The Adam Green Trilogy #1 - "Hatchet"


My next three reviews will focus on the extremely talented young writer/director Adam Green. Adam is apart of a group of New England born and bred filmmakers who seem to be taking the independent horror genre by storm. Guys like Eli Roth, Paul Solet, Joel David Moore and others have been involved in some of the best horror movies in years. These filmmakers are movie fanatics in their own right and create films with their fan base in mind. Adam Green’s breakout hit was the 2006 slasher spectacle “Hatchet” that tells the story of Victor Crowley, a viciously deformed killer that stalks the New Orleans bayou.

For his first big film, Green was able to corral a horror director’s dream of a cast. Robert Englund of Freddy Krueger fame opens the movie, playing an alligator hunter, who is out with his son when the run into some trouble with Victor. Kane Hodder, who was “Jason” in a handful of the Friday the 13th movies, plays Victor Crowley. He also doubles as Victor’s father in a flashback. Horror icon Tony Todd of “Candyman” fame also has a cameo as Reverend Zombie.

The plot of “Hatchet” follows a bunch of college kids at Mardi Gras. Ben, played by Joel David Moore gets sick of all the drunken debauchery around him and leaves the group with one his best friends Marcus coming along. Looking for some cheap thrills they board a pontoon boat with an eclectic group of people for a haunted swamp tour of the bayou.

Although the story of Victor Crowley and the woods setting is quite similar to Jason and the Friday movies, Green does do his best to differentiate them. There are homage’s to other classic horror films that only fans will recognize. A line here a scene there, it's all pretty subtle. Green knows his audience and fan base well because he is one of them. The kills and gore effect are pretty spectacular, so big props go out to the makeup and effects departments. With a total budget of only a million and a half, they defiantly seem to get their money’s worth.

This is definitely a better than average entry into the vast horror market and sees the birth of two new horror icons to look forward to seeing more of, Adam Green and Victor Crowley. While Hatchet 2 was filmed earlier this year and made it onto a few theatres a DVD release date has not yet been set.

"The Collector" is a Sleeper Horror hit!


When the guys behind the most recent “Saw” movies had some extra time in their busy schedules they made a small independent horror film called “The Collector”. Since the “Saw” movies they were apart of were nothing but pure crap, I was a little hesitant about watching this movie, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how effective and entertaining it was. This is a real sleeper hit in the cluttered world of horror.

Released into a few theatres in 2009 and now on DVD, this movie really delivers the goods. High suspense, brutal violence and gore and characters you actually like for a change. Our hero is Arkin is a small-time crook trying to turn his life around, he has a young daughter that lives with his ex-wife. His ex is in deep with some loan sharks and needs money by the end of the night. He has been working a construction job at this rich families home and decides the only way to get the money he needs in a hurry is to rob the place. Things start out well until he runs into the Collector. Kind of like showing up at a party wearing the same dress. These two are on quite the collision course.

Since this movie has so much going for it you tend to ignore the clich├ęd and ridiculous moments like a strip club scene, Arkin just wants his family back, and the killer that wears a mask not to mention several others. “The Collector” really shines in its building of suspense and the cat and mouse games played by Arkin and the killer. Most of the action takes place in this big opulent house, where they are fully aware of each others presence. The Killer also seemed to have the time and the resources to rig up meticulous traps in each room (this is the ridiculous part) to make Arkin’s life a bit more difficult. While Arkin just wants to rob the wall safe and leave. The Collector wants to torture and kill the owners and whoever comes by. The traps do seem to be obviously inspired by the famous “Saw” traps although with a sort of twist.

As the title advertises the killer collects one live victim and stashes them in a red trunk from each of his crimes. Will Arkin be added to his collection? The ending has its own little twists and turns that are pretty amusing. “The Collector” is definitely worth a viewing or two and a buy if under $10. Hopefully, after “Saw” has run its course, these guys will use this gem to make even better films.