Next Friday, October 1, 2010, Hatchet II is hitting theaters and is doing so without the blessing of the MPAA. Rather than edit their movie down to get an approved rating, the folks involved with Hatchet II chose to release the movie unrated.
This will probably limit the number of theaters where you can see the movie, but it will undoubtedly increase the demand to see what all the fuss is about.
Hatchett II is the sequel to 2007’s Hatchet. It picks up right where the original left off:
Marybeth (Danielle Harris from HALLOWEEN) escapes from the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling killer Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder from FRIDAY THE 13th). Marybeth returns to the Louisiana swamps along with an army of hunters to recover the bodies of her family and exact her revenge against Victor Crowley.
Director Adam Green had this to say about the decision to release the movie unrated:
Having a movie as graphically over the top as HATCHET II come out in major theatres unrated is an absolute dream come true — not only for the genre fans but for the entire make-up effects crew who normally have to watch their amazing achievements get sliced and diced for theatrical release. This is an important event for the horror genre and I hope the real horror fans support HATCHET II and help change the way genre films are released theatrically from this day forward. Kudos to Dark Sky Films and AMC theaters for truly honoring the spirit of old school American horror and doing this right. Gorehounds won’t know what hit them!
Earlier this week, the Hatchet folks released a “So NSFW Clip,” for the movie. You can see it after the jump.
- Hatchet II Gets Nationwide Midnight Showings (dreadcentral.com)
- AMC Presenting Unrated Version of Hatchet II in 20 Markets (firstshowing.net)
- One Giant Leap For Horror: Hatchet II Getting Wide, Unrated Theatrical Release (cinemablend.com)
- Comic-Con 2010: Adam Green And His HATCHET II Panel + Bonus! (geektyrant.com)