I normally don't bother asking questions at a post-movie Q&A, but after my first viewing of Hatchet at a Screamfest showing in 2006, I had to ask writer/director Adam Green about the shirt that the main character wore throughout the film. For 80 minutes, I was given a comfortable reminder of my beloved Massachusetts home (which I had left for the warmer promise of Los Angeles almost exactly one year before) as Ben (Joel David Moore) wore a shirt with the logo of Newbury Comics, a New England chain that served as my comic store for years (plus CDs, movies, and later video games). I knew nothing about Green, so I was curious if he was from the area as well, and sure enough he grew up in Holliston - a town off the same highway (495!) as my hometown of Methuen.
Because we also shared some mutual friends we became friendly over the years (I've even gotten to contribute the end credits to the Hatchet sequels! How many jackasses asking questions at the Q&A of a part 1 can say they worked on part 2?), and thus it's no surprise that he wanted to do something to help out the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. As he says in the press release below, he's worked in references to his Massachusetts upbringing in pretty much all of his films, and makes it a point to go to Worcester's Rock n Shock convention every year. And if there's another show on the air besides Holliston that takes place in a small Massachusetts suburb, I've never heard of it (and in a more personal bit of evidence - he's the only one I know that's just as excited as I am about a possible Dunkin Donuts expansion to Southern California).
So here's the skinny on his plans to raise some much needed dough for the victims of the bombing; he's lined up some of his cohorts to help, and even arranged for the first ever trilogy screening of the Hatchet series, and yes that includes the as yet unreleased Hatchet III. They wouldn't even let me watch it when I did the credits, so this is a special treat indeed as they have done a great job of hiding some of its secrets - New England area horror fans will be the first to know about those surprises! And it all goes to a terrific cause, which makes it even more special.
Horror genre filmmaker, television star, and Massachusetts native, Adam Green will return to the Boston-area, from May 28 – 30, 2013, to host a series of events and raise money to help those families most affected by the tragic events that unfolded during the 2013 Boston Marathon. The events include an advanced screening of the second season of the sitcom “Holliston”, which premieres on FEARnet June 4, 2013, a celebrity benefit and silent auction at the Worcester Palladium, and the first-ever marathon screening of all three Hatchet films, including the first public screening of Hatchet III, opening in select U.S. theaters on June 14, 2013.
Born and raised in Holliston, MA, Adam got his start making local commercials for Time Warner Cable Advertising in 1997, where he borrowed company equipment to make his first feature film COFFEE & DONUTS. In 2000, he moved to Hollywood, CA and set out to turn the film into a television series. Over a decade later, it was re-developed and re-titled “Holliston”, and premiered on FEARnet in 2012, where it was immediately embraced by critics and audiences. Adam also made his mark on the horror genre with the 2006 slasher comedy Hatchet, which went on to become a bonafide fan-favorite worldwide franchise introducing the now iconic genre villain “Victor Crowley” to genre fans around the globe. Through ArieScope Pictures, Adam’s independent film studio, he has written, directed, and/or produced the theatrical feature films: Spiral, Frozen, Grace, and Chillerama.
“I live in Los Angeles these days, but Boston is still the place I consider home,” says Green. “I’ve never forgotten where I came from and always infuse my work with Massachusetts references, whether it be showcasing the Newbury Comics logo in the Hatchet series, naming the fictitious ski mountain in Frozen ‘Mount “Holliston”’, or setting my sitcom “Holliston” in Holliston, MA. While I am just one guy, thankfully I have a body of work and a loyal and extremely passionate fan base within the horror community that I can call upon to step up and help. I think a lot of people underestimate not only the sense of community that genre fans share, but the fact that we are some of the most kind hearted and generous people you’ll ever meet. I know that the Boston chapters of the Hatchet Army and “Holliston” Nation will join me for this, not to mention my fans around the world that will hopefully donate to the cause online. However, the real heroes behind this are my friends at Rock and Shock and Wicked Bird Media who have worked tirelessly to make all of the arrangements, not to mention all of the various sponsors that are rising to the occasion to support all of this. I’m merely the face of an enormous heart and collective of individuals who want to help.”
Details for the events include:
1. “ "Holliston" Comes Home to Holliston”: Season Two advanced screening and Q&A with the cast
Adam Green returns to his hometown of Holliston, MA to host an advanced screening of three episodes from “Holliston”’s upcoming second season, followed by a live Q&A with members of the cast, including Joe Lynch and Laura Ortiz.
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: “Holliston” High School, 370 Hollis St., “Holliston”, MA 01746
2. “Horror / Boston Strong” Party at The Palladium: Hosted by Adam Green
Join Adam Green (Hatchet I – III, Frozen, “Holliston”), Kane Hodder (Hatchet I – III, FRIDAY THE 13TH VII – X), Zach Galligan (Hatchet III, GREMLINS 1 – 2) and more celebrity guests, for a one-of-a-kind party at the Worcester Palladium that includes a silent auction chock full of horror and music memorabilia, gift certificates, and other rare and amazing prizes.
In advance of the event, fans can bid on an online auction to win a private dinner with Adam Green before the party starts. More information about the auction can be found here.
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m.
Location: The Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester, MA 01608
3. Hatchet movie marathon: Featuring the first ever screening of the highly-anticipated Hatchet III.
Join Hatchet franchise creator Adam Green for the first-ever Hatchet marathon, including a screening of a rare uncensored UK 35mm print of the original Hatchet, an uncensored 35mm print of Hatchet II, and the first ever screening of the highly anticipated, and also uncensored, Hatchet III. Special guests from the films will be in attendance.
Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Location: The Revere Hotel, Theater One, 200 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116
Green and special guests will also be doing a free in-store signing for “Holliston” on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Fiske’s General Store, at 776 Washington St., in Holliston, MA.
Advanced tickets for all three events go on sale on Friday, May 10, 2013, and can be purchased here.
Tickets will also be available at the door the day of each event. For more information regarding ticket sales, please call The Palladium box office at 508-797-9696. All proceeds will go towards The One Fund Boston.
Events are hosted by Rock and Shock and Wicked Bird Media, and are sponsored by Green Van.