Kane Hodder is a legend in the horror biz, with more on-screen kills than you could count. He also wore a hockey mask more than most Canadians do when he portrayed bloodthirsty murder machine Jason Voorhees in four "Friday the 13th" installments, a series record. (His personal favorite kill is the infamous "sleeping bag against a tree" scene.)
Recently Hodder has found a new avenue for his particular brand of personal expression as deformed maniac Victor Crowley in the "Hatchet" series. He will begin shooting "Hatchet 3" early next year, and, in his words, is "anxious to get back in that Victor makeup and kill some motherf***ers."
For all the nightmares he's given people over the years, there are a few fright flicks that have given Hodder the shivers as well. After reading through his terrific new autobiography "Unmasked: The True Life Story of The World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer," we asked the genial Hodder what his favorite scary movies are -- and he has some doozies.
'The Exorcist' (1973)
"My No. 1 all-time favorite scary movie, and you have to be old enough to have seen it in theaters with all the hype that was going around in the news media about it. For me that's the best horror movie ever done. If you saw it later on DVD or something, it didn't have nearly the impact it had in theaters. I still think it holds up as an all-around scary movie. Untouched material at that time, no one was talking about that stuff. It was 1973."
'The Birds' (1963)
"With Tippi Hedren. A favorite just because I was a little kid and scared to death. It was the first time I couldn't really sleep without thinking birds were coming to get me."
'The Thing' (1982)
"Really well done at the time. They're coming out with the remake, but the first remake was the one I really like. The makeup effects were fantastic and the story was just well crafted and very interesting. It was kind of different, not a typical horror movie at the time."
'Halloween II' (2009)
"My all-time favorite non-Kane Hodder kill is Tyler Mane when he bodyslams a guy and then stomps on his face. It was so well done because you see him bodyslam a stunt guy and then, of course, he's gonna stomp the face of a dummy, but the dummy's arm is articulated. So for the shot the dummy's on the ground and you see the arm raising up like it's still a guy, and then he stomps right on the guy's face. It was so shocking to me because I thought there was still an actor there. It was so effective, and I like that movie because I'm a big fan of Rob Zombie's, and I did 'Devil's Rejects' with him. I think he's a brilliant filmmaker, too."
'Red Hill' (2010)
"I'm very picky about performances of bad guys, about serial killers. This one stood out for me when I saw it at a film festival in London last year. It's kind of a Western-type feel, shot in Australia. The guy that plays the killer, Tom E. Lewis, did such a great job. It's one of my favorite bad guy performances in the last 10 years as Jimmy Conway, and he was so good as that character that the whole movie was enjoyable just to watch that performance."