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Anchor Bay Snags Horror Hit 'Hatchet'

27 Dec, 2006 By: Billy Gil

Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired the theatrical and DVD distribution rights to acclaimed horror film Hatchet and will release the film theatrically in April under the Starz Home Entertainment banner.

Mark Ward, VP of acquisitions for Anchor Bay, made the announcement that Anchor Bay would release the film, directed by independent filmmaker Adam Green.

“From the opening frame to the final fade-out, Hatchet brings American film horror back to its independent, no-nonsense roots of scaring the living daylights out of the audience,” Ward said. “We regard the film as nothing less than the next great horror film franchise.”

The film has played at such festivals as the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and won the audience award for best picture at the 2006 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Tex. Early buzz from film blogs such as Ain't It Cool News also has been positive.

Hatchet is molded from the same clay as classic horror films, focusing on a tourist group in a New Orleans swamp that must suffer the consequences of stumbling upon the house of Victor Crowley, a deformed boy who was accidentally killed in a prank. The film's old-school sensibilities in the face of cookie-cutter Hollywood horror films show in its tagline: “It's not a remake. It's not a sequel and it's not based on a Japanese one.”

In addition to sharing thematic qualities with old slasher films, Hatchet shares some of the same players. Kane Hodder (Jason in the “Friday the 13th” films) and Robert Englund (Freddy from the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series) star, and FX wiz John Carl Buechler (Re-Animator, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers) created the film's special make-up and creature effects.

“I am honored and humbled by Anchor Bay's desire to distribute Hatchet theatrically,” Green said. “Their library holds some of my most coveted titles, so to have Hatchet live among such classics as Halloween and Evil Dead is a dream come true.”

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