Bluray Review: VICTOR CROWLEY

VICTOR CROWLEY (aka Hatchet 4) was written and directed by Adam Green and reunites Hatchet mainstays Kane Hodder and Parry Shen for an all-new, horrifying journey into the haunted, blood-drenched bayou. The movie also features appearances by Laura OrtizDave Sheridan, Krystal Joy Brown, Chase Williamson and Brian Quinn.

Victor Crowley is set a decade after the events of the series’ first three films. In 2007, forty-nine people were brutally torn to pieces in Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp. Over the past decade, lone survivor Andrew Yong’s claims that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the horrific massacre have been met with great controversy, but when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past.

Andrew Yong reluctantly gets talked into revisting Honey Island Swamp with group of people and before they can even land, the plane crashes into the water. Just about everybody doesn’t believe Andrew’s story about Victor Crowley but it doesn’t take long until they’re all made into believers because the Bayou Butcher has somehow come back from the grave and knows that someone is trespassing in his swamp. The deformed killer and his trusty hatchet (along with a few power tools) begins to take out the these people one by one in gory fashion until it all comes down to Andrew and a few others who have to come up with a smart plan to kill Victor Crowley before he kills them.

Okay, this fourth Hatchet installment was another fun entry into this long running horror franchise and a welcomed return for Victor Crowley. My favorite is still the first Hatchet movie because it’s the one that started it all. The two mainstays in the franchise are Parry Shen and Kane Hodder. Shen’s character has kind of changed over the years and he’s now become sort of this accidental hero who knows how to survive when it comes to battling this mysterious monster. There’s also the iconic Kane Hodder who always delivers when it comes to playing the terrifying Bayou Buther who really likes to dish out the pain. The movie also features some fun cameos by more genre favorites so be on the lookout. I think this movie has more humor in it than the others because there were some seriously silly moments that cracked me up a few times. There’s also enough blood and gore to fill up an olympic-sized swimming pool – or a swamp. There might even be some kind of record here for decapitations, too.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Victor Crowley was another fun entry into the long running Hatchet franchise that truly never disappoints with each entry. I liked the story for this one because it changed things up a little and had this group of potential victims crash land in a plane instead of arriving on another boat. Needless to say, the setting was perfect for another Hatchet movie and Adam Green knows how to deliver the goods. There’s also some impressive cinematography to compliment Green’s direction and it definitely helps to set the atmospheric tone for this fourth installment. The cast also did a great job with their characters and once again we get a number cameos by more familiar faces from the horror genre and it wouldn’t be a Hatchet movie without some cameos. Last but not least, there’s lots of blood and gore with some hilarious comedic moments to go along with it. All in all, I’d say I had a blast watching this one and can’t wait for this fan favorite monster to make his return again one day. Victor Crowley is now available on Blu-ray and definitely worth checking out. The Hatchet Army is going to dig this one!

Distributor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: Unrated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include two commentary tracks, interview with Adam Green, a lengthy behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer and teaser.

  • Cast Commentary with Writer/Director Adam Green and Actors Parry Shen, Laura Ortiz, and Dave Sheridan,
  • Technical Commentary with Writer/Director Adam Green, Cinematographer Jan-Michael Losada, Editor Matt Latham, and Make-Up FX Artist Robert Pendergraft
  • Raising the Dead…Again Interview with Adam Green (26:41)
  • Fly on the Set (1:08:33)
  • Trailer (02:07)
  • Teaser (00:44)

 

 

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