Fango recently caught up with HATCHET director Adam Green, who updated them on the possibilities of a follow-up to his acclaimed low-budget slasher film. “The way I left HATCHET open to sequels was by purposely leaving a lot of questions unanswered,” he tells Fango. “I have had a lot of people ask me if Victor Crowley really died or if he is a ghost or the undead. I left all of that ambiguous so that if there is a sequel, it will be its own film and not just Victor Crowley killing people again. We will go into the backstory with the next movie.
“I hope to do HATCHET 2,” he continues, “but it all comes down to when it happens and if I’m available, as well as what the terms are, because often when they make these movies and realize they have a cult following, they try to cheap out in a lot of areas. You know, the budget becomes smaller because they’re afraid that no one really cares or they don’t pay what they need to in order to bring certain actors back.” One guy that Green hopes will be returning is Kane Hodder, who played both the prosthetic-enhanced Crowley and the villain’s un-made-up father in the original. “Kane owns Victor Crowley, and he invented him,” states the filmmaker. “I hope that he will play it forever.”
Another movie that Green has been attached to is DEAD WEST, and which he admits may not actually happen. “I am still attached to DEAD WEST,” he says. “It’s based on a graphic novel and is sort of like Sergio Leone meets George A. Romero, but the way that all seems to be going right now…I’m not so sure if it’s going to work out.” One thing is for sure, though: Green won’t be taking on a rehash of an old cult classic. “All the shit I’ve been called in for—CHILDREN OF THE CORN, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT—they will remake everything,” he laughs.