I know there are fans of the “Hatchet” series, but I’m not 100% sure where I stand. I appreciate many parts of them (from the location to the inventiveness of the kills to the self-deprecating humor), but there’s too much juvenilia for me to ever really get behind this series, and that’s true of this third sequel as well. It has its moments here and there, but mostly it’s pretty much a boring waste of time that looks cheap as all hell, while Victor Crowley himself looks unthreatening due to far too many close-up shots that reveal a poor makeup and costuming job on Kane Hodder. Series creator Adam Green obviously had an affection for his creation and his enthusiasm is palpable, but his movies tend to be deeply unpleasant – only Felissa Rose (also known as Angela from the first “Sleepaway Camp”) seems to having any fun here, and she brings a spark of life to the movie that’s otherwise missing.
Rating: ★★ (out of 5)