The online community loves to debate the list of “new masters of horror” time and time again, citing new films, bold voices, or box office success in the genre. One of the more interesting talents that are brought up in these discussions is Adam Green. He erupted on the scene with his slasher throwback horror comedy, Hatchet, and has developed a plethora of unique films in a variety of roles. For this entry into The Good, the Bad, the Weird, and the Wild, my focus will be on Adam Green and is strangely diverse and intriguing filmography as a director – and I’m sure my choices for each category will surprise fans.
THE GOOD: Frozen (2010)
THE BAD: Digging Up the Marrow (2014)
If you want to call the choice for Chillerama in my ‘weird’ section a cop-out, I will accept that. It’s an anthology film where Green only directed one of the segments. I guess my argument is that, yes, he only directed one, but it’s a damn good segment and he was also a producer on the film so that counts for something, right? Either way, his segment, “The Diary of Anne Frankenstein” is a fantastic send-up of classic horror and it fits in impressively with the rest of this truly weird homage to drive-in films. The jokes are punchy and effective, the style is all there, and it’s easy to see how much fun everyone is having in this portion of the film.
THE WILD: Hatchet II (2010)
This was perhaps the hardest section for me to chose a film for because, well, it was a toss up between the original Hatchet, Green’s Hitchcockian dramatic thriller Spiral, and this film, Hatchet II. Although I would make the argument that the other two choices are better films overall, I have a real soft spot for this film sequel to the Victory Crowley slasher series. Many of the carried over jokes are still funny, the increased silliness is a lot of fun, and they even throw a fantastic reference to one of the other great slasher comedies, Behind the Mask. Not one of his best, but Hatchet II remains one that I personally enjoy.
Written By Matt Reifschneider