Alexis Peters Talks Hatchet II
DC: Part of what makes Hatchet II fun for the fans is the fact that this really is an ensemble film featuring a lot of horror heavyweights. Can you talk a bit about your experiences working with everyone on the project, including director Adam Green?
AP: For my first horror film I couldn’t ask for anything better than to work with icons like Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, and Tom Holland. Having grown up literally watching Friday the 13th, Candyman, Child’s Play, etc., I almost felt like a kid in a candy store on my first day on set.
I remember staying up late with my mom on Halloween night as a child eating popcorn and watching Candyman. I think I had to sleep with my mom for a month after, and Tony’s face haunted me throughout my childhood so working with him was almost surreal but also humbling and thrilling.
Working with Adam Green was unique because not only does he create a home environment feeling on the set, he let me improv a lot, and if he liked what I came up with in the scene, he kept it! A lot of directors don’t work that way so to be able to improv and essentially play on camera made my days on Hatchet II beyond enjoyable.
And with Kane Hodder, as much of a jokester as he is, when the camera is on…he transforms into the character, making for an absolutely terrifying set environment. Working with Kane, I have to say – I wasn’t really acting. That man is terrifying!!!!
DC: Now that you’ve dipped your toes in the “horror genre” waters, would you like to keep working in this area of film?
AP: I still have yet to be cast as the girl running up the stairs and away from the killer … so yes, I would love to do more. I honestly had some of the funniest moments of my life maybe with the cast from this movie. Horror films are more challenging than one would think. I can’t wait to do more.
DC: Any fun memories on set you can recall?
AP: In one of my scenes (you’ll know which one I’m talking about when you see the film), Adam really gave me free range to make up my own lines and say anything I wanted. I have no idea how I thought of the things I said, but they were so out there and funny all the camera guys, crew, and even Adam had tears in their eyes. I definitely broke many times throughout filming that particular scene, and let’s just say I was one of the most highly quoted people in this movie. I would hear the cast and crew saying my lines even a week later and still they made us laugh out loud. It was really good times.
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