During a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, a group of friends including Ben Schaefer ( Joel Moore ) and his best friend Marcus ( Deon Richmond ) decide to go on a haunted swamp tour. They meet the guide Rev. Zombie ( Tony Todd ) who says he is no longer doing any tours, since he was sued for negligence. He suggests that they try a place farther down the street. They enter a shop where they meet over-the-top swamp tour guide Shawn ( Parry Shen ). He will be doing the tour today, so gather a group of people on a bus out to the swamp. At first the boat tour seems to be going alright, until they encounter Victor Crowley ( Kane Hodder ), a deformed creature who lives in the swamp.
Even if Hatchet is 15 years old, you can tell that the film have aged a bit with the early 2000´s vibe in the air. But i have a feeling that B movie lovers will still enjoy Hatchet for a number of different reasons. Let us begin with the location of this film, and it actually helps the film become more fun in New Orleans. Knowing that this is the place for the Mardi Gras festival, this is a place that is filled with horror influences. And when you add tourists to the plot, this is the right location to introduce a new horror icon. I especially enjoy the tourist boat scenes, where you can tell that nothing is going as planned. The tourist guide on this boat known as Shawn ( played by actor Parry Shen ) is probably the worst tourist guide you have ever seen, and this is why it becomes entertaining to see him do his job. I think if i would ever go on a boat tour in New Orleans, i would want to have Shawn as the guide. Who wants to be bored on vacation, when you have party tourist guide guy Shawn to make your holiday perfect? I actually like the main character Ben, played by actor Joel David Moore. He is that kind of guy who does not care about sleeping around, he rather experience other things and seems more focused on doing something with his life. Joel deliver a natural performance as Ben, without going over the top. Actor Deon Richmond as party guy Marcus is fun, and bring some energy to the boat tour. This film actually have a solid female character called Marybeth, played by actress Amara Zaragoza, who later turns out to be the toughest of the tourists, and she is definetely what this film needed. Legendary horror icon Robert Englund make a fun cameo, that will definetely please you. Let´s be honest though, the highlight of this film is of course Victor Crowley, played by legendary horror icon Kane Hodder. Not only is he really brutal, but the look of Victor is pretty awsome. You could say he is the the result of hillbilly family members moonshine nights, where there are no rules, everything is allowed between the sheets. The brutal kills from Victor Crowley is a true throwback to the slasher films of the 80´s, and it´s hard not to enjoy the insane kills that he does. Director Adam Green knows exactly how to tell the story of Hatchet in a simple, but fun way. I would say that he clearly tried to show his respect with this film to the B movie slasher horror classics that we grew up on in the 80´s, and for that i am truly grateful. Hatchet is exactly what you want to see, if you had a bad day. This film will cheer you up, and let you laugh several times as well over the cheesy dialogue and the brutal kills. Definetely worth picking up on DVD and Blu Ray, Hatchet still deliver after 15 years, and that´s definetely a good sign.