Victor Crowley Lives Again – Hatchet 3 Has Beeen Announced

Victor Crowley Lives Again - Hatchet 3 Has Beeen AnnouncedVictor Crowley lives again in Hatchet 3. News just broke that Adam Green’s ’80s throwback horror saga will continue thanks to the success of Hatchet 2 on VOD and DVD.

Here is the press release that was recently sent out:

“The film, centered once again on the genre’s most fearsome new villain, Victor Crowley, will be produced by ArieScope Pictures and Dark Sky Films, a subsidiary of leading independent producer and distributor MPI Media Group.”

“Writer-director Adam Green said: ‘We already had a possible story-line for HATCHET 3 worked out before we began shooting Hatchet 2, so my cast, crew and I are beyond excited to see that the story and legacy of Victor Crowley will indeed continue.  For a little indie movie that I dreamt up when I was just eight years old, it has been absolutely surreal to watch it turn into a modern-day slasher franchise.'”

“Greg Newman, Executive Vice President of Dark Sky Films, said: ‘It has been our intention from the beginning to make the HATCHET story an episodic one. Adam Green created a horror icon in Victor Crowley, and we’re pleased that Crowley will live on in future installments of the franchise.'”

“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 last fall. Strong early sales from Hatchet 2’s new DVD release have further solidified the franchise’s enduring appeal.”

“With cast and other production details to be announced shortly, HATCHET 3 will continue where the story left off in Hatchet 2, as a young woman sought revenge on the malevolent monster that killed her family while they were fishing in Louisiana swamp country.”

“HATCHET 3 will be produced by ArieScope’s Cory Neal, producer of the previous two hits. In addition to the Hatchet films, ArieScope’s other productions include Frozen, Spiral and Grace.”

“Cory Neal said, ‘We are thrilled to again work with Dark Sky, the company that has been so instrumental in the success of this growing franchise.'”

“MPI/Dark Sky Films has Executive Produced the popular genre titles The House of the Devil, Hatchet 2, Bitter Feast, Stake Land as well as the newly announced Frankenstein’s Army.”

I was quite surprised to see how many people did not like part 2 at all. After posting this news on various social networks, it was greeted to a lot of harsh criticism. I, for one, was a fan of Hatchet 2. Sure it had it flaws, but every movie has flaws. If you take the movie as it was meant to be taken (tongue in cheek), I think that people would find the movie at least mildly entertaining. I will agree that Danielle Harris was a little rough in Hatchet 2. Yes, I know that Victor Crowley almost looks comical. I understand the flaws. I can also understand how this would not be right up someone’s alley. But, the fact of the matter is that there are a lot of people complaining that they want original horror. Well, this is original horror. Yes, it is an 80s Slasher throwback, but with some updating.

All in all, I am always up for another Slasher movie, so I am there. I enjoyed the original Hatchet and the sequel. They are just bloody good fun and I hope that the trend continues.

What are your thoughts on this news?

  • Anyone counting down till we see those Support Unrated Horror banners again…I think Adam Green is starting to become a shell of what he once was. Did anyone think Hatchet deserved a sequel? Much less now 2…I wish horror blogs were more respected then we would not have that awful Hellraiser sequel, or half of the films hollywood is pumping out.