It's Mardi Graaaaaaaargh as a boatload of New Orleans tourists is splayed and slayed in Adam Green's canny mix of gore and guffaws, resurrecting the ghosts of Friday the 13th, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Deliverance. Horror fans will be elbow deep in the slaughter, star cameos and neat twists on the slasher movie.
Hatchet believes in doing horror the old fashioned way, keeping it real with more prosthetics and fake claret than it can shake a dismembered limb at (and frequently does).
With the briefest of set-ups, a motley crew of characters board a Louisiana haunted boat ride, but are soon on menu of deformed murder machine Victor Crowley (stuntman Hodder).
So far so-so, but Hatchet is elevated by a snappy script and a game cast who enter the panto-maim spirit.
Green knows his audience and has cameos from Robert "Freddy" Englund and Tony "Candyman" Todd, plus Buffy the Vampire Slayer regular Mercedes McNab, frequently topless as a softcore bimbo headlining the epic "Bayou Beavers".
Crowley is a bargain basement bogeyman, but Green is slasher savvy enough to nod towards gnarly classic The Burning in his villain's back story, and the spectacular eviscerations, including a head being sprung open, are stomach-flipping delights.