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Surprise! ‘Hatchet’ Reboot ‘Victor Crowley’ is Coming This Year!

Surprise! ‘Hatchet’ Reboot ‘Victor Crowley’ is Coming This Year!

One of the coolest PR moves in recent memory was when Lionsgate screened The Woods for Comic-Con horror fans and it turned out to be Blair Witch. Now, Dark Sky Films and Hatchet director Adam Green have similarly pulled a fast one on lucky fans celebrating the film’s 10 year anniversary tonight at Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinema.

EW has confirmed that Green just screened the secretly filmed Hatchet reboot/sequel Victor Crowley and that it will begin a Nationwide road show this coming October. Developed and shot in secret for over two years, the slasher reboot made a surprising debut tonight at the “Hatchet 10th Anniversary Celebration.”

Set a decade after the events of the series’ first three films, Victor Crowley reunites Hatchet regulars Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th 7X’s Jason Voorhees) and Parry Shen (Better Luck Tomorrow).

In the film, we discover that Shen’s lone survivor Andrew Yong has spent over a decade claiming that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the deaths of the forty-nine people killed in the original trilogy of films. Yong’s allegations have been met with widespread disbelief, but when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past.

“The only survivor that was ever found was Perry Shen’s character Andrew Yong,” Green told EW in an interview. “Now, ten years, later, he’s kind of become a little bit of a celebrity. At one point he’s compared to ‘the OJ Simpson of Honey Island Swamp’ because most people do not buy his story, but he got off because there was no evidence that he had done it. So, some people love him, a lot of people hate him, and now he’s written a book, which he is promoting on the tenth anniversary of the events of 2007. He is convinced to do one final interview back at the scene of the massacre, where he has never returned. Simultaneously to him going back there with this camera crew, that’s going to interview him, there is something else happening that brings back a little certain somebody.”

Victor Crowley’s cast also features Laura Ortiz (2006’s The Hills Have Eyes), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), and Brian Quinn (truTV’s “Impractical Jokers”).

The film is also screening at the upcoming FrightFest Festival in London. In October, Green will embark on a “Victor Crowley Road Show” during which he will introduce the film at special one-night screening events across the country. A full schedule of screenings and additional release information will follow.

Bloody Disgusting was the first news outlet to cover Hatchet (way back in 2005) after Green shared a teaser he had shot to promote his indie slasher. Having also visited the set and been instrumental in the first film’s hype and success, we’re just as excited as the Hatchet Army is to see what Green has in store for us this October!




  • Brian McNatt

    I never watched any of these. Can anyone confirm if they’re worth it or not?

    • They’re good if they’re what you’re looking for. I’m personally a huge fan of both Green and the Hatchet franchise. He avoids using CGI – with the exception of removing visible wires and things – in favor of practical effects which range from super effective to a bit cheesy, but charmingly so.

    • Andrew Thompson

      I thought the first one was pretty enjoyable. Second was boring in spite of the epic gore scenes. III felt obligatory, but was maybe a little better than II.

    • Rohan

      Honestly, I never found the appeal. They are low budget classic slashers that offer nothing new except maybe the setting. They aren’t bad, but you aren’t really missing anything either.

    • Maelwolf

      They are a lot of fun. The Hatchet trilogy is one of the few trilogies that I can watch back to back again and again. Definitely worth checking out if you enjoy slashers.

    • Munchie

      First one is decent, two and three are worthless.

      • James

        After the horrible second I couldn’t bring myself to watch the third.

    • A2VL

      They’re fun throwbacks and ultimately worth checking out.

    • McGilli

      If you like horror/slasher movies where lots of people get killed in excessively gory ways – then start with part 1 and if you enjoy it just keep going.

      I’d say of any movie franchise ever – this is the only one where there are no absolutely boring kills. F13 has knife stabs, Halloween knife stabs, Scream knife stabs etc.. boring… Or off screen kills.. the worst… almost none in this series, and if there are any you get to see what happens to the realms… good stuff…

    • JoeInTheBox

      The first is a pretty decent love letter to slashers and is a good deal of fun. The sequels lose sight of that, and play things more straight, but also, the formula has gotten a bit stale at this point. The gore is still there, but not as creative IMO.

    • Necro

      Watch ’em Brian! Confirm for yourself! Personally speaking I think they’re worth it.

  • I’m really banking on Laura being our new final girl.

  • Brian VonDerahe

    I called this! I had a feeling he was going to do this because things over at Arie Scope have been very quiet the past year or so in terms of new movies and we all know how hard Adam Green works…

  • I miss the old days where reboots were called sequels.

  • Alex Oswell
  • Darkknight2149

    “Set a decade after the events of the series’ first three films…”

    Definitely a reboot.

  • Darkknight2149

    I’m assuming this isn’t the same thing as the ‘new version’ of The Hatchet that was announced for Frightfest?

  • Munchie

    Sounds like a sequel to me.

  • Bloodkry

    It’s a sequel. No, it’s a reboot.
    No, a sequel.

  • Oh, how original…

  • REC03

    That plot sounds a lot like Scream 4….anyways i guess i will watch this. Not a hug Hatchet fan but they are enjoyable enough.

    • Barry El Beardo

      Scream 4 is fantastic, I don’t think it gets the credit it deserves.
      Instead of letting someone remake/reboot Scream, Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson remade/rebooted it themselves in a self-referential tongue in cheek way that the original is known for

  • YeerkOnTheBrain

    Is this by the same guy that did that Pokemon monster movie starring Leland Palmer?

  • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

    Hell yeah! Cannot wait.

  • Matheus Martins


  • Mike Lawrence

    Awesome news

  • Biscoito18

    Great surprise! I hope this will be better than Blair Witch, though.

  • Frank Gambino

    Hatchet is insanely overrated.

    • WondrousPoop

      Insanely. 2 is so bad and 3 was unwatchable.

      • Jimi Hendrix

        And here you are again, still commenting on a movie you clearly do not like, desperately clinging to the one guy here who agrees with you. You’ve got issues, man.

        • Oliver Riddle

          And here you are again being butt hurt fangirl. The movies are terrible get over it

          • WondrousPoop

            I’d hate to see his reaction to something that actually matters.

        • WondrousPoop

          I replied once to the guy. That’s less than the amount of times you have replied to me. Easy Karen, it’s okay to have differening opinions about a movie.

  • Francesco Falciani


  • scream4ever

    I take this as confirmation that Marybeth indeed died at the end of Hatchet 3?

    Either way I’m excited!!!

    • Flu-Like Symptoms

      Believe in the brow.

  • WondrousPoop

    I see we are still pretending this series is a thing that more than fifty people like…

    • Jimi Hendrix

      Wow. Seven billion people on this earth, and I’m only one of fifty people that like this franchise. That is amazing! I feel special. Why click on an article that’s discussing a movie you don’t like? I don’t like Justin Bieber, but you’ll never see me commenting in the comment section of any article about him. Why? Because I’d never waste my time clicking on the article in the first place.

      • WondrousPoop

        Then why reply to a comment you don’t like?

        • The chicken man

          Shhhh logic only upsets them. 🙂

      • Bob Marshall

        It’s cause hes a troll.

        • WondrousPoop

          Because I don’t have the same affinity? Learn a new word.

          • Bob Marshall

            You are a troll constantly bashing on a film series you don’t like. If this were something I wasn’t interested in I wouldn’t even click on the article.

          • WondrousPoop

            Having a different opinion doesn’t make one a troll, sweetie. This isn’t a hatchet fan page. Take your own advice too: don’t like my comment, don’t reply to it.

    • Tay

      You must be a critique junkie. It must suck to not enjoy a movie for what its worth. I enjoyed them all. Great slasher movies. I didnt watch them expecting Anthony Hopkins type of performances. I go what I expected Kane Hodder, who happens to be my favorite Jason I might add, brutally murdering people.

  • Jérémy Kuprowski

    I suppose it will be like the first three : enjoyable on a friday night with a six-pack (of beer obviously), due to it’s ludicrous kills. And nothing more.

  • Brad Tyler

    HELL YES! I fucking love these films. Pure, silly entertainment. I’m stoke!!!

  • Jay Bennett

    Following the trend of rebooting a franchise with the villains name rather than the original title, are we?

    • Bob Marshall

      It’s the best way to go. Hatchet was always intended to be a trilogy. The Marybeth storyline is over so this allows the film to continue the franchise but without the shackle of Marybeth. It makes sense for this to be Victor Crowley.

      • Jay Bennett

        Oh I’m not complaining, I’m a massive fan of the Hatchets and cant wait for this!

    • Saturn

      Damien Thorn.
      Jennifer Hills.
      Norman Bates.
      Victor Salva. ***

      (and yeah, I know Jennifer isn’t the villain, but still).

      *** the vilest monster of them all……

      • Jay Bennett

        Also this year (and I know theyre sequels not reboots) Jigsaw and Leatherface…

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Best news I’ve read all day. Was hoping for this.

  • The chicken man

    As a life long slasher fan, I really wanted to love these movies. I just didn’t. They had all the right stuff, but it was just missing something. Something..

    • Grimphantom


      • WondrousPoop

        Being good?

      • The chicken man

        Would you prefer pork? Ok, I wanted to pork these movies. 🙂

  • Simon Allen

    I’ll watch it ….the first two had real pacing problems (way too slow to start) but the 3rd one was a lot more fun and Danielle Harris got Mirabelle right, unlike her performance is part 2 which was unbelievably bad .
    I hope the new one isn’t 70 minutes of yawn and 20 minutes of fun .

  • Alanmac

    AWESOME!!! Love the Hatchet films.

  • Saturn

    What a nice surprise to wake up to.
    It’s nice when something like this happens, and there ain’t tons of “spoilers” that the movie is coming.
    I dug it that Blair Witch and Phantasm Ravager were “secretly” filmed – and have to admit I enjoyed both of them immensely so figures cross for Victor Crowly.
    I wonder what other movies are secretly being shot for our enjoyment?

  • Bob Marshall

    This is brilliant news, I’m absolutely ecstatic. The Hatchet trilogy is my favourite horror trilogy. Now it would seem the next film Victor Crowley is breaking away from the Marybeth storyline which I’m also glad of because I felt it ended as it should. Hatchet I-III will forever remain a trilogy and Victor Crowley is the next chapter with the character and hopefully for another trilogy or more.

  • CelticBull

    I hope Green is secretly working on expanding the “Marrow-verse” as well.. I liked that movie/ concept.

  • Saturn

    I dunno.
    I have a sneaking suspicion that we may be surprised to find a secret Elm St movie has been shot – and this whole Robert wearing the make-up “one last time” for the documentary could well be a cover story,.

    It was common practice also when shooting the original F13ths to shoot them under assumed names, so it’s possible that this could be happening also. Who knows?

    It could be that they are secretly made so there isn’t a years worth of “oh this new movie will suck because!”.

    • I would like to see Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger for the last time! A Nightmare on Elm Street is my favorite slasher series and the fans deserve a last movie.

      • Matthew Reid

        Halloween is returning in 2018

        • I hope so! I only believe when I they release the movie on the theaters.

        • Aaron Johnson

          Hopefully minus white trash, necrophilia jokes and random rapes.

  • Christopher Nickerson

    Can’t wait, but what happened to Danielle Harris’s character. Hatchet 3 ended implying to Crowley curse had passed to her, seems odd they would now just say she died

    • Tay

      Shes taking a break from acting to focus on directing and her family according to wiki. I was hoping the same thing though, from scream queen to causing the screams.

      • Christopher Nickerson

        Well, got tickets to the roadshow screening in Cleveland

  • I don’t care very much about this, i’m only wondering if maybe it’s too early to talk about reboot… oh well, alas…

    • Mister B

      You’re right. It is way too early to talk about a reboot. Especially considering it’s a sequel.

  • Cali-Chainsaw

    Very Exited!!!!!! I loved the previous hatchet movies!

  • Kyle Cole

    Excited!! Love these movies!! Plus i saw that Felissa Rose and Tiffany Shepis are both in this one!

  • Khy

    I loved the original but the sequels were lacking the same magic. I’m curious and hope this is an improvement.

    • The chicken man

      I found the 3rd corrected all mistakes from the first 2, and kicked serious ass!

  • Travis Ignaffo

    As long as i get to see some people hacked to bits and the belt sander again ill be happy.

  • Kaid Smith

    Yes! When I read about him making a new movie I was thinking it would be Hatchet 4 or a sequel to Digging Up the Marrow. Very happy it’s H4.

  • Necro

    Yeah you’re missing some

  • Necro

    I LOVE this surprise shit!

  • Javi Simon

    Has it really been 10 years? I remember following the first one here on BD. .. Damn lol. None of the three disappointed so I bet this is gonna kick ass!

  • Shane o mac

    Excited and bummed at the same time. Excited another hatchet movie is coming out but bummed Danielle Harris won’t be in it

  • The chicken man

    Ok. Any opinion I had was based purely on part 1&2. I just watched 3. Wow. Just wow. I loved it! The series is really one long movie, and the 3rd act is killer! Hated this series, and now I am excited for the reboot.
    It takes a big man to admit their mistakes. I am that big man.

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