Comparison between the cut R-Rated DVD published by Anchor Bay
and the uncut Unrated DVD published by Sunfilm
In the run-up Hatchet's reputation precedes it to be a new milestone in the sky of horror. In retrospect you (sadly) have to find out that the movie is nothing more then a simple, even though very gory, Backwood Slasher. Hoping to see a exciting horror movie after the very good beginning you have to please yourself first with 40 minutes of annoying teenie comedy before the movie finally gains momentum again.
The Anchor Bay logo can only be found on the US DVD.
As Victor Crowley treats Mr. Permatteo with the hatchet a short shot from above is missing in the R-Rated version as Victor splits Permatteo's shoulder. Blood is splattering out of the gaping wound.
A few frames are missing as more blood is splattering out of the man's wound.
Crowley continues chopping at him.
The end of a shot as Crowley continues striking at Mr. Permatteo.
Crowley tears apart Ms. Permatteo's mouth respectively her head. This scene runs longer in the Unrated version.
As Victor "twists" Shapiro's head, one shot is missing in the R-Rated version as blood is splattering out of Shapiro's throat.
Ditto. The end of the shot.
The end of a shot, in which blood is splattering all over the place and the beginning of the shot, in which you can see Shapiro's head turned 360°.
In the Unrated version Jenna's face (deformed by the grinder) is shown longer.
In the R-Rated version it can barely be seen when Crowley impales Jenna on the shaft of the spade. But in the Unrated Version he pushes her further down. Gory close-up. Then Crowley disappears and you can see Shawn's severed head lying on the ground.
Following scene was left out completely. Victor grabs Marcus' body (the guy he previously torn out the arms) and slams it heavily against a tombstone. Blood is splattering out of Marcus' head. Intercut to Ben and Marybeth.