The Best Way Out is Always Through – Hatchet III (2013)

Adam Green returns to pen the third part in his tale of Victor Crowley while newcomer B. J. McDonnell come on board to direct and it picks right up from where the second film ended with Crowley facing off against Marybeth Dunston. While it looked like Marybeth was about to meet an unfortunate end, she instead gets the upper hand and ‘kills’ Crowley, though the viewer knows that it will definitely not last for long. So it is that he comes back to life and goes on a killing spree with a lot of new faces joining and leaving the picture.

Also returning to this film is Kane Hodder who reprises his role as the monster and Danielle Harris as Marybeth and last but not least, the one and only Parry Shen as some comedic relief. Adding to the established cast is Zach Galligan as the local Sheriff, Caroline Williams as a reporter and sister to Galligan’s character and the legendary Sid Haig in a bit part which he plays to perfection. Despite the very fun cast, the movie once again follows all the same tropes and clichés that every previous slasher to this one features including the two Hatchet movies that preceded this one. It still remains very entertaining even though it has all been seen before, though perhaps due to the lack of Green behind the camera, it was not quite as good as Hatchet II which remains the high point of the series, nor would it be as good as the first. The kills are not quite as inventive though they are extremely bloody and gory, one of the better hallmarks of the franchise and it continues to pay homage to the Jason and Michael’s of the past with its portrayal of Crowley, which it does incredibly well. If Crowley, who has been built up by this point to be somewhat legendary, were just an average killer, the films would not be as good as they are and Hodder is the perfect choice to bring him to life.

At the end of the day, no matter how good this movie might have ended up being, it would have been nice to see something a little new. As it is, Green and McDonnell still manage to make a good film that one can enjoy if in the mood for a little carnage no matter how familiar it might be.

3 out of 5

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