Hatchet (2006)

A group of tourists on a haunted swamp tour find one of the horrific local legends to be true. They try to escape alive--and with all of their pieces.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: April 27, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The over-the-top gore, campy acting, and dim cinematography may be part of Hatchet's self-described old-school ethos, but irony alone can't sustain a horror film.

MaryAnn Johanson

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.

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Jonathan Perry
Boston Globe

It's just not that scary (even the gory sequences are predictable and boring). And it certainly isn't clever or funny.

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Scott Weinberg

Feels like an old-school slasher flick that's been hidden on a dusty shelf for the past twenty years. And yes, I mean that as a compliment.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

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.

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Justin Chang

Draggy stretches in the first few reels could easily have been pruned from an already tight 83-minute running time.

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R. L. Shaffer

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Horror without suspense is like sex without love: you can appreciate the technicalities, but ultimately there's no reason to care.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A cut above average.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Jason Calvin
This was a surprisingly competent throwback to the old slasher films. As far as entertainment value, it could more than hold it's own with any of the… More
Melvin White
Marcus: You look like you been molested by wolves!  "Stay out of the swamp." So, Hatchet is another one of those backwoods, deformed killer movies.… More
Alex roy
In a time when horror is dominated by remakes, Hatchet is a true breath of fresh air. Adam Green is one original director, and he knows what makes a great… More
Ken Stachnik
Good gore and pretty mediocre everything else. And seriously everyone suffered from "I'm just gonna stand still and let you kill me" syndrome.
Tim Salmons