Five Favorite Films

Five Favorite Films with Kane Hodder

Words from the man behind the hockey mask.

by | February 4, 2011 | Comments

For a guy who runs 6’4″, Kane Hodder can be hard to find when he’s on-screen.

Probably that’s because you’re not meant to see him – he’s either doing stunts

to make the other actors look tough and cool, or he’s been rendered

indistinguishable for a role. Hodder famously portrayed Jason Voorhees in the

late 80s/early 90s Friday the 13th movies, giving Jason a full-contact

physicality and image that has largely defined the character for the rest of the

world. And, most recently, he reprised his role as Victor Crowley in the

splattery Hatchet series,

with the second movie hitting DVD and Blu-ray today.

And on top of all that, Hodder is prepping the release of Kill!, his

autobiographical tell-all that details his rise into film, untold stories from

the Friday the 13th sets, and finally revealing the stunt that left him

with severe burns on over fifty percent of his body early on in his career. With

that in mind, we spoke with Hodder about his personal journey with the movies,

revealing his Five Favorite Films.


The Exorcist (1973, 85% Tomatometer)

My all-time favorite. You gotta remember, I’m old enough to have seen it in theaters

when it first came out, with all the hype. The fact that it was such taboo

material at that time  was so incredibly

powerful. If you didn’t live

through it you can’t really appreciate the fact that there was so much hype

going around, that people

were saying that, after they watched the movie, they were getting possessed. People were buying into that, so it made it even more scary to go see it,

because you were worried

about going to sleep. And the movie was so well done. It still

holds up. This many years

later, I still think it’s a pretty damn good movie.

I’ve always liked horror movies, even from the beginning when I was a

little kid and saw The Birds. Scared the **** out of me. It was

like the precursor to

Jaws. Every time you looked at a bird that was staring at

you from a tree, you

would think, “Oh ****, it’s going to come down and pluck my eyes out.” And I’ve always liked

action movies. That’s probably why I went into stunts. I always enjoyed watching

the guys perform feats

that looked like they were impossible, and I thought, “You know, I’d like to try


Red Hill (2010, 77% Tomatometer)

I typically don’t like Western-type movies that much, but Red Hill.

I really enjoyed that. I’m very picky about the bad guy, and whether or not he

looks intimidating to me, you know? Like, I saw the I Spit on Your Grave

remake, and all of the bad guys looked like soap opera actors that let their

stubble grow. They didn’t have the aura of being a badass. And I’m sorry to

those actors. They’re probably going to ****ing hate me, but this didn’t come

across as intimidating or scary or anything, or even convincing as criminals,

whereas this guy in Red Hill was the best bad guy I’ve seen in a long

time. Just when he would look, he would look scary as ****. I love a bad guy

that really convinces me.

Seven (1995,

85% Tomatometer)

Really good. I happened to work some stunts in it, but nothing big. I think

that was a very well done movie.

Monster (2003,

82% Tomatometer)

Unfortunately, I keep saying ones that I had something to do with. I was the

stunt coordinator on that, and I actually played the cop that arrested her at

the end. If I have any kind of acting ability, it’s from watching people like

Charlize Theron. I was on the set every day. I didn’t have all that much to do,

stuntwise — just safety issues and a couple of little stunt things — but I

could watch her work, and see how she got to certain places, and that’s the best

possible training I think an actor can have.  [Theron did] subtle things

right before certain scenes, to get to a certain place. I think, even

subconsciously, I’ve incorporated some of those techniques. It’s nothing I can

really describe.

For the violent stuff, it doesn’t take long. It’s just very easy for me to get

from my personality to the murderously violent personality. I think I’m closer

to that than most people are, so it’s a short trip. [laughs] But for the

emotional stuff, and crying scenes and stuff like that, what works best for me

is to use music that means something to me, that reminds me of something in the

past that isn’t a good memory. Something like that. That helps me to where I can

convincingly cry, because I’ve seen so many actors — and these are whom I

consider good actors — who are not convincing when they’re crying. It’s just

not believable, it’s too forced. I think that’s obviously one of the harder

things to do.

Take [Hatchet series’] Danielle Harris. Most often, when you have a character

who has to have a lot of emotion like that, you start out as a regular character

and become that, like Tamara [Feldman] did in the first movie. Starts out normal

and then becomes emotional at the end. Well, because this picked up from the

very last frame of the first movie, from the very beginning, Danielle has to be

crazy emotional. She lost her whole family and found them dead. So, it’s one

thing to be able to get to an emotional point, but to have to do it so many

times is the hard part. Lots of people can make themselves cry once, but let me

see you do it ten times in one day, and some of those times being after lunch,

where you’re talking to friends, and then you gotta get back to that place. It’s

not that you just do it one time and they film it and you’re done. You gotta do

all the coverage and make sure the emotion matches. That’s the hard part.

Shutter Island (2010, 68% Tomatometer)

Really interesting. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the best actors in film

today. I hadn’t heard about the twist at the end, so it hadn’t been ruined for

me. It caught me completely off guard. I think the movie was so well shot, and

with DiCaprio’s performance, it was unbelievable.

Hatchet II is out on DVD this week.