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Adam Green’s Spiral: The Anti-Hatchet

Spiral in theaters February 8th!In theaters this February 8th is a movie that’s going to make people think twice when they say Adam Green is stuck in the past because of Hatchet. Unlike most directors who come out the gate with a successful horror film and continue to repeat themselves, Green did a full 180 when he co-directed (along with star Joel David Moore) Sprial (review).

In case you aren’t aware, Spiral is about a lonely man named Mason (Moore, also 180 degrees from his Hatchet persona) who works at a thankless telemarketing job. He’s got one friend, the outgoing Berkeley (Zachary Levi in one of the most natural performances I’ve ever seen pulled off) who is always encouraging Mason to pick up women. By chance, Mason gets a new coworker, Amber (Amber Tamblyn), who takes an interest in him.

As she gets closer to him, we learn more and more about Mason’s loneliness and just how deep his issues go. The film is the definition of “slow burn” but in the best possible, most Hitchcockian way. Shot by Hatchet cinematographer Will Barrat, you’ll simply be amazed how night and day these two films are. But you really should see it on the big screen to be sure you get the full effect.

Below we have the trailer and a collection of pics for your ocular enjoyment, which will hopefully be enough to get you out there in theaters to see Spiral, assuming Anchor Bay is releasing it anywhere near you. If not, your wait for a DVD will be less than two weeks as it’s out on disc come February 19th.

Be sure to hit up the official Spiral site and visit the film on MySpace to learn more!

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  • Terminal

    I’m siding with Sirand and WIB on this issue. It’s not like he ASKED for a PG-13 rating.

  • The Woman In Black

    I haven’t seen it yet, but for those who have, isn’t Spiral more of a mind-fuck type drama than a straight horror film? Just because a director rails against PG-13 horror doesn’t mean that horror is the only genre in which he can make a film or that every horror movie he makes has to be a hard R with tons of gore that pushes the boundaries of the MPAA. I don’t see that as being hypocritical at all — but more as an attempt to avoid being pigeonholed. I don’t want to see watered down films either, but that doesn’t necessarily mean all I seek out are R-rated offerings. Variety is the spice of life!

  • G.D.

    You know what? You spend a year hocking your shitty splatter movie on the basis of “It’s r-rated horror” (and yes, I saw a screening in which he spoke beforehand and he WAS railing against PG-13 specifically, not JUST watered down hollywood garbage) and then come out with a PG-13 horror movie, then too fucking bad if someone calls you a hypocrit. Maybe they wouldn’t call you a hypocrit if you weren’t so damn……….hypocritical.

  • Sirand

    Green was railing against watered down Hollywood horror. Spiral isn’t that kind’ve movie. This is art-house psychodrama, not a slasher film. I watched it before it was rated, and at no point did a rating even cross my mind.

  • doubleh55

    My comment has nothing to do with whether Spiral is a quality movie or not. I know plenty of PG13 horror films are good. Except Green has rallied against the over saturation of PG 13 films and was all about how there needs to be more R rated films.

    And to say that he has nothing to do with the rating is false because he set out to make a scary film and he had to have known what he was making wasn’t going to be R.

    It’s a minor issue but I felt the need to say it.

  • Kyle Reese

    This looks really good, regardless if it’s PG-13. Why does that even matter – Cloverfield was perfectly fine and it was rated PG-13. Just say fuck every so often when it’s really quiet.

    I am looking forward to this and future Adam green flicks, he’s definitely got a lot to offer.

  • Terminal

    I hope this isn’t touted as the second coming yet again only to find it’s only mediocre. I love Green’s enthusiasm for horror, I just want to feel that enthusiasm in his directing, which I’ve yet to see.

  • G.D.

    The anti-Hatchet? So it will be good? Cool…

  • Sirand

    If anything, Spiral shows that Green is one of the most versatile directors in a long time. It couldn’t be further from Hatchet. Amazing film.

  • Krazy Eyes

    Do people really say that Adam Greene is stuck in the past? Mostly I just hear people say he sucks.

  • Uncle Creepy

    Adam just made his movie. The ratings board gave it a PG13. Nothing to do with him.

  • doubleh55

    This film is rated PG-13 right? Isn’t this the exact thing Adam Greene railed against when he made Hatchet? Hypocracy aside, I think Adam has a world of potential. I happen to think Hatchet was one of the most disappointing movie experience I’ve ever had but there was something there. I look forward to checking this one out.