When Hatchet II was released in theaters last October, there was a lot of controversy surrounding it. For starters, it was the first of its kind to be released unrated. And while it was given the greenlight by AMC, by the end of opening weekend, the film was pulled from all of its theaters. Now fans can see the unrated version director Adam Green intended you to see.
I had the opportunity to actually see the film in theaters, and it is just as gory and violent as the last one, if not more. Hatchet II takes place directly from where Hatchet left off and takes audiences on a horrific blood soaked adventure into the swampy marshes where Victor Crowley waits for any unwelcomed visitors. The thing about the film is that it is made directly for the fans of the series and not anyone else. You'll most likely be a bit lost if you haven't seen the first film, and there are multiple references to classic horror films and Green's other productions too.
The unrated DVD version is the exact same version you would have seen in theaters. Nothing was added, and nothing was taken away. I was a little disappointed with the bonus features as the only real addition was a 30 minute behind-the-scenes look at the production of the film. It's a neat inside look at how it was made but I was hoping for a little more content.
Overall, horror fans should be pleased with Hatchet II as it's reminiscent of a time when film serial killers didn't follow conventional killing methods or require fancy CGI effects to look good, earning Victor Crowley a spot with some of the greats such as Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.