Marybeth returns to Honey Island Swamp with Reverend Zombie
and a host of game hunters to find and kill Victor Crowley.
Hatchet II (2010)
Written and Directed by Adam Green
Starring Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, Parry Shen,
Tom Holland, R.A. Mihailoff, AJ Bowen, Alexis Kendra,
Ed Ackerman, Colton Dunn, David Foy
Sequel to 2006's Hatchet
The Hatchet franchise is one of the most inventive, disturbing, and hilarious horror franchises out there. It's four strong so far, with thin hopes for a fifth film. 2010's Hatchet II doubles down on the gore and humor of the first film, expanding the lore behind the monstrous Victor Crowley and seamlessly blending with the first film. Plus, an expanded role for Tony Todd is always something to enjoy. Adam Green's dedication to horror is very apparent, with his constant tongue-in-cheek references and his cast of horror veterans.
The film picks up immediately after the first, with Marybeth (now played by Danielle Harris) escaping Crowley (Hodder) and going back to New Orleans for answers. Reverend Zombie (Todd) tells her that her father was one of the boys who killed Crowley long ago, trapping his ghost in a sort of murderous limbo. Zombie then leads a gang of game hunters into Honey Island Swamp to find and kill Crowley so he can take the swamp for himself and overcharge for haunted swamp tours. But of course, Crowley takes them all down. The kills are out of this fucking world, from an obnoxiously large chainsaw to a man literally getting dragged out of his own skin by his spine. This is not for the faint of heart.
If you love deliciously over-the-top, crazy shit, then this franchise is right up your alley. Ignore the reviews. The haters don't understand what Green is trying to do with these films. He's a horror fan's horror fan; a guy dedicated to making films filled with memorable characters and gore that you can't see anywhere else.