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Exclusive Interview: Kane Hodder Talks Biopic To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story at Screamfest

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Following the well-attended and rather emotional Los Angeles Premiere (given a portion of the film’s subject matter) of director Derek Dennis Herbert’s documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (review) last night at Screamfest Film Festival in Hollywood, CA, we caught up with the doc’s subject, Hodder himself, on the carpet. Read on.

Having premiered this past August at UK’s FrightFest, and featuring interviews with cinema legends, including Bruce Campbell (“Ash vs. Evil Dead”), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), and Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (according to the official synopsis) “Peels off the mask of Kane Hodder, cinema’s most prolific killer, in a gut-wrenching, but inspiring, documentary. To Hell and Back is the harrowing story of a stuntman overcoming a dehumanizing childhood filled with torment and bullying in Sparks, Nevada. After surviving a near-death burn accident, he worked his way up through Hollywood, leading to his ultimate rise as Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series and making countless moviegoers forever terrified of hockey masks and summer camp. After decades of watching Kane Hodder on screen, get ready to meet the man behind the mask in To Hell and Back – an uniquely human story about one of cinema’s most vicious monsters.”

As I would find during the film, leaning forward intently in my seat for the duration, laughing at times and brought to tears at others, the descriptor of an “uniquely human story” rings entirely true.

“Did you really?” Hodder asked me after the screening, upon communicating to him my emotional response. “That’s what most people who will admit their true feelings have said. I mean, for me it’s hard to watch, that’s why I couldn’t sit in there and watch it. But I appreciate that. When people tell me that, and that they’re not typically the kind that will cry in a movie or a documentary, that’s more meaningful to me.”

Hodder’s candor in the film pertaining to his life, and particularly in regards to his near death accident at the age of twenty-two, when a fire stunt went horribly wrong and his subsequent mental and physical struggle he waged during recovery stemming from such, is stunning and flat-out courageous.

Of such brutal honesty, the sixty-two year old actor (who over the course of his career has murdered more people on screen than any other in cinematic history – a decided departure from a man who effuses humility), stated, “I found making this film absolutely cathartic for one thing. And once we started this, I wasn’t sure that I was going to talk about everything that I did talk about, and when I did talk about it, I told (director) Derek, ‘I’m not sure that I want everything I talked about to be included.’ So, he gave me that comfort factor by saying to me, ‘We’ll put in whatever you want to put in, as long as it works for the film.’ Which I understand, he’s a filmmaker, which means he wants to do certain things. But it was nice to have that feeling of well, ‘If I’m sorry for saying something (in particular) that it won’t end up in there.’ And ultimately I wasn’t sorry for anything I said anyway. And the best reactions I get from people (who have seen the film stem) from some of the things I wasn’t sure I could talk about.”

“If this film can help one person get through a tough situation because they see in it someone else who has gone through some shit, then that’s worth it right there,” Hodder reflected. “And it seems to have done a lot more than that. A lot of people have told me, that coming back from the brink of certain things that the film helped them, and it’s hard to even say that, because I don’t want it to seem like I’m bragging, but it’s just amazing to see that people are responding the way that they are. I mean, you know the career stuff is fun, sure, but the human stuff is what means more, so I’m very happy.”

For more information visit the Screamfest website, “like” Screamfest on Facebook, and follow Screamfest on Twitter.

Sean Decker and Kane Hodder

Sean Decker and Kane Hodder

Rachel Belofsky, Kane Hodder, and Karen Martin

Rachel Belofsky, Kane Hodder, and Karen Martin

For more info visit the official To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story website, “like” Masterfully Macabre on Facebook, and follow Masterfully Macabre on Twitter and Masterfully Macabre on Instagram.

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To Hell and Back is a harrowing story of a stuntman overcoming a dehumanizing childhood filled with torment and bullying in Sparks, Nevada. After surviving a near-death burn accident, he worked his way up through Hollywood, leading to his ultimate rise as Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series and making countless moviegoers forever terrified of hockey masks and summer camp. After decades of watching Kane Hodder on screen, get ready to meet the man behind the mask in To Hell and Back – a uniquely human story about one of cinema’s most vicious monsters.

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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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?

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

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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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