Hatchet

Tourists on a swamp excursion are stalked by an entity that lurks about.
United States
2006
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Festivity: 
Mardi Gras
Animals: 
Alligator
Writing: 
Franchise Original
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The slasher from the bayou!
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Effects
Pace
Ambiance
It takes place in the New Orleans bayous during Mardi Gras and is reminiscent of the Friday the 13th franchise. It is a comedic slasher with a memorable monster that haunts the same environment the Creature from the Black Lagoon, perhaps the first slasher creature in history, did. Few horror films have attempted to recreate this setting and ambiance, so this comes out as a return to source.
It feels like a parody of the 80’s done with respect and a contemporary polish. It is a supernatural thriller with allures of adventure films and is structured as such in its first act. There is no maturity filter to the humor and it can be a turn-off for the uninitiated. It’s one for the fans of a tested formula. Most characters are purposely stereotypical and unidimensional.
The monster’s presence can sometimes lead to deception. It does inspire domination and fear when properly lit, but some setups don’t do justice to its design. It doesn't have a clear design, a defined weapon, or a trademark mask, but it comes with an entertaining backstory that begs for a franchise. When the alligators aren't stealing its show, it proves to be an interesting antagonist.
Alternate Titles: 
Hatchet 1
Hatchet Part 1