Director: Adam Green
Cast: Parry Shen, Kane Hodder, Laura Ortiz
Production Company: ArieScope Pictures
Runtime: 83 minutes
I was there for the birth of Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger. I was bred on slasher movies from the 1980s, and all those iconic characters. I always hoped another monster would rise to fill the void, and I got my wish when Hatchet (2006) was released…
After only three movies, I thought the series ended way too early. Thankfully, it didn’t. Director Adam Green has returned to that haunted swamp outside New Orleans to bring us a new instalment entitled, Victor Crowley (2017). The title isn’t the only thing that’s new!
In the movie, Andrew (Parry Shen) has written a book about his encounters with the unstoppable killer. He is tempted to return to Honey Island Swamp for a special interview. His plane mysteriously crashes in the swamp, but that will prove to be the least of his troubles…
The downed airplane adds a new twist to the story. It serves as a place to hide, but presents unexpected dangers at the same time. This is the first in a new series of movies, so it was important to make some changes, and shake things up a bit.
Parry Shen from Shrieker (1998) and Kane Hodder from Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) reprise their roles from the original series. Shen brings a newfound sophistication to his role, while Hodder is once again doing what he does best.
Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp (1983) is wonderful as Andrew’s flighty agent. She is funny and even a little obnoxious, which displays her range as an actress. Tiffany Shepis from Visions of Horror (2007) also has a great role that puts her in a tough situation.
The movie features quite a few well known horror actors. Watch for Laura Ortiz from The Hills Have Eyes (2007), Dave Sheridan from The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Chase Williamson from John Dies at the End (2012), Tony Todd from Candyman (1992), and Tyler Mane from Halloween (2007).
The humorous aspects of the film are on the money. There’s a lot of clever dialogue, and a few funny references to other movies as well. Sight gags and physical comedy also play a big part in some of the bloodiest scenes in the film.
The special effects are amazing too. The movie has so many gory moments which are really inventive. Make sure you watch through the end credits for an added surprise. Victor Crowley is alive and well, but you won’t be able to say the same thing for his victims…
– John Migliore
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