REVIEW: Victor Crowley
– By Stephen Harper
To say Victor Crowley took me by surprise is an understatement for two reasons. Firstly I honestly thought the movie monster had actually perished once and for all in HATCHET III, so to learn that he had risen for a forth instalment got me all giddy (yep, I know it doesn’t take much). To keep this a secret in this day and age is no easy feat. Secondly and more importantly, normally by this stage of a franchise movies start to decline as it’s tried everything already and we’ve basically seen it all before, but Victor Crowley definitely breaks the mould as it’s one of the best in the series.
I’ve enjoyed the HATCHET movies individually for different reasons. They’ve always been extremely entertaining, but after watching Victor Crowley I could definitely see how director Adam Green has matured as a director. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing overly new about the story, involving the sole survivor of ten years back Andrew Yong (Parry Shen) returning to Honey Island Swamp with a documentary crew in tow. Also present is a group of students making an independent movie based around the legend. Obviously things go haywire, as the plane in which the documentary team are travelling on crashes into the swamp, and once Victor turns up all hell breaks loose.
It’s a clever touch by Green to play on the stereotypes of both documentary crew and indie filmmakers. He has grown so much as a director since HATCHET and even DIGGING UP THE MARROW. Although HATCHET III was fine and I enjoyed it, and it featured some of my favourite horror actors, I believe it lacked a bit of restraint, maybe because of its different director, I’m not sure? It’s clear from the very beginning of this movie that it’s thoroughly thought through.
I’m not going to churn out spoilers of the movie as it would ruin the fun, but what I will say is the killings are some of the most inventive and funny of all the films. I’m a massive fan of practical effects, so it was a joy to see the work that has gone into each sequence and the methods that have gone into making them as gruesome as possible, but also extremely humorous.
The cast all turn in good performances including cult icon Felissa Rose, who has some funny dialogue to chew on and Kane Hodder is obviously having a wild time again as Victor.
What I liked mostly was that the movie wasn’t messing about. It jumped straight in with a bang and its pacing was quick and punchy.
Sometimes you just need a film like VICTOR CROWLEY. You don’t have to think much. You can just sit back and enjoy the carnage.
VICTOR CROWLEY is available via VOD & Digital Platforms from DARK SKY FILMS