AMC recently dropped the axe on one of their smaller releases amongst media scrutiny. Hatchet II hit theaters as an unrated release on October 1st because the MPAA refused to give it an R prior to its debut. That type of reaction from the ratings board usually screams commercial suicide for a film. Theaters don’t want to play movies that don’t have their blessing, but AMC bucked up and decided to give it a shot. Too bad that after a few days they changed their minds.
According to director Adam Green, “We woke up this morning and the movie was gone. I’m bewildered and confused.” This was shocking considering the chain’s golden endorsement of the first film. “It turns out the people who make the decisions at AMC were big fans of the original Hatchet and loved the sequel,” the director said at the time. “I think the quote was that they thought it was the best slasher sequel they’d ever seen.”
What the hell happened? AMC released a statement saying,
“At AMC theaters, we review all films in all of our theatres every week and then make our business decisions based on their performance.”
Your best bet for seeing the movie is probably a local, independent theater. If you don’t have access to one you might have to wait until the film hits DVD and at the rate its going that could be sooner than later. I just had a conversation with a friend about how gross I thought The Hills Have Eyes remake was, yet that movie opened in theaters and got a rating. This is beyond confusing.
What do you think of AMC pulling Hatchet II from theaters? Did you plan on seeing the film?