Welcome to Freaky Friday, our ongoing series that highlights our extensive, awesome collection of free horror movies on Tubi TV. Whether you like blockbuster sequels, moody foreign films, or gore-filled comedies, we’ve got the film for your tastes. Our pick for this week is Adam Green‘s ultra-icky ’80s throwback Hatchet (2006).
The premise is simple: a Louisiana swamp tour turns deadly for a group of travelers (including Joel David Moore, Tamara Feldman, and Deon Richmond) when they encounter Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). Bloody chaos ensues, as Victor begins taking out each of the tourists who have invaded his home.
What’s clear from watching Hatchet is director Green’s pure love for the horror genre. Let’s start with the casting. Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy himself Robert Englund and Blair Witch Project‘s Joshua Leonard make an early appearance. Other than playing Crowley here and in the two Hatchet sequels, Hodder is most famous for portraying Jason Vorhees in later Friday the 13th films. Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Mercedes McNab co-stars as a daffy adult film actress, while Candyman‘s Tony Todd is a tour guide named Reverend Zombie (of course). But the best nod to genre aficionados resides in the casting of John Carl Buechler, who makes an on-screen appearance here as Jack Cracker, but is best known for his work in directing and special effects in horror movies like Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and Re-Animator.
Hatchet feels like a love letter to the genre, scrawled in blood. It would feel right at home with the best slasher films of the ’80s. Green’s movie is also not messing around in its approach to stomach-churning gore. Trying to find an image from the film that is mild enough to put on our company blog was a nausea-inducing exercise, and one of Hatchet‘s scenes fairly earns a spot on a list of goriest gifs (proceed with caution).
For more great horror coverage, check out our friends at Dread Central. They’ve covered Hatchet and its sequels extensively, including the comic based on the franchise: