here... which I think could really hurt the movie since that's one of the best things about it. The movie is not all quick cuts and gore-by-insinuation (probably because he didn't have the time or money to do the necessary coverage) so it's not like they can just make it slightly more cutty to save themselves... but however it ends up theatrically, the director said it was in the contract for Anchor Bay to release the director's cut on initial release though so it'll be seeable at some point.

so the movie's fun. It's got humor, familiar faces in the supporting cast (like the jump to conclusions dude from Office Space and one of Bill Murray's many many brothers). One thing of particular note is that all the vomiting that goes on in this film is actually real. which is awesome and gross at the same time. Like even the mouth-to-mouth puke is real. Something to keep in mind while you watch...

um... yeah so that's it. I liked this one... I think I still like Severance more, but this falls second as far as the fun horror movies go... it's good though, for sure.
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