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8 Most Gruesome Hellraiser Stories Told Outside the Movies



Thirty years later, Hellraiser is continuing to prove its lasting cultural legacy. With a ninth film having just been shot, a new series of comic anthologies and even a novel on the way early next year, the mythology is continuing to expand, just as it has for years, and is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Even though Clive Barker sought to end Pinhead’s story in 2015—on the page, just as it began—with The Scarlet Gospels, the world of Hellraiser has continued to live on. To their credit, New World Pictures recognized that they had a hit on their hands with that original feature film, deciding to move ahead with a sequel before the original was even released.

Said sequel, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, opened up that world exponentially and clearly captured the imaginations of fans and artists all across the globe. Marvel’s adult imprint, Epic, picked up the rights to a Hellraiser comic book just after the sequel’s release in 1988 with Clive Barker’s enthusiastic stamp of approval. Those early comic stories offered extremely varied takes on the puzzle box, its openers and especially its inhabitants. Creators from Neil Gaiman to Lana Wachowski to Mike Mignola and John Bolton cut their teeth on those gruesome, often poetic interpretations of Barker’s Hell.

Since then, we’ve seen everything from a Pinhead spin-off comic, a Nightbreed crossover, a Christmas special, a short story collection, a new group of comics in 2011 and the recent Hellraiser: Anthology comics from Clive Barker’s own company, Seraphim. From comics to novels, short stories, audio dramas and more, Hellraiser has proven its popularity and creative potential beyond simply being a series of films. It has taken its place as a cultural myth, something that can be told and interpreted in any number of ways. And, occasionally, they’ve proven to be even more gruesome than their cinematic companions.

“Sister Cilice”

Barbie Wilde’s short story from the Hellbound Hearts anthology is one of the major standouts of that collection. It’s no surprise, of course, as Wilde played the Female Cenobite in Hellraiser II. She clearly knows what it’s like to spend time in a Cenobite’s skin. This story, in fact, serves as an origin for her character. And it’s both one of the best stories in the book as well as one of the most disturbing. Sister Cilice is a nun and a masochist, she craves darker pleasures and gets her wish granted in the form of the Cenobites.

This is a messy, viscera-soaked, disturbing story that’s also lurid and steamy in a way that would make Barker proud. Above all, it’s a great addition to the overall mythology, expanding on the briefest glimpse of this Cenobite’s human form shown in Hellraiser II.

Female Cenobite Hellraiser II

“Songs of Metal and Flesh”

As Pinhead notes in Hellraiser III, “there is a secret song at the center of the world, and its sound is like razors through flesh.” This comic story is brought to us by the man who wrote that line, as well as the scripts for Hellraiser 2-4 in general. Peter Atkins knows the world of Hellraiser inside and out. This story focuses on a blind musician who’s a slave to his other senses—especially sound and touch. He can’t get enough of physical sensation, anything to keep him from slipping back into an empty, silent void.

A musical prodigy, his girlfriend and jealous rival take to securing razor blades to his piano to destroy his hands and stop his amazing musical career before it starts. Without music, he begins an obsessive search to regain that sensation that, as Hellraiser fans surely know by now, only ever ends one way.

Hellraiser: Songs of Metal and Flesh

“The Canons of Pain”

Set in France during the Crusades, this story comes from the very first issue of the original comic series. After slaughtering Pagans defending a temple and finding only a single puzzle box inside of it, a French Lord returns home unsatisfied. Unable to understand what it means, he brings it to the monks, hoping they can make some sense of it, but they offer no help. He solves it and is taken to Hell by a Cenobite that his wife mistakenly believes to be Satan. Telling this to the monks, they believe that if they can summon Satan again, they can trap him and vanquish his evil once and for all. It goes about as well as you’d expect.

This one is a great lead-in to the comics, as it’s a gorgeous, grotesque short illustrated perfectly by John Bolton. Being set in the 14th century was a great way for the first Hellraiser comic story to let readers know it would truly be exploring every dark corner of the world Barker created.

Hellraiser: The Canons of Pain

“At the Tolling of a Bell”

This free prelude to the 2011 comic series is one of the only standalone stories from that entire run. That series abandoned the anthology format of previous Hellraiser comics to tell one ongoing narrative about Pinhead’s quest to free himself from the confines of Hell and seek a replacement to serve as Hell’s Priest in his place—which he finds in none other than Kirsty Cotton.

This short-but-sweet opening chapter finds Pinhead torturing a priest who had just condemned an innocent man to death, not because the man was innocent, but because Pinhead is in the mood to debate theology with the priest while also removing his face. It’s a nice little story that clearly sets up Pinhead’s motivations moving into the series.

Hellraiser: At the Tolling of a Bell

“Diver’s Hands”

Another story from the original comic series, “Diver’s Hands” focuses on a man suffering leprosy and, in particular, his relationship with his caregiver. It also introduces a new Cenobite to the mythology, one that would go on to make several comic appearances, a stick-thin entity known as Hunger. It’s interesting to start a Hellraiser story with someone who is already dying—even already looks like a corpse, as the narrator frequently points out.

While Hellraiser has always had its roots in body horror, this one feels more intimate, about the decay of one’s own body in a way bearing more similarities to Cronenberg’s The Fly.

Hellraiser: Diver's Hands

“The Warm Red”

Illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, this story centers on an older woman, a real-estate mogul, seducing a younger man to coerce him into selling his farm. What she doesn’t know, of course, is that this simple farmer named Brian has worked out a deal with a Cenobite. He sacrifices women to Hell so he can keep his reserved, quiet livelihood. And he’s all prepared to deliver yet another victim into Hell’s grasp before she intervenes and convinces the Cenobite that she’d be much better at the job.

This Cenobite, Face, would also make several further appearances in the comics. In fact, his origin chapter even suggests he may be none other than the man of a thousand faces, Lon Chaney.

Hellraiser: The Warm RedThe Hellbound Heart

The original source material might bear some stark differences to the film—the Cenobites we see here have their similarities, but these ones all speak and this Pinhead is clearly androgynous—but the story itself is mostly the same. It’s as gruesome as the movie, but it also goes to places that an R-rated feature simply can’t. This book was clearly written by a young Clive Barker still reveling in the gruesome, perverse, often gleefully gore-soaked antics of The Books of Blood.

Julia’s murders are a bit more severe here, and you certainly won’t find anything in the film like the Female Cenobite sitting naked on a pile of severed heads, taunting Frank as he’s being driven insane by sensory overload. Even if it’s an obvious pick, it’s one of Barker’s most disturbing nonetheless.

The Scarlet Gospels

The original Hellraiser’s tagline promises “There are no limits” and The Scarlet Gospels does its very best to deliver on that promise. This pushes everything to the extreme. It makes sense. It’s Barker’s swan song for Pinhead and for his version of Hell, which he truly explores for the first time here. It’s also his first out-and-out horror novel in thirty years, since The Damnation Game. This is a bleak, messy, disturbing book. It’s about Pinhead’s journey to, ultimately, find any sense of true purpose or meaning in his continued existence, spiraling into a search for power that ultimately ends in his own downfall—which is an admittedly organic ending for his character.

Priest though he is, even Hell itself has never been enough for him, and its rules—though he’s tried largely to obey—are at odds with his more curious nature. This is easily one of the most gruesome things Barker’s ever written. It—at times literally—wallows in filth. Whatever can be expunged from the human body is splattered across these pages. Because of that, I’m sure a film adaptation is completely out of the question, especially due to the budget that would be required to bring this expansive vision of Hell to life.

The Scarlet Gospels


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Five Chilling Period Haunted House Movies



One of the joys of horror is that it’s timeless. Urban legends featuring terrifying creatures have been the basis of countless stories, movies, games, and shows. The fear of the future is ever present in movies like The Cloverfield Paradox and Pulse while the past haunts us in The Witch, The Masque of Red Death, and Black Death. There isn’t a period of time that finds itself free from fear. At every turn in history, the fear of the unknown (as well as the known) has plagued the minds of populations, no matter where they are on this planet.

Tonight, advance screenings of The Lodgers begin across the country. In the Brian O’Malley-directed film, twin brother and sister Edward and Rachel are held to their ancestral home by strange and terrifying spirits. When Rachel falls in love and aims to break the rules she is strangled by, everything begins to fall apart. Set in early World War 1-era Ireland with much of the film taking place in the historic Loftus Hall, The Lodgers is a beautiful entry in period horror films.

If you go to one of the screenings we have lined up and find yourselves craving something similar, here are a few titles that may just scratch that itch!

The Others

Directed by Alejandro Amenábar, this phenomenal film follows Nicole Kidman and her two children as they await the return of their father (her husband) from World War II. Her children, who suffer from extreme photosensitivity, can only live in darkness, the blinds constantly drawn and the outside a potential death trap. When three caretakers arrive to help the family, strange occurrences begin happening and the family become convinced that they are being haunted.

The winner of a staggeringly high amount of awards from the Goya Awards, Saturn Awards, Online Film Critics, and more, The Others became a smash hit via strong word of mouth, resulting in phenomenal near-$210 million box office pull.


Following the story of Sarah Winchester, the heiress of the Winchester Rifle Company, and her mission to build a mansion that contains the ghosts of those killed by her company’s wares, Winchester may have received a tepid reception from critics and fans alike; but there is no denying that it absolutely bathes in its production design. You may not get the scares you’re after, but you’ll certainly get a visually captivating experience.

Voice From the Stone

A far more muted kind of horror film, Voice From the Stone delights in the texture of its location. The cracks in the walls, the way hands slide against a sculpture, the way the local flora sways in the breeze… All of this is coupled with a romance story set against the threat of jealousy from beyond the grave. Touching and emotional, Voice From the Stone is a beautiful kind of horror.

The Woman in Black

Perhaps most “horror” of films on this list, The Woman in Black is about as Gothic as one can get. Dark hallways, a foreboding landscape, and an ever-present threat of ghostly terror around every corner all make for a film that should not be watched in the dark…unless you want to be scared when you turn off the lights in your own home.

Crimson Peak

While marketed as a horror film, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak is far more invested in its romance than the scares it has to offer. Yes, it’s full of ghosts and practical FX and takes place in a dilapidated English mansion, but the focus relies more heavily on the relationships in the film than the horrors lurking within the walls of Allerdale Hall. Visually beautiful – it’s a del Toro film, so who expects anything else? – and full of absolutely stunning production design, Crimson Peak was well-received and will make a wonderful double feature with The Lodgers.


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Venture Into These Influential Horror Movies Set in the Woods



The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
” – Robert Frost

There is something inherently terrifying to me about horror films set in the woods. This may seem strange to those who know me since I live in a state that is known for its bountiful forests. Hell, as I look out my window while typing this, I see an endless horizon of treetops the branches poking and prodding the sky.

I’m not sure if it’s the inability to see around oneself without obstruction or if it’s hearing the sound of nature’s animals but rarely seeing them that sets me on edge. What I do know is that forests are exceptional at hiding things from those they don’t wish to see. That inability to know one’s surroundings, as well as what inhabits them, is haunting. What lurks around that thicket? What’s waiting underneath that pile of leaves? What waits in amidst the branches overhead, biding its time before it strikes?

These questions, and more, always linger in my mind whenever I watch a horror film set in a forest. It’s why they are usually so effective at haunting me for days on end. And with David Bruckner’s terrifying looking The Ritual available now on Netflix, I wanted to revisit some films that I believe use the woods to extraordinary effect. Having seen The Ritual, I can give you my personal guarantee that Bruckner effectively uses the setting of a Scandinavian forest to his full advantage, turning what should be a picturesque landscape of tranquility and beauty into a phantasmagoria of haunting visions that make every square inch of foliage appear threatening.

Let me know what you think in the comments below, especially if I missed something!

Dog Soldiers

Neil Marshall’s debut feature-length film not only reinvigorated the werewolf genre, it’s remained an enduring title that receives well-deserved love from the horror community.

Following a group of soldiers on a training mission in the Scottish Highlands who are attacked by a group of werewolves, Dog Soldiers features a fantastic cast including Sean Pertwee and Liam Cunningham. It makes wonderful use of its setting, allowing the creatures to lurk in the trees before striking with deadly force.

Evil Dead

Sam Raimi’s classic cult horror film sends a group of college students to a secluded cabin where a recording of a demonic incantation raises evil forces that possess and pick them off one at a time. Creating a horror film that is remembered for decades after its release is no easy feat but creating a franchise that is beloved through an entire community and is still going to this day? Kudos, ladies and gentlemen. Kudos all around!

Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Perhaps one of the most entertaining horror comedies to ever be released, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil is not just a fantastic film, it’s a magnificent spoof on the “inbred hostile redneck” subgenre, which primarily takes place in the woods. Poking fun at Deliverance, Wrong Turn, The Hills Have Eyes, and the like, the film could never have worked had it not been set in the stereotypical “cabin in the woods”. Many films have tried to capture the same magic and heart that Tucker & Dale possesses but very few have come even remotely close.

The Cabin in the Woods

Coming off one of the greatest spoofs of the “cabin in the wood” trope to one of the most clever satirical commentaries on horror, The Cabin in the Woods was, and still is, a fantastic horror film that faces its tropes, welcomes them with open arms, and then finds ways to make them feel fresh again. Now if only we can hear what’s going on with that potential sequel…

The Witch

The most recent entry on this list, A24’s The Witch was critically lauded and remains one of the most fascinating theatrical experiences I’ve had in a long time. Utilizing brilliant sound design, haunting music, and a forest that loomed over a dysfunctional family like some hungered beast waiting to strike, The Witch has haunted countless viewers while remaining one of the most discussed horror films in the past couple of years. Rightfully so, I might add. It’ll be very interesting to see how The Witch influences horror to come.

Friday the 13th

Can I really talk about influential horror movies that take place in the woods without bringing up the Friday the 13th franchise? Even Jason X, which took place in freaking space, brought it back to Camp Crystal Lake and made use of the trees!

Now, some could argue that a campground isn’t the same as being caught up in the woods or even that it’s different from a standard “cabin in the woods” scenario. To that I say bollocks! They’re miles from help and the forest is oppressively bearing down upon them at pretty much every turn. The killer can be lurking behind any tree, coming at you from any direction… Your campground isn’t safe if it’s surrounded!

The Blair Witch Project

This is it. This may very well be the most influential horror movie to take place in the woods. Obviously one could make the argument that Cannibal Holocaust was the reason that The Blair Witch Project even exists but I believe that Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez’s film did more for horror in the long run, not just as what many believe to be the foundation for modern day found footage but also because of its brilliant marketing campaign. The impact of The Blair Witch Project is still being felt to this day and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon.

The Ritual

The Ritual stars Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton. It is based on Adam Nevell’s horror novel of the same name.

Read our interview with composer Ben Lovett as well as cinematographer Andrew Shulkind.

Reuniting after the tragic death of their best mate, four old friends from university set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. But a wrong turn leads them into the dark and mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil still exists and stalks them at every turn.


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Killers, Queens, Classics, and Cameos: Adam Green’s Hatchet Series



There’s been a lot of talk that we are finally getting “The Expendables of Horror” with the upcoming release of Death House starring Kane Hodder, Barbara Crampton, Dee Wallace, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Berryman, Felissa Rose, Gunnar Hansen, Cortney Palm, Lloyd Kaufman, Camille Keaton, R.A. Mihailoff, and Sid Haig.

That’s one hell of a line-up, for sure. But I’ve always wondered why everyone wants “The Expendables of Horror” when we already got it – three times over (and the fourth coming tomorrow) – with Adam Green’s Hatchet series.

From beginning to bloody end, Adam Green’s slasher series has boasted the best of the best in horror cinema. And today we want to honor that by pointing out the killer cast of Hatchet, Hatchet II, and Hatchet III.

Below you’ll find categories for Killers, (Scream) Queens, (Genre) Classics, and fun cameos. It’s a blast playing I Spy with the Hatchet series so try it with your friends at home. No using this guide as a cheat sheet.

Now let’s get to it!



As many classic character actors as there are throughout Adam Green’s original Hatchet trilogy, no other category is quite as impressive as the list of “Killers” Green assembled over the course of the first three films. Let’s take a look at each of them one by one.

Kane Hodder (“Victor Crowley”)

First, we have Kane Hodder (Victor Crowley) who has starred in countless horror flicks, but will forever be known as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell, and Jason X.

But on top of that, Hodder is an extremely well-known stuntman and stunt coordinator. And you can find him as an actor in such fright flicks as House II: The Second Story, House IV, Prison, Ghoulies Go to College (true story), Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, Wishmaster, Monster, 2001 Maniacs, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield, B.T.K., “Fear Clinic”, Frozen, Exit 33, Exit to Hell, Muck, and even plays himself in Adam Green’s Digging Up the Marrow.

Special Note: Make sure to check out the documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story when it hits via Dread Central Presents this July!

Robert Englund (“Sampson” – Hatchet)

Robert Englund is a man who needs no introduction. But for the sake of argument, let’s give him one anyhow. Englund is most famous for portraying Freddy Krueger throughout the entire A Nightmare on Elm Street series – other than the 2010 remake. On top of that Englund has starred in such genre offerings as Eaten Alive, The Phantom of the Opera, The Mangler, Wishmaster, Strangeland, Urban Legend, 2001 Maniacs, and, of course, Hatchet. That’d be an impressive list WITHOUT Freddy on his resume.

Tony Todd (“Reverend Zombie” – Hatchet, Hatchet II)

Tony Todd is a man who will forever be known as Daniel Robitaille aka The Candyman from, duh, Candyman, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, and Candyman: Day of the Dead. But in addition to that prestigious title, Todd has also starred in such genre offerings as The Crow, “The X-Files”, Wishmaster, the Final Destination franchise, and “Dead of Summer”.

Derek Mears (“Hawes” – Hatchet III)

Derek Mears is yet another genre icon that I’m sure is a horror household name by this point. After all, the man did a bang-up job as Jason Voorhees in the 2009 reboot, earning a special place in all of our horror hearts. But the man has also starred in horror offerings like Cursed, “Masters of Horror: Pro-Life”, The Hills Have Eyes II, Predators, The Aggression Scale, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, Freaks of Nature, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, and a role in David Lynch’s revival of “Twin Peaks.”

Sid Haig (“Abbott MacMullen” – Hatchet III)

As strange as it may sound, Sid Haig has been in hundreds of films since the dawn of time (it seems) but he will always be known for his more recent efforts, mainly his work as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. But on top of those films, Haig has also starred in horror classics such as Bone Tomahawk, The Lords of Salem, Creature, Halloween, Night of the Living Dead 3D, and even bit parts in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 2 and Jackie Brown.

R.A. Mihailoff (“Trent” – Hatchet II)

R.A. Mihailoff is an actor best known for starring as our man with the chainsaw Leatherface in the underappreciated 1993 classic Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. But the big man also has plenty of other genre efforts under his huge belt such as Slasher.com, Krampus: The Devil Returns, Horrorween, Smothered, Dark House, and Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings.



I’m thinking everyone knew what I meant by the word “Queens” in the title. I’m 95% sure, at least. But just in case there is one dude out there expecting some kind of entry he just isn’t gonna get, what I mean by “Queens” is, of course, “Scream Queens”.

Moving on. Like the other subphylums in this article, Adam Green’s Hatchet series boasts a ton of the most lovable Scream Queens to ever grace the screen.

We have Danielle Harris, Caroline Williams, and Fellisa Rose to name a few. Extra points go to Green for casting “the mean girl from camp” in Addams Family Values in the original Hatchet as the blonde pornstar chick, Misty. Her real name is Mercedes McNab, by the way. That always made me chuckle.

But now on to the Queens!

Danielle Harris (“Marybeth” – Hatchet II, Hatchet III)

While Danielle Harris’ role as Marybeth in Adam Green’s Hatchet II and Hatchet III is close to being the role the scream queen is best known for, that claim, at the time, still resided with her history within the Halloween series.

From starring as Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and its direct sequel Halloween 5: Revenge of Michael Myers to her role as updated Annie Brackett in Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II, Harris is no stranger to the genre.

But add in such efforts as Urban Legend, The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond, Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, “Fear Clinic”, Stake Land, Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2, See No Evil 2, Havenhurst, and Inoperable – on top of directing the horror-comedy Among Friends – and Harris is scream queen royalty through and through.

Caroline Williams (“Amanda” – Hatchet III)

Williams is someone you recognize from her famous role as Stretch in Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. But in addition to that classic role, Williams has starred in Stepfather II, Leprechaun 3, Contracted, Seed 2, Tales of Halloween, the upcoming remake of Blood Feast, and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her cameo in Rob Zombie’s Halloween II. Gotta love Caroline Williams!

Diane Ayala Goldner (“Elbert” – Hatchet III)

Diane Ayala Goldner is an actress you might not recognize – but you totally do. Goldner is famous for not only starring in her husband John Gulager’s Feast, Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds, and Feast 3: The Happy Finish, but she also starred in the third season of “Project Greenlight” that showcased the making of the original Feast film.

But on top of that, Goldner has also shown up in films like Pulse 2, Pulse 3, The Collector, and, like Caroline Williams mentioned above, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her cameo in Rob Zombie’s Halloween II. Let’s see Diane Ayala Goldner in more films, people!

Tiffany Shepis (“Casey” – Victor Crowley)

Okay, so I tried not to include any actors/actresses from Victor Crowley, but 1) everyone knows and loves Tiffany Shepis and 2) if you’ve seen the trailer for the fourth entry, you know she’s in the film. So let’s move on.

Shepis is best known for starring in basically every single horror movie for the past 10 years. Not kidding. Here are (some) of her genre efforts: Night of the Demons (2009), Tales of Halloween, Sharknado 2: The Second One, Hallows’ Eve, Chainsaw Cheerleaders, Home Sick, Abominable, and Bloody Murder 2: Closing Camp. Again, just to name a few.

Felissa Rose (“Kathleen” – Victor Crowley)

Okay, so just one more scream queen from the upcoming Victor Crowley. Ah, Felissa Rose from the classic 80’s slasher film Sleepaway Camp. Ask any horror fan to name their top 5 scream queens and I bet Rose ends up on the list. Every time.

On top of Sleepaway Camp, Rose has also starred in Tales of Halloween, Camp Dread, Aliens vs. A-holes, Dahmer vs. Gacy, Silent Night, Zombie Night, Caesar and Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre, Psycho Sleepover, and more!



What do we mean by “Classics”, you may ask. Well by that title we mean actors we have come to know and love from many a favorite fright flick. There isn’t currently a solid word for the “Final Guy” or the “Final Boy” or whatever, and truthfully it wouldn’t have mattered much to me anyhow as this list’s title truly sings with the Classics bit in there. And that’s good enough for me.

All internal blah, blah, blah out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the classic horror movie actors from Adam Green’s Hatchet series. They weren’t Killers. They weren’t (Scream) Queens. And they sure didn’t have Cameos. Here are the Classics, folks.

Joshua Leonard (“Ainsley” – Hatchet)

Joshua Leonard is a man we all know for starring as “Josh” in the found footage classic The Blair Witch Project. But he has also had parts in films such as Prom Night (2008), Shark Night 3D, Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming Unsane, and TV shows such as “True Detective” and “Bates Motel.” And in a fun bit of trivia, he voiced Tyler Durden in the “Fight Club” video game.

AJ Bowen (“Layton” – Hatchet II)

AJ Bowen is a man who seems to be in every other horror movie these days. Not that we’re complaining. I personally love AJ Bowen and think he adds a bit of class to every film he has even a bit part in. While he’s probably best known for his roles in Adam Wingard’s A Horrible Way to Die and You’re Next, he can also be seen in Creepshow 3, The Signal, The House of the Devil, Chillerama, Among Friends, The Sacrament, The Guest, and the upcoming Applecart co-starring Barbara Crampton. More AJ Bowen, please.

Zach Galligan (“Sheriff Fowler” – Hatchet III)

Zach Galligan will forever and always be known for playing “Billy” in Joe Dante’s creature-feature classic Gremlins and its fun as fuck sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch. But on top of starring in those family classics, Galligan has had parts in The Psychic, a killer episode of “Tales from the Crypt” called “Strung Along”, and let’s not forget my personal favorite, the cult classic Waxwork from director Anthony Hickox and its sequels.

Chase Williamson (“Alex” – Victor Crowley)

Chase Williamson is a relatively new classic of our beloved genre. In the past few years he had his stand-out role in John Dies at the End but has also had parts in such films as The Guest, Lace Crater, Beyond the Gates, SiREN, and Camera Obscura, along with the upcoming flicks Bad Match, the abovementioned Applecart with AJ Bowen and Barbara Crampton, and Gram Skipper’s Sequence Break. Looks like we’ll be seeing more and more of Chase Williamson in the next few years. And that sounds good to us.

Tom Holland (“Uncle Bob” – Hatchet II)

No, not that Tom Holland. The Tom Holland that is most famous as the director of such classic horror films as Child’s Play, Fright Night, multiple episodes of “Tales from the Crypt”, The Langoliers, Thinner, and the upcoming Rock, Paper, Dead. And on top of that, he is also known as an actor for not only Hatchet II but Psycho II, The Stand, and even plays himself in Adam Green’s Digging Up the Marrow.

John Carl Buechler (“Jack Cracker” – Hatchet, Hatchet II)

John Carl Buechler is probably best known as the director of such films as Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Troll, Ghoulies Go to College, and Cellar Dweller. But I’d say the man is much more famous as a make-up effects artist on films such as Ghoulies, TerrorVision, Crawlspace, From Beyond, Dolls, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, Prison, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Ghoulies II, Bride of Re-Animator, the original Hatchet, and literally dozens more. The man is a true legend!



I’m going to go ahead and wrap up this last piece. After all, most of the following cameos all take place in a single scene towards the middle of Hatchet II. You know the one. Tony Todd’s “Reverend Zombie” has amassed a group of hunters (rednecks) to bounty hunt the legendary Victor Crowley. Most turn away the offer. Some stay. Mostly every single hunter (redneck) that leaves is a cameo.

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This includes directors Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider), Marcus Dunstan (The Collector), Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), and our main man himself, Mr. Steve “Uncle Creepy” Barton. On top of that single scene from Hatchet II, the trilogy has so many cameos that I’m sure even I missed half of them – but I don’t count crew members. Other than directors such as Hatchet‘s own Adam Green, who shows up in Hatchet, Hatchet II, and Hatchet III, and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2), who gets it good in the second entry.

FINAL NOTES: Frozen star Emma Bell has a TV News cameo in Hatchet II, and there are a few cameos I’ve left out for fear of spoilers. Also, I’ve heard that We Are Still Here writer-director Ted Geoghegan is in Hatchet III, but I didn’t spot him in my weekend rewatch. Is he there? Can someone point him out to me? Thanks!


And that is our cheat sheet for all of the killers, queens, classics, and cameos hidden within Adam Green’s Hatchet trilogy. More are sure to join the list once the fourth entry, Victor Crowley, hits Blu-ray February 6th so make sure to check it out and spy all the hidden gems ASAP!

What did you think of our cheat sheet? How many did we miss? Let us know below!


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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