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Victor Crowley is a legendary "swamp monster" and serial murderer of diminished intellect and possible supernatural origins. He is directly responsible for the deaths of at least twenty-one people,with more having been mentioned. Legend has it that Crowley is "stuck in the night that he died".
Many years ago in the Honey Island Swamps of New Orleans, there lived Thomas and Shyanne Crowley. Shyanne became ill with a rare type of stomach cancer and had to have her own nurse, a black woman named Leena. When Shyanne was asleep, Leena and Thomas are having sex, leading to Leena becoming pregnant. On the day Shyanne passed away, Thomas and Leena shared a kiss, but Shyanne wasn't dead and in a fit of rage put a curse on Leena's unborn baby, before finally dying. Months later, Leena has her baby, who is born with a Tumors Disease. Leena dies of shock the moment she laid eyes on him. Years went by and Thomas learned to love his deformed child, until...
One Halloween night, a group of trick-or-treaters came to the Crowley house to play a prank on him. Shouting taunts and jeers, they began throwing sparklers towards the house. One of the sparklers went inside a window and the dry timbers of the house caught fire. Victor Crowley, now an adult, was trapped inside and began to panic. His father returned home just in time to see their house on fire. Wielding a hatchet, he began hacking away at the front door, desperate to save his son. What Mister Crowley didn't realize was that frightened Victor was pressed against the back of the door when his father began swinging the hatchet. The blade cleaved through the door panel and imbedded itself into Victor's head. His father died of a broken heart soon after. The incident earned Victor the uncomplimentary nickname of "Hatchet Face".
Whether Victor Crowley actually "died" that evening is cause for speculation. It is believed that he returned from the dead, stalking the bayous surrounding his home, crying out in search of his father. Stories of the Crowley legend circulated throughout the New Orleans area, and before long, the tale of Victor Crowley became an official part of the regional lore.
Crowley's Murder Spree
In February of 2006, Victor Crowley emerged from seclusion. He kills Sampson by ripping him apart. He then kills his son, Ainsley by disembowelling and dismembering him. Their disappearance prompted Sampson's daughter, Marybeth, to embark upon a search for her missing family members.
Marybeth realized that the most efficient means to get to the swamps was by taking an illegal swamp tour provided by an amateur con man named Shawn. On this tour, Marybeth met several other tourists including a young man named Ben, his friend Marcus, two would-be actresses named Misty and Jenna, their director Doug Shapiro and the middle-aged Mr. and Mrs. Permatteo.
When Shawn's "Scare Boat" struck a fallen tree and began sinking, the tourists were forced to evacuate. They quickly found themselves right in front of the old Crowley homestead. Marybeth, knowledgeable of the legend, tried to warn the other tourists about Victor Crowley, but her pleas went unheard.
Victor Crowley appeared before them and began systematically murdering each and every one of them. The first victim from the ill-fated tour group was Jim Permatteo, whom Crowley cleaved into two pieces with repeated strikes from his hatchet. He then kills Janet by pulling her head apart.
Soon after, he found Doug Shapiro and killed him by literally twisting his head off of his body. When the other tourists discovered Shapiro's body, Crowley attacked them again, but they managed to temporarily elude him.
He soon caught back up with them and succeeded in murdering two more in rapid succession. He used a custom belt sander to mutilate Jenna's face. He then used a shovel to sever Shawn's right leg, then used it to decapitate him. With the shovel still planted firmly in the ground, Crowley picked up the scrambling Jenna and impaled her upon the handle.
Ben meanwhile, had decided to return to a tool shed on the Crowley estate in the hopes of finding a weapon that could be used against him. Crowley continued hunting them and claimed his next victim, Misty, by dismembering her. He used her body parts as throwing weapons to attack Ben inside the shed. Ben and Marybeth found some gasoline cans and doused Victor Crowley with the flammable liquid. Ben then used the late Misty's Zippo lighter to light Crowley up and he began to burn to death. As luck would have it however, a sudden rainstorm started and the flames were soon extinguished.
Crowley, though badly burned, was still alive and he renewed his chase of the three remaining tourists. He tracked them all the way to a distant cemetery and succeeded in tackling Ben, at which point, he began vomiting a strange, viscous fluid into Ben's open mouth. The purpose of this particular tactic remains unclear.
Marcus and Marybeth attacked Crowley and succeeded in rolling him off of Ben. While Ben and Marybeth ran for the front grates, Crowley grabbed a hold of Marcus. He first crushed him in a bear hug, then pulled his arms off and finally smashed the armless body against a mausoleum crypt until the boy was dead.
Running after Ben and Marybeth, Crowley used a detached pole from the cemetery gate as a projectile and hurled it at them. The pole landed vertically, pinning Ben's foot to the ground. Crowley began to charge them, but Ben and Marybeth pressed the pole forward at a horizontal angle, and when Crowley leapt upon them, he impaled himself upon the pole. Satisfied that Crowley was at last dead, Ben and Marybeth limped along until they came to her late father's fishing boat.
Crowley was not dead however. He tracked them down and kills Ben by ripping his arm off and luring Marybeth to the water using Ben's dismembered arm.
Victor Crowley Lives Again
Following the ending of part 1, Marybeth escapes Victor Crowley by gouging out his eye. She is picked up by Jack Cracker, who takes her back to his cabin in the swamp. She tells Jack about what happened to the group of tourist and that her father and brother were also killed. After learning her last name is Dunsten, he threatens to shoot her if she doesn't get out of his house and tells her if she wants answers go visit Reverend Zombie, confused she runs out of his house. Shortly after she leaves Victor Crowley shows up and beheads Jack Cracker with his own intestines.
Marybeth makes it back to New Orleans and finds Rev. Zombie's voodoo shop. After she begs for him to talk to her, he finally lets her in. She tells him about what happened to her in the swamp and that her name is Marybeth Dunsten. Rev. Zombie then reveals to her the truth behind Victor Crowley's legend and that her father was one of the boys who was there the night Victor Crowley was murdered, he says if he was brave enough he would have been out there too.
After he is finished,Marybeth insists that they go back into the swamp to retrieve her family's remains and to kill Victor Crowley once and for all. He agrees and tells her to be back at the shop in a few hours. After she leaves he calls to a man named Justin, who turns out to be Shawn's brother from the first film. He tells Justin to round up as many gator hunters as he can and to make sure that a man named Trent comes.
Marybeth goes to her house and cleans herself up, her uncle Bob shows up and protests her choice to return to the swamp. She begs for him to come with her and they won't stay long. He tells her no and asks her to stay away from Rev. Zombie. But going against her uncle's wishes, she meets up at Zombie's shop, along with a room full of hunters and fishermen. Rev. Zombie explains to them that if they go with him to the swamp he will pay them $500. But after he tells them they'll be hunting Victor Crowley,most of the hunters walk out. Only a few stay behind which includes Layton, Avery, Chad, Cleatus, Vernon, John and Trent. Zombie then tells them if they manage to kill Victor he'll pay them $5000. They prepare to leave when Bob shows up to protect Marybeth.
The hunters arrive at the swamp just as the sun sets. The group split up with Zombie, Marybeth, Trent, Bob and Justin going to the house to search for bodies. Layton and Avery go off to have sex, Chad and Cleatus go to hunt for Gators and Vernon and John sit around and scare each other.
Victor soon begins to pick them off one by one. He first attacks Chad and Cleatus and smashes Chad's jaw in with the end of his hatchet. He then shreds Cleatus' head off with a boat motor. He beheads Layton while he has sex with Avery and as she tries to crawl away he jams his hatchet between her legs and then into her chest.
Meanwhile at the house Marybeth discovers that her family's bodies have vanished. Zombie then tell Justin that Bob and Trent were the other two kids that were there the night Victor died and that if he kills them, Victor's ghost will finally rest in peace.
Victor attacks John and Vernon and splits them both in half with a giant chainsaw. At the house Trent tells Justin and Marybeth to hide in one of the rooms. There Marybeth reveals that Justin's brother is dead and that Zombie lied to him. Justin then tells Marybeth about Zombie's plan for Bob and Trent. She runs out to tell them about his plan, Justin hides in a closet and is attacked by Victor, who gores his brain with a belt sander.
He then attacks the remaining four and while he is fighting Trent, Zombie drags Marybeth out of the house and traps Bob inside. Victor kills Trent by curb stomping his head across a table. Bob tries to fight him but is killed.
Zombie tells Marybeth that it's all over and that Victor is finally dead, Marybeth tell him she will tell the police but he gets ready to shoot her. She reveals that Bob wasn't her real uncle, and that her real uncle died when she was 12. Victor bursts through the door and splits Zombie in half and rips out his spine. Marybeth then grabs his hatchet and Slashes His head into pieces. Just to make sure he's dead, she takes a shotgun and yells "Fuck You!" and blows his head off.
- The character of Victor Crowley was created by Hatchet writer/director Adam Green when he was only eight-years old. Crowley is largely inspired by the more popular serial slasher, Jason Voorhees, to of which Crowley's portrayor, Kane Hodder, has played four times.