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BTK (click for larger image)Kane Hodder has enjoyed a long career delivering some memorable kills and playing fierce monsters and villains. But now it’s his time to step out from behind the mask and enjoy his moment as Kane Hodder, the actor.

Hodder stars in the newly released film BTK, which is based on real-life maniac Dennis Rader who terrorized the Wichita area with a series of killings that haunted Middle America because of the brutal nature behind the crimes (BTK, for those who don’t know, stands for Bind, Torture, Kill).

Hodder, who himself is a true crime aficionado, found the idea of stepping into the shoes of Rader morbidly fascinating.

A lot of people really liked Dennis Rader so portraying him for BTK had a lot of challenges for me as an actor,” explained Hodder. “I definitely love the scary and fictional stuff – like being a ‘boogeyman’ type of villain, but it’s also kind of cool to do something realistic because here I had to not only be dark and sinister but also had to portray the regular nice guy that Rader was to those who thought they knew him.

Hodder added, “It fascinates me that people can be as fucked up as Dennis Rader. When he talks about the crimes he committed, it almost sounds like he’s talking about things he saw in a movie or something. That kind of detachment is scary and almost scarier than something like ‘Jason Voorhees.’ This evil really exists and could be right near any of us.

Just because Hodder has been working in the industry for so long, it doesn’t mean that things have ever just been handed to him. In fact, Hodder spent the first eight years busting his ass and trying to develop a reputation as a reliable stuntman in Hollywood.

It wasn’t until Adam Green’s Hatchet that horror fans had an opportunity to see Hodder step out in front of the camera without any make-up. Green had cast Hodder as Victor Crowley but decided to use him as the elder Crowley as well. This was a first that Hodder relished even after all he had done up to that point in his career.

I am so lucky that Adam was willing to take a chance on me as an actor,” said Hodder. “Honestly, because of Hatchet, people were finally taking me seriously, especially since I have no acting training whatsoever.

Hodder added that, “There has always been this stigma that stunt guys can’t act, and I am really lucky that people are finally willing to give me a chance to play the lead in movies. I almost think it’s pretty great that I am coming from the stunt guy side of things because I appreciate everything that much more.

His hard work has definitely paid off, especially since Hodder finds himself being offered more roles that don’t require hockey masks or prosthetics these days. He finds that both types of performances are difficult in their own ways.

Hodder explained, “Working with or without the use of make-up effects both have their pluses and minuses. While it can be fun to get made up, it can also get tedious spending a lot of time sitting in that chair.

On the flipside, just playing a ‘normal’ guy can be really difficult because there’s so much you have to do behind the scenes with running lines and working through your character development too,” Hodder added.

Most recently Hodder joined up with the folks at Ariescope Pictures for Green’s latest feature, Frozen. The film and its shooting conditions pushed both the cast and the crew to their limits.

Frozen was by far some of the hardest working conditions I have ever faced in my thirty-something years in the business,” said Hodder. “At the same time, it was also a blast to be working with Adam, Cory, and all those guys again from Hatchet. It felt like a reunion, and despite the weather, it was still fun to go to work every day.

Hodder added, “We had one stunt where a guy was hanging from a chair lift in 15-degree weather and really couldn’t wear thick gloves so his hands froze. It was dangerous, but from what I’ve seen so far from the dailies, everyone’s dedication to Frozen paid off. Some of what Adam wanted to do was pretty amazing stuff.

Heather Wixson

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?



Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler

While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Last Toys on the Left

Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can



It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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