Friday, October 7, 2016

October Horror Movie Challenge - Hatchet (2006)

Synopsis: Ben and his friend Marcus are college friends trying to enjoy Mardi Gras. Ben talks Marcus into going on a haunted swamp tour. He meets several tourists, as well as the quiet (but attractive local), Mary Beth. When their boat hits a rock they must abandon ship. That's when they learn that not all of the legends are made up stories...

The Good: Hatchet is a solid slasher. It has the right amount of humor, gore, and breasts (notably from the actress that played Harmony on Buffy). Victor Crowley is basically Jason Vorhees and that's okay. He's even played by the most prevalent actor to portray Jason, Kane Hodder (who also plays Victor's father in the film). This movie has a few other horror icons as well, notably Robert Englund and Tony Todd. The other cast members are likable too.  Ben is played by Joel David Moore (of Dodgeball and Grandma's Boy) and Dean Richmond's Marcus is the perfect buddy.

The Bad: If you don't like stupid slashers, you won't like this one. The acting isn't leaves some things to be desired, but considering the subgenre of this film, I think it's on point.

Final Thoughts: I love this flick. That's why I rewatched it and it's sequels. 

In Your Game: Every game (especially Army of Darkness) needs a little Victor Crowley. Note part of the info this quicksheet is taken from information revealed in the sequels. 

Name: Victor Crowley
Motivation: Kill anyone in his swamp
Critter Type: Revenant
Attributes: Str 10, Dex 5, Con 8, Int 1, Per 5, Will 5
Ability Scores: Muscle 26, Combat 17, Brains 10
Life Points: 112              Drama Points: 5
Special Abilities:  Hard to Kill 10, Increased Life Points, (Un)Natural Toughness, Regeneration (10 LP an hour), Won’t Stay Dead (the method of permanently killing Crowley involves the bloodline of his tormentor making peace or reconnecting him with his father)

Name               Score                     Damage               Notes
Grapple               19                           -                             Resisted by Dodge
Hatchet               16                          50                           Slash/Stab

New To Me Movies Watched: 9
Total Movies Watched: 12

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