Gleefully Gruesome Hatchet 2 On Blu-ray & DVD

Out this week on Blu-ray & DVD is Hatchet 2 (Dark Sky Films), director Adam Green's gleefully gruesome sequel to his original 2006 homage to slasher films. The film centers on Victor Crowley, a marauding disfigured ghost roaming the Louisiana swamps with a trusty two-bladed hatchet. Danielle Harris (Halloween 4) returns as the only survivor of the first film. ("You got out of there alive, and with all your pieces" someone succinctly points out to her.) But she heads back into Honey Island Swamp with Rev. Zombie (Candyman's Tony Todd) and a boatload of gun enthusiasts to finish off the swampland boogieman. Director Green, who also made the suspenseful Frozen (and there's a quick but funny nod to it in this film) keeps the action buoyant and bloody -- he understands audiences will be cheering for excess and chainsaws it up with gusto (at least it's done with a respectful love of the genre). The disfigured Crowley is well-played by burly stuntman Kane Hodder, who played Jason in several Friday The 13th films. There are some pretty outlandish deaths, and the cast is agreeable, particularly the jive-talking Vernon (Colton Dunn) who is quite funny. Besides, how can you hate a movie with dialogue like, "Come on you hatchet fuckface?"

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