WED­NES­DAY 13 MEETS JA­SON

What would hap­pen if we united hor­ror metal icon Wed­nes­day 13 with Fri­day The 13th slasher hero Ja­son Voorhees? only one way to find out…

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In the third of our hor­ror/metal head-to-heads, Wed­nes­day 13 in­ter­views the man be­hind the hockey mask, Kane Hod­der.

While former Ja­son Voorhees ac­tor Kane hod­der spends his days chok­ing fans at hor­ror con­ven­tions, Fri­day The 13th su­per­fan and hor­ror metal icon Wed­nes­day 13 col­lects all there is to find re­lat­ing to the in­fa­mous hockey-masked mur­derer. We united the two heavy­weights of their re­spec­tive worlds to meet in the mid­dle and dis­cuss their first me­mories of the Fri­day… fran­chise and how their hor­ror anti-he­roes have shaped their ca­reers…

KANE: “I’m a life­long hor­ror fan and I’ve en­joyed the Fri­day… movies from the very first one; it was ground­break­ing. as an adult watch­ing each suc­ces­sive ver­sion of Ja­son and what he could do next, it was the weird­est sen­sa­tion the first day I was on set play­ing that char­ac­ter. It’s a huge amount of pres­sure but I’ve got to do the char­ac­ter jus­tice be­cause ev­ery­one knows him!”

WED­NES­DAY: “Yeah, Ja­son was al­ready a house­hold name by then. It’s like hav­ing to re­place the vo­cal­ist in a band. I re­mem­ber watch­ing Part III in 1982 when I was liv­ing in a trailer in North car­olina and we had an il­le­gal ca­ble hookup. I watched it when my par­ents were asleep and it scared me to death. I loved it. I lived out in the woods so be­fore that, I would play cow­boys and In­di­ans but then I started pre­tend­ing to hunt for Ja­son in the woods af­ter school.”

HAM­MER: WHEN DID YOU FIRST GET INTO HOR­ROR, WED­NES­DAY?

WED­NES­DAY: “For me, hor­ror has been a life­long thing ever since I was a kid in front of The Ad­dams Fam­ily and The Mun­sters. It all fit to­gether to me when I started my band as a teenager – we had to make ad­verts for the band and I’d look in my hor­ror mag­a­zines and throw my band logo over a cool pic­ture from Night Of The Liv­ing Dead. When I go to hor­ror con­ven­tions and I meet guys like Kane that have been in these movies, for me that’s the best thing in the world. I get in­vited as a guest but I’m there as a fan – all the money I make that week­end on sign­ings I go and spend on toys! I have ev­ery Fri­day… toy that ever came out in ev­ery size, from the lit­tle three-inch lego-

“I PRETENDED I WAS HUNT­ING JA­SON IN THE WOODS”

WED­NES­DAY 13

sized Ja­son to the 18-inch talk­ing models and ones I had to put to­gether and paint when I’d saved up my lunch money. Kane, you got in­volved with stunts be­fore act­ing. how did that hap­pen?”

KANE: “I was in col­lege when a friend and I went on the Universal Stu­dios tour and saw the Wild West stunt show. as I walked out, I said, ‘that’s what I want to do with my life.’ It’s a phys­i­cally de­mand­ing ca­reer, which I loved be­cause I played sports and I al­ways loved do­ing dan­ger­ous things to en­ter­tain my friends. then I re­alised that peo­ple get paid re­ally well for do­ing those dan­ger­ous things that I was do­ing for free! It’s a hard busi­ness to break into but I didn’t care how long it took.”

HAM­MER: ARE THERE ANY DOWNSIDES?

KANE: “I’ve dou­bled for ac­tors a lot and it can be frus­trat­ing when you have to ac­cept as a stunt per­son that when you put your life on the line dou­bling for an ac­tor and it comes out look­ing great, you see that ac­tor on a talk show tak­ing credit for it. So many ac­tors say they do their own stunts and it’s such bullshit. I’ll say with con­fi­dence that there’s not one ac­tor that does all their own stunts. You’ve got to re­mem­ber there’s stunt guys who have per­fected that stunt be­fore they ever get in­volved. a lot of peo­ple don’t know Brad Pitt got in­jured do­ing some of his stunt work him­self with me for Se7en; he tried to do a cool jump but he put his hand through a car win­dow and sliced the shit out of his arm. I be­lieve he had surgery, which is why he sud­denly had a cast on his hand in the movie.”

WED­NES­DAY: YOU’RE A LEG­END IN THE BUSI­NESS, AND TO ME, THE ONLY JA­SON!

KANE: “I ap­pre­ci­ate that! When John Buech­ler de­cided I should be Ja­son for Part VII: The New Blood [1988], that was the ul­ti­mate mo­ment be­cause it was not only a char­ac­ter every­body knew, it was a char­ac­ter that had a lot of stunts, which is why John thought I should do it. out of all the Fri­day… movies, Part VII had by far the most stunts for Ja­son. the Fri­day… movies al­ways have big stunts but it’s usu­ally the vic­tims that are hav­ing ac­tions done to them.”

WED­NES­DAY: YOU WERE VICTOR CROWLEY IN

[2006 SLASHER] HatcHet. I HOPE YOU EN­JOYED DO­ING THAT AS MUCH AS I LOVED THOSE MOVIES.

KANE: “I per­son­ally think the over­all qual­ity of the Hatchet films is bet­ter than the Fri­day… fran­chise be­cause in ev­ery Fri­day…, you get bored be­tween the vi­o­lence, you don’t care about the char­ac­ters, noth­ing else was en­ter­tain­ing about it. there’s no rea­son to not in­cor­po­rate com­edy into these movies – if the killer’s not around, why not have funny scenes be­tween the other ac­tors?”

WED­NES­DAY: “even the vi­o­lence in Hatchet is hi­lar­i­ous – you ripped a per­son’s head back, which is al­most im­pos­si­ble…”

KANE: “I can do it, I’ll try it on you next time I see you! I also did all the mo­tion-cap­ture for the Fri­day

The 13th video game, so ev­ery move Ja­son makes in the game is me. It took two years to cap­ture all the mo­tions. I never ran as Ja­son; I al­ways thought that looked too hu­man. I know it’s lu­di­crous that peo­ple sprint away from Ja­son but he still catches them. But I al­ways in­cor­po­rated lit­tle tid­bits that other peo­ple had done in [Ja­son] per­for­mances. maybe it’s not ev­i­dent, but to me it felt like hon­our­ing all the pre­vi­ous guys. We all know each other, we’re all friends.”

WED­NES­DAY: I’M THE SAME: WHEN­EVER MY BAND MAKES MU­SIC THAT’S NOT 100% ORIG­I­NAL, I AL­WAYS TRY TO PAY TRIB­UTE AND SHOW THAT WE’RE IN­FLU­ENCED BY OTHER BANDS.

I’VE HEARD YOU’RE A FAN OF IN­SANE CLOWN POSSE. WHAT GOT YOU INTO THEM?

KANE: “I did a video with In­sane clown Posse and [hip hop group] twiz­tid for An­other Love Song and that’s how I be­came an IcP fan – and even more so of twiz­tid be­cause I’ve worked with them sev­eral times. Peo­ple ask how I lis­ten to hard­core rap at my age, but why do I need to change my lis­ten­ing habits just be­cause I’m older?”

WED­NES­DAY: I DON’T THINK ANY­BODY’S GONNA TELL YOU ANY DIF­FER­ENT BE­CAUSE YOU CAN JUST BREAK THEIR NECKS! WHAT OTHER MU­SIC ARE YOU INTO?

KANE: “I’ve al­ways been a metal guy. the first al­bum I ever pur­chased was Black Sab­bath’s Mas­ter Of Re­al­ity [1971] on reel-to-reel tape. We lived on a tiny is­land in the South Pa­cific, so reel-toreel tapes were out­dated even then, but that was all we had out on the is­land. I loved Sab­bath and ozzy and that’s why I be­came a giant metallica fan. I’m still amazed how good metallica are on­stage, af­ter how long they’ve been tour­ing. James hasn’t lost his voice, they put on an amaz­ing show.”

WED­NES­DAY: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE

Fri­day… MOVIE THAT YOU’RE IN?

KANE: “Part VII: The New Blood for sure, be­cause of all the stunts I had to do and the look of Ja­son was the best. I also re­ally liked Ja­son X [2001] be­cause we fi­nally had a good bud­get and some time to shoot stuff. It was a crazy con­cept and it was a lot of fun.”

WED­NES­DAY: “my favourite kill scene is in [1989’s] Ja­son Takes Man­hat­tan where the guy says, ‘Go ahead, take your best shot, moth­er­fucker’ and he just knocks the guy’s head off! I re­mem­ber watch­ing that think­ing, ‘this movie is so cool’ – that was one of the most over-the-top kills.”

KANE: “my all time favourite I’ve done was the sleep­ing bag in Part VII up against the tree, be­cause I’m killing some­one with some­thing that wasn’t a weapon. We recre­ated that kill again in Ja­son X.”

WED­NES­DAY: “there’s so much that could be done with it if they made a new Fri­day… movie now. It could be a new ver­sion made dirty or scary. I think it can be done and it will be done once some­one gets a cool idea.”

KANE: “I cer­tainly think they need to do one more be­cause it would be the 13th film! there has only been 12 so far. Hatchet’s [direc­tor] adam Green would be a great direc­tor be­cause of his back­ground. ob­vi­ously, I would love to play Ja­son one more time. I’ve still got rage I could ex­press. Bring me back one last time, con­tinue the tra­di­tion and bring back some of the other sur­vivors!”

“I CAN RIP A PER­SON’S HEAD OFF. I’LL TRY IT ON YOU”

KANE HOD­DER

WED­NES­DAY 13’S cON­dO­LeNceS IS OUT NOW VIA NU­CLEAR BLAST. HE PLAYS TWO LON­DON DATES LATER THIS MONTH. FOL­LOW KANE ON TWIT­TER AT @KANEHODDER1

“When I saw the first trailer for Fri­day The 13th on tele­vi­sion, I was like, ‘Whoah, this movie looks amaz­ing!’ You had Hal­loween and noth­ing else. the idea of the masked, face­less, speech­less killer was unique – and then Ja­son Voorhees came along and it was, like, ‘Great, we got this guy, too.’”

Kane hod­der: the manbe­hind the mask

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