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A handful of college students looking for a good time are thrown into a world of danger in this homage to the slasher film cycle of the 1970s and '80s. Ben (Joel David Moore) has just been given his walking papers by his girlfriend and is deeply depressed. Needing a pick-me-up, Ben and his friend Marcus (Deon Richmond) head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, and take in a "Haunted Swamp Tour," with master of ceremonies Shawn (Parry Shen) guiding guests through a spooky patch of bayou country. Along the way, Ben and Marcus meet a pair of half-bright exotic dancers, Misty (Mercedes… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 49%

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"Lacking the satirical bite of the first Scream... this is mere pastiche that doesn't even wink at what it is pointlessly xeroxing from the past."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Film.com
"Horror without suspense is like sex without love: you can appreciate the technicalities, but ultimately there's no reason to care."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The film might not host an original concept, but its attention to detail - the tiny things that made '80s slashers unique - render Hatchet a far more enjoyable experience than its competition."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"This may be the bucket of blood that splatter fans were eagerly anticipating ... but it is also an excellent horror film with solid scripting and strong performances that make it appealing to a wider audience."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"This low-budget horror spoof lasts only 84 minutes, but seems to take forever."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Anyone feeding into this nostalgia is yearning for a kind of warm and fuzzy horror that's wholly irrelevant today."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"It's just not that scary (even the gory sequences are predictable and boring). And it certainly isn't clever or funny."
‑ Jonathan Perry, Boston Globe
"I enjoyed Hatchet quite a bit. I was never scared, and I can't say I laughed out loud much, but it has a very gleeful tone that invites the viewer in."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Enjoyably schlocky horror flick, with its tongue firmly in cheek, ensuring that there are several laughs to be had amidst all the gory, hatchet-wielding mayhem."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A reasonably serviceable horror, with much gory dismemberment, and featuring a kind of ancestor worship in the casting of scary-movie veterans Robert Englund and Tony Todd."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Green's efforts to strike a balance between knowing humour and no-holds-barred horror are stymied by an erratic tone: a slow, talky build-up gives way to a soggy middle section and a messy, all-stops-out finale."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Draggy stretches in the first few reels could easily have been pruned from an already tight 83-minute running time."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Only a brief, nicely sculpted bass clarinet line provides any redeeming quality."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Fun horror-comedy about tourists being picked off in the swamps. Tongues are firmly in cheeks; heads don't stay long on shoulders."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Billed as "Old School American horror", Hatchet's actually something far less classy: a technically inept homage to '80s slasher movies that's both bloody and bloody stupid."
‑ Jamie Russell, Total Film
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