A sinking sequel…
Hatchet's final girl returns but has been recast. Adam Green, the creator, writes and directs again, but the tone is now rather tongue in cheek. The film's grain is uneven and the lighting isn't always optimal, an aspect better handled the first time. The quality of the special effects fluctuates, but is an overall improvement. This is crucial because good gore is the best Hatchet 2 has to offer.
Some sequel pitfalls are overcome by returning actors whose character provide more backstory and some supernatural mythos. The performances are sometimes limited by tight blocking or uncomfortable dialog, but the performers make the best of the unusual natural bayou sets. The bayou’s potential is fully exploited and filmed under the right lens.
Tighter editing would've gotten the film rid of elongated scenes that drain hard-earned suspense. The pacing isn’t strategic, something seemingly unnoticed in pre and post production. Hatchet 2 is yet another refuge for the lost 80’s supernatural slasher fan that craves practical gore, prosthetics, a remote setting and an undead brute. It is more creative but more infantilizing than most of them.