Hatchet III debuted a trailer and announced a June 14 release date on Tuesday, FEARnet reported.
The film will continue the legend of Victor Crowley, which began with the 2006 horror film Hatchet. Following a similar release schedule, the third entry will play select theaters before easing on to home video at a yet-to-be-released date.
The Hatchet series is somewhat of a throwback to the campfire slashers of the 1980s. In keeping with that tradition, most of its revenue comes from the home video market.
Budget numbers at IMDb revealed that the first film had a $1.5 million budget while the second was like one of Victor Crowley’s victims, sliced nearly in half to $800,000.
Hatchet III has yet to release budget figures, but it’s likely in the same ballpark.
Going by just budget-versus-gross, it may appear puzzling how ultra-violent films like the Hatchet series and the upcoming Evil Dead remake continue to get made, but they’re a labor of love for cast and crew and well-received by hardcore horror fans.
The Victor Crowley series of films focus on a deranged, deformed backwoods killer not unlike in the Friday the 13th series. In fact, former Jason Voorhees Kane Hodder has played the character in all three films.
Hatchet II also brought in scream-queen Danielle Harris (Halloween 4, Halloween 5, Rob Zombie’s Halloween), who is returning for this entry, which revolves around a voodoo curse that keeps Crowley’s vengeful ghost trapped in the Louisiana swamplands.
Hatchet III will also feature Derek Mears (Jason Voorhees in the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th) and Zach Galligan of Gremlins fame.
Therein could be what keeps the series going strong. Like a Quentin Tarantino flick for horror fanatics, it’s able to attract standouts of the genre, including faces fans haven’t seen in years.
Unlike more commercially successful films like 2013’s Mama, the Hatchet series targets a small, niche group of passionate fans and throws in Easter eggs aplenty to past campfire slashers.
Have you followed the Hatchet series, and will you be seeking out Hatchet III when it hits theaters on June 14, 2013?