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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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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

SYNOPSIS:
A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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