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  • Rated R


A boat ride of the haunted Louisiana bayous takes a turn for the worse when the tourists learn the terrifying tale of local legend who accidentally killed with a hatchet by the hands of his own father.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Gory monster/slasher spoof is drenched in blood.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this gory, low-budget monster/slasher spoof is drenched in blood, including fake-looking but explicit dismemberments and beheadings. The first violent scene is typically sketchy (though it leaves bloody corpses), but later scenes are incessant, with blood spewing, lots of screaming, and limbs and heads flying. Weapons include a gun and sharp implements (chainsaw, hatchet), as well as gasoline and a lighter. There are frequent breast shots (part of a repeated joke about girls baring their chests for a "girls gone wild"-style video) and descriptions of adolescent male sex fantasies, with crude language. Swearing includes "s--t," "b--ch," and a select few "f--ks."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what draws people to this kind of movie. Why do people enjoy scary and/or gory movies? Does this fall into the "torture porn" subgenre? Why or why not? Does the quality of the production affect how scary (or not) a horror movie is? Families can also discuss whether this movie is innovative or conventional -- how is it similar to and different from other horror movies? Are you looking for creativity in a horror movie, or just blood and guts? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: This low-budget horror spoof lasts only 84 minutes, but seems to take forever.

- Anthony Quinn, Independent, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: In its gore, Hatchet is not especially inventive

- Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times, Friday, September 7, 2007


- Dave White,, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

In a time when horror is dominated by remakes, Hatchet is a true breath of fresh air. Adam Green is one original director, and he knows what makes a great horror film. Every element that makes a good horror film is here, laughs, boobs, scares, gore, violence, you name it. What I loved the most about Hatchet is how the filmmakers simply went ahead and made a film with a true horror vibe. Especially for today, director's tends to concentrate more on CGI horror, thus it seems like they're not having fun with the films that they are making. But with Adam Green's Hatchet you get something different, you get a cheaper made film, but the effects are vintage old school stuff like they did back in the day. Hatchet is unfortunately an overlooked horror film, only the die-hard fans have heard of it, but not the mainstream audience. Well, if you're one of diehards, this film has great gore and has cameos by Robert Englund, Tony Todd and the killer Victor Crowley is played by non other than Kane Hodder, the best Jason Voorhees. If you come across Hatchet, give it a rent, you will most likely love it like I did.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, June 9, 2010

3 stars

Kane Hodder as another blade wielding mongoloid, what more could you ask for? Maybe ultra violence and a Robert Englund cameo, which this has. It's a simple plot, but was done very well.

- ythelastman89, Wednesday, November 18, 2009

4 stars

GREAT horror comedy.I think 10-20 years from now itll be a cult classic

- dukeakasmudge, Sunday, October 18, 2009