Synopsis from Dark Sky:
Concluding the saga begun in Adam Green's hit 2006 thriller, HATCHET III follows the vengeful Marybeth (Halloween's Danielle Harris) as she continues seeking out a way to destroy Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder, Friday the 13th), a hulking, seemingly-invincible sociopath rampaging through a sleepy Louisiana swamp.
While a heavily-armed team of mercenaries takes to the bayou surrounding Crowley's home, Marybeth finds herself begrudgingly teaming up with a local policeman (Gremlins star Zach Galligan) and his ex-wife (Caroline Williams, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) - an expert on the maniac who may have uncovered the secret to ending his murderous rampage once and for all.
First I want to point you to my review of Hatchet III HERE. You can read about what I specifically thought about the movie’s content when I first watched it on VOD. I will re-iterate some of that here but wanted to make available the entire package. Second, you can listen to Shawn Savage, Jeff Konopka and I discuss Hatchet III in our Dead Air Podcast episode that goes through Hatchet III, V/H/S/2 and This is the End. Thanks for listening in advance.
The behind the scenes feature is good fun showing some of the finer points of film production (of a gore picture), scene construction, candid actor/actress discussion and a whole lotta rain (you’ll see). Caroline Williams, one of my favorites, just poors on the heartfelt thanks at one point during the making of feature which had me a little teary-eyed. I’m a total mush. The Raising Kane feature that follows Kane Hodder through the make-up application is good for your practical effects guys. There’s a brief discussion of the difference between the make-up application between each film and an up close and personal look at each of the costume applications applied to Hodder daily. I’ve seen him in person and he’s build like a brick shit house. If he says it’s heavy, you may want to start lifting weights now. Also included is a Swamp Fun featurette.
For my second time watching Hatchet III I decided to focus on the commentary which was previously unavailable to me, but that commentary drew my eyes to many of the effects sequences in the movie as well as explosions and actor performances. It was an interactive experience, learning how each scene was formed and how the crew felt about each scene. In some cases I think these fellas actually scare or disturb themselves, but they tell a fun new legend to add to the canon of Victor Crowley. If you want to find out where the story might have gone, you’ll find out as well as some of the motivation behind key scenes in the movie.
Hatchet III is available 8/13 on stunning Blu-ray (follow the link below). It’s great to add to your already existing Hatchet collection and a good way to start off your V.C. love if you haven’t enjoyed the series. Don’t expect a re-invented wheel, but maybe a more full wheel with adequate tire pressure, tired not balled and air cap firmly in place. I want you to remember something after you’ve enjoyed Hatchet III; This is BJ McDonnell’s first trip to the show, his directorial debut. Great job, and can’t wait for your next effort.
Note: Dark Sky Films, we’ll keep watching you like you’re The Thing From Another World.