That’s like launching a Halloween movie without Michael Myers, or going through the effort of crafting the next installment in the Friday the 13th franchise that skims over the great Jason Voorhees, who has sadly been AWOL from the horror scene of late.
The same can’t be said for Crowley, though, who despite being pulverized by an airplane jet engine, is still expected to return for future Hatchet movies. Or so says franchise architect Adam Green, who spoke to Bloody Disgusting in anticipation of Hatchet‘s premiere on the UK’s dedicated Horror Channel, stating:
A major reason why the Hatchet sequels have succeeded is that they were planned out from the very start. In the first film, I actually showed some of the weapons that Victor Crowley wouldn’t actually use until the later films and I held back crucial elements of his mythology to be revealed later on down the road. Of course, it was also a risky move given that there was no way of knowing if I’d ever get to make the sequels.
So it’s nigh on certain that Adam Green will be venturing into Crowley’s famous swamp in the not-so-distant future, and that’s despite the most recent Victor Crowley movie being torn to shreds by critics – not unlike the fate that befell Kane Hodder’s titular abomination.
Originally I had only planned for Hatchet to be a trilogy, but when I decided to bring Victor Crowley back for more I planned out another complete roadmap for where it could all go. I’ve been able to stay in love with Victor Crowley because I only head back into his swamp when I’m ready to do so. Given that Hatchet is a cult franchise and not a studio property, my crew and I have always been able to make each film only when we want to.
Clearly the fourth entry in Green’s Hatchet series is a tale that grew in the telling, but what do you think about the inevitable resurrection of Victor Crowley? You can, as always, drop your thoughts, comments and predictions in the usual place.