Adam Green

If the Alamo Drafthouse were a bar, directors Adam Green and Joe Lynch would be the salty regulars whose names everyone knew – pictures of their debauched antics would proudly adorn the walls. These filmmakers cut their teeth to the sounds of cheering genre fans in the hallowed arena of Fantastic Fest; Lynch with Wrong Turn 2, Green with Hatchet. Ever since their Fantastic Fest premieres, the Drafthouse doors have been open arms to these two passionate and insanely creative geeks. Without venturing too closely to the vocabulary of cults, Green and Lynch are our kind of people. To wit, the Drafthouse invited them to host an evening of cinematic mayhem dubbed A Very Green & Lynch Christmas. Our duly appointed masters of ceremonies would be presenting a showcase of their early work, current collaborations, and hints and teases at their upcoming projects. All through the night, they would be answering questions and providing humorous anecdotes about long, long ago and behind-the-scenes shenanigans. They would be giving away fabulous prizes and auctioning off still other prizes of even higher calibers of fabulousness; a date with Adam Green himself was even on the block! All proceeds from the evening would go to the American Legion Hall in order that they may install an elevator for disabled veterans. Here’s a breakdown of what we saw…

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Combining short films with titles like Wadzilla and The Diary of Anne Frankenstein, Chillerama is an anthology film stuffed to the brim with movie references from the collaborative minds of Adam Green (Hatchet), Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs), Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City), and Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom). Weaving the films together is the over-arching movie Zom-B-Film, a tale of a zombie pervert invasion at a drive-in movie theater. Chillerama features Joel David Moore, Lin Shaye, Ray Wise, Eric Roberts, and the man behind many masks, Kane Hodder, all of whom are intentionally hamming it up in roles ranging from cliched military generals to a Frankenjew to Adolf Hitler. Never taking itself too seriously, the film makes an inordinate amount of dick jokes, spills a lot of blood, makes two dozen poop jokes, and sprays all sorts of fluids across the screen. So if you’re into that…

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Adam Green and Joe Lynch

Right now you might be standing in line at your favorite retailer trying to beat throngs of other people to the deals that only come around once a year. You may also be one of those non-conformist anti-consumerists who are sitting on your couch, secretly participating in Black Friday sales on the web. Either way, we know one thing: you’re a person of taste, because somehow you ended up here. And if you are one of our neighbors in Austin, TX, you’re about to be glad you did, as we’ve got a sweet little giveaway for you. 

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The entire plot of Hatchet and Hatchet 2 were skeletons where Adam Green could hang some gruesome cheese and a deep love of 80s slashers. There’s nothing wrong with that, and Victor Crowley emerged as a new minor horror icon. It’s unclear how they’ll continue the franchise after the gut blast of the second movie, but Dark Sky Films has given Green the greenlight to rev their blood-fueled engines and return to the swamp for Hatchet 3. According to Shock Til You Drop, all personnel details are still being hammered out – which means Green might not be directing. However, the idea for the third film was created even before filming of the second which means the creativity has simply been waiting for the money to fall into place. Are you ready to run from the Bayou Butcher again?

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Hatchet II is probably going to end up like the first film: not exactly a success in theaters, but destined for cult status instead. So far, that’s basically all of director Adam Green‘s films. From Hatchet to Frozen to Spiral, they’ve all found life and a fan base on home video. If you were a fan of the first Hatchet, it’s difficult to imagine you wont enjoy the second film. It’s the same setting and routine, except with bigger and better and, of course, bloodier kills. Hopefully Green’s Killer Pizza, which Chris Columbus is producing, will be able to tap into a mainstream audience. As of right now, most of his fan base is present in the online film world. And, from the sound of it, that’s a double-edged sword. Green deals with some odd folks on the web. Fans can be great, but they can be total crazies as well. There’s the regular old lunatics on the IMDB boards and, of course, the pirates that are obviously hurting both Green and his films. Once this topic came up, Hatchet II basically went out of the conversation.

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In reading this site, you are often bombarded with that which is tough to watch — the gory, the violent and the malicious and delicious. It’s not really my style, but it does give the site balance. It’s why we keep the likes of Robert Fure and Brian Salisbury around — think of it as our genre-related diversity plan. And it attracts a wide range of readers. Though I suspect that the number of readers who just like free stuff is a higher number and a wider range. Which is good, because today we combine the two when we give away a few copies of Adam Green’s Hatchet II on Blu-ray (in stores February 1, 2011). Read on for the gory details.

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Odds are since you’re reading this, presumably on the internet and not on our weekly printed newsletter distributed at your local Whole Foods, you’ve heard that Hatchet II is, for the most part, no longer playing in theaters. I don’t want to use the word “pulled” because that just sounds so violent – this is a kid’s site, for fucks sake. So you’re cruising around the internet and probably reading a lot of people’s opinions on why the film was removed from AMC screens. On one hand, the film didn’t make a lot of money. On the other, the film was unrated and some are suggesting the MPAA leaned on AMC to force their hand in removing the film from theaters. I’m sure there are a few other theories out there, at least one of them involving lizard people. Not one content to just blame the lizard people at every turn, I decided to put on my journalist hat (it’s a fedora) and actually talk to someone at AMC. That man is John Campea who has been a presence for years with AMC’s movie blogging and had a hand in helping Hatchet II find its way into theaters.

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When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline. Synopsis: Picking up about a frame after the events of the first film, Victory Crowley is still in full effect when it comes to killing people in the swamps of Louisiana. Marybeth manages to narrowly avoid death at the hands of Hatchetface, slipping away back to the Reverend Zombie’s shop looking for answers. Intent on recovering the bodies of her deceased relatives, and getting some revenge, Marybeth teams up with a band of hunters to bring back the head of Crowley. Yeah, that ain’t gonna happen.

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Watching films at Fantastic Fest can be described in a lot of ways. For me personally, I generally walk into every single film playing there with no idea what it’s about, or even what language it’s in. This is, of course, completely untrue when it comes to Hatchet 2, which is exactly why I skipped the Fantastic Fest screening to watch Rubber instead. Thankfully there was an LA screening and interviews set up, so I flew back to town to rock and roll with that. Now you’re lucky enough to hear my thoughts on it.

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Coroner

Coming to Blu-ray September 28th is director Adam Green’s follow-up to the pretty excellent 80’s inspired slasher Hatchet. His sophomore effort ditches the buckets of bloods, head rips, and disfigured villains (but keeps Kane Hodder) and instead opts for a more realistic thriller about a trio of friends stuck on a chairlift. Yeah, kind of like Open Water but you know, in a chairlift. Except there are no sharks. No, instead their are wolves. This is one of those titles that doesn’t lend itself amazingly well to the Coroner’s Report: with so few characters, there’s bound to be a low body count and with no sadistic inbred dude hiding in the woods, there won’t be much head cutting. Also, there are no boobs. But is it worth watching anyways?

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The thing that I appreciate most about the new poster for Hatchet 2 is that it makes no bones about the fact that it’s a horror film. I’m not sure a film with its name could, but it’s nice to see a production owning up to what it is. Hell, it’s also refreshing to see a horror film released in October. As you may have heard, the film is the largest release of an unrated horror film in 25 years, so a lot might be riding on this marketing. Take a look for yourself:

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Coroner

Back in 2006 I had the great pleasure of viewing Hatchet in theaters, something not many people can claim. At the time, I had an immense amount of fun with the flick. Whether it was the movie, the film festival, or Kane Hodder sitting behind me like a behemoth, I was into it. Press fast forward on the button of life and it’s 2010 and this “old school American horror” flick is available in the high definition Blu-ray format, courtesy of Anchor Bay. If you’re unfamiliar with the title, Adam Green’s first foray into features follows a group of young twenty-somethings, and a few older folks, as they journey into the swamps of Louisiana on a haunted tour. As any learned horror fan would expect, soon things go south and Victor Crowley, the local boogey man, is tearing them limb from limb.

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When Anchor Bay announced they were bringing two awesome horror movies to Blu-ray, we knew it’d be mighty swell of us to share them with you. The Bruce Campbell-starring, Sam Raimi-when-he-was-good directed classic The Evil Dead makes its debut on Blu-ray with a few new features. Also on high definition for the first time is director Adam Green’s 80s throwback slasher Hatchet, which features a villain who could hold his own with the likes of Freddy and Jason. So if you want to win yourself a set of these Blu-rays, click on through to find out what to do. (Hint: We’ll need a blood sample.)

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Coroner

A couple of times each year I like to take a moment to just look at how horror is coming along in the year. Take a look back and what we’ve seen this year so far and gaze into the future of what’s still to come. Thus far, 2010 has been fairly underwhelming overall, and the horror scene has been no different on the big screen. We got, as usual, a bunch of remakes – at least four theatrical so far come to mind – and very few standouts. Perhaps the biggest news of the year in terms of horror was the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street being critically panned by everyone except me, but performing well enough to merit sequel considerations. On DVD, Roger Corman has been thrust back into the spotlight with Shout! Factory’s re-releasing of his massive library.

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Before you ask: yes, I’m a fan of terrible puns. If you didn’t know that by now, I’d say that you need to get out of the kitchen. Or something like that. Back on track, we’re here to talk about a new project for Hatchet and Frozen director Adam Green.

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Your daily allowance of random movie stuff, stories that fell through the cracks and news you can’t use.

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‘Frozen’ can be boiled down to ‘Open Water’ on a ski lift, but it’s still quite entertaining.

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The Sundance Film Festival is exactly 30 days away. Might as well begin my preview. In order to do so, I will be previewing at least one film every day from here until the day the fest gets underway. We begin with Frozen…

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31daysofhorror-reckoning

A group of New Orleans tourists tire of the breasts and urine-filled streets of the city and head out of town for a haunted swamp tour…

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