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Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet (2009)
Movie Review by Professor Corpse Rot

Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet (2009) One of Blood Night's biggest selling points is that it stars famed horror veterans Bill Moseley and Danielle Harris. Moseley is most memorable in his role as Chop-Top Sawyer in 1986's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Otis in 2003's House of a 1000 Corpses (and it's 2005 sequel, of course), and 2008's Repo! The Genetic Opera as Luigi Largo.

Danielle Harris started her career at the age of 11 as Jamie Lloyd in 1988's Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and moving onto Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers in 1989. Her background in the Halloween series prompted Rob Zombie to cast her in the role of Annie Brackett in his 2007 remake and the 2009 follow-up.

Blood Night is the tale of a woman by the name of Mary who murdered her parents, and as a result, placed in an insane asylum. After being there for several years she is raped and impregnated by a night-shift security officer. Her child is taken away from her after she gives birth under the guise of it being "dead." She then proceeds to go on a murderous rampage, eventually shot dead at the hands of the police during her escape. Now, 20 years later, college students celebrate Blood Night as a means to party and cause mischief.

This is a classic Slasher setup in every way possible. This was Frank Sabatella's directorial debut and he surely doesn't hide the fact that he's a fan of the genre. There are several individuals who hold the Slasher sub-genre in high regard and will stop at nothing to replicate it. 2006's Hatchet set out with the same goal in mind. Outside of the film paying tribute to the now overly-used methods of horror, Blood Night doesn't attempt to wander outside of the pre-set boundaries. The effects are solid and entertaining and the acting is believable. There are certain times when the dialog tries to be too "hip" to relate to the current generation of college students but haven't Slashers always been guilty of that?

If all of these predictable elements helped comprise the feel that Blood Night was going for, they achieved what they were after. You wouldn't be able to write a 50 page thesis after viewing this film but the premise and the pace exist on an entertaining level.

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