Director: BJ McDonnell
Stars: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Derek Mears, Caroline Williams, Cody Blue Snider, Rileah Vanderbilt, Sean Whalen, Jason Trost
Release Date: June 14

Horror's badass slashers and larger-than-life killing machines aren't just taking a summer vacation—they've been on sabbatical for years now. With Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers all being mishandled by remakes, the genre's greatest antagonists have lost their cool, and, sadly, very few young filmmakers have conceived any worthy successors.

The exception: Adam Green, the indie horror pundit who, in 2010's Hatchet, introduced the world to Victor Crowley, an undead, seemingly steroid-injected backwoods ghoul with the prerequisite traumatic backstory and a justified bloodlust for vengeance (played by horror great Kane Hodder). In both Hatchet and Hatchet II, Green distinguished Crowley from the rest of modern horror's aspiring killers by having the disfigured brute slaughter victims in ridiculously over-the-top and gory ways—it's the Hatchet franchise's bread and butter.

For Hatchet 3, Green stepped back, acted solely as producer, and gave the directorial duties to journeyman camera operator BJ McDonnell, whose camera op credits will appear in this summer's Star Trek Into Darkness and This is the End. And based on the film's insane first trailer, McDonnell has somehow upped the ante.