While I'm defending the home front here at Bleeding Cool, Brendon is off watching horror movies and interviewing the stars at FrightFest in London. Not that I'm bitter or anything. In between watching the latest flicks out on the horror circuit, Brendon stopped by for a chat with filmmaker Adam Green, who is best known for making Hatchet and Hatchet II. With Hatchet III on the way, Green was willing to drop a few hints about the film along with a few other tantalising suggestions about what's in store for horror.
One thing that we picked up is that Green thinks the found footage gimmick in horror is something is going a bit stale. More importantly, though, it seems like a very popular slasher series is getting a reboot as a found footage film.
"The found footage thing is dead … It's not going to work, trying to fool people into thinking it was a real tape … When [The Blair Witch Project] first came out I loved it, I thought it was the most innovative thing, even Paranormal Activity … I really liked the movie when I saw it. I never believed it was real but I liked the movie, I liked the experience…
Now they're taking, and I can't say the name of it, but a very well-known slasher franchise, and when I got the call I was like, "I would love to do this!"
Then they were like, "OK, it's going to be a found footage movie."
I was like, "Why?"
And they were like, "Because Paranormal Activity made a lot of money."
He turned the project down.
There aren't many slasher series out there that haven't been remade already, so does anyone want to hazard a guess at what this one is going to be? The only things that come to mind for me are Candyman and Sleepaway Camp, purely because those are the only two series I can think of that might work as found footage films, but feel free to speculate amongst yourselves. God help us, maybe it's Leprechaun. Though I don't know if killing someone with a pogo stick counts as "slashing".
He also confirmed that Hatchet III is definitely going ahead and will start shooting in February, and he dropped a few hints about who's going to be in the director's seat.
"Bleeding Cool: Who's directing?
Adam Green: I can't say yet, we've only just chosen him.
BC: Will we be excited?
AG: I hope everyone is excited because he was the right person for it. It's not a name that everyone's going to know, but when you hear who it is I think you'll understand why I made the choice I did. What I can say is that he was my first choice all along, even when it came time to do the second one, at a certain point they wanted to do the second one and they didn't want to wait for me, and this was the guy that I thought should do it. He's been part of the Hatchet family the whole way, and I will tease just by saying that he was there for everything. He's the type of guy, he works on a lot of big movies, and if he's wearing his Hatchet crew shirt, and if the guy on the crew for, like Transformers or whatever tries to talk shit, he physically beats the shit out of him. I'm going to be with him the whole way, I'm going to be by the camera the whole time, protecting him, helping him, and I hope it's the best Hatchet movie yet.
I love interviewees like Adam Green, who know they can't say anything but drop enough hints give you a good chance of guessing who it's going to be. Based on what Green told us, my best guess is assistant director Craig Borden, who has worked on both previous Hatchet films but also on St John of Las Vegas, Luc Besson's Taken and 2009 Brittany Murphy horror Deadline. He hasn't worked on Transformers, of course, but we doubt that Adam Green was being literal when he gave that example.