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.
I’ve been a fan of Adam Green since Since the first Hatchet film. Yes, they were goofy, but when it comes to practical gore effects, Hatchet had that in spades. And though Green would go on to make another Hatchet film, and produce a third, he also showed that he has more depth than goofy gory slasher throwbacks. With the releases of Frozen(No, not that Frozen) and Spiral. Well, Green is back with a fourth Hatchet film, and while it does boast the same(if not more excessive) silly, blood-soaked fun, hes has the ability to do more psychological stuff as well.
Victor Crowley is different. Though it does have all the ingredients that made you love the first three Hatchet films, for the most part, this entry into the series takes place almost exclusively in a single cramped place. A bunch of reality TV wannabes crash their plane into Honey Island Swamp in Louisiana. It quickly becomes clear that there is a force offing people one-by-one as they exit the wreckage. And a couple of people do try to make a break for it, leaving their shelter behind, but that move doesn’t work in their favor.
As always in a Green flick, the gore effects are the real star of the show here. There is so much gooey stuff that even the most seasoned slasher fans will feel sated. A lot of the time, at least in modern slasher, and I guess in the old days as well, the slasher will have a “calling card” weapon, and that will make up most of the kills, save for the occasional environmental slaying. Victor Crowley makes use of man weapons, which means the kills never get old, and actually they grow more ridiculous(in the good way) as the film progresses. Though some of the acting seems a little over-the-top, it fits with the constant slapstick comedy.
But did I enjoy Victor Crowley? Absolutely. Goofy or not, it’s nice to have a straight up blood-and-gore drenched slasher movie. They’re becoming fewer and further between. Dark Sky’s Blu-ray release of the film is exactly as you suspect. Being a new film, the video is quite clear. the disc alsofeatures an AVC-encoded 1080p transfer presented in 1.39:1. And an English DTS-HD MA 5.1 track. There is plenty of extras to enjoy after the movie including commentaries, trailers, a behind the scenes featurette, and more. You can see a list of the complete extras below. Victor Crowley is now available on Blu-ray on Amazon and Best Buy for under twelve bucks. I doubt those prices will last, so get them quick.
- 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
- Behind the Scenes