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Indie horror hero Adam Green discusses his latest film Victor Crowley, heartbreak and healing through horror, censorship, Women in Horror, and much more.

Victor CrowleyThe time is almost upon us fellow slasher fans — the time to rejoice as we revisit Honey Island Swamp and the horror icon known as Victor Crowley, played by the legendary Kane Hodder.

Adam Green again pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes with the release of Victor Crowley, the fourth installment in his beloved Hatchet franchise. As with the film, Digging Up The Marrow, Green decided to keep everything about Victor Crowley hush until its surprise premiere on August 22, 2017 in Hollywood.

A few days after pulling off one of the biggest surprises in Horror History,  Adam received a standing ovation at Frightfest UK in London for the movie. It was only the second time in Frightfest UK’s 18 year run that a film earned a standing ovation.

Needless to say, it delighted fans and continued to do so during its “Dismember America” theatrical roadshow in the month of October, where Green visited several cities to screen Victor Crowley and engage in Q & As with audience members.

I fucking love horror, and I’m a very big Adam Green fan. So when the opportunity presented itself to have a chat over the phone with one of the most successful creators currently working in the genre, I squeed like a little schoolgirl.

VICTOR CROWLEY was the most fun I had at the movies in a long time — giving me plenty of laughs, while incorporating the loss of many limbs — with a fantastic and eclectic cast who play their parts brilliantly. To say I was excited to discuss this film with Adam is a serious understatement.

(Just a heads up, there ARE some spoilers for the film in my talk with Green.)


INTERVIEW WITH ADAM GREEN, WRITER / DIRECTOR OF “VICTOR CROWLEY” AND CREATOR OF THE “HATCHET” SERIES

Danni Darko: Hello, Adam! Let me start by saying I’m super excited that Victor Crowley is finally coming out on the 6th. You pulled off one of the biggest surprises in horror movie history with the film’s premiere. Why did you want to keep it a secret and surprise fans?

Adam Green: Really, there was a lot of reasons this time. We had experimented with this with Digging Up The Marrow where, when we announced it. we kind of lied to everyone and said it was an ‘art documentary’ just so nobody would be interested — and it worked famously. So, for anybody that wants to keep people away from what they’re doing, just use the words ‘art’ or ‘documentary’ and nobody will care. And really, because there was no way to explain that movie without seeing it — because if you explained what it was, people would come to these negative conclusions — it just worked better for the movie to just show it.

Victor Crowley

Then with this one, a little bit of it was I just feel that everything gets spoiled now, because it’s like something is over a year. First there’s the announcement that you’re going to make it, and then there’s the casting news, and then you start production…and then there’s set visits, and clips and a teaser trailer…then the trailer and the poster. By the time the thing comes out, you’re over it already.

So I just think it’s more exciting for the fans when it’s just all of sudden here’s a movie that you had no idea was coming, and it also allows us to just worry about the movie and not have any type of outside interference or expectations being built. I just think it was something really fun to do.  Especially because, if you had asked me just three years ago if there would ever be more Hatchet movies, I would have definitely said no.  I was so done with it after the third one. It was just supposed to be that trilogy. But, life changes.

DD: Well, I’m super happy that your mind was changed because I was on the ‘Dismember America’ tour and was blown away. Then I got to screen it again last night, and I’m reminded how much I absolutely love this movie!

AG: Oh great!

DD: Yeah, it seemed like it got edited a little bit. You kind of spoke about that too, on the tour. And I’m bummed out because that scene in the bookstore is hilarious.

AG: Oh, wait, so the version they sent you was edited?

DD: Yeah, it didn’t have the boobs and the penis. I don’t think there was any gore taken out though…it just seemed like the bookstore part was the one that was edited.

AG: Yeah, (sigh) I know.

DD: To echo what you said on the tour, I don’t understand the edits because I really loved that scene, and I don’t get that they can show some beheadings…but they get freaked out by some boobs and a penis.

AG: Well, yeah, it was the penis. It’s a commentary on the gratuitous female nudity of this sub-genre. And this was long before this recent movement in Hollywood where women are finally speaking up.

You know, I wrote this well over two years ago, two and a half years ago at this point. And it was just like, these movies celebrate all the tropes that we’re used to. But even I am just over it. Like why is it always just the women? So that’s what that joke was. And throughout the tour there were so many women that thanked me for doing that.

DD: Yes!

AG: They were like, “It’s about time.” That scene (that was edited) was something, if it was up to me, that would be in it. And it is in all physical versions of the movie, but not the streaming version, which sucks! I’m just now finding out that’s the version they’re sending out for people to review. It’s a bummer because, I mean, you saw on the tour…that’s probably the best joke of the movie.

DD: And it was very well received, too.

AG: It sucks. And unfortunately, until the day comes that I can finance my own films, I have to deal with this kind of shit.

DD: Well, the movie, I don’t think, suffers at all because of it. I had an amazing time re-watching it again last night.

AG: That’s good.

DD: On the tour, also, you kind of mentioned that when (Joe) Lynch first read Victor Crowley, that he pointed out some interesting stuff — the severed ring finger, the discord between the characters of Andrew and Sabrina. Was writing Victor Crowley a cathartic experience for you, in some ways, do you think?

AG: Yeah, it definitely was. And I didn’t even realize it until people started reading it and commenting how they were looking deeper into it. I think, with anything, you always put yourself into it. And that was one of the re