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 Blood Night: The Legend Of Mary Hatchet


August 22nd 2008


Mary Hatchet




Intestines get wrapped around a  murder weapon as this bitch goes nuts!


 Long Island, 1978: A young girl named Mary Mattock gruesomely murders her family with a hatchet and is locked away for life in Long Island s notorious Kings Park Psychiatric Center. Ten years later, Mary escapes from the asylum, leaving a grizzly trail of bodies and blood in her wake. Gunned down by the police, Mary meets her own demise outside the sanitorium walls. This incident gave birth to the legend of Mary Hatchet s walking ghost and the mischievous night named in honour of her death, BLOOD NIGHT! Stemming from this real-life legend, Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet tells the tale of a group of teenagers enjoying their annual Blood Night festivities, when they come face to face with the reality of this haunting legend. One by one, the teenagers begin to disappear and meet their fate. As the body count rises, so do the unanswered questions about their missing friends and the secrets of Mary s horrifying past. Is there more to this legend than the vengeful ghost of Mary Hatchet? And if so, who will survive to tell the terrifying tale


 One of the newer slash films enters the list and I have to be honest with you,  for modern day horror fans, Blood Night will suck!  Seriously bad acting, cheap production, the more modern generation will look elsewhere for weekend entertainment and those who do give it a go will only laugh and what they see is a dire attempt of the genre!

Slash fans though will love every second of it!

If your childhood was influenced by films like Sleepaway Camp and Slumber Party Massacre, then you will rejoice at a film whose heart is firmly in the 80’s, a hark back to the days when the Slash genre was in full swing, when all you needed was a masked fiend hacking young virgins to death to watch on a Friday Night!  Yes Blood Night is at times really hard to watch, but then so were many of the so called slash films of that era, and they are now considered classics!
We start in 1978, where a young girl named Mary Hatchet has just had her first period.  Sadly though its not a memorable occasion, because somehow this ignites a rage from inside her and she goes on and kills her mother and father in brutal fashion.  We skip a few years on, and Mary is locked in an Asylum where she sits naked.  Her stance excites the local guard who rapes her in brutal fashion.  Three months later, the staff discover Mary is pregnant and soon she is given birth to which the baby dies.  This drives Mary to the brink of despair and she escapes and kills all the staff, before getting shot down by a police patrol car while holding the head of the guy who raped her.  All this happens before the credits roll by the way!

Finally when the credits roll we get a montage of newspaper clippings, and if you can just ignore the first paper which states that Mary killed her parents in 1892??, and just read the rest, you discover that writer and director Frank Sabatella has come up with a novel way of getting a new holiday has a horror centre piece–invent one!  Yes, Halloween, Friday 13th, Valentines DayApril Fools Day, even Thanksgiving Day (check out Deathproof) have all been used for horror dates, and with nothing else left, Sabatella just decides to make one up. 

Blood Night, is celebrated because of what Mary Hatchet done all those years ago.  Students wear masks of her face, they buy the booze, and try to out do each other with practical jokes.  In other words, an excuse for them to drink themselves stupid, do silly things and then have loads of sex, which of course again outlines how pure 80’s fare this is!  Another notable reason is that the acting of some of these students is quite horrendous, even my wife at one stage questioned why I was watching this shite! 

The sole reason and probably for many is because the name attached to the film is a certain Danielle (Halloween) Harris who again cements her roots in the horror genre.  Now the fully established Scream Queen for our generation, Harris again shows that she means business when it comes to blood and gore!  I have to admit though, its a good long half hour before she makes her appearance, and for a while I was questioning was she even in the film, but she turns up, just has the house party involving the main crowd is underway.  She also immediately steals the show with a tale of what happened to her before she came into the new town, which at first brings a sense of dread and then a priceless pay off that will have you thinking “what a sick bitch!”.

The party gets underway, this is after the gang go to the cemetery and try to connect with the spirit of Mary, only to be interrupted by the groundkeeper Grave Yard Gus (Bill Moseley) who tells them a quite freaky ghost story involving a dead Mary looking for her baby daughter!  Nothing much happens for a while, the teen dialogue at times tests you nerves, there is a cool Tom Jones sex gag that made me chuckle, but just as you wonder when the killings are going to start, one of the couples decide to have some sex, which if you have seen enough Jason films, you know that is a cue for the mayhem to start.

And start they do!

Necks being snapped, eye balls being gorged, intestines slowly wrapped around an Axe, honestly, this is a dream for all Slash fans. It seems that Mary may  well have returned from the grave, but then if you desperate to watch this film, then you must have seen enough to know the mid way twist.  Its here that fans of Halloween finally get their wish, a blast of what that franchise could have been after part 4…..

Yes its dumb!  Some of the characters do silly things and many horror fans will instantly give this a one star,  but I am purely judging this as a huge fan of the slash genre, and for that Blood Night can not be questioned, despite all its shortcomings……

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About Ross Hughes 1921 Articles
Since my mother sat me down at the age of five years of age and watched a little called Halloween, I have been hooked on horror. There is no other genre that gets me excited and takes me to the edge of entertainment. I watch everything from old, new, to cheap and blockbusters, but I promise all my readers that I will always give an honest opinion, and I hope whoever reads this review section, will find a film that they too can love as much as I do! Have fun reading, and please DO HAVE NIGHTMARES!!!!!!

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