Poor Sue (Kelly Vrooman). She was having the most wonderful of nights, and possibly the best reactions to a wedding proposal, ever. Then Victor Crowley had to show up. I don’t believe severed limbs and spraying blood is what she had in mind when she dreamt of being proposed to as a little girl. I suppose at least is was memorable for her!
It was also a fantastic way to open the movie “Victor Crowley.”
So, yea, the movie starts with exactly what one would want from a slasher film. First you get the bloodbath from many, many years ago, and then you get a quick summary of the history of said slasher, in our case, Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder).
As this is the fourth film in the “Hatchet” franchise, things pick up with Andrew Yong (Parry Shen). He is the lone survivor from an earlier Victor massacre. His life is a mess as most people think he was the killer, but our man has written a book of his story and is trying to make some dough on his notoriety. Andrew is accompanied by his wack-job publicist and her collection of pills, because, as she puts it, “I get migraines when I do stuff.”
With the story progressing we find that this is also the tenth anniversary of the Victor massacre so we have a trio of young filmmakers hoping to cash in. They are heading to Victor’s swamp to record a trailer of for a movie they want to get made.
What do you think the odds are that Andrew will find himself back in the swamp, our film folks will find themselves in the same place, and Victor will be there? Well, 100% of course!
Yup, as Andrew is on the way to film a retrospective on his Victor Crowley experience, his plane, with the film crew, goes down in the swamp, and our film boys and girls try to help. Sadly for them Victor is resurrected, and Mr Hatchet is officially back in all his brain-bashing, limb cutting glory!
The bloodbath begins, stupid people are everywhere, and there is much screaming and decapitations. Exactly what one would hope for. It is also completely over-the-top! Again, what a fan of the “Hatchet” series would hope for.
People are dying, one of the deaths is actually kind of sad, but most of them will have the slasher fan in you loving every blood spurt and entrails.
There isn’t anything super gound-breaking about “Victor Crowley,” but it is a rip-roaring good time in a “blood and guts are everywhere” kind of way. I do have to say that I was actually impressed with the “trapped in the plane and having to sustain fun dialogue” aspect of the movie. I think that worked mostly because our cast of characters, from Andrew’s ex-wife, to his publicist, to the film crew, were quirky and stupid. Again, a plus for your characters in a slasher film!
The movie included a nice mix of blood and guts, some great lines (Andrew’s blurting out, “What did I tell you?” and Rose’s (Laura Ortiz) Shakespeare proclamation of “Though she be but little, she is fierce!” were both perfect), but like “Hatchet III” from a few years ago, sadly the movie lacked gratuitous nudity. This time, though, I’m not going to let that effect my rating. Maybe I’ve gotten more mature in my old age.
In the world of slasher films I have grown to like a “Hatchet” or two, and “Victor Crowley” is right up there with the fun! You will get what you expect, laughs will abound, and there are plenty of “Here’s some suspense. Wait for it, wait for it. Yay, now their head is cut off!” moments! It’s 4.5 stars out of 5 for “Victor Crowley” in the world of slasher blood and guts.
That’s it for this one! L8R!!