An Interview with Kane Hodder

Back in December of 2010 the Haunt Club interviewed Kane Hodder, the actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in four of the Friday the 13th films. Rather than let the interview be buried in history, we decided to show it off for everyone to enjoy. So, without further discussions, here is the interview:

Calvin: First off, how was your Halloween this year? Do you ever don the Jason Voorhees outfit and scare the neighborhood kids?

Jason: Halloween was great. I was in New York City on Halloween Day for a couple big TV interviews for Fox and Friends and Good Day NY. I also did several radio interviews for Sirius and then got to watch all the people in Times Square in their costumes. There was even a Jason walking around! Ahhh memories.

Calvin: You’re the only actor to play three of the most iconic horror icons in the history of film: Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, and Victor Crowley. Is there something that attracted you to these characters?

Kane: I have often said that my actual personality is closer to that of a maniacal murderer than most people’s personalities, so the trip to that state of mind is a quick one for me. Sounds like a joke, but I’m serious. Most actors will tell you it’s more fun being the bad guy. I absolutely love it. Some people say I enjoy it too much.

Calvin: Of the three characters, do you have a favorite?

Kane: Jason put me on the map, so that character will always be very close to my heart, but I also love the Victor Crowley character as well. It’s always nice to originate a character and continue with his story.

Calvin: Your body language behind these characters, it’s horrifying, and really lends to the character’s personality. How difficult was it to immerse yourself into the mind of a sociopath?

Kane: It was easy. Very easy. What does that tell you?

Calvin: Does this sociopathic body language help when you play poker?

Kane: The body language doesn’t necessarily help while playing poker, but the history of my antics on and off the set, while playing the character help somewhat. My image of being unpredictable and crazy on the set makes poker foes worry about that stuff happening instead of concentrating on just poker. Anything to distract them is good for me.

Calvin: In Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, the script called for Jason to kick the main character’s dog, but you refused, claiming that Jason was not that bad. Can you share your thoughts on Jasons morality?

Kane: I didn’t necessarily think it was a moral choice. I just always thought that if anything, Jason would identify with an animal. Not hurt it. Humans were responsible for what happened to Jason. Not animals.

Calvin: Alright enough morality, do you have a favorite kill scene?

Kane: Favorite Jason kill is the sleeping bag and favorite all-time kill is ripping the woman’s head apart by her jaw in Hatchet. Both are pure genius. Does that sound weird?

Calvin: In your autobiography, Unmasked: The True Life Story of the World’s Most Prolific, Cinematic Killer, you thank all of your fans for their love and admiration. That is, except for the guy who sent you a bottle of freshly squeezed semen. Care to talk about your reaction?

Kane: Utter shock, when I realized what it was. I guess he thought I would be flattered. Uhhh, nope. And I thought I was fucked up in the head.

Calvin: There’s a rumor going around that you’re a Juggalo and huge fan of the Insane Clown Posse. What attracted you to this crowd – music, style, maybe some lyrical message?

Kane: I just love the music and the attitude. Best concerts I have ever been to.

Calvin: Has your ghost hunting group, Hollywood Ghost Hunters, found anything recently?

Kane: Because of Mike Aloisi and I being on our book tour for the last 3 months, we haven’t had much chance to go ghost hunting. We were able to investigate Rolling Hills Asylum in the summer and we just spent a few days at the Stanley Hotel, which was very cool.

Calvin: Do you have any upcoming projects we should keep an eye out for?

Kane: We will be shooting Hatchet 3 in the next few months. I play an abused husband in a movie called The Afflicted. Chillerama comes out next week. I did a 3D horror version of Robin Hood in Germany where I play Little John. I’m a bisexual sadist in a film called Tag. I did an untitled comedy with Adam Rifkin and a prison movie with Tony Todd called Cut. Lots of fun stuff.

Calvin: As a parting question, do you have any advice for individuals looking to score horror roles?

Kane: Be natural with your violence Or I’ll kill you.

World Goth Day

Today, May 22, marks the celebration known as World Goth Day, a day in which people across the world celebrate all things pertaining to the Goth culture. The celebration began, according to the day’s unofficial website, back in 2009, when the BBC6 Music weekend was celebrating various genres of music. May 22, as it so happened, focused on the Gothic genre. The rest is history.

Since the first day in 2009, World Goth Day has gone on to expand from its British roots to the rest of the world. As stated on the Huffington Post, Club nights across the UK and USA are set to take part in Goth night. Events in Cape Town, California, Maine will draw in hundreds of leather-clad, makeup-laden party-goers, while in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, there will be a fundraiser for the Sophie Lancaster Trust.

(Sophie Lancaster was bullied and killed because of her Gothic image. Sophie’s mother, along with numerous subcultures, created the charitable trust to combat prejudice and hate.)

Since May 22 often falls on a Wednesday, the World Goth Day unofficial website says, “It’s understood that May 22nd might not be a convenient date for everyone to celebrate Goth Day (let’s face it; Wednesdays are a ghost-ship for any event at the best of times), so it’s more of a guideline than a hard & fast rule. Most good events happen on a weekend, but we’ll cross that bridge as the years go by.”

Maybe you could be crossing that very bridge this weekend.

If there was every a time when wearing intense makeup and dying your hair was appropriate, today is that day. Gather up your friends, throw on your darkest clothing, and party until the sun descends and rises again.

Bullockornis: The Demon Duck of Doom

Approximately 15 million years ago, in what is now known as Australia, there lived the bird Bullockornis, which stood approximately 2.5 meters (8ft 2in) tall. The flightless bird, now extinct, is believed to have weighed up to 250kg (550 lbs). The bird featured a skull with a large beak, ideal for shearing, which indicates the bird may have been carnivorous. According to Wikipedia, The birds skull is larger than that of many small horses.

Bullockornis statues, Kings Park, Western Australia.

Many paleontologists believe that Bullockornis was related to geese and ducks. This generic relationship, in addition to the birds tremendous size and skull beak, is why Bullockornis eventually received the nickname The Demon Duck of Doom.


Imagine one of these primordial creatures chasing you down a block, or using their massive beak to tear open your chest. After all, they were carnivorous, and standing approximately eight feet tall, there are a few creatures who would have taken on a flock of these birds.

That’s a fear you don’t see featured prominently in Halloween props: avian. More haunted houses needed to follow in Alfred Hitchcock’s footsteps. That man understood what it meant to use birds to scare audiences. If anyone uses birds in their haunt, let me know, because I demand more avian!

Evil Dead The Musical

While searching around for recent information regarding the still-in-production Evil Dead remake, I stumbled upon something that absolutely blew my mind: Evil Dead The Musical.

That’s right a musical based off the classic cult horror film series The Evil Dead. The musical features plotlines from the whole Evil Dead series, but it primarily features the characters and storyline of the original Evil Dead film. The comedy and writing is more comedic than horrifying, like that of Army of Darkness.

The musical is also rather messy, featuring explosive blood and gore. In fact, the three rows of seats closest to the stage is called the splatter zone, because the musical includes explosive blood and gore. According to the website, Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Audience members sitting in the splatter zone are encouraged to wear trashy clothing, because they will get covered with gory props and fake blood.

For those individuals who dislike either Evil Dead or musicals, the website has something to say: You don’t need to be a fan of Evil Dead to love this show. You don’t need to be a fan of horror to love this show. You don’t even need to be a fan of musicals to love this show. As long as you like having fun this show is for you.

Although the musical began back in 2003, in Toronto, Ontario, it has since spread all about the world, from Tokyo to Kalamazoo, becoming a cult classic of its own. Current and future productions are listed here:

  • Vancouver, BC Opens May 3, 2012
  • Las Vegas, NV Opens June 22, 2012
  • Fredericton, NB Opens July 7, 2012
  • Wilmington, DE Opens July 28, 2012
  • Calgary, AB Opens August 14, 2012
  • Manitowoc, WI Opens October 31, 2012 (Halloween!)
  • Fort Collins, CO Opens April 11, 2013


If you find yourself close to any one of the current or upcoming shows, definitely check it out. We’re expecting to hit one of them won’t say which one but you may see the Fright team in the splatter zone.

Brainstorming for Halloween

Halloween signs enhance your haunt: As juvenile candy collectors creep up to your haunted home wouldn’t it only be fair to give them some warning of what’s to come? Using Halloween signs to enhance your display is a great way to complete your theme. Lately I’ve been thinking about creating a Salem witch theme, like a dark bubbling cauldron with led lights on the inside, prominently displayed on the lawn. Then a great sign out front to warn the kiddies of the witches inside. Something like The Wicked Witch Inn is great for a more whimsical feel. I prefer something a little bit more scary like Witches Gather Here. Finish off your look with a little trick-or-treater that has been captured in a cage and awaiting the stew. Of course when you open the door you have to be dressed to the nine’s in your spookiest witch costume and makeup serving gummy toads and worms.

Undead abominations break new ground: There’s no doubt that zombies are huge right now, which make them ideal for decorating a lawn or yard. Here’s what I’m thinking: zombie props and body parts buried in the earth, sticking out enough to look like a poorly constructed graveyard. Accent the scene with green lights and smoke machines to create a swampy, murky feeling. But I want to go one further: dress myself in dark clothing that I don’t care about and bury myself in some loose dirt. When a trick-or-treater wanders by, I’ll leap out and scream and watch their face curdle. Glorious!

Flicking lights for fearful scenes: Like photography, lighting makes all the difference in a Halloween scene. Any professional haunter will say the same thing. But simple lighting can only heighten the scene so far – shadows, eye direction, pathing. Flickering Halloween lights, however, are designed to attract attention and create a spooky visual. For example, no one likes it when the electricity goes out, it’s spooky and horrifying, which is why lights designed to turn on and off at intervals would be ideal for a haunted house. I once designed a hallway with three lights on each side, with each light on a different interval. When one went off, another turned on, and so forth. It allowed attention to be focused off the actor creeping up behind the victims. Definitely going to do it again this year.

As we get closer to the Halloween season, we’ll continue updating our blog with ideas for haunts. If you have any great ideas you want to share, let us know and we may showcase your work. We love hearing from our customers.

The Avengers Drops Tonight. Let’s Get Pumped.

I don’t know about all of you, but I’m seeing The Avengers tonight at a midnight release. But here’s one better: I’m not going as an average Joe. Nope, somehow I convinced a group of friends it would be a great idea to see the movie while wearing Avengers costumes. It’s going to be amazing!

And according to Rotten Tomatoes, The Avengers is now sitting at a 93% approval rating, which is only one percentage point lower than Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, a movie that revolutionized comic book films. Does this mean The Avengers is as good as The Dark Knight? Ask me tomorrow and I’ll give you an honest answer.

As a guy who doesn’t love comics, though, I’ve found myself pondering over the inclusion of Scarlett Johansson’s character, Black Widow. Where did she come from, and why did they not feel the need to give her a movie? I mean, I’d watch a Scarlett Johansson movie, even if it sucked. I’d watch it a dozen times.

But then the Internet answered me question:

Anyway, I’m all kinds of excited now and I still have a handful of hours until the movie drops. Guess I’ll go do something, like read or write or watch a horror movie. Actually, I’d rather watch another trailer. How about one with Loki and Tony Stark? That sounds good. Let’s hit it:

Get Ready for Halfoween!

Informally known as Halfoween, May 1st marks the halfway mark from one Halloween to the next. While not universally recognized, Halfoween is a great excuse to get excited about Halloween, either by dressing in costume, handing out candy, or generally encouraging horror shenanigans.

To get you in the mood for tomorrows Halfoween, today we’re showcasing imagery from the Whitby Gothic Weekend, an annual four-day event in England celebrating life’s darker, more mysterious side. Basically, the Whitby Gothic Weekend is a Halloween lover’s wet dream, featuring such things as drinking, dancing, music, and shopping, all with an alternative, horror-centric spin.

Enough chit-chat, let’s get pumped for Halfoween:

Attending guests wear clothing from various genres, including Romanticism, Victoriana, Cybergoth, and Steampunk.

The Dark Knight Rises Will Make So Much Money

There is no doubt about it – The Dark Knight Rises is going to make so much money. Got any doubt? Let’s take a look at the Dark Knight Rises costumes:




Look at those costumes! They’re absolutely amazing, and I cannot wait to see them on the silver screen. Plus, Anne Hathaway is one smoking Catwoman – meow. (Now to figure out how to get my girlfriend into a Dark Knight Rises Catwoman costume.)

But are the costumes not enough proof for why this movie is going to make a financial killer? How about this: robots. Yup, leaked photographs from The Dark Knight Rises set shows the Batmobile turning into a bipedal robot. Boom:


More Batmobiles (Why not?)

Sure, the movie’s release is still months away (July 20), but I am beyond pumped for the trilogy’s finale. Plus, if The Dark Knight Rises actually manages to be better than The Dark Knight, it will be one of the few trilogies that each film was better than the last.

Now do yourself a favor: watch the trailer in HD. Don’t want to go look for it? Don’t worry, I did all the work for you.

Lizzie Bordens House Is For Sale

Located in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Bordens house, where she lived after being acquitted of murder charges, is now for sale.

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The house is located at 306 French St. and has an asking price of $650,000, which is much, much higher than the city’s assessed worth of $313,200, though that price does not take into account the houses historical value.

Robert Dube has owned the property since 1980, when he bought it for $60,000. Dube attempted to subdivide the property and build a one-family home on the lot, but neighbors protested and Dube ceased the subdivision.

The home includes fourteen rooms, seven bedrooms, and two-and-a-half bathrooms. The real estate listing also describes two sunrooms, seven fireplaces, tin ceilings, a grant entry foyer, original parquet, and mahogany moldings.

This is not the same house where Lizzie Bordens parents were killed in August of 1892. That title is held by the house located on 92 Second St. in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Horror Stationary

Today’s blog post has me thinking that Halloween costumes is the wrong kind of horror business. You see, I recently stumbled upon the work of a German-based designer named Jacques Pense, who created an award-winning series of horror stationary items. From envelopes to binder rings, Pense has brought the world of horror crashing down upon the humdrum corporate world.

But here’s the kicker: they’re amazing! I could actually see mainstream American offices using these things – as long as they don’t cost an arm or a leg. If the FrightCatalog gang can get in touch with Pense, we may even include some with this year’s Haunt Club kit (no promises). Imagine the satisfaction felt from tearing a zombie’s face open and pulling out its paper guts. Oh, I’m getting goosebumps.

Anyway, without any more rambling from me, let’s get on with the horrifying eye candy:

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