Series creator Adam Green prides the Hatchet films on their "no CGI rule". All make-up effects are done the "old school" way with prosthetics, make-up, latex, and silicone in order to give the films their throw back feeling and tone. CGI and digital enhancement is only used for such things as wire removal or fixing any camera issues that occurred while filming, but never to create the films' outrageous special effects. This movie was no exception to this rule and Green continually challenged the make-up effects crew by writing crazy death scenes and sequences that most any other modern production would have brought in computer generated visual effects teams to accomplish.
After just one week of shooting this film, actor Kane Hodder declared it "the hardest job he's ever done". Performing rigorous action and stunts in sweltering Louisiana summer heat and humidity while wearing 30 pounds of silicone and make-up on his body,
According to the cast and crew's various tweets and social networking comments, the production for this film was a brutal one. Several crew members spent time in the emergency room suffering from poisonous bug bites or DEET poisoning (a chemical found in bug spray). Severe thunder storms, lightning, rain, heat, and humidity made the swamp location even tougher to shoot in. Production trucks and equipment were stuck under several feet of mud at times. At one point Adam Green tweeted "I have 48 chigger bites from my waist down."
Actor Parry Shen has appeared in all three Hatchet films but as different characters. In Hatchet (2006), he played Shawn, who worked for the Swamp Tours. In Hatchet II (2010), he played Justin, who was Shawn's brother. Justin also worked for the Swamp Tours. In this third film, he played a paramedic named Andrew. Andrew is not related to Shawn or Justin. A joke is even made in the film about how one of the bodies they find looks like him.
The scripts given to cast and crew for production were each diligently water-marked with the crew member or performer's name and all distributed scripts were missing the film's last 5 pages. Only Adam Green and BJ McDonnell knew what the ending would be while in production.
Actress Rileah Vanderbilt (who plays SWAT team member "Dougherty") appeared in the first two Hatchet films as "Young Victor Crowley" and also served as the key make-up artist on both Hatchet (2006) and Hatchet II (2010). This movie marks her first character in the series using her own face.
Series creator and executive producer Adam Green (who not only wrote all three Hatchet films but directed the first two of them as well) hand-picked his loyal camera-operator BJ McDonnell to take his place in the director's chair on this film. A firm believer in giving someone who deserves it a chance and a fan of helping jump start someone else's career (as seen with Green's discovery of newcomer Paul Solet and Grace (2009)) Green personally asked his fans to give BJ a fair chance in a blog posting on the first day of principal photography. Citing the fact that BJ had been with the series since day one and reminding fans that Green himself was still responsible for the movie and coming up with most everything that would happen in it, the fan response to McDonnell was very warm on the various horror and social networking sites.
The combined total weight of all of the make-up appliances used to change actor Kane Hodder into "Victor Crowley" for this film was an outrageous 30 pounds. It was crucial to series creator and executive producer Adam Green, if they were to make another Hatchet film, "Victor Crowley" look better than ever while still using only prosthetic make-up and never any CGI enhancement. The foam latex appliances from the first two films were thrown out as Robert Pendergraft's make-up FX crew went to work creating new silicone appliances.
During a June 5th interview on ABC's "Good Morning New Orleans", Adam Green referred to this film as "the action packed conclusion". When asked what he meant by that and prompted by the news anchor as to whether or not there would indeed be any more Hatchet films after this one, Green dodged the question by saying "evil never dies and as long as there is still integrity in the films and the fans still want more, I guess you never know." Sources close to Green and the movie production have used terminology in their various tweets and facebook postings alluding to the fact that Green wants to end the series with this third part and will likely not personally be back for a fourth round.
Actor Cody Blue Snider (who plays "Deputy Schneiderman") started out as Adam Green's personal assistant during the making of Frozen (2010) and then worked as a production assistant on Hatchet II (2010) before Green wrote the role in this film specifically for him to perform.
Derek Mears' character is killed via his skull and spine being ripped out of his body. Mears previously worked on the film Predators (2010), where the titular aliens collect trophies of victims in a similar way.