Official: Hatchet II Slashes Ties with MPAA! Film to be Released Unrated Nationwide October 1st

Horror fans, you are looking at history in the making. Back in the Seventies and even early Eighties, an unrated movie opening wide in theatres was like a badge of honor. Hell, an X-rated movie even won three Oscars. Since then people have become very conservative and just plain afraid to take any chances. With Hatchet II that stops … NOW.

As you’ll see from the press release below, AMC Theatres (god bless their hearts) has decided to take Adam Green’s follow-up to his slasher favorite Hatchet and release it nationwide in their theatres without the imposed rating by the MPAA. That’s awesome news indeed, but hear me out for a second …

What if this movie ends up doing well? Hypothetically speaking, what if horror fans, whether they’re fond of the Hatchet series or not, support the flick by going to see it or just buying tickets online even if it’s not in their area? Would you pay ten bucks to make a statement that you support unrated releases in theatres? It’s a lot to ask, but you know what? I would and I will. This release could very well be an opportunity to change the game as we know it and have begrudgingly accepted it.

Seriously, this is no doubt a great day for everyone who wants to see Hatchet II, but methinks that there could be an even bigger picture here. If this film is successful, it could open the doors for other filmmakers to get an unrated wide release for their movies, and we’ll finally be able to see these flicks as they were intended to be seen and not cut to shreds by rating imposed by folks who for whatever reason have the power to say what is and what is not acceptable.

What do YOU think? Sound off below.

From the Press Release
Dark Sky Films, a division of MPI Media Group, announced today that in anticipation of the upcoming Halloween horror movie season, Adam Green’s HATCHET II will be distributed in theaters across the country beginning October 1. The film will be released without an MPAA rating, marking the widest release of an unrated genre film in more than 25 years.

AMC Theatres, under its AMC independent program, will be exhibiting HATCHET II in the top 20 markets across the country. Vitagraph Films is serving as theatrical distributor.

The announcement regarding the HATCHET II release was made jointly by Adam Green with MPI Media Group’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions Greg Newman.

A ferociously fun tribute to the old-school horror sensation slasher movies of the 80’s, HATCHET II is the follow-up to the popular original film, which was released theatrically in 2007 and became a sleeper hit, gaining a wide following on DVD. The cast of HATCHET II features a cavalcade of horror movie icons including Danielle Harris (HALLOWEEN) and Kane Hodder (FRIDAY THE 13th), reprising his role as serial killer Victor Crowley. Also starring are Tony Todd (CANDYMAN) and R.A. Mihailoff (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3).

HATCHET II is having its world premiere this week in London at FrightFest, the UK’s premiere horror and fantasy film festival.

Director Adam Green said, “Having a movie as graphically over-the-top as HATCHET II come out in major theatres unrated is an absolute dream come true — not only for the genre fans but for the entire make-up effects crew, who normally have to watch their amazing achievements get sliced and diced for theatrical release. This is an important event for the horror genre, and I hope the real horror fans support HATCHET II and help change the way genre films are released theatrically from this day forward. Kudos to Dark Sky Films and AMC Theaters for truly honoring the spirit of old-school American horror and doing this right. Gorehounds won’t know what hit them!”

Dark Sky Films’ Newman added, “We are thrilled that audiences will not have to wait for a director’s cut or unrated version of Adam Green’s HATCHET II. On October 1st fans will have the opportunity to see Hatchet II in theaters exactly as it was intended to be seen: full-on, uncut and uncensored! We hope that this unrated release of HATCHET II marks a new trend in providing an uncompromised theatrical experience for genre film lovers nationwide.”

“Our AMC independent program embraces diverse storytelling of all types,” said AMC Theatres’ Vice President, Specialty & Alternative Content, Nikkole Dneson-Randolph. “Bringing a story like HATCHET II to our guests is a natural fit during this time of year, and we’re excited to share the filmmakers’ vision on-screen in its intended state.”

Hatchet II will be in theatres on October 1st! Which theatres? Per @Adam_Fn_Green on Twitter: “AMC theaters! Unrated! Groundbreaking event! October 1st. Real fans – be there!

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  • James Coker

    I FUCKING LOVE HATCHET! and I am very excited for Hatchet 2,
    I will be seeing this film numerous times and will support it all the way

  • Screamz

    Count me in. Not only because I loved the first film, but I absolutely support releasing films the way they were intended. I actually wrote a blog on this very subject not too long ago, though it was more about NC-17 as I thought there was no way in hell any movie would get released widely unrated…

  • jonholland84

    I’m ready to see this.

  • Terminal

    Indie horror needs a good jolt anyway, so I’m glad Green is pulling this off with AMC.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • theGoldenSimatar

    Now the question comes into play how AMC’s employees will be treating the film when it comes to selling tickets? Because it is technically ‘Unrated’ will they obey the R rated policy, NC-17 or just let folks buy tickets on a whim? NC-17 is of course no one under 18 period but R as long as someone is 18-21 (depending on which chain, the one I work for is the latter) someone under 17 can see the film.

    The chain I work for also mandates an employee stand in front of the auditorium from the time theater doors open to the last show ending checking everyone’s ticket and ID for an NC-17. Which is one reason my chain doesn’t play NC-17 films; waste of money paying someone to stand in front of an auditorium all day.

    I also wonder if the MPAA decides to take revenge on AMC if they feel offended by this act.


    Fantastic News! About time the director’s vision stands!!!

  • doubleh55

    I was really a jerk when it came to Hatchet. While I didn’t like it, I was way too hard on it. Of coarse I’ll support Hatchet II in the theaters. I supported it by purchasing the first one and I really am starting to appreciate a lot of these “Splat Pack” director people.

  • PelusaMG

    Bravo AMC! I’ll definitely be going to see this one when it comes out… 🙂