The indie slasher flick, Hatchet, got some crazy hype when it was making the film festival circuit and the teaser trailer certainly helped build that hype. I was eager to see it but then when the DVD showed up at Wal-Mart, I just shrugged my shoulders and kept on shoppin'. Then the lukewarm fan reviews started rolling in and I really put this one on the back burner. The other night, as I was going through my Netflix queue, I saw that Hatchet was available to watch online. I figured, "What the hell, let's do this!"
First thing I noticed was that stingy old Netflix only had the R-rated version. Sigh. What the fuck, dudes? I decided to just deal with it and if I really loved the flick, I'd pick up the dang unrated version somewhere. Anyway, to make a long story short (too late), Hatchet falls somewhere between the hype and the lukewarm reviews. I liked all of the characters, the gore (even in its trimmed form), the fast pace, and the swamp setting. I don't think that Victor Crowley (played by Kane Hodder) will become the next horror icon or anything but he certainly is an impressive baddie. So I say walk but don't run to check this one out.