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Kane Hodder Lands "Hatchet" Job

Legend has it that there was once a young boy named Victor Crowley living in the bayous of Louisiana. He was a horribly disfigured kid, and one Halloween night a group of pranksters came by and started lobbing fireworks at the house where he lived with his father. The fun turned tragic when the place burst into flame, and when the father returned home from fishing, or whatever he was doing, he retrieved a hatchet from the barn and went to work on the front door of the house, hoping to free his trapped son. What he didn't realize was that Victor was pressed against the other side of the door, trying desperately to get out. Victor's father inadvertently buried the hatchet in his son's face, killing him instantly--but perhaps not permanently.

That's the setup for the upcoming "Hatchet" movie, according to the official Web site. It's the kind of plot that could easily be run aground, but there's reason to hope for the best with this one. For one thing, Kane Hodder of Jason Vorhees fame stars as Victor Crowley (and as his father, in flashback). Also, Robert Englund ("A Nightmare on Elm Street") and Tony Todd ("Candyman") will be in the film. Writer/Director Adam Green doesn't have a ton of experience helming features, but maybe this is the type of story that can benefit from a young eye. His bio on the site does mention that other projects in the works include writing the sequel to "Cabin Fever" and doing some polish work on the script for "Stir of Echoes 2."

These are all good signs that we may truly have something here, but easily the most promising omen of all lies in what Hodder himself has to say about the picture. In a recent interview for TV Guide Online Hodder calls it simply "the best horror movie I've ever been in." He also reveals that there will be a startling emotional range to his performance, so it's hard not to remain hopeful. Bloody-Disgusting has posted a fan review based on a test screening here. No official release date to report.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on November 6, 2005 3:57 PM
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