TRAILER: Red Riding Hood

Okay, I'm a little disappointed by Hollywood's latest obsession with bringing out movies based upon fairy tales (this one is nowhere near as bad as BEASTLY, a sad, sad, representation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) but in all honestly I was curious after the first trailer. This trailer however, starts out cool but has Amanda Seyfried spouting off some bad lines like, "what big eyes you have". Really? Not to mention I'm not pumped about this being from the director of TWILIGHT either. I could be wrong but I have low expectations for this one.

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TRAILER: The Lincoln Lawyer

It's been awhile since Matthew McConaughey's had something interesting in the pipeline and let's be honest here, the man shines as a lawyer. Ryan Phillipe is also a guilty pleasure actor in my books so I'm intrigued by this project and can't wait to see these boys throw down.

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I loved the first trailer and this second trailer (though giving far too much away as per usual) is wood inspiring to say the least. The cast is bang on, the apocalyptic backdrop sweet and it's high time we got some new takes on vampires. Also, is it me or does Carl Urban look a bit like Vampire Hunter D? Looking forward to May.

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INTERVIEW: Actress Danielle Harris for Hatchet 2

Me: Well, first I want to thank you for taking the time to talk to me Danielle and I guess I’ll start by asking how you got involved with HATCHET 2?

Danielle: Well I’ve known Adam Green for awhile and I actually auditioned for the original HATCHET. We just sort of became friends and had mutual friends and when I was directing my first short, PRANK, I called him up and said, listen would you mind sitting down with me so I could pick your brain about directing. He told me he wanted to work with me on something and said he was doing this short for FRIGHT FEST and asked me if I’d do one with him and I was like, with you and he’s like yeah there’s a scene and he told me about the scene and called me back and I was like ohhh, I see, you wanna kiss me on film, I see how it is (laughs)

Me: (laughs) Well when I talked to him, he was pretty excited about you being there.

Danielle: (laughs) He’s such a dork. So he called me and said he was excited and that this might work, I don’t know if it’s gonna work out with the other actress from the original HATCHET and if it doesn’t work out would you want to take over the role of Marybeth? I was like, are you kidding? Umm, yes, I went and read for the original HATCHET and you didn’t cast me and I was pissed (laughs)

Me: (laughs) It’s obvious by your resume that you’re a fan of Horror, what did you think of the first HATCHET film?

Danielle: Oh yeah, I loved it, I saw it in the theatre actually before Adam and I were really friends. And then I own it and I’ve watched it a few times at home as well. And after HALLOWEEN 2 I kinda made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t continue to be the victim, I didn’t want to take on roles that I had done before because it really just wasn’t challenging for me anymore and I was getting all these offers to do the same role over and over and over again because that’s how everyone kept seeing me, so I knew that by doing HATCHET 2 people wouldn’t see me like that for the first time.

Me: Right, because you got to play the heroine instead of the victim.

Danielle: Yeah, and I’ve been kind of a badass in the last two HALLOWEENS and lived and I never liked to play the victim even though I’ve always been victimized. I’ve always played a strong girl so this was a way for me to continue to be that because I am that in real life but also get to kick some ass at the end.

Me: Tony mentioned being surrounded by alligators, swamps and creepy tour guides, what was the scariest thing about this project for you?

Danielle: Well I was literally thrown into the water from the very first scene. It had taken about a week for me to get the script from Adam when I accepted the role because he was still writing it and he said to me, you’re gonna love me but you’re gonna hate me, like you’re probably crying in every scene.

Me: (laughs)

Danielle: I didn’t think that like he meant that I was literally crying in almost every scene and I got the script and went, OH MY GOD I have my work cut out for me. The scariest thing for me was probably when we did the swamp stuff and I was in the water and while it was on a ranch, it was a man-made lake, it was still very cold water and I had an ammonia after the first day of shooting. It’s really hard when your body temperature is dropping that low and they’re taking your temperature every five minutes to make sure you don’t flip into hypothermia and you’re starting to feel like you’re losing your motor functions and having to scream, panic, get away from Victor Crowley and I’m trying to act at the same time but I actually physically couldn’t breathe.

Me: Because your sense were being attacked from every angle.

Danielle: Yeah, I just didn’t know, I thought I was being strangled. It was such a horrible feeling physically. I mean I’m never comfortable, I’m always wearing cloths I’m not quite warm enough in and I’m being covered in something.

Me: Or wearing no cloths at all (laughs)

Danielle: Yeah, or I’m covered in blood, I just did this amazing movie called SHIVER in Portland Oregon and we’re shooting in this disgusting, abandoned, dilapidated, flea infested shack and it’s pouring rain, it’s like thirty degrees and I’m doing all these scenes in there for a week straight and everyone else is in ski gear and I’m wearing a skirt and a silk top.

Me: (laughs)

Danielle: And I’m thinking why do I keep doing this (laughs) what I would do to do like a romantic comedy in Hawaii and just look pretty for once. I just finished working on this web series called NUCLEAR FAMILY, its post apocalyptic and I was covered in dirt the whole time.

Me: Yeah, that doesn’t sound like it shoots in Hawaii.

Danielle: (laughs) No, and while I’m a knife thrower and the character is similar to the kind of girls I like to play, it’s still like...

Me: Not Hawaii (laughs)

Danielle: Yeah, it’s uncomfortable and I just feel like shit in everything I do (laughs) so I’m like what I would do to look like a girl and be pretty for the whole movie and not be covered in blood or cold or a wreck.

Me: Did Adam challenge you as an actress?

Danielle: Well, I love Adam and I curse him at the same time. This was one of the most challenging roles I’ve ever done and it was probably the most challenging role to be as an adult because most movies, like the original HATCHET the actor that played Marybeth got taken from zero to sixty and most of the movies that I do I get taken from zero to sixty, sixty being the scene where you’re getting killed or you’re killing someone or that crazy emotional climax of the story.

Me: Kinda like that intense as hell opening Hospital scene in HALLOWEEN 2, that was ridiculous.

Danielle: Yeah, exactly like that (laughs)

Me: It took me a few minutes and some digging but I finally figured out why you look so familiar, I must have watched MARKED FOR DEATH a hundred times, Seagal was my hero as a kid, and then there’s that creepy HALLOWEEN 5 cover. How different was working on the new HALLOWEENS opposed to the old ones?

Danielle: It was totally different; I mean it’s bigger, badder, faster.

Me: I personally liked Rob Zombie’s versions.

Danielle: I love Rob Zombie, I mean the reason I wanted to do it was because he was involved, that’s the main reason I wanted to be on board because I’m a fan of his and the way he makes movies. I thought, well this will be really cool, this is totally reinventing the HALLOWEEN series.

Me: Yeah, a lot of HALLOWEEN fans gave him shit for it but I thought they were great.

Danielle: Oh yeah, everyone has opinions, they’re like assholes, everyone’s got one.

Me: What do you feel makes Victor Crowley and the HATCHET series different from everything else on the market these days?

Danielle: Let’s see, I think that he’s, well that there’s a back story to him, that’s what’s so great about HATCHET 2, Adam spent so much time building up what he’s all about and he had it all figured out in his head from years ago so he’s not just some guy going around killing for the hell of it. I think that there’s sort of an emotional thing about him too and that was my main thing with taking on the movie and I said to Adam, I need the audience to root for Marybeth because everybody wants the killer to win. You rarely root for them to survive, you want the killer to take them out and I really wanted to audience to experience the ride through Marybeth.

Me: Well speaking of that, I see you’re also attached to the upcoming NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ORIGINS, that doesn’t quite sound like a trip to Hawaii either (laughs)

Danielle: Well it was for me because it was all voice over so I got to be in 3D and CGI so I got to be in jeans and a sweat shirt and they did facial capture with cameras on my face and all around me. So I got to stay in my sweats so it was definitely more of a walk in the park (laughs)

Me: (laughs) Any chance you’ll be returning to Victor’s Swamp in the future?

Danielle: Well yeah, possibly. I haven’t heard anything but I talked to Adam the other day and asked, what do you think and he was like, the DVD was sold out in like a day everywhere so I think that the money guys are like, wow, this is like a really big deal.

Me: So what’s your favourite movie of all time?

Danielle: Favourite movie of all time or favourite genre movie?

Me: Favourite movie of all time

Danielle: I would have to say THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Me: THE WIZARD OF OZ, huh (laughs)

Danielle: (laughs) Yeah, it’s just one of those things. It’s what I grew up watching and reminds me of my family.

Me: Actually I think I’ll ask you one more question that I didn’t plan on asking but just kind of hit me, what did your family think of you getting involved in Horror at such a young age and growing up through it?

Danielle: You know my family’s not very conservative, we’re very East Coast, I mean it wasn’t really an issue. My mom never really asked me about it before, she never really thought, oh my god, my child is going to be running around being chased by someone who wants to kill her.

Me: And she’s going to be traumatized for life (laughs)

Danielle: (laughs) Yeah, I don’t think that ever crossed her mind. To be quite honest, I think she knew that I wanted to make movies and she knew that I was smart enough to know it was make believe.

Me: And obviously you were a strong enough person to handle it.

Danielle: Yeah, I was a really mature little girl so I think that she knew it just wasn’t going to be a problem for me.

Me: Well, thank you very much for your time Danielle, it was a pleasure, I’m looking forward to HATCHET 2 and I wish you nothing but luck in all your upcoming projects.

Danielle: Thank you so much.

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INTERVIEW: Actor Tony Todd for Hatchet 2

Me: I want to start by saying thank you Tony for taking the time to sit down with me. I loved Reverent Zombie in the first HATCHET and wished he’d gotten more screen time, I guess I’ll get me wish after all. So how did the good reverend end up in Victor’s Swamp, you’d think he’d know better?

Tony: Well, when I did the first one Adam assured me that there’d be a juicier role in the second one and not only did he keep his word, I saw the script and was like, damn Adam, I talk an awful lot in this one. And we just figured out a way to make him human as well as gothic.

Me: Are you somehow connected to any of the back story? Or is it just you guys going in to hunt him?

Tony: Did you see the second film?

Me: No, not yet but I did see a clip with you in it so I know a little bit about what you’re up to.

Tony: Well, it takes place the very next morning where the first one leaves off. So Marybeth, played by Danielle Harris, comes to my shop and convinces me to help her go back to the swamp and of course I do it for other ulterior motives (laughs)

Me: (laughs)

Tony: And next thing you know we’re deep in it. The good news is that we got to go down to New Orleans and do some real time swamp crawling but I gotta tell ya there’s nothing like being in the swamp at five in the morning surrounded by alligators (laughs)

Me: (laughs) I can imagine! Kane dropped a spoiler when I asked him what his favourite kill was this time around...

Tony: (laughs) No he didn’t, what did he say?

Me: Apparently you get skinned (laughs). How’d that go?

Tony: (laughs evilly) Well I’m here talking to you so I guess you can tell Kane from me that it didn’t stick (laughs)

Me: (laughs)

Tony: One thing about this film is that there are about seventeen kills and they’re all practical, you know, special things you could pull off in someone’s garage.

Me: Right, because you guys want to keep it oldschool like you did in the first one.

Tony: Yeah, yeah so we avoided CGI. We wanted practical ways to get the illusion back. I’ll give you another spoiler about Kane, at one point he’s in the swamp with probably the biggest chainsaw in history (laughs)

Me: (laughs)

Tony: And that’s not what he uses to skin me by the way (laughs)

Me: (laughs) Kane’s online profile picture is one of you, him and Robert Englund, I love that picture man, it’s really cool. Are you guys all pretty close?

Tony: Yeah, well for me, I’m a fan too and I grew up just loving movies, not only Horror, just anything with a good story, a good beginning middle and end so for me, I had the fortune of attending the New York Horror Film Festival last year where Robert was honoured for a lifetime achievement and he’s just a cool cat.

Me: Yeah, he really seems it.

Tony: And it’s just cool being in the same frame with Freddy.

Me: Well I’ll tell ya man, I still think to this day that the Candyman is one of the scariest motherfuckers of all time, are we ever going to see him again?

Tony: I totally agree. You know it’s really weird, for a film that was made eighteen years ago, there’s not a damn day that goes by that someone doesn’t yell out fucking Candyman from the corner of the street (laughs)

Me: (laughs) I believe it.

Tony: And I’m not complaining it just amazes me that after all these years it still creeps up in the back of people’s consciousness.

Me: Well he was very visceral, it was one of those things where even to this day, even in real life, you know it was a movie but every time you walk by the mirror you’re like, no, no, I’m not gonna say it (laughs)

Tony: Exactly. You’d be surprised how many people call or write to me every year saying they use it at slumber parties, babysitting duties, scaring their neighbour’s kids (laughs) so I’m impressed.

Me: (laughs) So are we ever going to see him again and if so, it’d better be you and not some damn remake.

Tony: Who knows, Hollywood can be a terrible beast, it’s all about the people who make money.

Me: So how do you feel about the sorry state of Horror these past few years?

Tony: Yeah it’s unfortunate, but even now and then you get something that’s fresh and unexpected. There’s a great little movie that came out of England last year called THE DEAD that I had a lot of faith in. I don’t know if you’re aware of that, but look for it.

Me: I definitely will.

Tony: I prefer stuff like that where the soul’s on the screen than the constant stream of remakes.

Me: I was telling Adam how much I loved MASTERS OF HORROR, what a great show and I particularly enjoyed seeing you show up in VALERIE ON THE STAIRS. That was a badass episode and you looked fucking awesome in it.

Tony: I appreciate that John.

Me: How did you like the show?

Tony: Well when I got that call I was really impressed and floored, I really wish that series had lasted longer than just two seasons.

Me: I KNOW, I was hoping they’d get a third one, and as a Horror fan it was amazing and one of the best Horror shows I’ve ever seen on TV. I’m also not surprised to see you doing a lot of voice work for animation, you do have a cool voice, one that stands out, are you a fan of animated films in general?

Tony: (laughs) Yeah, well I grew up a single kid man so I spent a good ten years immersed in DC and MARVEL and I just did a voiceover this week for a show on the Cartoon Network about the young Justice League of America and I got to create my first superhero, a guy named Icon so I’m really happy about that.

Me: I actually review a lot of animated films these days, I think DC and MARVEL have really upped their ante and these animated flicks just keep getting better and better.

Tony: Do you still read them?

Me: I do.

Tony: That’s great.

Me: I always notice if your name’s in the credits for these animated features and I’m like, Oh shit here we go.

Tony: (laughs) Well that’s why I was also thrilled when Michael Bay called up and asked me to voice...

Me: THE FALLEN, yeah that was cool, I noticed that immediately and was like, that’s Tony Todd and my girlfriend’s like, who? So I was like, Candyman honey, it’s Candyman.

Tony: (laughs)

Me: I also have to ask about 24, it’s one of my all time favourite shows, what was it like being a part of that cast for a season?

Tony: It was terrific man, I actually did a role in season four, just one hour and so usually they have a rule where they don’t bring people back but they were having difficulty casting that role so they called me and we made it work out and next thing I knew I was flying to South Africa. Being asked to join something like 24 is an honour, the good thing about my career is that I have a lot of repeat work and I think that’s the key to longevity.

Me: What was your fondest, scariest or just plain coolest memory from working with the cast of HATCHET and HATCHET 2, other than hanging out with the alligators at five am?

Tony: (laughs) Well other than that, probably the last week when we went down to New Orleans and we had this tour guide that was right out of DELIVERANCE...

Me: (laughs)

Tony: So I had one eye on him and I kept a wild eye on the alligators (laughs) and I made sure my feet weren’t anywhere near the water but I mean, it sounds simple but these are the basic things that actors have to do.

Me: Adam’s a director with great vision and seems sincere and very down to earth as well. Are you open to working with him again down the road?

Tony: He’s a genuine person; he personally lobbied me to be in the first film because I’d originally turned it down, you know, because it was only one scene.

Me: Right, that was the thing about the first one; I saw you there and wished you’d been in there more but at least you got into the second one.

Tony: Yeah, he gave me redemption in the second one. He promised there’d be more to my character and I trusted him and I really appreciate that Adam’s one of those rare individuals who’s a man of his word.

Me: Yeah, it’s gotta be rare these days.

Tony: Yeah, it’s a rare thing. And he came up as a fan so I really applaud him for being able to live his dream. Now he’s a hot shot Hollywood type (laughs). I’ll tell you an interesting story about when it opened in London, there was a guy who’d been stationed in Afghanistan and somehow they’d gotten a copy of HATCHET and after a day of horrors him and his unit would go back to their bunks and watch HATCHET and somehow were able to contain it. Unfortunately the guy ended up dying later but his family wrote to Adam letting him know how the little thing that we did mattered to the guy.

Me: That’s amazing.

Tony: Yeah, you never know who you reach.

Me: I see you have countless projects lined up for the future any particular one your more excited about?

Tony: Yeah, I did the remake, remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ORIGINS.

Me: Yeah, I saw that, how’s that looking?

Tony: It’s gonna be awesome man, lots of stop motion capture stuff and it takes place in the future in Time Square New York and the characters are the exact same characters from the original. I think it’s gonna be something special. I also did a film last year called UNBROKEN which I think is some of my best work to date.

Me: I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for both of those. So what’s your favourite movie of all time?

Tony: My favourite movie of all time? Period, all genres? Well I grew up watching all kinds of movies but my favourite Horror film of all time would probably be ROSEMARY’S BABY.

Me: Well thanks a lot for your time Tony, my brother in law in particular is very jealous that I got to talk to the Candyman. I’m looking forward to sitting down with HATCHET 2 and wish you nothing but luck in all your upcoming projects.

Tony: Well you’re making my Friday here John, thank you man, peace.

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INTERVIEW: Actor Kane Hodder for Hatchet 2

Me: First I’d like to say thank you Kane for taking the time to sit down with me, I’m a huge fan and man oh man was I ever happy to hear HATCHET 2 was coming.

Kane: I was happy too because I wasn’t done with the character and I know Adam wasn’t done telling the story so I was really happy that we were able to come back and do it.

Me: So how did it feel to step back into Victor Crowley’s shoes?

Kane: (Laughs) Uncomfortable.

Me: (Laughs)

Kane: Well, this time around the makeup was redesigned; they streamlined it so I could have more facial expressions.

Me: I noticed that in the trailer, it looked like if you moved your face it would actually make a difference.

Kane: Right, and also the body was a little bulky in the first one so they took that down which unfortunately for me made the application, particularly the removal process, much longer. But I think in the end it was worth it because the character looks less like rubber.

Me: I know you took this role very seriously and it’s obvious this character means a lot to you, so how does it feel to create yet another Horror Icon?

Kane: Well, this one was great because when I got into the Jason role several people had played the character before so I wasn’t originating it. I tried to bring something original to it which maybe is what people responded to and why I did four more as opposed to all the other guys who only did one. But, this, being a brand new character that I could develop from the very beginning was really cool for me.

Me: Right, because he’s yours.

Kane: Right and because Adam and I had so many good ideas about how the character should be, you know.

Me: What was the hardest thing about becoming Victor Crowley and how did you try and distinguish a difference after playing Jason Voorhees all those years?

Kane: Well I just figured that Victor is the kind of character that would move more quickly, more fanatic and more unpredictable.

Me: Yeah, there’s definitely a big difference between him and Jason who walks around taking his time (laughs).

Kane: Exactly (laughs) and again, I just go by what I think about the character and try to put myself in his place and ask, how would I act? And this guy is like, very quick and you just never know what he’s going to do and sometimes when I do a shot as Victor I don’t even necessarily know what I’m gonna do until the camera’s rolling and I do it which makes it difficult for the other actors sometimes.

Me: Do you miss Jason?

Kane: Of course I do, you know I didn’t want it to stop, it was never my idea to let someone else play the character and yeah, I definitely miss playing that character.

Me: What did you think of Derek Mears’ representation of the character in the new FRIDAY THE 13th?

Kane: I did not see it. Derek is a friend of mine and a good guy but I did not see the movie and not for any reason of being negative or anything, I just didn’t get the chance to see it. If I was going to have any negative feelings toward a movie it would be FREDDY VS JASON because that was the one I was replaced it, Derek didn’t replace me so I wouldn’t have any hard feelings against him anyway.

Me: I know in the first HATCHET you were big on scaring the holy hell out of the cast whenever possible, any particularly big scares this time around?

Kane: Oh, by the way not just the cast but the crew too (laughs).

Me: (laughs)

Kane: They don’t show that stuff but I like to do it just to keep myself amused because it’s so uncomfortable so I have to do things to keep myself happy so I was always scaring the crew too. Now in this one because of the really intense shooting schedule we weren’t able to really jack around as much as I would have liked (laughs). Every single day was so hard to get all the material done that we really had to...

Me: Be all business most of the time.

Kane: Yeah, unfortunately but I still had time to do some. I scared the hell out of Shawn Ashmore when he was doing his scene because I’d worked with him on FROZEN.

Me: I didn’t realize Shawn was in this one too, I like him he seems like a cool guy.

Kane: Yeah, he’s got a very little part but he liked the first movie so much that he said, hey Adam you gotta put me in the second one.

Me: So how’s the physical aspect of playing this character, it looks like a rigorous as hell workout?

Kane: Ah, this time around?

Me: Well, either way.

Kane: Well, yeah, the fight scene I did with R.A. was quite difficult because, I dunno if you’ve seen the movie yet but, it took about seven hours to shoot the fight scene and within the first half hour, I tore my left bicep. So that pretty much had to happen in the beginning (laughs)

Me: Of course it did (laughs)

Kane: So then I had to fight for the next six hours with him and he’s no small motherfucker I’ll tell you that (laughs)

Me: (laughs)

Kane: And we didn’t really choreograph all that much, like when he’s got me down on the table pounding away nothing is choreographed at all; we decided to try something new. Some fights tend to look too deliberate and I didn’t want that.

Me: Your stunt work profile is beyond impressive going back to some of my oldschool favourites like HOUSE 2: THE SECOND STORY and AMERICAN NINJA 2: THE CONFRONTATION how has the business changed since those days?

Kane: (laughs) Oh yeah, I was just talking to someone yesterday about AMERICAN NINJA 2, Ray Park, you know who he is right?

Me: Hells yeah, I love Ray Park!

Kane: Well I was talking to him about that movie and the fact that there were only six of us over in South Africa, six American stunt men. So every time you see ninjas it’s always the same six guys (laughs).

Me: (laughs) Now a lot of stars talk about doing all their own stunts these days but how much has the business really changed are these actors really doing all their own stunts?

Kane: I dunno, I mean, some actors do some stunts but there’s nobody who does all of them, all their own stunts. I get tired of actors saying, yep I did all my own stunts in this movie and meanwhile I already know the guy who doubled him in the movie (laughs)

Me: (laughs)

Kane: Who just happens to be a personal friend so I just don’t get why they try to take credit for something they didn’t do. Some people do a lot and with the new technology it’s not nearly as hazardous as it used to be but you have to remember that they don’t do their own stunts not necessarily because they couldn’t but it’s a liability thing. If that actor gets hurt there are four hundred people out of work. And if the stunt double gets hurt, you get another one.

Me: What’s your favourite Victor Crowley kill this time around?

Kane: (laughs) Well, there’s several of them but I’d have to say the skinning of Tony Todd was pretty fun.

Me: What do you have in the pipeline for coming projects and should we expect to see more of Victor down the road?

Kane: Well I hope so. I’m not done playing the character as far as I’m concerned. And I am doing a movie down in Germany, we’re just waiting for the weather to get better, it’s a 3D Robin Hood movie with Tom Savini. I’m playing Little John and he’s playing the Sheriff of Nottingham. And I’m also writing a book, finally.

Me: Oh really? And what’s that called?

Kane: It’ll be released this October and it’s called KILL.

Me: (laughs) Of course it is!

Kane: And if anyone wants to look at the website its

Me: So what’s your favourite movie of all time?

Kane: Oh man, well I’d have to say THE EXORCIST but there are so many good movies and I rarely get the chance to see movies to be honest.

Me: And speaking of favourites I just want you to know that I loved JASON X, I don’t care what anybody says, there’s nothing cooler than Jason in fucking space, I thought that was great.

Kane: (laughs) Well I had fun doing it.

Me: Well thanks a lot for your time Kane, it was an absolute pleasure, I can’t wait to review HATCHET 2 and wish you nothing but luck with all your upcoming projects.

Kane: Thank you Johnny, it was good talking to you man.

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INTERVIEW: Director Adam Green for Hatchet 2

Me: Well first I’d like to thank you for taking the time to chat and as a fan I was pumped as hell to hear HATCHET 2 was in the pipeline. So what made you go back to Victor’s Swamp?

Adam: Well the first movie was a very selfish movie where we were just making the type of movie that we wanted to see not knowing if anyone else was going to want to see that type of movie. Now this time we have a legion of fans worldwide waiting in anticipation which made it a little bit like working for someone else when you make a sequel.

Me: Personally I love the New Orleans backdrop, voodoo, Mardi Gras, ghost stories and choosing a swamp was a particularly nice touch. Kane must have felt right at home in those woods, how did you end up getting him involved?

Adam: Well for the first one John Beckler mentioned Kane, I’d never even thought of that because I just didn’t think it was going to be possible. And when John showed Kane the script he really responded to it. And then to have him, Robert Englund, Tom Holland, Tony Todd all together in the genre that these guys film, to have them all participate was just really cool and the geek in me went crazy because I’m also a fan.

Me: I liked Victor’s back story, are you adding any more layers or taking it further this time around?

Adam: Yeah, the second one is really a thicker story with extended flashbacks, one of which that takes place early in the movie that explains about Victor like why he’s deformed, who his mother was, what exactly he is and that’s actually my favourite part of the movie, I know for most people it’s always about the kills but it was only me, my director of photography and one other person on the effects team who really knew the story because I think when you’re going to do something that you’re hoping there’s going to be more of, you need to think of the other ones while you’re making it.

Me: As a Horror fan, I find your vision and style to be very refreshing in a day and age where the genre’s being polluted by so much PG-13 fluff. What are your thoughts on the state of Horror these days?

Adam: It’s always difficult because I think every one year you get to see the people that grew up on that stuff twenty years ago make their own movies and usually they’re heavily influenced by what they grew up on, so for me the seventies and eighties were the stuff that I revered when I was growing up and so the nineties stuff really wasn’t for me. I understand PG-13 but when you’re going to do a slasher movie...

Me: You don’t want boundaries.

Adam: Exactly, and if you’re not willing to do that then what’s the point.

Me: I reviewed the HATCHET Blu-ray for and in my review I compared the film to MASTERS OF HORROR, which in my humble opinion was the best Horror show to ever grace television. Were there any inspirations there?

Adam: Well when we made HATCHET I actually hadn’t seen that show because well, we couldn’t afford Showtime (laughs) so the series itself wasn’t an influence but all those directors certainly were. I think it was right after SPIRAL that I got the nod and started to become part of that group which was very surreal when you’re sitting around that table like every few months when all these masters get together for these private dinners. And the first time I was invited I was like, to sit there? (laughs) and now a few years later they’re all my friends and it’s still like you always have to pinch yourself and think what the fuck am I doing here?

Me: So what was it like having Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger and the Candyman together for an entirely separate Horror film? I bet it made for some great stories around the campfire.

Adam: It was awesome and I think it’s sorta become one of those things about this franchise that it’s sort of a portal for all those guys to come back and show themselves again. So whether or not they do come back after this, I mean, I don’t know what’s going to happen but I’d like to see that tradition continue so that we can see some of these people get into the spotlight again.

Me: I love the fact that Kane was trying not to let anyone see him and going around scaring the hell out of the cast, I mean I know the cat’s out of the bag now but we he still doing that this time around?

Adam: Yeah, he stays pretty separate from the cast, they obviously knew what he looked like because they’d seen the first one but just the idea of keeping them separate until you actually role really helps the actors be scared. I mean, he’s also...he’s a scary dude (laughs). Knowing that he’s behind you and hearing him breathing and waiting for me to call action is a pretty terrifying thing for anybody so that definitely worked. There’s lots of screaming and crying (laughs).

Me: And I’m sure that pumped him up even more (laughs). Oh, and if it’s any conciliation, I never thought there could be anything more terrifying at the ski hill than watching my girlfriend snowploughing down the bunny hill for two hours...

Adam: (laughs)

Me: But FROZEN definitely changed that, I just don’t feel the urge to ski anymore (laughs)

Adam: (laughs) Yeah, I just had a meeting at a company and as I was leaving this guy came up to me and was like, I saw your movie FROZEN and over Christmas he’s been home back east and his mother was trying to get him to go skiing and he was too scared to go and that was the day that the chairlift fell at Sugarloaf so he would have been on that had he gone so indirectly I saved him (laughs)

Me: (laughs) So how did you get the idea for FROZEN?

Adam: Well I grew up skiing at these low rent mountains in New England where a lot of them were only open on the weekends because they just didn’t have any business and they were small mountains and every time I went up the hill I was just so nervous because you’ve got this horrible looking guy running the chair...

Me: (Laughs)

Adam: So I’d always thought of this scenario and then one day decided to look it up and saw that it actually happened. So when you can do a horror movie that’s based in reality, you can watch it while thinking it could really happen.

Me: Yeah, I mean when he jumped out of that chair, I was like, oh dude please don’t, please don’t. It was rough (laughs)

Adam: (laughs) Well the best thing that happened with FROZEN was when it first came out, after the first week it was in theatres the exact same thing actually happened in Russia. There was one guy who was left there and they didn’t find him until the next day and all of a sudden you see these critics removing what they’d said (laughs)

Me: (laughs) Exactly. So will there be any more trips back to Victor’s Swamp and what’s the next project on your horizon?

Adam: Well as far as the HATCHET series goes without sort of spoiling anything, I ended HATCHET 2 in a way that if they never make another one I feel like we’ve come full circle enough but likely there are going to be more and for now I’m saying that HATCHET 2 is my last one as the director but I also said that after the first one (laughs) so...

Me: (laughs) Well I find a lot of directors do that, I don’t know if it’s out of modesty, I don’t know if maybe they just don’t want to create hype or if they just don’t want to make it seem like they want more money for another one but a lot of them do it and I think it’s the right way to do it, you know, to be humble about it.

Adam: Well yeah, and for me I think it’s just about variety, I could have started production on HATCHET 2 a week after the first one...

Me: Right, but you don’t want to be just the HATCHET guy.

Adam: Exactly, it’s about variety for me and having choices.

Me: So what’s your favourite movie of all time?

Adam: E.T. I think I’ve seen E.T. in theatres twenty four times now. To me that’s the most perfect movie ever made, it’s absolutely flawless and perfect. Any movie that makes you cry through the entire thing uncontrollably like a four year old is a really good movie (laughs).

Me: Before I go, I just want to thank you again for your time but I also wanted to tell you that I was sincerely moved by the HATCHET special feature, A TWISTED TALE. I know what’s it’s like to be a kid with a dream and the only thing better than seeing it happen for yourself is seeing someone else’s dream come true.

Adam: Yeah, thank you, it was a weird call when we decided whether or not to put that in because it doesn’t really have anything to do with the movie but in some ways it has everything to do with it and that’s something I’ve always tried to do with the special features and commentary because eighty percent of the people watching them are aspiring film makers or people with a dream and in life your always against the odds, you always have people telling you no, even your own friends and family are always trying to tell you how hard it is and disenchant you from it because they didn’t do and if I can just reach a couple people who say fuck it, you know what I can do this too, then I’ll be really happy with what I leave behind. It’s been pretty amazing how much that story actually has touched people and how many people were about to give up on something and realized, don’t give up and keep going. So thank you for that.

Me: Well thanks again Adam, I love your work, I’m looking forward to HATCHET 2 and I wish you nothing but the best with all your future projects.

Adam: Thanks man.

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REVIEW: Twelve

"A provocative, thoughtful thriller that pushes all the right buttons."

White Mike is a young drug dealer whose clientele (our rich, spoiled and neglected youth) are always jonesing for more but in the wake of dealing with his mother’s death, the lies he tells a childhood friend and the disastrous effects of a new drug called Twelve, Mike’s world slowly starts to fall apart.

Now it wasn’t long into this film before I started to realize I’d seen this all before. Well, to be honest, probably a few times but the most memorable time being THE RULES OF ATTRACTION. James Van Der Beek Good played a pretty cool drug dealer and scenes don’t get much cooler than the one between him, Clifton Collins Jr. and Clifton Collins Jr.’ elbow. That said, this doesn’t feel much like Dawson’s Creek, not at all actually and that’s a good thing. White Mike is a wondrously deep character who spoke to me from the heart. In my opinion, the world is a messed place full of mess up people who do all sorts of messed up shit, most of which we only wish was fiction. This story feels a little too real and I dug the hell out of that.

As for the players in this game I clearly liked Mike; he’s flawed but knows it, a touch crazy but embraces it. There’s a lot of brutal stuff going through the guy’s melon about the ironies and hypocrisies of life as well as a thought or two about the unfairness of death. Ironically for me, the only other real character for me was Claude, the rage filled brother who only wanted/needed a little affection from his parents to set him straight. I won’t go too much in detail there because I don’t want to give anything away but I’ve seen how cold neglect can make people and trust me, it ain’t pretty.

This film goes out of its way to paint a very reasonable portrait of clich├ęd people who all fit very nicely into this picture and for the most part I buy what they’re preaching but very rarely in life are so many things traced back to one or two events and/or are shared by people so close together, it just doesn’t happen that way. I really liked what happens with Sara, the obsessive “it” girl but other than that, nothing really wowed me here in the conclusion. I liked the film and dug where it went but I guess I just wasn’t overly surprised by anything. The one part I really didn’t get however, was how in the hell Hunter ended up in the ridiculous predicament he did. Again, I won’t ruin anything but I found that one fork in the road quite frustrating.

TWELVE is yet another thought provoking, well acted and darkly clever film that totally flew under my radar and had I not gotten it in the mail, I would never have had the distinct pleasure of watching it. Every path in life has a darker road, one that some people never have to walk. For that reason, those people have a hard time digesting movies like this one or hearing similar stories because if you’ve never danced with the devil you have a hard time believing he’s out there. Now of course I don’t mean that in the literal sense, I’m simply saying that sometimes life is tough and once you get caught in the whirlwind it can be damn hard to get out. Bottom line, this film is a rare gem and should not be missed.

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REVIEW: The Last Exorcism

"Disturbingly entertaining."

Reverend Cotton Marcus is a man of God, a man of theatrics and a man of money but after years of exploiting God for the latter he decides to come clean by way of a documentary. But simply spilling the beans isn’t enough for the eccentric reverend, so he chooses to respond to one of the many letters he’s received about exorcisms. This time however, the fear and evil are all too real.

One thing we’ve had a lot of over the past decade is exorcism movies and when the trailer for this film came out, a lot of people rolled their eyes and yawned, myself among them. The true irony here is that I was at work one night about a week or more ago and was talking about THE RITE when a co-worker asked if I’d seen this film. I hadn’t and said as much, adding that I heard a lot of people cut up the ending. I then proceeded to tell him that he may as well tell me how it ends because I had no intention of watching it, so he did. The very next day I got it in the mail to review, you gotta love those acts of God. Consequently, I have to tell you that this was probably the most fun I’ve ever had with an exorcism movie, ever.

First and foremost for a film that’s shot “documentary style” (and what genre films aren’t these days, as it’s simply become the latest fad) I barely noticed. Reverend Cotton is a hoot, from his “May the Lord strike me down where I stand” attitude to his practical and likeable persona, I just couldn’t help but root for the guy (and that sermon on banana bread bit was as hilarious as it was priceless). Everything about Reverend Cotton is both refreshing and entertaining which is the complete opposite of what I expected. He’s not the only one to turn heads though as once he hit the Sweetzer farm, everyone there became something out of a true ghost story.

Now two other major factors here are the tone and the setting. The air was always thick with suspense mainly due to Ashley Bell’s fantastic portrayal of the tormented Nell Sweetzer. There’s only so much I can say about Nell without giving anything away and that’s one thing I don’t want to do. There is one scene however where she goes on about “blowing jobs” (you’ll get it when you see it) which was gold in my book; well done and very well written. Yes, the plot would appear to be a “paint by numbers” special and on some levels it is, but sometimes an added razor sharp edge or two can and will make all the difference.

THE LAST EXORCISM does not re-invent the wheel, nor does it write a new page in the evil handbook until we get to the much debated and clearly controversial ending. Now bear in mind that I’m saying this as a guy who actually knew what was going to happen the entire time and even then, was taken aback by how things unfolded. I have respect for where this film went and though many may not agree with me, I liked the ending; it instilled fear and oozed pure evil. And if I can admit that having known the outcome from Jump Street, just imagine how gripping it would be when you don’t see it coming. Take that however you’d like but for me, this flick delivered.

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REVIEW: Just Go With It

"More than just a nice rack."

Danny is a plastic surgeon with a big heart but after getting it broken on his wedding day, he decided it would be easier to simply pretend to be married in order to pick up chicks. Years later, he finally meets a girl he thinks could be the one but in order to make it happen he has to enlist the aid of his assistant to help cover a lie that just keeps getting bigger and more out of hand by the minute.

I love Adam Sandler, I sincerely do and although I miss his Billy Madison days just as much as the next fan, I can’t blame the guy for somewhat growing up. My favourite Sandler film will always be BULLETPROOF and I think the only one I’ve never watched is SPANGLISH (sorry bro, I looked like a big bag of no fun) but other than that the guy’s never really done much wrong for me. If I was going to categorise this film in contrast to his others I would have to say we’re dealing with something along the same lines of 50 FIRST DATES, only much funnier and less sappy. I’ll be honest, I went into this one thinking it was going to be just “ok” but ended up laughing my ass off for the better part of the film.

As far as romantic comedy stories go this was one was definitely fun. I always love a good cover-up story where everyone’s trying to play wingman. I’ll admit that this particular situation didn’t have to get blown out of proportion nearly as far as it did (I mean, she had to be one serious piece of action to be worth spending all that money on Hawaii tickets). Now the good news here is that despite feeling familiar, the shenanigans that ensue are indisputably hilarious. I will say that the whole “meeting up with your High School nemesis” angle is getting old (YOU AGAIN made this concept fun again but it’s far too early to bring it back) but having Nicole Kidman show up in that role was a welcome surprise.

Speaking of Nicole Kidman, man oh man does she look good for age, you could wash laundry on those abs! And I’m not going to take anything away from Jennifer Aniston either because she looked great as well. I remember catching an interview with Aniston a year or so ago while they were shooting this film and she worked herself to the bone to keep up with the lavishly delicious Brooklyn Decker. Now I know everyone saw this trailer and I also know (if you’re anything like me) everyone immediately stopped whatever it was they were doing the second Brooklyn hit the screen in that bikini. I’m not gonna lie to you, I figured if anything, this flick would be at least worth a peek to oogle the hell out of that body!

JUST GO WITH IT isn’t Sandler’s funniest moment but as a fan of his work I can honestly say this is a worthwhile entry into the ranks. The jokes never stop coming and they’re not the lame poop and penis jokes you find so many lazy comedies leaning on these days. Well, I guess the whole Devlin thing was a kind of a poop joke but it was pretty damn funny. The writing is smart, the love story is brief and to the point (not over exaggerated) and actually makes sense. The Hawaiian backdrop is breathtaking, the camaraderie amongst characters is sharp and everyone seems to be having a blast. I left this film feeling happy and have no problem recommending it for anyone who wants or needs a good laugh.

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TRAILER: X-Men First Class

This is a title I was against in the beginning due to the fact that I believe the X-MEN franchise was doing well enough on it's own. However, some great cast members and a gritty edge might just be what the doctor ordered. Colour me intrigued. Oh, and thank God they decided to do Magneto's helmet the right way this time.

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TRAILER: Captain America

Now as much as I love Cap as a hero, I'll be the first to admit that his origin story leaves much to be desired. In this case (mostly do to the fact that Chris Evans is the one wielding the shield), I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt but for now, this teaser isn't pushing very hard.

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REVIEW: Dead Space Aftermath

"Definitely worth the watch."

Set in the distant future, the USG O’Bannon is dispatched to the crumbling planet Aegis VII in hopes of salvaging fragments of an alien artefact, unbeknownst to the crew of course who have no idea why they’re really going to Aegis VII. In the wake of the catastrophe that follows, four survivors are all that remains of the O’Bannon and only they alone can retell the tale.

One of my best buds Kurk told me about DEAD SPACE the game awhile back and was pretty damn excited about it at the time. Now I haven’t had nearly as much time for video games as I’d like so I didn’t get around to playing it. The launch and trailers for DEAD SPACE 2 did catch my attention and the game itself looks fantastic but it wasn’t until I got DEAD SPACE AFTERMATH in the mail to review that my curiosity was thrust into overdrive. This flick takes place between both games and does a good job of filling in the blanks if you’re a first timer like me, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be going out to buy both games after watching it.

As far as tone and structure go there are a lot of ways to look at the DEAD SPACE universe. Some have called it RESIDENT EVIL in space and I suppose that’s somewhat accurate but I like to look at this as a cross between EVENT HORIZON and GHOSTS OF MARS with a touch of PANDORUM. But one thing I love about the boys over at MANGA is that they’re the kings when it comes to putting out adult themed anime that looks acts and feels like a movie. Violence, blood, gore, nudity, language, they’re all here and make for a cool romp you won’t confuse for Saturday morning cartoons.

This flick’s best ace in the hole is its dark, multilayered storyline that’s told through the eyes of the four survivors. Now I’m a big fan of alien/sci-fi content and this has that in spades. Now beyond the shard, the alien artefact in question that not only plays with your mind but also reanimates dead human tissue (YAY!), this story delves even deeper into religious territory with the idea of the human race being created by aliens tossed around for fun. I won’t get into everything nor will I ruin anything for you but rest assured there’s a lot here to take in and digest elevating DEAD SPACE from the run of the mill romp in space.

DEAD SPACE AFTERMATH is nothing short of good times if you’re into or moved by anything I’ve said thus far and did a hell of a bang up job at getting me geared to play the games. I will admit that had I already played the first game I’d have no doubt felt more familiar with the state of affairs unfolding around me but like I said, they do give you enough back story to keep you from scratching your head in bewilderment. The voice talent used was top notch and as with most director collaborations in anime, there are certainly some styles that look better than others but all in all it was a good mesh and worth checking out.

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REVIEW: Sanctum

"Predictable but still fun enough to keep you interested."

A team of underwater cave divers led by the renowned Frank McGuire have been exploring the South Pacific’s Esa-ala caves for months and are on the brink of solving the underground labyrinth but when an upcoming storm comes up on them too fast, Frank and his team get cut off from the surface with limited supplies and light and are left with no choice but to trust their instincts as they delve into the unknown in hopes of escape and survival.

I guess from where I’m sitting the pitch of this film is based upon intensity and/or the fear of the unknown with a pinch of claustrophobia thrown in for added flavour. I think cave systems are cool, I had a blast going through one on vacation once all lit with candles and what not but let’s be clear, this was at an amusement park of sorts, in a controlled environment and above ground, let alone above water. As cool as caves may be and as much as I love repelling and outdoor activities, you’d never catch my ass down in some uncharted cave system in the middle of nowhere, I don’t care if the water was full of half naked mermaids, it just wouldn’t happen. So as far as intensity is concerned, this film delivers.

Believability on the other hand is a mixed bag. The danger factor here isn’t the elements, nor is it the caves themselves. The danger here comes from human error and stupidity. I understand ego, I understand pride and I understand ambition but some of the situations that occur down there just don’t make any sense when it comes to the rhyme and reason of the team’s plight. Okay, so I don’t know much about diving but I do know that wetsuits are a must to avoid hypothermia, so who the hell cares if the only suit left to you is on a dead person. Wear the damn suit! This is one example of how the characters themselves make this dire situation even worse, which was frustrating considering they should all know better.

Of course, I can understand the need for such feats of ridiculousness to help further the plot and keep things interesting but this film’s biggest flaw takes shape in the form of predictability. Don’t worry, I’m not going to give anything away that the trailer doesn’t, but first off you have the fact that this is inspired by true events which automatically means that someone gets out. That said, the rest of the trailer consists of different people falling, drowning and being lit on fire so you know this is going to be a crap shoot. Knowing all this going in takes a bit of the edge off and as such, hurt the film a bit for me. I understand marketing as much as the next guy and love trailers probably more so than the average movie buff but something’s got to give when it comes to overexposing these films. I doubt it’ll change anytime soon but here’s hoping.

SANCTUM has merit despite being a film that’s set up more like a FINAL DESTINATION flick than an adventure film. Beyond the obvious and the “daddy issues” theme is a smart film that shines a light on a lifestyle most people would find glamorous as they watch from the comfort of their homes, but the all too real truth is these people are thrust into life or death situations and decisions at any given time which has to weigh hard on the mind and conscience. For this reason, SANCTUM is pure at heart and worth watching. Now as far as the 3D end of things goes, I know James Cameron’s on a 3D bender right now but I don’t think it was all together necessary here so save your extra cash and hit this one up from home.

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