Interview: HATCHET, HATCHET II, and FROZEN writer/director Adam Green
Photo courtesy of Ama Reeves
This week, HATCHET II comes out on Blu-ray from Dark Sky Films and fans of the original HATCHET will finally get the chance to see the highly anticipated yet controversial sequel. HATCHET II had the honor of being the first theatrically run, unrated independent horror movie in more than 25 years. Sadly, in its first week, it was pulled from theaters with little explanation, robbing fans of the chance to see film on the big screen.
I had the chance to talk with writer/director Adam Green and we discussed things about the HATCHET franchise, covered some great information about some infamous HATCHET kills, the universe his films exist in, and perhaps most importantly, why cats are better than dogs. Check out the interview after the break!
You were featured in a documentary a few years ago called “The Splat Pack” that featured you, and a number of other directors, about the current temperature of horror movies changing to a more visually gruesome era. Do you see horror evolving again? If so how do you see horror as a genre changing in its next evolution?
Adam: It’s always hard to say until about ten years later when you can look back at the past decade and can sort of analyze and see what was going on. In this past decade, unfortunately the climate that we’re still in is a very weird one because most if not all the big supported horror, the big budget movies with the wide releases and the $25 million dollar marketing campaigns are mainly remakes so it’s kinda hard to see what we really did in that period. But at the same time, there have been so many people pushing the boundaries. I wouldn’t make a movie like this, but I can totally appreciate and get it, but stuff like A SERBIAN FILM and THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE are really pushing people's buttons right now and that’s going to be interesting to analyze ten years from now.
Do you have a favorite Victor Crowley kill?
Adam: I think it’s probably a tie between Mrs. Prematteo from HATCHET, which is I think most people’s favorite kill who haven’t seen the sequel yet, and the final kill from HATCHET II where (and I don’t want to give away who it is), but involves getting pulled out of their own skin. Mainly because from a technical achievement both of those were extremely hard to do with the rule of all in-camera practical effects and no CGI.
Were there any kills that you had to eliminate from either HATCHET movie that you really wanted to do?
Adam: We actually were able to do all of them. One of the kills in HATCHET II we wanted to try to do in HATCHET but there was no way to figure out how to do it and that was the giant long chainsaw killing two people at the same time. If you watch the original HATCHET you can see the chainsaw in Victor Crowley's shed, and we were still sort of on the fence on whether we could pull that one off or not so it’s kinda cool that we established it in the first one and then were able to use it in the sequel. That one without using CGI was really complicated because the actors had to be hung on a harness in the air in order for Victor (Kane Hodder) to be able to pick them up, and even the actual chainsaw was a real working chainsaw that weighed 135 lbs and even a guy Kane Hodder's size can’t really pick that thing up and walk with it and swing it. That one was extremely hard to pull off but it worked. For technical reasons that one is definitely not of my favorites because every time I see it I always think, “Holy shit, we actually did this!”
I know that most of your movies exist in the same universe, one of your upcoming projects, KILLER PIZZA is based on an existing novel. Are you still going to try to incorporate in some way a nod or two from your other films?
Adam: In the script there’s definitely not the other films in the succession in that they all take place in the same world but until the movies made I can’t promise anything. At this point, I’m writing it and I might be directing it, but until I’m actually on set I won’t know.
You seem to be very accessible to your fans, especially on forums such as your Twitter account. How do you like being so accessible? Is this something other directors or maybe actors should do?
Adam: That’s a tough one because I’m actually sort of in the middle of becoming less accessible. What I like about Twitter is that it’s very short bursts of information so if somebody asks a question, it’s a very easy thing to answer for the most part. But what happens is I used to have somebody email me directly on my website, unfortunately 90% of people that would write me wouldn’t use it for what it’s for. It’s supposed to be to communicate with a director whose work you like, but instead people think they’re gonna come there to network and get their movie made or get me to look at their scripts. This is a huge legal issue because I can’t look at anything that doesn’t come from my representatives and isn’t monitored by my lawyer because if somebody sends me a script, let’s say a generic werewolf script, and I’m working on a werewolf movie and they can prove that I got that, they could claim that I got the idea from them even though it’s a very generic idea. I've seen it happen to other people so unfortunately with getting a more worldwide audience I’ve had to scale back. Then there's also things I can't get too detailed on with stalkers and other types of people that kind of ruin it for everybody. So Twitter is the last frontier that I’m very comfortable with. There is always the way to actually write a letter and get a response. But today’s generation doesn’t really understand how to do that. I’ve had to get rid of Myspace and Formspring and my Facebook had to move to one of those pages where you can’t send me a direct message anymore because literally 90% of the time what came across was messages that weren’t appropriate for me to be getting.
I’ve done some reading and saw that you're kind of a cat guy I’ve got two myself, tell all of the Gordon and the Whale readers why cats are better than dogs.
Adam: One thing that’s better about cats than dogs is that they’re definitely smarter and a little bit more self-sufficient than dogs. So for me who is constantly on the road and not at home it’s easier to have somebody come to the house and take care of them and you don’t have to worry as much. A dog is kinda like a baby and you have to be with it all the time. But being smarter can also be a downfall for cats. One of my cats figured out how to hold the shades in a certain way so that the sun hits my eyes and forces me to wake up in the morning and a dog would never be able to figure that out.
Be sure to check out the HATCHET II Blu-ray, which hits stores today, February 1st, also look for our Blu-ray review in our weekly New on Blu column.