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Diary of a Horror Nerd: That Time I Met Victor Crowley

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Conventions give horror fans like myself a chance to meet some of our horror idols. The worst thing that can happen to a fan is meeting their idols and finding out that they are a complete asshole, but Kane Hodder aka Victor Crowley is a 100% genuinely awesome person.

I met him at Scarefest 7 in Lexington Kentucky back in 2013, right after the release of Hatchet III. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the Hatchet series, so I got the crossed hatchet symbol that commonly accompanies the Hatchet film titles a couple of months before Scarefest. 

Anyone that has ever seen Kane in person knows he’s a really big guy, and myself only being 5’3, I looked like a child next to him. Despite his large appearance, he gives off such a friendly vibe. He is one of the easiest people to talk to. 

Some “celebrities” pretend to be interested in what you have to say and the artwork you show them whether it be on paper or your skin, but when I told Kane about my tattoo, his eyes lit up. He came around the table and wanted to see it right away. When I showed him, he talked about how awesome it is and how much he loves to see pieces of his work immortalized. He asked ME for a picture with it, Kane fucking Hodder wanted a picture with me and my tattoo! I’m not a typical “fangirl”, but that moment was probably the highlight of my horror nerd experiences. I must insert a disclaimer here, Kane does choke, FOR REAL, male or female. He grabbed my hair (the tattoo is on the back of my neck) and yanked me around, but how can you be mad? I got tossed around by Victor Crowley!

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Kane with my Hatchet tattoo

After the picture, he spun me around and put me in a choke hold for another picture, again, he asked for another with ME. After the second picture, he put his arm around me and said thank you, he thanked me!? 

My husband and I got married on Friday, June 13, 2008 (Jason Voorhees’ birthday is Friday, June 13). We told him about it and he thought it was awesome. He is so genuine and you can feel the passion he has for his work and the love he has for his fans when he speaks. He doesn’t try to rush you along, he gives his undivided attention to his fans and does not like to be interrupted. A wrestling announcer broke over the PA in quite a loud, obnoxious manner while Kane was talking to a fan. Needless to say, Kane was not very happy about that. He slammed his pen down, came out from behind the table with that “I’m going to rip your head off and shove it up your ass” look in his eyes and demanded to know who was doing it. Yeah, they stopped after that.

If you ever get the opportunity to meet Kane Hodder, seize that opportunity. He is such a great guy and would never stomp on your horror nerd dreams. For those curious, he is $30 for an autograph, but pictures and genuine awesomeness is FREE. 

That was my experience meeting Victor Crowley, and I would not change a second of it for anything. Enough babbling and nerding out from me for now.

Until next time.

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Top 10 Horror Characters of 2013

I have already done a Top 10 Film list, so I think there should be a character list to accompany it.  Here is my list of Top 10 Horror Characters of 2013.

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Played by the beautiful Brittany Snow, Iris is a girl trying to earn money to pay for her dying brother’s hospital bills.  While doing so, she gets thrown into the craziest game of “Would you rather” at the worst dinner party ever.  She is a great heroine.  She began the film weak and scared, but ended the lone survivor and the hero.

conjuring-Vera-Farmiga9) Lorraine Warren (The Conjuring)

Lorraine Warren is obviously a real person and an iconic member of the paranormal world.  Vera Farmiga portrayed Lorraine beautifully in ‘The Conjuring’.  Playing the role of such an iconic figure is no doubt stressful, but Vera was just as strong on screen as Lorraine is in real life.

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Elijah Wood is one of the last actors I would have pegged for praise as a serial killer, but in his role as Frank in the remake of the classic, Maniac, he was fantastic.  Frank wasn’t an unstoppable mad man killing campers, but a person with a real mental problem and some mommy issues.  He prayed on the vulnerable girls much like a real life serial killer.

curse-of-chucky-0037) Nica (Curse of Chucky)

The Child’s Play series has brought us a list of memorable characters.  The new installment brought a new list of characters for Chucky to prey on.  Nica is a wheelchair bound young woman that turns out to be one of the strongest characters in the film. Played by Brad Dourif’s daughter, Fiona Dourif, she was by far the big star of Curse of Chucky.

carrie046) Carrie White (Carrie 2013)

Carrie White is another familiar name on this list, but with the year of remakes, a lot of horror’s classic characters have gotten face-lifts.  Chloë Grace Moretz played a more extreme version of the iconic character we all know and love.  Chloë’s version of Carrie was phenomenal.  Timid and lost in the sea that is high school, but when it came to destroying her entire school and town, the 2013 Carrie was intense.

Curse_Of_Chucky_2013_UNRATED_BRRIP_480_P_cap_25) Chucky (Curse of Chucky)

Chucky had become a lot more camp than usual in Bride and Seed of Chucky, but the camp was toned down a bit for Curse of Chucky.  Brad Dourif returned as the voice of the beloved plastic psycho.  His kills were back to the off the wall kills he is famous for.

HATCHET III / Director BJ McDonnell4) Marybeth Dunston (Hatchet III)

Danielle Harris is a name that tops horror lists of all kinds.  This year she returned in Hatchet III as the badass horror heroine, Marybeth Dunston.  She is a character that can be vulnerable one minute then the in your face southern girl the next.  I mean come on, she’s only 4’11 and she’s taking on an unstoppable ghost, and it would appear that she wins.

Jane Levy3) Mia (Evil Dead)

Mia is to Evil Dead as Ash was to The Evil Dead.  She was the first attacked and the last one standing.  For being her first horror film, Jane Levy was a natural.  She was up and down.  Starting the film as a recovering junkie and making a complete 180 becoming the hero at the end.  A character arch like that deserves some recognition.

exclusive-american-mary-clip-introduced-by-the-soska-sisters-124369-470-752) Mary Mason (American Mary)

Not many horror films go the way of a hero/villain wrapped into one character, and when they do, it is typically a male character.  The Soska Sisters changed that with American Mary by bringing us Mary Mason.  Played by Katharine Isabelle, Mary Mason created a new horror character type.  She was a girl pushed too far and went to extraordinary lengths to give herself a new, better life.  Another character that could a real life person.

Kane-Hodder-in-Hatchet-2-2010-Movie-Image-600x9011) Victor Crowley (Hatchet III)

The Hatchet Series, Adam Green and Kane Hodder can be found at the top of pretty much any list I can come up with.  My favorite horror character of 2013 was Victor Crowley of Hatchet III.  Victor, since his introduction in the first Hatchet film, has quickly become my favorite villain of the horror genre.  He is the ultimate killer.  He’s fast, strong, seems to be everywhere at once and brutal, but most of all, he is sympathetic.  He was accidentally killed by his own father when he was trying to save him from their burning house.  The Victor Crowley of Hatchet III was by far more brutal than the previous films.  Kane Hodder gave the performance of a lifetime in this role.

My Top 10 Horror Films From 2013

2013 has given us some new, impressive horror films and a few really good re-imaginings.  With the year drawing to a close, I figured it was time to give you guys my top 10 horror films of the year.

  1. Hatchet III
  2. American Mary
  3. Curse of Chucky
  4. The Conjuring
  5. Evil Dead
  6. Carrie
  7. Maniac
  8. Shiver
  9. Would You Rather?
  10. Among Friends

Hatchet III Review

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As a fan of the previous two Hatchet movies, I was more than excited with the announcement of Hatchet III.  Much like Hatchet II picked up where the first movie left off, Hatchet III does the same.  It picks up with Marybeth alone in the swamp with Victor Crowley.

Writer Adam Green did an amazing job with the script and basic concept for the movie.  I think the script for Hatchet III is by far better than the two previous films.

Hatchet III dives more into why and how Crowley returns every night.  It also explores an idea of how to rid Honey Island Swamp of Victor Crowley for good.  Not to spoil it for everyone, it does involve Marybeth, a distant relative of Victor and an urn.

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The casting was fantastic.  Kane Hodder (Victor Crowley) and Danielle Harris (Marybeth) both return to reprise their roles.  There were a few new additions to the cast like Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009),  Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2),  Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects) has a small yet entertaining role.  The most surprising addition to the cast is none other than Zach Galligan (Gremlins and Gremlins 2).  Zach has a pretty major role as a sheriff that does not want to believe in the legend of Victor Crowley.

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The gore level of this film far surpasses that of the first two films.  I do not want to give too much away, but there is a scene with Derek Mears‘ character and Victor Crowley that is nothing short of complete horror brutality.  If you are into the intense gore scenes, you will be very pleased.  There are a few comedic moments mixed in with the blood and gore.

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The makeup that transforms Kane Hodder into Victor Crowley has changed a bit for Hatchet III.  He looks more grotesquely disfigured in this film than the previous two.  The makeup department was very busy with blood and guts.  I must say that I like the makeup in this film more than the others.  There were a couple of scenes that paid homage to the old school slasher films  by using prop dummies instead of CGI.  Yes it looked a bit corny, but it was nice to see a nod to a time when actors actually had to learn stunts and dare I say it, act.

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The ending is very open and most certainly leaves the door open for a fourth installment to the Hatchet franchise.  I highly recommend Hatchet III to anyone that is a fan of the previous two films or anyone that wants to see a gritty gorefest.  I would not at all be opposed to seeing a Hatchet IIII.