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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gory monster/slasher spoof is drenched in blood.

Movie R 2007 93 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 15+

One of my favourite slashers

I consider this one of my favourite slashers and a very underrated one too. Feels like a good homage to Friday The 13th with all the gory kills. I have also seen the three sequels and here is my opinion on them: Hatchet II I love even more than the first, Hatchet III is decent but gets too corny at times, and Victor Crowley (Hatchet IV) is just AWFUL. I would say just watch this, II, and III but that's it

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

Another movie featuring the arts of the splatteristic!

This is packed with splatter film elements but it is all purposely cheesy. I only give this a 17+ rating because of the violence and explicit sexual content. Otherwise I would say that this is not really that much of a disturbing or creepy horror flick. It's just another one of those weird supernatural/cult splatter film kind of movie. If you don't care about your kids seeing nudity and they are fine watching violence and can handle it, this is probably the right movie for them!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Over the top and awkwardly paced, Hatchet isn't very clever for a spoof; it explains or repeats too many plot points. Most of the jokes come in the casting (they're all good sports, these aging slasher-movie stars). But the slasher films were already spoofy, with Freddy Krueger's one-liners and Jason Voorhees' implacable plodding and chopping. And that makes this movie's comedy feel old.

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