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Hatchet Wounds: Ranking the Hatchet Trilogy by Best Kills



Tuesday, February 6th, marks the release of writer-director Adam Green’s fourth entry in the Hatchet series with the reboot/sequel Victor Crowley on Blu-ray!

To celebrate we wanted to take a look back at the original trilogy of films including Hatchet, Hatchet II, and Hatchet III and count out the best kills.

But then I noticed that one of the entries sports a huge number of the series’ best and most brutal kills. And it surprised me. So what we’re going to do here today is expose which of the original Hatchet films sports the best kills.

Not that the other two entries don’t possess their own fair share of bloody good times (this is the Hatchet series after all), but one of the flicks stands above the rest – at least in the kills department.

So let’s take a look at the best kills from the original trilogy and find out which film owns the title of the “Best Kills in the Hatchet Series.”

Let’s get to it!

[NOTE: Kills are merely numbered in chronological order]


Third Place:

The original Hatchet (2 Classic Kills)

Again, let it be stated right off the bat that I think (almost) every kill in the entire Hatchet series has been fucking awesome. Not dissing the other unmentioned kills from the films. Not my intention. Just highlighting the best of the best.

#1 Head torn in half

And let’s start with the kill that many consider being the best in the entire series – if not one of the best kills of all-time (other than the tent kill in Jason Goes to Hell).

Yes, let’s show some love to the death of Shannon Permatteo (Patrika Darbo) at the massive hands of Victor Crowley. Janet’s head being torn apart from the mouth to the back of the neck is something that I’m sure made even Adam Green cringe when he saw it onscreen.

Utter. Classic.

#2 Belt Sander

The other classic kill I’d like to highlight here today from the original film is poor Jenna meeting the wrong end of a gas-powered belt sander.

Not only is the kill one of the most creative I’ve seen (bet you didn’t expect a belt sander to end your kissing career while out in the middle of the woods huh, Jenna?) but the kill continues!

Yep. After Jenna’s (Joleigh Fioravanti) bottom jaw is all but removed from the history books by Victor and his toolbox, she is then slammed down upon a shovel handle with blood spraying in buckets.

Poor, Jenna.



Hatchet III (4 Classic Kills)

I remember putting Hatchet III off for a while – meaning I didn’t watch it the day it came out. I was worried that without director Adam Green at the helm (even though he still wrote and produced) the film would lose all the charm of the first two entries.

Boy, was I wrong. In many ways, Hatchet III is the best of the series. From its slick 2:35 cinematography to its endless stream of kills, Hatchet III is the Aliens of this slasher-splatter series. And God bless it for that. The third entry in any horror series shouldn’t have been this solid.

Now let’s highlight the top four kills.

#1 The Victor Crowley Chainsaw Massacre

Okay, maybe this first one isn’t a “kill” per say. Don’t worry, if it makes you feel any better I spent way too much time debating on whether or not this should be labeled a “kill” or if it should be added as a “bonus” or something.

Obviously, I went with “Kill” in the end. Why? Because ghost or not, you get banana-splitted like that with a chainsaw, you’re not walking away from it!

Oh, wait…

#2 Defibrillator Head

This kill is one that I find positively delightful. A paramedic named Randy (Sean Whalen) is going about his business on a medical boat when Crowley creeps up and makes good use of the boat’s defibrillator.

When merely bleeding from the eyes, mouth, and ears isn’t enough for the killer ghost, he then turns up the heat so to speak and pops his victim one more time for good luck.

Brain explosion.

#3 Brain falls out

This kill was almost as standard (relatively speaking) as we have come to expect in a Hatchet flick. A startled police officer named Hamilton (Jason Trost) shutters at the base of a tree as Victor raises is trademark hatchet and swings it down with great vengeance and furious anger.

The cop’s head splits in half, top to bottom. I giggled, chalking the kill up to fun times. But then: the man’s brain falls out. Repeat, it falls out. It falls the f*ck out.

God bless, Hatchet III.

#4 Spinal Tap

Like the murder mentioned above, relatively speaking this kill wouldn’t have been much to write home about had it not possessed the added element of Derek Mears (Jason Voorhees from the 2009 reboot) getting the Predator treatment.

We’ve seen unfortunate souls get their skulls ripped out via their spines. Countless times. But we’ve never seen Kane Hodder rip the spine out of one of his Jason successors. And we may never see such a sight again.

Jason vs Jason.



Hatchet II (7 Fucking Classic Kills!)

And here we arrive at the winner, Hatchet II!

Personally, this surprised me as I was looking back at the original trilogy last week. I love the original film, and the third entry was one hell of a surprisingly badass time at the movies, but I always looked back on Hatchet II as kind of a boring affair. Sorry, but true. To be fair, the film takes an hour to get going. Literally. But once it does, my God, are the kills fantastic and non-stop!

After re-watching the films again back-to-back, as intended, this week, I would now place Hatchet II right there amongst the other entries for sure. I’ll just remember to fast-forward through the first hour next time (while making sure to pause for our main man Steve Barton’s cookie-cameo!).

Now let’s show the love for Hatchet II‘s 7 classic kills!

#1 Intestines Decapitation

If the title of this entry sounds like the title of a death metal song, that’s because it should be. And probably is. This kill – which in a fun bit of trivia takes out Friday the 13th Part VIII: The New Blood director John Carl Buechler – is one for the books.

Not only are guts pulled out. Not only is Jack Cracker strangled with said intestines. But the piss-drinkin’ yokel’s head then splatters around his cabin in the swamp like… well, like that one dude’s head from Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood‘s SHOULD HAVE splattered.

Boo, MPAA. Yay, Adam Green.

#2 Jaws

This is a kill that always seems to be forgotten or buried in other “Top Hatchet Kills” articles/videos I see. And I don’t understand it. Not only is this one of the grossest kills I’ve seen, but just the thought of someone pulling my jaw off makes me never want to talk (or scream) again. Just to be safe.

Bonus Points: The Hipster-Hatted Hunter who gets a mouthful of Crowley is played by Wrong Turn 2/Mayhem director, and Adam Green’s The Movie Crypt co-host, Joe Lynch.

#3 Face-Off

I love that this kill happens to Frozen star Shawn Ashmore. Somehow that makes it all the better. But add in the look on his face – even as it slides off – and Victor Crowley slicing off faces like he was a backwoods plastic surgeon keeps a smile on my face. I’m actually smiling ear to ear right this moment as I type this out.

Gotta love it.

#4 Hatchet Wound

Genre favorite A.J. Bowen as Layton is having some sexy-time with his gal pal, Avery (Alexis Peters), and gets more head than he expected. Waka, waka. Think that innuendo was bad? Just wait. I’m not going to make the obvious joke here, but having Victor Crowley wank-a-mole our blonde lady’s privates with his weapon of choice makes a well-known sexual slang far too literal and far too hilarious. Add in a bit of TNA and this kill is one of the best in any horror movie. Hatchet series or otherwise.

Bonus Points: Bowen keeps doing his thing after his head has been liberated from this neck. Oh, boy. Someone’s getting an e-mail.

#5 Chainsaw Built for Two

“Biscuits and chicken. And gravy. And biscuits and chicken and gravy. And chicken with the biscuits on the gravy with the biscuits and the chicken. Want some biscuits, for the biscuit, is me.”

#6 Table Stomp

Not only is this an awesome play on the world-famous “curb-stomp” from the classic American History X starring Edward Norton. But add in the fact that Victor treats non-other than Leatherface from Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part III (R.A. Mihailoff) to the said curb table stomping and this kill is one we’ll be showing our grandchildren one day. When they’re older, of course.

NOTE: Looks like DC boss Steve Barton from this angle.

#7 Skin Peel

Victor Crowley vs. Candyman!

It doesn’t get much better than witnessing Kane “Jason Voorhees” Hodder going toe-to-toe with Tony “Candyman” Todd. Oh, wait. It does! Hodder’s Victor Crowley proceeds to chop Candyman down like a big, black, gravel-voiced tree with his guts spilling one way and his torso falling the other way. Great shite! It really doesn’t get better than that.

Oh, wait. It totally does! Victor Crowley then stomps on the very-much-alive Tony Todd’s back, grabs his spine like the pull-start on a busted lawnmower, and then yank-f*cks the man’s torso right out of its skin!… And then he blinks. Jesus Christmas! Holy Jesus jumping Christmas sh*t!

Best kill from the Hatchet series. Hands down.


And there you have it. Those are our picks for the best kills in the Hatchet series and Hatchet II is our pick for the film with the best kills.

Do you agree/disagree? Let us know below!

And don’t forget to buy Victor Crowley on Blu-ray Tuesday, February 6th.


In 2007, over forty people were brutally torn to pieces in Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp. Over the past decade, lone survivor Andrew Yong’s claims that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the horrific massacre have been met with great controversy; but when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past.


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Bobby Joe vs Evil Dead: The Female-Driven Evil Dead Spin-Off That Should Have Been



Whatever Happened to Bobby Joe?

That is a question that has plagued me since the first time I saw Evil Dead 2 at a party in high school. There might be a comic book that explains her final fate, but I don’t know about it, so I’m writing this up all the same.

This is my pitch for not only what happened to her after she was drug out into the middle of the woods by killer trees but also what could have happened after to our badass backwoods beauty queen (BBBQ).

Let’s call it: Bobby Joe vs Evil Dead

To begin, let’s start with the last time we saw little ol’ Bobby Joe. The poor girl got a mouthfulla eyeball and a hair fulla Ash’s hand and ran off into the woods alone, only to be taken by the trees. Dead, right? I call BS. After all, we have seen numerous people attacked by the Evil Trees (Cheryl, Scotty, and Mia spring to mind) and guess what? All of them survived, to varying degrees.

The point is the Evil Trees tend to, you know, molest and mutilate, but they aren’t known for their life-taking skills. Therefore it makes total sense that Bobby Joe survived her encounter with the trees out there. But that begs the question, “What happened to her?”

One of the coolest aspects to remember about her character is that she is (to my memory) the only character in the Evil Dead series that is “killed” and doesn’t come back as a Deadite. Strange huh? Almost seems like Raimi and co. were setting her up for an eventual return and then just kinda, I guess, forgot about her. But let’s not make the same mistake over and over, Bobby Joe needs her redemption and she needs her revenge. Bobby Joe needs to reemerge as the series’ badass female hero. But how?

Let’s get into it now. Bobby Joe is pulled off by the trees and, duh, fights back. Or maybe gets Mia and Cheryl’d but still walks/limps away from the ordeal. Now she’s pissed. That could work, but I have one better. She is pulled off by the trees and just as things are about to get really bad, she is rescued.

Rescued? Yes! By who? We’ll get to that. First I want to make sure to point out that just because she recused doesn’t mean she is a weak character. After all, Ash is about the weakest of all characters for most, if not debatably all, of the Evil Dead films, so this isn’t a damsel-in-distress situation. It’s a means of introducing a very interesting side spin-off to this spin-off.

So, Bobby Joe is being taken by trees when a shadowy male saves her at the last minute. They fight off the trees and then turn to each other… but don’t recognize one other. “Who are you,” she askes the man in the shadows with bitchin’ hair. And out steps, you guessed it, Scotty from the original The Evil Dead.

We’re now in an alternate timeline because the cabin sure as hell could pull off that kind of thing and now we live in a world where all of the events from all of the Evil Dead films – including the remake – can co-exist.

But back to the Scotty thing at hand. What happened was Scotty walked off from the original film and was going to be beaten by the trees but then happened upon Bobby Joe. The two then head back to the cabin where they find Ash fighting with Linda’s Deadite. They accidentally distract Ash and Linda whacks off HIS head with the shovel. Ash is dead!? This is getting crazy now. Yes, with Ash dead, Scotty and Bobby Joe fight off the remaining evil in the original film, with only Bobby Joe making it to morning.

This time around she is the one to lose her hand. This time around she takes up the chainsaw appendage. This time she is the victor. But just as the sun is rising and she moves out of the cabin in the woods – the Applehead Demon attacks! She reads from the book of the dead and the portal opens bringing us up to speed with the end of Evil Dead 2. Bobby Joe is sucked through the portal and lands, yep, in Army of Darkness.

We’re not through yet. Bobby Joe lands just where Ash did but this time she isn’t surrounded by knights played by Sam Raimi’s siblings. This time she is all alone. But wait… there is a cave a ways off… she enters to find Ash sleeping from too much of the sauce – and wakes him up.

Now it’s Ash & Bobby Joe vs Army of Darkness II: Dead by Modern-Day.

That’s a working title, by the way. But yes, Bobby Joe has now found her way into the original Evil Dead timeline and will join forces with newly awoken Ash (following his adventures in Army of Darkness). The story continues from there with the alternate heroes of the two Evil Dead universes going back-and-forth on who’s more badass, and their general shenanigans as they fighting their way through history (courtesy of fun and ironic random time-jumps via the main evil force).

Will the two chainsaw-handed warriors take to each other like soulmates and quickly join forces or will they see each other as arch-enemies? After all, Ash did shoot Bobby Joe accidentally in Evil Dead 2, and I highly doubt she’s just going to let that go. The mind reels with possibilities.

In closing, yes, all of this is a bit silly, but what have the Evil Dead films become other than sillier and sillier. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I would love to know the origin story of Bobby Joe. What must it have been like to grow up as a BBBQ? How did she end up with such a catch as Jake? These questions intrigue the hell out of me and I would love to see them explored in a possible comic series.

The Evil Dead series needs a strong female lead. In the years since the original trilogy, both the remake and the STARZ series have tried to give us strong “Female Ash” characters with Jane Levy’s Mia and Lucy Lawless’ Ruby. While both were arguably successful attempts (I love Mia especially), I still think the best candidate was always Bobby Joe from Evil Dead 2.

That’s my pitch. What do you think? Let us know!



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10 Terrifying Moments from Kids’ Movies That Haunted Our Childhoods



When the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped a couple weeks ago, I watched it with a tinge of dread. See, Han Solo traumatized me as a child. I was 7-years-old when I saw The Empire Strikes Back in theaters, and the scene where Harrison Ford gets tortured at Cloud City gave me my first bona fide panic attack. It was dark, intense, and completely out of left field in an otherwise fantastic franchise where no one ever bleeds (or screams).

I might be the only one who had such an adverse reaction to Solo’s torture (which happens, primarily, off-screen), but those of us who came of age in the 1980s can probably relate to encountering terrifying moments in otherwise kid-friendly films. For the most part, these were the days before PG-13, meaning there was a ton of leeway for movies that fell in between the extremes of Cinderella and The Shining.

In retrospect, 1980s kids were subjected to a litany of scares that would be considered highly inappropriate by today’s standards—perhaps explaining our generations’ intense love of horror! Return with me now to those terrifying days of yesteryear with 10 terrifying moments from kids’ movies that haunted our childhoods!

The Tunnel of Terror in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

The only film on this list that wasn’t produced and released in the 1980s (and the only one I didn’t see in theaters) is nonetheless one every child of the era has seen: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from 1971. I remember my parents telling me that I was in for a treat when they sat me down in front of the TV at the tender age of 6.

I was already unnerved by the tall man in the trench coat and the bizarre antics of Gene Wilder’s Wonka, but that boat-ride scene completely destroyed my childhood. It wasn’t even the chicken decapitation or the centipedes that rattled me; it was Wonka’s unhinged shrieking! To this day, the scene gives me the willies (pun intended!); Wilder truly channels the dangerous intensity of a lunatic.

Gmork attacks Atreyu in The NeverEnding Story (1984)

The NeverEnding Story was an exciting alternative in the Disney-dominated landscape of kids’ movies in the 1980s—exciting and dark! But a kid trapped in an attic, a horse drowning in a swamp, a nihilistic turtle, and a devastating void all paled in comparison to Atreyu’s confrontation with the insidious Gmork.

Those green eyes staring out from the cave froze my blood. The fact that it could speak made it infinitely more terrifying; this wasn’t some primal beast, this agent of The Great Nothing was a cunning and merciless villain. The matter-of-fact way it informed Atreyu that he would be his last “victim” was beyond bleak. When the monster attacked as thunder roared and lightning struck, I screamed.

Though many aspects of The NeverEnding Story show their age, this moment remains, objectively, as scary as any horror movie werewolf attack.

The Wheelers Descend in Return to Oz (1985)

When Dorothy (played by Judy Garland) first arrived in Oz back in 1939, she was greeted by a community of cheerful Munchkins. When Dorothy (reprised by Fairuza Balk) returned to Oz in 1985, her reception was much colder.

The eerie silence of a seemingly abandoned wasteland was broken by an assault by Wheelers: colorful, mechanically enhanced cousins of the Wicked Witch’s flying monkeys. As adults, we can laugh at the impracticality of villains who can’t even maneuver stairs, but we weren’t laughing as kids, I can promise you that!

While the hall of heads, an unintentionally terrifying Jack Pumpkinhead, and a truly demonic Gnome King are perhaps the scariest moments of Return to Oz, the sudden and unexpected arrival of the Wheelers was a truly devastating moment. It obliterated all our happy memories of Oz in an instant, transforming the land of enchantment into a labyrinth of evil.

Large Marge Tells her Tale in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Many of the films on this list are dark from start to finish, containing multiple terrifying moments. But part of what makes the tale of Large Marge so impactful is that it appears in an otherwise completely lighthearted film. Sure, man-child Pee-wee Herman has always been subversive in ways that only become apparent as we get older, but he never dabbled in ghost stories or jump scares.

Luckily, the scary face of Large Marge was as funny as it was shocking, so even though kids like me hit the ceiling, our fears quickly dissolved into fits of hysterical laughter. Today, I remember practically nothing about Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, but I’ll have fond memories of Large Marge until the day I die.

The Emperor Turns to Ash in The Dark Crystal (1982)

Over 35 years after it’s release, The Dark Crystal remains a unique and beautiful anomaly. Jim Henson’s G-rated Muppets were left in the workshop! This film was populated by fascinating and terrifying characters, conveying a tale that wasn’t dumbed down for its audience. These factors give the film profound resonance and contribute to its status as an enduring classic

Like the title warns, this film is dark. The Skeksis are demonic, Augrah is arresting, and the Garthim are pure nightmare fuel. The process of draining Pod People of the essence and the stabbing death of Kira are horrifying. But it was the death of the Skeksis Emperor that really hit me like a ton of bricks.

There was something metaphysically terrifying about this moment; not only is the idea of a creature crumbling into ash creepy as hell but the effect was gasp-inducing. As a child, it was something I’d never seen before, a concept I’d never imagined, and it floored me. Death had never been conveyed with such shocking profundity.

The Lab Rats are Injected in The Secret of NIMH (1982)

When I sat in the theater in 1982, I don’t think I realized that The Secret of NIMH wasn’t a Disney movie, but I realized soon enough Mickey and Minnie weren’t hangin’ with these rodents! The Great Owl was petrifying and the finale was as harrowing as anything my young psyche had yet experienced, but it was the flashback of experiments conducted on lab rats that stuck with me and haunted my childhood.

It wasn’t just the brilliant animation that powerfully conveyed the rats’ pain as syringes were plunged into their bellies, it was a brutal moment of education they don’t teach kids in school. It was my first introduction to the realities of animal experimentation, and the fact that grown-ups would perpetrate such atrocities felt like a betrayal

The Ending of Time Bandits (1981)

In retrospect, it was irresponsible for any of our parents to think that Time Bandits was a kids’ movie just because the main character was an 11-year-old boy. In 1981, the only other film Terry Gilliam had directed was Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Yes, Time Bandits is funny and exciting with motifs common to kid-friendly time-travel fiction, but the film is nearly hopelessly bleak from start to finish.

Kevin (played by Craig Warnock) is completely neglected by his parents and essentially kidnapped by a troop of interdimensional robbers. He’s made complicit in a series of crimes throughout many dangerous eras, forced to endure wars and even the sinking of the Titanic. Eventually, Kevin is dragged into a realm of ultimate darkness. Though triumphing over Evil personified, he’s abandoned by God before returning home—only to find his home engulfed in a blazing inferno.

Though rescued by firemen, Kevin’s parents didn’t even realize he was missing and are soon reduced to piles of ash by a stray bit of concentrated evil. The friendly firemen take little notice, leaving our young protagonist utterly alone.

Faces Melt in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

A lot of my peers will count the human sacrifice scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as one of the most terrifying moments of their childhood. Not me. After what I’d endured in Raiders of the Lost Ark, I was ready for anything.

Since it gets less attention than its predecessor (bonus fact: Temple of Doom is a prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark), I think people forget just how scary Raiders really is. It’s worlds darker and grittier than Doom, which has a colorful, comic book pallet by comparison, not to mention a clear emphasis on comedy. The spiders, the snakes, the boobytraps: they all put monkey brains and extracted hearts to shame.

But the climax of Raiders of the Lost Ark is more intense than most horror movies, past and present. The face-melting evoked Cold War Era fears of nuclear annihilation and the idea of a vengeful God was devastating.

The Death of Shoe in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

I wasn’t always the jaded gorehound I am today; I was young and sensitive once. And even though I was well into puberty by 1988 (or maybe because of it) I was especially traumatized by a moment in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The hard-boiled plot loaded with barely veiled sexual innuendo was, for the most part, completely buried beneath a cacophony of cameos from just about every cartoon character ever penned.

But it wasn’t the fever-nightmare of Roger’s mania or even the emergence of Judge Doom’s true form that devastated me; it was the execution of poor Shoe, a paradigm of animated innocence unceremoniously dropped into a barrel of “dip” (a toxic concoction made from turpentine, acetone, and benzene).

Most kids in their early teens couldn’t stop thinking about Jessica Rabbit; I was haunted by the death of Shoe.

Supercomputer Makes a Human Cyborg in Superman III (1983)

There’s an evil streak that runs throughout Superman III, the third film to feature Christopher Reeves as the titular Man of Steel. While Superman II had its dark spots (specifically the devastation caused by Zod and his companions) there’s an undercurrent in Richard Lester’s follow-up that’s absolutely wicked—containing a scene that contributed to the destruction of my childhood.

A makeshift batch of Kryptonite turns Superman into an immoral, selfish thug before he participates in a troubling fight to the death with himself. But as unsettling as the concept of an evil Superman may be, the scene where the supercomputer turns Vera into a cyborg was some next level shit for 10-year-old me.

I re-watched the scene in preparation for this article and was shocked at its similarities to the moment in Hellraiser II when Dr. Channard is transformed into a Cenobite—especially the wires! No wonder it scared the hell out of me!


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Exclusive: Making Effective Low-Budget Slashers w/ Black Creek Writer-Director James Crow



Today marks the release of writer-director James Crow’s new supernatural slasher flick Black Creek on VOD.

To celebrate the film being out there for your viewing pleasure, we wanted to catch up with the director and talk a bit of shop about just how one puts together a low-budget (effective) slasher film.

So without further ado what follows is our interview with writer-director James Crow (House of Salem). Give it a read and then let us know what you think!


Dread Central: The film’s central villain is very interesting. How much of the mythology/backstory is based on real legends?

James Crow: I’ve always been very fascinated and inspired by mythology and have always been very fascinated with Native American culture. I saw a very powerful film called Soldier Blue when I was younger about the Sand Creek Massacre and it has always haunted me. The skinwalker is based upon the Bayok, a shape-shifting creature that was meant to fly through the forests and Great Lakes. It eats the insides of its victims without waking them!

DC: What were some of the major challenges you faced during the shooting this particular film?

JC: Being out in the wilderness is great… in some respects. You’re not disturbed and don’t have things like traffic and planes overhead. You can be quite secluded and it helps with the atmosphere of film – and in some ways, it focuses the cast and crew. But it can be a challenge when you need quick access to things and problems arise. When you’re on a smaller budget and have a smaller crew than normal, it’s a challenge to be that cut-off. You have to be very resourceful!

DC: In addition to directing Black Creek, you also wrote the screenplay. What inspired you to try your hand at a slasher film?

JC: I think there are elements of the slasher genre there, but it has a supernatural element. I wanted to do something different than my last two films, which were far more supernatural. It wasn’t as heavy as some of the other films, and that was quite liberating. It was fun to enjoy doing something in the vein of a more old-school slasher.

DC: How did you pull off all of the SFX contained within the film?

JC: We shot the scenes as best as we could with gritty lighting and atmosphere. My director of photography Scott Fox is a real talent. Then it was all down to the amazing skills of Jeremy. His work on the edit was brilliant and he really brought a lot to the film. The combination of him and Scott – and, of course, Pete Coleman’s score – is wonderful.

DC: What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

JC: Keep being ambitious and aiming for new things. Don’t be afraid to go out and make movies. Don’t be constrained by people who tell you it’s impossible to do certain things.

DC: How did you go about casting this film?

JC: A lot of the cast I knew. Producer Craig spent a lot of time going back and forth with casting ideas. Robert Lowe is a fantastic actor I’ve worked with a lot, and Michael is very young but a big talent to watch for. Pierce Stevens always deliverers, and I loved his take on the sheriff. They make a brilliant double act. Chris O’flyng is a very talented guy and actually comes from Wisconsin. I think he gave the role a lovely vulnerability and played the troubled angst of an alternate teen brilliantly. I cast Leah for her wonderful warmth and beauty on camera, and she really delivers the likable girl next door and heroine. Brianna also is a real force and has some great comedic lines. Rachel Vadeer has something magical about her and Kaylee Williams and Michael Copan are really great pros, all of whom we were lucky to get.

DC: What were some of the films that inspired Black Creek?

JC: Obviously The Thing by John Carpenter, but also It Follows was a bit of an influence.

DC: What’s next?

JC: I have a Christmas horror anthology coming out in November – Nightmare on 34th Street – which feature Pierce Stevens, who plays the sheriff in Black Creek as a killer Santa. It also includes some other cast from Black Creek. We’re also in the final stages of another horror I shot with Scott Fox, A Suburban Fairytale, and we start shooting a Texas Chainsaw Massacre-style comedy called Last Village on the Right next month.

DC: Are there plans for a Black Creek 2?

JC: I guess that depends on how well one does! I like the idea of a prequel though or spinoff. Hopefully, Craig Patrick and I will do something again soon, even more epic.

DC: What’s your favorite scary movie?

JC: I have too many. But my favorite horror is Suspiria. To me, it’s still totally iconic and out of this world. The soundtrack by Goblin is marvelous, but thankfully I’m doing really well with Pete Coleman on all my movies so far! And Black Creek is another treat, and I look forward to what he’s done on Ahockalypse with Craig. I’m sure it will be amazing, much like his score for Nightmare on 34th Street!


Thanks James for stopping by Dread Central and chatting with us about the new film!

Black Creek stars YouTuber Chris O’Flyng as well as Leah Patrick, Michael Copon, Kaylee Williams, Robert Lowe, and Michael Hill. It was directed by James Crow.

The film is now available On Demand HERE.


Returning to their family’s cabin in the dark, Wisconsin woods to scatter the ashes of their father, a troubled young man and his brash sister are terrorized by signs that an ancient, Native-American spirit, awakened by a ritual murder, has marked them for death.


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