HATCHET III / Director BJ McDonnell

Victor Crowley Unloads In This Hi-Res Image Gallery For 'Hatchet III'

Now in limited theaters June 14 from MPI/Dark Sky Films, Bloody now has the full image gallery for BJ McDonnell’s Hatchet III, which I reviewed and said, “I had a pretty good time, even though I couldn’t shake the feeling I was watching a 10-year-old’s vision of Friday the 13th.” Depending on what you want from the sequel, you may enjoy that.

The sequel marks the directorial debut of BJ McDonnell who previously has handled A and B camera operations on such features as Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and the first two Hatchet films. Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder return in Hatchet III and are joined by Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs) and others.

The film continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.READ MORE

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The story finds Harris hunting down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Crowley’s ghost terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades. Mears will play a brooding, pompous SWAT team leader who is sent in to contain the carnage strewn about the haunted swamp. Williams will play a fast-talking journalist who fancies herself an expert on the legend of supernatural stalker Crowley.

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[BD Review] Brad Says 'Hatchet III' Is Fun But The Formula Is Getting Stale

In limited theaters and VOD tomorrow (June 14th) from MPI/Dark Sky Films is director BJ McDonnell’s Hatchet III. Mr. Disgusting and I hit up the premiere earlier this week and he left fairly mixed on the film. I have to say I pretty much agree with this review, the movie was a lot of fun in spots but had some problematic character and narrative elements.

I think McDonnell did an absolutely incredible job with what he was given and at the very least delivers some gore and thrills that hardcore horror fans are going to eat up. I had a pretty good time, even though I couldn’t shake the feeling I was watching a 10-year-old’s vision of ‘Friday the 13th.’

Read the full review here and be sure to write your own once it’s out! READ MORE

[BD Review] 'Hatchet III' Plays Like A 'Friday the 13th' Fan Film

Back in 2006, when Bloody Disgusting was pretty much the sole horror website in town, we caught wind of, and championed (with the help of SpookyDan) an indie slasher by the name of Hatchet. Adam Green took his childhood obsession of 80′s slashers and created his own lore, featuring Victor Crowley (played by Kane Hodder). Even though films like Saw, Hostel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and House of 1,000 Corpses paved the way for Green, he was the first to translate that into an indie production – while also injecting some fun into a decade littered by the term “torture porn.” At the time, he not only plastered the screen with insane amounts of gore, but also cast horror icons (Robert Englund, Tony Todd and Kane Hodder) in fan fodder that was reminiscent of Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses. It was “cool” back in 2006. Two sequels later, Hatchet plays more like a Friday the 13th fan film than an original slasher that could elevate the genre. It’s a bit stale.

BJ McDonnell directs this time around, but the screenplay is still by Green. This ties McDonnell’s hands and turns him basically into a “work for hire.” Instead of turning this franchise into something special, it sort of treads in similar waters, hoping that a higher body count is enough to impress the “Hatchet Army.”

Hatchet III opens immediately after the last film’s finale, Marybeth (played once again by Danielle Harris) has apparently just finished off Crowley. He sits right back up (an homage to Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th films) and engages her in one “final” battle that ends in epic form. It’s astoundingly violent, chaotic and fun. Marybeth drops into the Sheriff’s station with Crowley’s scalp, “I killed him.” He’s dead, for now.

While a team is sent to investigate the grounds and clean up all the bodies, Marybeth sits in prison, acts like a complete jerk, and (literally) spits in the face of multiple police trying to help. This time Caroline Williams is the new “old school” horror actress to join the motley crew, starring as Amanda, an ex-reporter hoping to clear her name after embarrassing herself with a Crowley piece. She knows that Marybeth can prove her right after all these years and simultaneously lift the curse that resurrects Victor night after night. They embark on an extremely boring adventure to Sid Haig’s (another cameo!) house to collect the ashes of Crowley’s father…

Meanwhile, the cleanup crew is decimated by Crowley and a new team is sent in, this one headed by Derek Mears (another horror icon, get it?!). Mears is actually pretty great in his role as Hawes, playing a bully with way too much confidence. Clearly the stage is set for a battle between him and Crowley.

From here on out the audience will enjoy a plethora of death sequences that range from beheadings to entire spinal columns being ripped out. The story, well, who gives a shit at this point as it clearly gets lost in its effort to BE the ultimate Friday the 13th film…

It’s not. One reason is because it’s a Hatchet movie. Another reason? Well, Victor Crowley kind of sucks. While I’m not insulting the film’s effects crew, who did a tremendous job, Crowley is a poor man’s rendering of Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th Part 2. With him running around roaring like a bear and clearly being shown in more than one place at the same time, it becomes apparent that what we’re watching is, as I stated before, a Friday the 13th fan film. It’s incredibly disappointing to me that no effort was taken to elevate Crowley to a new level… instead Green injects a loophole that brings Crowley back to his original form each and every night. As a “repeater” he’s immortal in his initial form, disallowing him from sustaining further deformities or physical injuries for more than one night. So Hatchet III basically becomes a rehash of the first two films. Been there, done that.

This comes as a shock as Green clearly listened to critics after the second entry, he even pokes fun at himself showing he learned from his mistakes (when a character starts to explain the mythology, again, another character immediately shuts him up). But the biggest problem is that he doesn’t seem to understand that “goofy” isn’t the same as “fun.” Hatchet III rights the ship a bit with the humor, but the characters play as hokey instead of deadpan serious. Humor should lay in the situation, not because Adam Green makes two cameos as a Marti Gras partier in a cell opposite Danielle Harris. Still, he deserves some props for injecting humor and giving us some lighter fare that’s more entertaining to watch…

The biggest upside, besides the gore, is the film’s pacing. Other than Amanda and Marybeth’s side plot that curbs the energy, Hatchet III tears along on a rapid pace. It’s essentially 100% better than Hatchet II.

I can’t speak for the entire horror community, but I feel as if they want to see elevated horror in 2013. Filmmakers should be showing their love and admiration for classics by furthering the genre (see You’re Next) instead of harking back to the classics with 100 cameos and geek references (Crowley sits up Jason-style twice). I think McDonnell did an absolutely incredible job with what he was given and at the very least delivers some gore and thrills that hardcore horror fans are going to eat up. I had a pretty good time, even though I couldn’t shake the feeling I was watching a 10-year-old’s vision of Friday the 13th.

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Editorials

[Special Report] Catching Up With The Cast And Crew At The 'Hatchet 3' Premiere!

Last night marked the LA Premiere of director BJ McDonnell‘s Hatchet III at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. I headed down there to check out the film (as gory as the first two with a little more action, Crowley fans will certainly be satisfied) and chat with those involved on the red carpet. I briefly caught up with McDonnell and creator Adam Green along with stars Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Danielle Harris (Among Friends) Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) and of course Kane Hodder (F13 Parts 6-10).

In limited theaters and VOD on June 14th (this week!) from MPI/Dark Sky Films,”The film continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.

Head below for some quick tidbits! I organized the interviews in the order in which the subjects appeared, and you can kind of get a sense of how fast these things fly by at these events. READ MORE

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'Hatchet 3' Clip Features Danielle Harris' Promises To End Victor Crowley

In limited theaters June 14 from MPI/Dark Sky Films, here’s the first ever clip from BJ McDonnell’s hotly anticipated Hatchet III, which displays an intense Danielle Harris promising an end to the famous slasher.

The sequel marks the directorial debut of BJ McDonnell who previously has handled A and B camera operations on such features as Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and the first two Hatchet films. Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder return in Hatchet III and are joined by Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs) and others.

The film continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.READ MORE

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New 'Hatchet III' Images Deliver Insane Amounts Of Gore!!!

In limited theaters June 14 from MPI/Dark Sky Films, Arrow in the Head landed a stack of insanely gory new stills from BJ McDonnell’s hotly anticipated Hatchet III!

The sequel marks the directorial debut of BJ McDonnell who previously has handled A and B camera operations on such features as Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and the first two Hatchet films. Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder return in Hatchet III and are joined by Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs) and others.

The film continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.READ MORE

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Victor Crowley Engulfed In Flames On Official 'Hatchet III' Poster

In limited theaters June 14 from MPI/Dark Sky Films, here’s the official one-sheet for Hatchet III, which blasts Victor Crowley in a flury of flames.

The sequel marks the directorial debut of BJ McDonnell who previously has handled A and B camera operations on such features as Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and the first two Hatchet films. Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder return in Hatchet III and are joined by Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs) and others.

The film continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.READ MORE

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Official Teaser Poster Premiere For BJ McDonnell's 'Hatchet III'!

In limited theaters June 14 from MPI/Dark Sky Films, we now have the official teaser poster for Hatchet III!

Opening week – New York City’s Cinema Village and in Los Angeles at Laemmle Music Hall – will feature special appearances by cast and crew, followed by Q&A’s at each location. Additional cities will be announced at a later date.

The film marks the directorial debut of BJ McDonnell who previously has handled A and B camera operations on such features as Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Adam Green’s first two Hatchet films. Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder return in Hatchet III and are joined by Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs) and others.

The film continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.READ MORE

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'Hatchet III' Has a Release Date, Teaser Trailer!

MPI/Dark Sky Films announced today that Hatchet III will be released on June 14, and has also shared with us the film’s first teaser trailer! Hatchet III is set to open in New York City’s Cinema Village and in Los Angeles at Laemmle Music Hall. Opening week will feature special appearances by cast and crew, followed by Q&A’s at each location. Additional cities will be announced at a later date.

The film marks the directorial debut of BJ McDonnell who previously has handled A and B camera operations on such features as Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and Adam Green’s first two Hatchet films. Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder return in Hatchet III and are joined by Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs) and others.

The film continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.READ MORE

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Get Hooked By The First Ever 'Hatchet III' Clip

Dark Sky Films aired the first ever footage from BJ McDonnell’s Hatchet 3 that’ll get you hooked (pun intended).

Hatchet 3 will continue the saga of Crowley, the “Bayou Butcher,” who first made his gruesome mark in 2007′s groundbreaking Hatchet. Adam Green’s Hatchet 2 sequel became the first unrated independent horror film to be exhibited by a major chain (AMC Theatres) in more than 25 years when it opened.

The movie is written and executive produced by series creator Adam Green, who also directed the first two films in the series. Veteran camera operator BJ McDonnell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Project X, Easy A, Hatchet 2) makes his directing debut on Hatchet 3.

Hatchet 2 stars Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder return in Hatchet 3, along with Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs) and others. READ MORE

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[First Look] Victor Crowley Returns In 'Hatchet 3'!

Just in time for Halloween, Dark Sky Films reveals the first photos from Adam Green’s Hatchet 3 Directed by BJ McDonnell.

Hatchet 3 will continue the saga of Crowley, the “Bayou Butcher,” who first made his gruesome mark in 2007′s groundbreaking Hatchet. Adam Green’s Hatchet 2 sequel became the first unrated independent horror film to be exhibited by a major chain (AMC Theatres) in more than 25 years when it opened.

The movie is written and executive produced by series creator Adam Green, who also directed the first two films in the series. Veteran camera operator BJ McDonnell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Project X, Easy A, Hatchet 2) makes his directing debut on Hatchet 3.

Hatchet 2 stars Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder return in Hatchet 3, along with Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs) and others. READ MORE

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[TV] Exclusive Stills From "Holliston" Season 1 Blu-ray, Update On Season 2

Season 1 of “Holliston” comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, October 9th – that’s a week from today. It features all 6 extended-length episodes as well as over 90 minutes of bonus content including cast commentary tracks for each episode, the half-hour preview television special, deleted scenes, a gag reel, 7 behind the scenes featurettes, and all 6 full-length “Road to Holliston” promos (the 60 second versions aired on TV and on-line in the weeks leading up to the series premiere last April.) Guest stars in Season 1 include: John Landis, Seth Green, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Derek Mears, Ray Wise, Parry Shen, and Brian Posehn.

In true “Downton Abbey” fashion, an hour-long Christmas Special will air on FEARnet in December and then hit FEARnet On-Demand and iTunes the next morning. Season 2 of the show, which will feature 10 slightly shorter half-hour episodes, has now completed production and will begin airing in the Spring. Guest stars include Sid Haig, David Naughton, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, Bailee Madison, James Gunn, Darren Bousman, Rileah Vanderbilt, Derek Mears, Andy Nyman, Paul Solet, and Caitlin Upton.

Head inside for the pics from Season 1! READ MORE

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[San Diego Comic-Con '12 Interview] 'Hatchet III' Stars Kane Hodder and Zach Galligan

Dark Sky Films and creator Adam Green are once again heading back to the swamps with Hatchet III, this time around being directed by BJ McDonnell, and starring Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Derek Mears, Caroline Williams, Sean Whalen, Diane Goldner, Jason Trost, Zach Galligan, Cody Blue Snider and Rileah Vanderbilt.

Bloody Disgusting’s Evan Dickson is running around the convention like a madman and has sent in the following interview with star Kane Hodder, who plays the infamous Victor Crowley, as well as newcomer and Gremlins star Zach Galligan. Read it inside!

This time, “The story finds Harris hunting down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Crowley’s ghost terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades. Mears will play a brooding, pompous SWAT team leader who is sent in to contain the carnage strewn about the haunted swamp. Williams will play a fast-talking journalist who fancies herself an expert on the legend of supernatural stalker Crowley.READ MORE

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[San Diego Comic-Con '12] Meet Victor Crowley In Bloody 'Hatchet III' Poster!

This Saturday, July 14th, Dark Sky Films and ArieScope Pictures will be distributing limited edition teaser posters for their upcoming horror sequel Hatchet III exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con. On-hand at SDCC to sign the posters will be writer/producer Adam Green, director BJ McDonnell, and cast members Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, and Rileah Vanderbilt.

The teaser poster, featuring Kane Hodder as slasher icon Victor Crowley, offers fans their first look at producer Adam Green’s hotly-anticipated film.

The official Hatchet III signing will be held on Saturday, July 14th on the San Diego Comic-Con floor at area/table AA21 from 02:30 PM – 04:30 PM. Each fan who comes to the signing will receive a free limited edition poster, which will only be available at Comic-Con 2012. Fans can also catch Victor Crowley walking the convention floor throughout the day, and those who snap a picture of themselves with Crowley and tweet it (tagging @darkskyfilms), will be entered to win a Hatchet Army t-shirt and limited edition poster. READ MORE

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Another Batch Of Victor Crowley Victims Head Into 'Hatchet III' Swamp

Filming is officially underway in New Orleans on Hatchet III, the latest installment of the cult horror series from MPI/Dark Sky Films and ArieScrope Pictures.

Zach Galligan, who is best known for starring in 1980s classics Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch, has joined the cast, as has Cody Blue Snider, the son of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, and Rileah Vanderbilt, who plays a SWAT team member.

As previously announced, also heading to the Louisiana swamps: Derek Mears (Friday the 13th), Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Diane Goldner (The Collector), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs) and The FP writer-director Jason Trost. Bear McCreary, the composer who worked on Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica and scored The Walking Dead, will be handling scoring duties for the movie.

Original Hatchet cameraman BJ McDonnell is making his directorial debut with Dark Sky Films and ArieScope Pictures’ horror sequel, which stars previously announced horror icons Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder as “Bayou Butcher” Victor Crowley. “The story finds Harris hunting down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Crowley’s ghost terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.” Mears will play a brooding, pompous SWAT team leader who is sent in to contain the carnage strewn about the haunted swamp. Williams will play a fast-talking journalist who fancies herself an expert on the legend of supernatural stalker Crowley.

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Hatchet II (limited)

Hatchet II follows Marybeth (Danielle Harris) as she escapes from the clutches of Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder), learns the truth about his curse, and heads back into the haunted New Orleans swamp to seek revenge for her family and kill Victor Crowley once and for all…