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It's Not A Sequel, It's Not A Remake, It's Not A Japanese Film.

By Brian Prisco | Industry | July 24, 2010 |

By Brian Prisco | Industry | July 24, 2010 |

Say what you will about Adam Green as a filmmaker, but at least he’s having fun. He’s one of the few guys still making original slasher flicks. The original Hatchet came out in 2007, and Green’s already got four films under his belt. After getting raves at Sundance for his latest Frozen, people questioned his decision to do a sequel to Hatchet.

Question no more. Green, in his typically infectious bombastic style, gleefully gave us a glimpse at footage from Hatchet II. He showed us 8 of the reported SEVENTEEN kills in the film, including one of the greatest single fucking horror movie kills I’ve ever fucking seen. They said he’d never top the lady getting her face torn in half from the first one. He done it. And he claims that we haven’t seen NOTHING yet. Color me fucking stoked.

Hatchet II looks spectacularly bad, and I mean that in the best possible way. It’s got all the hallmarks of a perfect sketchy ass slasher film. Danielle Harris takes over the role of Mary Beth literally right where the last frame of Hatchet ended. Tony Todd and Kane Hodder return, as well as Perry Shan, even though he was decapitated and delegged in the last flick. Tom Holland, writer-director of the original Child’s Play and Fright Night, makes an appearance as well.

And in what appears to be an unprecedented and phenomenal move, after the lawsuits and battles with the MPAA over an R rating in the original, Green’s got a major movie theater chain to agree to release the movie in major markets UNRATED. This is a huge star-spangled FUCK YOU to the MPAA, and I love him for it. They didn’t just tell him to trim certain aspects — they flat out told him he was not permitted to show the things he did on film. And so they are taking a bold chance on distributing the film as unrated, since this means most of their major market will not be able to attend without a parent or guardian. However, if the delightful, cartoonish, Looney Tunes amped murders I saw are any indication, this is going to be a fucking magnificent film.

Let’s just say this. Among the eight I saw, and this does not count the topper, I saw a man getting killed in what I can only describe as a tabletop curbstomp. Support Adam Green. Like he says, “They keep remaking everything because you keep fucking seeing it.”

Hatchet II hits theatres October 1st.

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