One of the coolest PR moves in recent memory was when Lionsgate screened The Woods for Comic-Con horror fans and it turned out to be Blair Witch. Now, Dark Sky Films and Hatchet director Adam Green have similarly pulled a fast one on lucky fans celebrating the film’s 10 year anniversary tonight at Hollywood’s ArcLight Cinema.
EW has confirmed that Green just screened the secretly filmed Hatchet reboot/sequel Victor Crowley and that it will begin a Nationwide road show this coming October. Developed and shot in secret for over two years, the slasher reboot made a surprising debut tonight at the “Hatchet 10th Anniversary Celebration.”
Set a decade after the events of the series’ first three films, Victor Crowley reunites Hatchet regulars Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th 7 – X’s Jason Voorhees) and Parry Shen (Better Luck Tomorrow).
In the film, we discover that Shen’s lone survivor Andrew Yong has spent over a decade claiming that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the deaths of the forty-nine people killed in the original trilogy of films. Yong’s allegations have been met with widespread disbelief, but when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past.
“The only survivor that was ever found was Perry Shen’s character Andrew Yong,” Green told EW in an interview. “Now, ten years, later, he’s kind of become a little bit of a celebrity. At one point he’s compared to ‘the OJ Simpson of Honey Island Swamp’ because most people do not buy his story, but he got off because there was no evidence that he had done it. So, some people love him, a lot of people hate him, and now he’s written a book, which he is promoting on the tenth anniversary of the events of 2007. He is convinced to do one final interview back at the scene of the massacre, where he has never returned. Simultaneously to him going back there with this camera crew, that’s going to interview him, there is something else happening that brings back a little certain somebody.”
Victor Crowley’s cast also features Laura Ortiz (2006’s The Hills Have Eyes), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), and Brian Quinn (truTV’s “Impractical Jokers”).
The film is also screening at the upcoming FrightFest Festival in London. In October, Green will embark on a “Victor Crowley Road Show” during which he will introduce the film at special one-night screening events across the country. A full schedule of screenings and additional release information will follow.
Bloody Disgusting was the first news outlet to cover Hatchet (way back in 2005) after Green shared a teaser he had shot to promote his indie slasher. Having also visited the set and been instrumental in the first film’s hype and success, we’re just as excited as the Hatchet Army is to see what Green has in store for us this October!
HOLY HELL, WE’RE GETTING A NEW HATCHET SEQUEL!