Victor Crowley (film)

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Victor Crowley
Victor Crowley 2017 Poster.jpeg
Official one-sheet poster
Directed byAdam Green
Produced byWill Barratt
Sarah Elbert
Cory Neal
Written byAdam Green
StarringKane Hodder
Tyler Mane
Music byJason Akers
Sam Ewing
CinematographyJan-Michael Losada
Edited byMatt Latham
Production
company
ArieScope Pictures
Distributed byDark Sky Films
Release date
  • August 22, 2017 (2017-08-22) (United States)
(world premiere)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$7 million[1][2]

Victor Crowley is a 2017 American slasher comedy film written and directed by Adam Green. It is the fourth entry in Green's Hatchet series, and a sequel to Hatchet III.[3] Kane Hodder returns to the role of the titular killer Victor Crowley.

Plot[edit]

In 1964, Del House (Jonah Ray) proposes to his girlfriend Sue (Kelly Vrooman) in Honey Island Swamp. However the couple hears Victor Crowley's (Kane Hodder) ghostly moans. Fearing that someone has been hurt, they investigate and find a hunter, who is decapitated in front of them by Crowley. The couple flees, but Crowley easily catches up with them and dismembers them.

In 2017, survivor of the Crowley massacre Andrew Yong (Parry Shen), who is believed by some people to have committed the murders himself, appears on his ex-wife, Sabrina's, show The Sabrina Show, to promote his new book about the events. Sabrina announces an exclusive book signing to take place later that day.

Meanwhile, friends Chloe (Katie Booth), Rose (Laura Ortiz), and Chloe's boyfriend Alex (Chase Williamson) are planning to get Andrew to help them film a mock trailer for a B-Movie they're making about the Crowley massacre.

At the signing Andrew is subjected to abuse and lewd acts much to the ignorance of his manager, Kathleen (Felissa Rose) who quickly ushers him out when she gets him a deal that will gain him almost a million dollars, much to the chagrin of Chloe, Rose and Alex who never got to pitch their idea.

Andrew and Kathleen head out on a private charter plane with Sabrina and her crew; Austin (Brian Quinn) and Casey (Tiffany Shepis) however the planes engine explodes and they crash land in Honey Island Swamp.

Below in the Swamp, Chloe, Rose and Alex are about to begin filming their trailer alongside eccentric, swamp tour guide/actor local Dillon (Dave Sheridan). Rose has her cell phone using it to watch videos of the correct way to say the gypsy's chant that cursed Victor Crowley. Suddenly a body from the plane lands in front of them. Rose and Dillon head off to try and help while Alex tries to calm Chloe down, meanwhile Rose's phone plays a YouTube video of Reverand Zombie (Tony Todd) reciting the voodoo curse that originally brought Crowley back.

At the plane everyone seems to be okay, though Casey is pinned under the seats with the water slowly rising. Rose and Dillon find the plane and begin to get everyone to safety when Crowley's screams are heard, Andrew ushers everyone back into the plane for safety.

Meanwhile, Chloe and Alex stumble across the old Crowley House, now a museum and memorial. Crowley attacks, bashing Alex's head in with a claw hammer before tearing it off as Chloe flees in shock.

At the plane Rose sees Chloe outside and is about to let her in when Crowley attacks, jamming Chloe's head through the plane window before dragging her away, leaving her badly injured but alive as bait.

Following a series of arguments and altercations, Kathleen begins to have a panic attack and flees from the plane. Austin tries to stop her but Crowley slices the top of his head off, causing his brain to fall out. Kathleen manages to call the police but Crowley catches her and severs her arm with phone in hand, ramming it between her legs and out her mouth; causing the call to fail. Crowley also uses the moment to finally finish killing Chloe. He then attacks the plane causing it to sink faster, drowning the pregnant Casey.

As the group begin to argue, after it is divulged that Kathleen lied to Andrew about the amount of money he would receive, Crowley attacks the plane with his belt sander, as the group panics he begins to cut through the circuitry which restores power to the plane. Dillon locks himself in the pilot's cabin, hoping to radio for help and start the engine so they can use it to suck Crowley in with the hopes of killing him.

Andrew, Sabrina and Rose all flee in separate directions with Sabrina stealing Kathleen's phone from Rose before heading to Dillon's boat, while Rose hides. At the boat Crowley catches Sabrina and decapitates her after breaking her jaw. He then chases after Rose and throws her at Andrew and Dillon, who got the engine working, the turbine now running.

A stand-off between the three and Crowley ensues where Andrew misses his shot with a flare gun and Rose attempting to use Crowley's Hatchet as a tomahawk also fails to hit him, instead giving him the weapon back. In a last ditch attempt to be the hero Dillon turns to Rose and says "I would have had your babies" then rugby tackles Crowley into the turbine, splattering Rose and Andrew in his blood as Crowley is killed for now.

In a mid-credits scene, Marybeth Dunston (Danielle Harris) watches a news report on the crash. Realizing Crowley has once again returned she grabs a shotgun saying, "I've been waiting for you."

Cast[edit]

Additionally, Danielle Harris reprises her role as Marybeth Dunston from Hatchet II and Hatchet III in the film's mid-credits scene.

Development and release[edit]

In July 2017, it was announced that an official '10th Anniversary Event' screening of the original Hatchet film would be playing at the FrightFest Film Festival of 2017, featuring newly released footage.[4] The same event, which took place on August 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, brought forth the announcement that it was actually the premiere of a secretly filmed Hatchet sequel titled Victor Crowley. Writer/director Adam Green said on the matter, "I couldn't be happier to partner with Dark Sky Films and bring Victor Crowley back to horror fans around the world. Resurrecting the series for its tenth anniversary was our way of saying thank you to everyone in The Hatchet Army and beyond who have supported this series since its inception. This bloodbath is for all of you."[5]

The film began screening in select theatres across the United States in October 2017 on special one night events featuring Adam Green collectively known as the "Victor Crowley Road Show".[5] The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 6, 2018.

Reception[edit]

Steve Barton of Dread Central awarded the film a quality rating of 4/5, stating that "Victor Crowley is a smartly written, outrageously funny, and incredibly gory affair that's nothing short of a gift for slasher fans who appreciate their films wrapped in viscera with gallons of blood to spare."[6] JoBlo.com said of the film "VICTOR CROWLEY may be the best of the sequels to HATCHET, perhaps the best in the series."[7] Kalyn Corrigan of Bloody Disgusting called it "the Gory Slasher Film You're Craving!", while critiquing "Sure, they spend a little too much time on the plane, and it would've been nice to see some of the more human characters last a bit longer during the runtime, but... in all honesty, it's just nice to have a series in the same iconic style that we can count on to carry us through the years of big studio films and over produced predictable cash grabs."[8] Alternately, Brad Miska also reviewing for Bloody Disgusting said "While Hatchet has since become an iconic franchise, none of the sequels have been able to recreate the magic of the first film. The latest, Victor Crowley, is easily the worst of the bunch."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://pro.imdb.com/title/tt5534434?rf=cons_tt_bo_tt&ref_=cons_tt_bo_tt
  2. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5534434/
  3. ^ Green, Adam (August 23, 2017). "Adam Green on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Squires, John (July 3, 2017). "'Hatchet' Going On Theatrical Tour for 10th Anniversary". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Foutch, Haleigh (August 22, 2017). "Surprise! Adam Green Secretly Made a Fourth 'Hatchet' Film and It Premiered Tonight". Collider. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  6. ^ Barton, Steve (August 23, 2017). "Victor Crowley (2017)". Dread Central. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Victor Crowley (Movie Review)". JoBlo.com. February 5, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Corrigan, Kalyn (August 23, 2017). "[Review] 'Victor Crowley' is the Gory Slasher Film You're Craving!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Miska, Brad (February 6, 2018). "[Review] 'Victor Crowley' Should Have Stayed Dead". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 13, 2018.

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