Welcome back friends and people that Google random stuff during their lunch break! I’m back from a personal hiatus—we’ve all been there. The post that you are reading is an “overflow of sorts” from my Horror Movie Cleanse back in March of 2018. For a complete list of the films from that series, check out the Re-Cap. I watched a horror film every day of that month and wrote reviews of said films. I also had plans to do an extra week in April but tuckered out on April 4th. Personal shortcomings aside, I, back in April 2018, watched the film 2006 slasher film Hatchet.
During a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, a group of friends decides to go on a haunted swamp tour. One by one they are picked off by Victor Crowley, once a deformed child with a rare disease that was supposedly killed in a fire. Budgeted at $1.5 million and only making $208 thousand in the box office, Hatchet was not the scariest film of its time. I rate this movie a three out of five stars—worth the download when starved for some bad special effects and unremarkable acting. Sometimes you need a distraction, which doesn’t have to have substance, and Hatchet is that distraction.
Is Hatchet A B-Movie?
When rating this film, this is the question I asked myself. In answering myself, I started by trying to define what a B-Movie is. Everybody’s friend Wikipedia stated that B-horror films are low budget. However, there is evidence that, while movie budgets are increasing in other genres, horror movie budgets have been decreasing (Wheres The Jump.com). With that said, $1.5 million is still a very low budget for 2006. Hatchet has become a series, including two sequels (Hatchet II and Hatchet III) and a prequel called Victor Crowley, chronicling the rise of the stories antagonist. Historically, B-movies were often part of a series in which the star repeatedly played the same character. The star of the Hatchet series is undoubtedly Kane Hodder, who played the titular character Victor in all four installments of the series. Though early B-movies boasted shorter running times, the B-movies made today are longer. At around eighty minutes, Hatchet’s run time is not necessarily indicative of a B-movie status.
Though you should come up with your own answer, and I look forward to reading your comments below, I will tell you what I think. Standalone, yes. Hatchet is a B-movie because it lacks artistic ambition (It is a slasher film after all). But as a whole, the series is something more. I haven’t seen the other installments of this franchise, but it seems like the writers are trying to tell more of a story, especially with the prequel. Since I haven’t watched them I am not sure if the plot moves forward with a more “artistic ambition,” but I do know that the budgets for the films did increase. Victor Crowley had a budget of around $7 million—quite a big increase from the first film.