To all the other dreamers out there, don’t ever stop or let the world’s negativity disenchant you or your spirit. If you surround yourself with love and the right people, anything is possible.
You may love football, but that doesn’t mean you have any business trying to play the sport. It’s the same thing with filmmaking… everybody has a great idea for a movie, but do you have the stamina to get good at your craft and deal with how heartbreaking it is?
Every day is like Halloween or Christmas eve for me. I go to bed, and I’m so excited to get back to work. I’m very lucky that I have a career like that ’cause not many people do.
Hollywood would make a holocaust an animated comedy if people would pay to see it; they don’t care… they just want your money.
‘Jaws’ was the ultimate man vs. nature movie, and it was a movie that was basically three people against the elements, so that was the biggest influence on ‘Frozen.’
Hollywood is a roulette wheel. Each project dictates what’s going to happen for you next, and it doesn’t really matter that your project is critically acclaimed or won awards or has fans worldwide. It’s a matter of how many movie tickets and DVDs and on-demand movies that you sell.
My earliest memories of horror are ‘Friday the 13th Part 2,’ John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing,’ ‘Halloween,’ ‘An American Werewolf in London,’ and ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’… and ‘Hatchet’ is so obviously inspired by those films that I may as well have made it in 1984.
‘E.T.’ was the movie that made me want to make movies in the first place, and it was the first movie that made me focus on writing instead of what happens in the movie.
I have found that my fan base is a bit above average when compared to the common horror fan.
I once pitched this show that was just like ‘Quantum Leap,’ in terms of the set-up, and I got a pass because they said ‘Quantum Leap’ didn’t work, even though it was on for six or seven seasons. You can’t say ‘Quantum Leap’ didn’t work!
Aside from ‘Hatchet II’ and ‘Hatchet III,’ I’ve never repeated myself. I try to keep doing things that are totally different.
If there is one constant to my life, it is that you cannot tell me ‘no.’
When you go to Best Buy and see a DVD of your movie, you think it’s amazing. But then there’s a whole other world that comes with it. It’s a very small percent that’s difficult, stalker-like, or annoying. Most people are just so gracious and so nice. As cheesy as it sounds, that’s the thing that really keeps you going.
What’s so amazing about ‘All in the Family’ is sometimes an entire act was one camera shot. It was all about characters.
I think when you’re a director, it’s hard to do something unless you’re absolutely over-the-moon in love with it. The audience, they spend 90 minutes with it, but for you, it’s anywhere between a year and a half to three years of your life, every day, working on it.
With the first ‘Hatchet,’ I had an epic battle with the ratings board. They kept giving the movie an NC-17. There is absolutely no way that movie should have gotten an NC-17. All the gore in it is so ridiculous and over-the-top that you can’t take it seriously.
I think metal and horror definitely go hand in hand. Even when you go to a horror convention and meet the fans, nine out of 10 times if they’re not wearing some sort of horror shirt, they’re wearing a shirt with a metal band on it.
Wes Craven’s ‘Shocker’ is one of my favorite soundtracks. I don’t know where that movie stands in the critical eye of cinema, but it was a really fun movie because of all the bands that were part of it.
I was lucky enough to have an older brother who shared the splatter flicks with me, and I had parents who were cool and involved enough in my life to allow me to see them. I think my folks appreciated that I looked at these movies as a creative outlet… almost like magic shows, if you will.
When I wrote ‘Hatchet,’ I knew that I was not re-inventing the wheel. That was never my intention. My goal was to make an ’80s-style slasher flick that actually holds up. Basically, I wanted to make the movie that I wanted to see and pay no mind to current trends or conventions.
A movie with nothing but violence is not a good movie. But one that is actually entertaining around the horror is one that people will remember and watch again and again.
I like that conventions want me to appear and festivals want me to come speak because they like the climate I attract. It’s a good feeling.
The honest truth is no, I don’t feel like I arrived. I don’t feel like I’m worthy. My publicist says I’m not supposed to say that, but I don’t feel I’m there yet.
As a writer, Chris Columbus was a big influence. ‘The Goonies’ was the first movie I ever saw that kids speak normally and not imagined how kids would talk. Always a big fan of Chris Columbus’ dialogue and storytelling.