Last night I attended the premiere of Hatchet III at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. While I was there I got a chance to check out the film and chat with the folks involved on the red carpet. The film itself is a fun final act to the trilogy, and though it’s more in the vein of action-horror, as opposed to the straight up slasher style of the first two, it’s a fitting (possible) end of the franchise. While fans might have worried with Adam Green stepping down as director, director BJ McDonnell, who worked as a cameraman on the first two films, understands the tone and the characters previously established, and with Green on board as Writer/Producer Hatchet III feels right at home in the saga of Honey Island Swamp. As a bonus, the film is loaded with Easter eggs for fans of the series, so odds are if you enjoyed the first two you’ll have a good time with this one. While I was there I was able to talk to Adam Green, Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Derek Mears, Zach Galligan, Rileah Vanderbilt, Caroline Williams and Robert Pendegraff. Hit the jump to for the see what the cast and crew had to say.
FEARnet’s original, off-beat, multi-camera horror-comedy sitcom Holliston returns for a 10-episode Season 2 in Spring 2013, but to tide fans over until then, there will be a one-hour holiday special airing on December 18th. Set in the small town of Holliston, Massachusetts, the show follows the lives of two friends (Adam Green and Joe Lynch), chasing their dream of becoming successful horror movie filmmakers, as they struggle with financial woes and the opposite sex. The show also stars Corri English, Laura Ortiz, Dee Snider from Twisted Sister and Oderus Urungus from GWAR.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Adam Green talked about doing a holiday episode to lessen the wait until Season 2 airs in the Spring, what fans can expect from the upcoming season, other themed episodes that will be coming up, already knowing what’s to come for Seasons 3 through 5, if he gets them, how unexpected the fan support was for Season 1, the special features that he put together for the DVD, the changes networks proposed for the show prior to the deal with FEARnet, and how much fun they have with their guest stars. He also talked about what fans can expect from the continuation of Victor Crowley’s story in Hatchet III, whether or not the family film Killer Pizza (which he wrote with the hopes of directing) might ever get made, and what Digging Up the Marrow, which started out as a documentary, has evolved into. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
MGM is in talks to pick up screenwriter Adam Green‘s adaptation of Greg Taylor‘s novel Killer Pizza. The story follows a teenager who gets a summer job working at the eponymous pizzeria, but then discovers it’s a front for a monster-hunting operation. Also a good front for a monster-hunting operation: Linens N’ Things. According to Deadline, Chris Columbus and his 1492 Entertainment Production Company brought the project to MGM believing it would fit with the studio’s desire to develop a movie in the vein of Gremlins and The Goonies. For those unfamiliar with Green, he previously wrote and directed Hatchet and Frozen among other popular horror movies. However, there’s no word at this point as to whether or not he’ll be getting behind the camera for Killer Pizza.
Hit the jump for a synopsis of Greg Taylor’s Killer Pizza.
Citing strong DVD sales and an insatiable thirst for cinematic bloodshed (all right, I made that last one up…sort of), Dark Sky Films has greenlit production on a third installment of writer/director/producer Adam Green’s Hatchet franchise. According to Variety, Hatchet III (as I’m tentatively titling it) will pick up where its predecessor left off and could follow an outline cooked up by Green prior to beginning production on Hatchet II. Additionally, the report makes it seem as if there is a solid chance that Green won’t be helming the picture, citing his “trepidation about the possibility of handing the franchise to another filmmaker.”
Joining Dark Sky (who also released Ti West’s excellent 2009 horror film The House of the Devil) in producing Hatchet III is Green’s own ArieScope Pictures. Official announcements regarding Hatchet III‘s director and cast are expected in the near future. Hatchet II starred horror icons Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, and Tony Todd and enjoyed an unrated theatrical release courtesy of AMC before being pulled from theaters prematurely.
The simple concept, well executed: Something of a holy grail for the indie auteur and something that Adam Green (Hatchet) managed to pull off with Frozen.
Too-handsome Dan (Kevin Zegers), his too-sweet-and-innocent girlfriend Parker (Emma Bell) and lifelong/douchey best friend Joe (Shawn Ashmore – who played Iceman in the X-Men movies (and whom you can go ahead and make your own jokes regarding that)) are low on cash and visiting a rundown New England ski resort. Joe holds some resentment toward the new couple but that certainly won’t be the focus of character drama later, so don’t worry about it. The handsome/douchey guys convince Parker to get them onto the ski lift for free and, through a surprisingly plausible series of events, the trio end up trapped on the ski lift in the dead of night, fifty feet in the air and with the ski lodge closed for the next five days.
Oh, and there are wolves. So, they’re fucked. Hit the jump for more:
Like the on-screen lives of so many involved with the film, the already limited theatrical run for Adam Green’s horror flick Hatchet II has ended prematurely. Having failed to receive an “R” rating from the ultra-classified MPAA, Green and Hatchet‘s distributor Dark Sky Films miraculously received screenings for the unrated cut in over 60 AMC theaters in both the US and Canada. As of yesterday, though, the film had been pulled from all AMC theaters without cause or explanation.
While you may or may not have been interested in checking out Hatchet II in theaters, the film’s inability to achieve an “R” rating as well as its ultimate removal from theaters is a great reminder of just how much power the MPAA wields over the motion picture industry. To check out some quotes from Green (who wrote/directed the film), hit the jump.
Dark Sky Films has released the first teaser trailer Hatchet II, the sequel to writer/director Adam Green’s 2006 swamp-centric slasher film. I’d estimate that roughly 85% of the 1:17 runtime is devoted to text, intercut with brief flashes of the terrible acts of Victor Crowley. But sometimes with a scarer like this one, that’s all you need to rachet up the tension — particularly with unnerving quivering effect applied to the text. Regardless, I’m sure that if you were a fan of Hatchet, the sequel is on your radar, in which case you should absolutely check out the trailer after the jump.
Last December, we reported that Neil Jordan (The Brave One) would be adapting Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. It’s been quiet since then, but today Heat Vision reports that Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures and South Korean company CJ Entertainment are coming on board to help produce the film. They’ll join producers Wayfare Entertainment, Framestore, and Gaiman.
Graveyard Book is like Ruyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” except the boy (named “Nobody Owens”) is raised by ghosts in a cemetery instead of animals in a jungle. He has a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy – an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. Also, if he leaves the graveyard, he will be attacked by a man named Jack has already killed Nobody’s family. It won the 2009 Newberry Medel and spent over 50 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. An adaptation of Gaiman’s book Coraline managed to grab $124 million worldwide last year along with an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film. I’d say 1492 and CJ Entertainment have made a wise investment. Hit the jump for two other projects they’re investing in.
Opening this Friday, in limited release, is writer/director Adam Green’s Frozen. The film is about three friends that get stranded on a ski lift on a Sunday night. Since this particular park is closed on weekdays (it’s a New England thing), the friends are forced to make life-or-death decisions while freezing on the lift. If you’re someone that’s afraid of ski lifts, Frozen will only add fuel to the fire. The movie played at this year’s BNAT in Austin and at last week’s Sundance Film Festival to very enthusiastic crowds. I saw a screening and thought it was great. While the film is limited in locations, the real world aspect and the feeling that what you’re watching could actually happen will freak you out. Definitely recommended.
Anyhow, last week I got to speak with the man behind the movie, Adam Green, and we had an awesome conversation about not only his film, but why Hollywood is obsessed with remakes and what really goes on behind the scenes on a movie set. Of course we also talked about making Frozen, what’s up with Hatchet 2 (which sounds awesome), and how he put in references to Papa Gino’s and Newbury Comics in Frozen. If you’re not from the New England area, they’re very popular local franchises. Hit the jump to check out the interview. It’s a great one:
Opening this Friday, in limited release, is writer/director Adam Green’s Frozen. The film is about three friends that get stranded on a ski lift late Sunday night. Since this particular park is closed on weekdays (it’s a New England thing), the friends are forced to make life-or-death decisions while freezing high in the air. If you’re someone that’s afraid of ski lifts, Frozen will only add fuel to the fire.
The movie played at this year’s BNAT in Austin and at last week’s Sundance Film Festival to very enthusiastic crowds. I saw a screening and thought it was great. While the film is limited in locations, the real world aspect and the feeling that what you’re watching could actually happen will definitely freak you out. Definitely recommended.
Anyway, last week I was able to speak with Shawn Ashmore as he plays one of the three friends trapped on the ski lift. We talked about being at Sundance, making Frozen, his next movie Mother’s Day, and he explains that he has a twin brother that also acts…so he wasn’t on Smallville! Watch the interview after the jump:
A trailer for Frozen, a Sundance 2010 “Park City at Midnight” selection, has just been released. The film follows three skiers that are stranded on a chairlift who are “forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.” Frozen was scripted and helmed by Adam Green, (writer/director of Hatchet) and stars Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell, and Kevin Zegers as the three skiers.
The film looks as though it could be an interesting exercise in minimalist horror, and I am curious to see the other “life-or-death” choices referenced in the plot synopsis. Frozen was recently screened at Aint It Cool’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon to a positive reaction, including high praise from Harry Knowles himself, who is quoted in the trailer saying, “Scary and intense. I loved it.” You can also check out the one-sheet and stills we posted here. Check out the trailer after the jump and look for Frozen in theaters February 5, 2010.
It’s almost Halloween and you haven’t even started carving your pumpkin! Using just a regular knife will be far too arduous and you’re starting to think of just picking up a plastic pumpkin from Wal-Mart. Stop! Adam Green and Paul Solet, the directors of “Hatchet” and “Grace”, respectively, have just the solution for you: Jack Chop!
Done in the style of an infomercial gone horribly wrong, Solet slathers his words in a thick New England accent and just lets the gore go to work. Spewing profanities and the inability to die from blood loss, Solet may not make the best case for the Jack Chop but he definitely makes the video worth watching. It reminded me of the MadTV sketch with Will Sasso as Paul Timberman, an equally accident-prone TV pitchman. Hit the jump to see both videos. I’ll even throw in a fackin’ glowstick.