You’ve heard the names Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees, and Michael Myers before, and you know what they’re capable of. In addition to those names, you should get to know Victor Crowley, who has earned a spot right next to these horror icons with his own film franchise called ‘Hatchet‘. Director Adam Green (Frozen, Hatchet, Holliston) comes back to the director’s chair for the 4th installment in the ‘Hatchet‘ franchise called ‘Victor Crowley‘. Green, being a passionate fan of the horror genre himself, has taken his favorite elements from all of our favorite horror movies from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and injected them into his films in the best ways.
The overall story plot to these films is nothing new in that a group of people usually find themselves in the cajun part of the country where a supernatural monster kills his victims one by one. It’s how Green writes his characters and story, which gives these films a fresh and original outlook for the horror genre, not to mention they are a ton of fun with a treasure trove of dark comedy bits. ‘Victory Crowley‘ is no different either.
Set a decade after the events of the third film, we focus on Andrew Yong (Parry Shen, who’s been in every ‘Hatchet‘ film), as his new book about the Victory Crowley murders is making the rounds on the talk shows and numerous book signings that have some hilarious and odd requests. His manager Kathleen (Felissa Rose from ‘Sleepaway Camp‘), is trying to secure the most money for him and herself as she can, which is why she enlists a film crew to make a a short film on the Victor Crowley murders where they originally took place. Yong is reluctant to go, but ends up right where he doesn’t want to be again with more soon-to-be victims.
Crowley shows up in his beefed up stature and overalls and starts to brutally kill everyone in his path. What Green does very well is stage his death scenes with some amazing and gooey practical effects. Brains fall out, limbs are severed and perhaps the best scene in a film of recent memory comes to play here with a severed arm, a mobile phone, and a crotch. It’s one of those movie moments where you yell out in joy. With all of the gooey bits being thrown around, Green also keeps the silly comedy flowing as well with his unique dialogue and character actions.
Kane Hodder, who is no stranger to playing iconic movie monsters, dons the Victory Crowley makeup and just owns every scene he’s in with the intense body language. ‘Victory Crowley‘ might be the most fun you’ll have watching a horror movie this year, as it brings back all of the nostalgic elements you fell in love with growing up in horror.