Consider yourself lucky that you didn’t go to summer camp with Adam Green, because he probably would have made you cry in your bunk bed. When the counselors warned their campers that somebody named “Hatchet Face” would get them if they went near a certain cabin (where, it turns out, the counselors partied), eight-year-old Adam wasn’t intimidated like his friends.
At the time, they probably weren’t able to see the bright side of the situation: “Hatchet Face” would eventually evolve into Victor Crowley, the crazed killer lurking in the Louisiana bayous in the 2006 slasher movie Hatchet, written and directed by Adam Green. The gore and “cartoonish” violence in the movie thrilled audiences who, like Green, were fans of classic slasher flicks like Halloween (1978) and lamented the more recent trend of what Green calls “slasher movies with no slashing.” In 2010, Hatchet II brought even more blood—165 gallons of it, to be exact—which made the MPAA squirm so much that they gave the film an NC-17 rating, much to Green’s dismay: “Nobody’s ever walked out of a Hatchet movie disturbed or having nightmares…” Even after AMC movie theaters agreed to screen the unrated version of Hatchet II, the controversy continued when it was pulled out of the theaters on opening weekend with the official explanation of “not bringing in enough money.”
Want to watch something this Valentine’s Day that won’t make you feel bad about being single? Adam Green says horror movies are your best bet. Pick up a copy of Hatchet II or Frozen, both available on DVD and Blue-Ray. Forget about being alone, you’ll be happy you’re alive.