Adam Green is quite possibly the most talented director working in the horror field today. His films are always loads of fun, with subtle touches of humor like the hillbilly in Hatchet 1 drinking from a plastic urinal bottle, offhanded details that are easily missed if you don't pay attention. Of course there's plenty of not so subtle humor as well, especially in the Hatchet films which are Grand Guignol at its most extreme.Those little touches are just part of the tapestry Green weaves, using every weapon in a film maker's arsenal. VICTOR CROWLEY could serve as a film school <more>
model of how to use sound and how to frame a shot for maximum effect.There isn't a weak role in the script and every actor hits just the right tone. The acting is dead on perfect all around and the casting is sublime. Laura Ortiz is adorable as a feisty little sexpot, Dave Sheridan nails the hungry actor wannabe, Parry Shen shows great range. Too many to name them all, the entire cast is excellent.Green's directorial skills are matched by his writing. Humor in horror is tricky. If you're making a horror film with humor, as opposed to a horror-themed comedy, it's easy to lose your balance, and too many directors cheapen their films with sophomoric one liners. Victor Crowley is loaded with very smart humor, some of it dark, some character-based.The cinematography and sets are topnotch. The special efx are fantastic. One in particular is worth the price of admission... I'll say no more than that.If you can't stomach gory efx, this film is definitely not for you. For fans, it's a gourmet feast.
Victor Crowley creates great new sense of horror is excellent (by expostfacto-85100)
Instead of copying 30 years of spoof b b grade horrors Adam Green captures all the essence of an excellent horror with delicate comedic touches. He combines the two genres without weaking the script, instead every line, every scene is masterfully planned.Adam Green isn't out for horrifying scare, which is refreshing as he almost revolutionises his own genre. His actor selection, and scence progression never leave a dull moment or confusion. Dave Sheridan steals the show and his perforamce is worthy of all little momemts you may miss. In fact Green aloows every actor/actress to express and <more>
explore a personality unusual in horrror but still maintain the horror factor in the creative newly created Hatchett character victor crowley. iIt is a pity and this is my only spoiler so don't read if you plan eatch still that these great characters except two all die and therefore cannot be reprised in the next episodes of Hatchett. No one knows how Green, the director and writer plans to continue the series but maybe by reinventing the scanrios is part of its charms.Don't except big scares but excellent film making in a new twist on the horror theme. Dave Sheridan's character will be sorely missed but two important characters do survive. 9/10 Keeep going Adam Green and ignore any bad reviews you construct a masterful art that crosses genres.
Please do not read it if you do not worship Lord Victor Crowley. Have been waiting for aeons for the my Lord Crowley to come back to life and finally it happened. Our Lord has been a victim of sadistic injustice and inhuman atrocities that resulted in the sad demise of his father. So it is the need of the hour that he takes revenge - revenge fraught with guts and gore. Love you and venerate you my Lord Victor Crowley. He shall keep rising from the dead.
Fun, pure and simple (by rocknrelics)
I like the entire series of films because they don't take themselves too seriously, are well acted a major plus for me , loads of gore that makes you go '; and they look well made too. What's not to like...
Brutal creative deaths n plenty of laughs. Fans of the series will love this. (by Fella_shibby)
Saw this on a rented dvd. Waiting to buy a copy of it. Have all the 3 parts in my dvd collection. Fans of the series will definitely enjoy this but those who havnt seen the series will also enjoy this as it has plenty of laughs, brutal n bloody deaths n claustrophobic atmosphere. Adam Green shud be applauded for making such an entertaining brutal slasher n considering its low budget, he did a mighty fine job. There is something sinister about horror films set in the bayou, especially Louisiana n Green made full use of the settings. I had complained in my review of the first part about the no <more>
usage of crocodiles in such settings. If only there was some short crocodile terror in this installment, i wud have loved it even more. Watch out for Dave Sheridan. His comic timing is very good n his character was a perfect sigh of relief in a very tensed n gory slasher.
The opening for the fourth film in the Hatchet series takes place in 1964 and sees a newly engaged couple investigate a strange noise in the swamp, only to be brutally butchered by the bloodthirsty ghost of deformed maniac Victor Crowley. Packing in as much humour as it does horror, this scene sets the tone for the whole movie: equal parts laughs and gore, with no-one safe from the supernatural killer.The rest of the film is set in the present-ten years after the last Victor Crowley incident-with Andrew Yong Parry Shen , the only survivor of the Honey Island Swamp massacre, trying to make <more>
some money promoting his book about his encounter with the hatchet wielding horror. When his agent tells him that he has been offered $1m to return to the swamp for a TV show, Andrew reluctantly agrees, but wishes he had stayed at home when his plane crashes and Crowley appears to pick off the survivors.A hugely entertaining horror comedy romp from grisly start to blood-drenched finish, Victor Crowley is the best Hatchet movie since the original, with not a sniff of Danielle Harris to blight proceedings I know she has her loyal fans, but I find her quite annoying as a 'scream queen' . The film-both written and directed by the series' creator, Adam Green-has some genuinely hilarious moments the man asking for an autograph on his junk and the captain of the plane speaking to his passengers over the tannoy are priceless but Green ensures that hardcore gore-hounds are kept happy with sporadic bursts of extreme violence, the always diligent Crowley taking the time to thoroughly dismember and mutilate his victims.8/10.
Enjoyable if slightly flawed effort (by kannibalcorpsegrinder)
Having survived the original massacre, a former paramedic finds himself in a group of people who crashlands in the same swamp with the deformed killer he escaped previously as they resurrect him for another rampage in his home swamp and must rely on his experiences to get away alive.This is yet another enjoyable entry in the franchise. Among the best aspects of this one is the way this one goes into dealing with the backstory to the previous entries. Not only does this one take great consideration in playing up the connection to the past involving the decade-long journey by the one character <more>
but also giving this a lot to like with the setup of the legend in the years since the original incident. Taking on the current form of publicity and exposure that would be found in a modern environment regarding those types of flash-in-the-pan celebrities that dominate the society. That gives this one plenty to like heading into the motivation for the upcoming massacre with the film really scoring nicely with the usual slashing antics which keeps this one hurtling headlong into the fun slashing antics that occur. The series of attacks here are just as much fun as they were in the past, from the opening assault in the swamp to the battle to get out of the rattled plane against the trap he sets up for the group as well as the different one-on-one battles out in the swamp where the creative encounters are just as much fun as they've always been. Managing to mix together the use of bombastic, over-the-top action that never once comes close to being realistic or plausible in any sense and some genuinely creepy or chilling as when he pops up out of the darkness at the shack or the surprise appearance at the plane which really goes well together towards creating some great action-packed attacks in the final half. Combined with the usually stellar special effects work on the graphic and gruesome kills, these here are what work as the film does have a few minor flaws. The main issue here is the rather long amount of time it takes to get to the main setup in the swamp as it takes too many storylines to get fleshed out to get to that point. This one too many that don't make too much of an impact which is quite surprising as it features way too many that hold up the pacing, and it gets worse as there's no reason to keep them inside the broken plane as long as they are which also holds up the pace. Likewise, the only small issue here is the rushed feeling this gives in comparison to the other entries which didn't need as rushed and breakneck a pace that this one flies through in the finale which just seems to end without really setting itself up for anything. These here are the minor qualities that hold it back.Rated Unrated/R: Extreme Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.