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He’s been beaten, bullied, and burned — and that’s just the beginning of his story…

Kane-Poster-Andrew-Edit_ocbinvI recent­ly came across a pret­ty incred­i­ble cam­paign on Indiegogo to help pro­duce a doc­u­men­tary film on the leg­endary hor­ror icon, Kane Hod­der. Imme­di­ate­ly upon view­ing the cam­paign page, I knew this was some­thing I had to be a part of. I was for­tu­nate enough to to speak in-depth to the film­mak­ers and vision­ar­ies behind the project, Direc­tor Derek Den­nis Her­bert and Pro­duc­er Andrew Bar­cel­lo of Mas­ter­ful­ly Macabre Enter­tain­ment.

Gen­tle­men, thanks so much for your time. Can you tell me a bit about the gen­e­sis and inspi­ra­tion for this film? 

Her­bert: I heard bits of his sto­ry on short web videos and was intrigued by what I heard, so I began to inves­ti­gate fur­ther and found out that Kane had an auto­bi­og­ra­phy. I imme­di­ate­ly bought it and read it cov­er-to-cov­er (a few times). I was very inspired by his sto­ry and knew that it need­ed to be told on screen, and I want­ed to be the one to tell it. I told my friend Andrew who’s an Enter­tain­ment Attor­ney, about Kane’s sto­ry, which got him intrigued and he start­ed read his book as well.

Bar­cel­lo: Kane’s sto­ry wasn’t always an easy read, that’s for sure. There are lots of very intense emo­tion­al moments, and I tru­ly had to take breaks when read­ing it. Kane spares no details in his sto­ry­telling, so if he was in pain, you feel it. After read­ing the book, I knew Derek was onto some­thing. On one hand, Kane’s sto­ry is about a hor­ror icon. But, on the oth­er hand, it’s about an incred­i­ble human being over­com­ing extreme adver­si­ty, which many peo­ple can relate to.

Her­bert: So long sto­ry short, we were both inspired after hear­ing Kane’s sto­ry and read­ing his auto­bi­og­ra­phy. We were both shocked that this movie hasn’t been made before.


It is crazy that it has tak­en this long. How­ev­er, Kane talks about how he’s been approached many times before to tell his sto­ry… but he nev­er felt com­fort­able enough until you approached him. Why do you think your approach res­onat­ed with him so much?

Her­bert: I think it was mul­ti­fac­eted. Kane must have liked our dynam­ic (the way we work togeth­er). We also promised him some­thing no one else had — he has to be hap­py with the movie before it can be released.

Bar­cel­lo: I agree. Being friends, Derek and I have a cer­tain rap­port with each oth­er that def­i­nite­ly lends itself to mak­ing films. He’s very cre­ative, and I’m very busi­ness-mind­ed. But we under­stand and respect the oth­er side of think­ing as well. That and the ele­ment of cre­ative con­trol is some­thing Kane must have seen in us.

On its sur­face, this is a doc­u­men­tary about a beloved hor­ror icon. But, if you dig deep­er, it appears to be a sto­ry about hope and sur­vival. 

Bar­cel­lo: Very well said. This film is a sto­ry about a hor­ror icon’s rise to fame, but it is equal­ly about hope and sur­vival. Kane lived through some of the worst exam­ples of bul­ly­ing I’ve ever heard, and the whole burn ordeal is some­thing no one should have to go through. To come out the oth­er side and make him­self into a well-respect­ed stunt­man, actor, and hor­ror icon is incred­i­ble.

Her­bert: I always say it’s the sto­ry of Kane’s past, present, and future. Our tagline is: “He’s been beat­en, bul­lied, and burned- and that’s just the begin­ning of his sto­ry…” I think that accu­rate­ly describes the movie. All these sad instances lead Kane to the ulti­mate Amer­i­can dream.


Although this is a film you don’t have to be a hor­ror fan to appre­ci­ate, am I cor­rect to assume you’re both big fans of the genre? 

Her­bert: Yeah, I am a huge hor­ror fan. I first fell in love with the genre with John Carpenter’s 1978 clas­sic, Hal­loween. I must’ve been about 6 years old. I remem­ber lov­ing it and enjoy­ing being scared. Now, that’s some­thing that Andrew and I will dis­agree with, he thinks I don’t like being scared. I’m scared of being scared but I love it, if that makes sense. Most movies don’t scare me any­more but I’m a suck­er in haunt­ed hous­es. Hor­ror is in my blood; it’s a way of life, not just movies!

Bar­cel­lo: Despite lov­ing this film, I’m actu­al­ly not a huge hor­ror fan. Don’t get me wrong- I’ll watch a good hor­ror film and enjoy it. My friends are always hav­ing me watch hor­ror films, and I like them. I just don’t seek them out. That being said, Kane’s por­tray­al of Jason in the Fri­day the 13th films scared the crap out of me. I remem­ber watch­ing Part 7, and it scared me so bad­ly that I wouldn’t even go near the sec­tion of the video store that had the VHS. Just see­ing the mask was enough.

Kane is def­i­nite­ly a hor­ror icon. What has it been like work­ing with him on this film? 

Her­bert: Kane is an amaz­ing guy. I’m a much big­ger fan of his since we start­ed, hon­est­ly. I enjoyed his work before; don’t get me wrong, but the man behind that is such a nice guy. We’re friends now, and I’m tru­ly excit­ed every time I get a phone call and see his name on my screen. He’s a very gen­uine man.

Bar­cel­lo: He’s def­i­nite­ly the most down-to-earth celebri­ty I’ve ever worked with. He’s very nice, flex­i­ble, and will­ing to tell any sto­ry. He also is incred­i­bly pro­fes­sion­al, but knows how to have fun. It is a great bal­ance.

What has Kane’s reac­tion been to see­ing this film come togeth­er? 

Her­bert: Kane has been very sup­port­ive and behind us 100% from the start. We’ve shot with him on a sound­stage in L.A., in Hon­olu­lu, and at two con­ven­tions (one in Indi­anapo­lis and the oth­er in Atlanta.) Plus, we’re head­ing up to the Both­in Burn Cen­ter with Kane rel­a­tive­ly soon.

Bar­cel­lo: Kane has inten­tion­al­ly not watched any footage yet. He’s wait­ing for the first full cut of the film so he can give his unbi­ased, fresh opin­ion.

You plan to donate part of the prof­its from this cam­paign to the Both­in Burn Cen­ter. Can you tell me a bit more about why you feel that’s so impor­tant?

Bar­cel­lo: It was very impor­tant to us to make any crowd­fund­ing cam­paign for this film ben­e­fit a good cause that is close to Kane’s heart. Kane had talked a lot about the Both­in Burn Cen­ter and the peo­ple there who lit­er­al­ly brought him back from the brink of death. We couldn’t think of a bet­ter place to donate to, and they were on board.

Her­bert: Addi­tion­al­ly, many peo­ple (like Kane) who have been through a burn injury are called burn vic­tims, but that term is not some­thing they like to be called. Since they sur­vived the ordeal, they pre­fer to be called burn sur­vivors. So we are try­ing to get peo­ple to change the com­mon ver­nac­u­lar from ‘burn vic­tim’ to ‘burn sur­vivor’. We’re also encour­ag­ing peo­ple to use the hash­tag #burn­sur­vivor on social media.

The list of peo­ple you’ve inter­viewed for this film is beyond amaz­ing. What’s the process been like to secure so many film and genre leg­ends for this project and how have peo­ple respond­ed when you’ve reached out to them? 

Bar­cel­lo: Secur­ing them was a mix of Kane jump­ing in and mak­ing calls and me call­ing agents, man­agers, and the tal­ent direct­ly to sched­ule the inter­views. Almost every­one we asked for an inter­view agreed, which is fan­tas­tic.

Her­bert: It’s their respect and love for Kane that made them eager to par­tic­i­pate, often drop every­thing to do so. For exam­ple, Cas­san­dra Peter­son (Elvi­ra) has just done a press event for Knott’s and was due to fly out of Los Ange­les, but before that, she drove across L.A. dur­ing rush hour to meet us at a sound­stage so she could record her inter­view. She summed it up best, “I’d do any­thing for Kane,” and that mind­set was felt across the ros­ter.


Was there any­thing you weren’t expect­ing going into the project?

Her­bert: Maybe the amount that the sto­ries would affect us when we were hear­ing them (and still do almost a year lat­er!). These are raw, emo­tion­al sto­ries that Kane is telling for the first time on film. I think his open­ness to be emo­tion­al­ly hon­est and tell the truth (like he did in his book) will sur­prise fans.

Bar­cel­lo: Like Derek said, there are just cer­tain sto­ries that are so per­fect­ly told visu­al­ly that I still get tears in my eyes think­ing about. I will nev­er for­get him retelling his burn sto­ry. I have nev­er been on such a dead silent set in my life. It’s a roller coast­er of a movie, that’s for sure.


Where are you at with pro­duc­tion of the film and what’s the cur­rent dis­tri­b­u­tion plan after the Kick­starter cam­paign is wrapped? 

Her­bert: I like to say we’re about 95% done with pro­duc­tion, about to enter post-pro­duc­tion. We’re aim­ing to have the film out by the end of 2016. How­ev­er, until the film is fin­ished and we lock dis­tri­b­u­tion, you nev­er know for sure.

Bar­cel­lo: We’re going to take this film to fes­ti­vals first. With such a strong sto­ry, we know that the film will res­onate with audi­ences and can’t wait to see their reac­tions. At that point, we will con­sid­er sev­er­al dis­tri­b­u­tion options, but we are going to make sure Kane’s fans get to see it.

Her­bert: We also intend to come to as many con­ven­tions as we can to pro­mote, screen, and sign the film for fans, burn sur­vivors, and many more. The giv­ing back goes to fans as well.

I’m beyond excit­ed. Before I let you go, is there any­thing else you’d like to add?

Her­bert: Please con­tribute what­ev­er you can to the cam­paign. We have a lot of perks you’ll love.

Bar­cel­lo: And please share the cam­paign with every­one you know.


Please visit to learn more about this inspiring and important film and find out how you can be a part of seeing it get made, while helping support a tremendous cause. By contributing, you can also pick up some pretty spectacular perks. This campaign ends on May 24th, and your support is very much needed.

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