Kane Hodder is the actor most synonymous with Jason Voorhees, the having played the villain of the Friday the 13th Franchise in 4 installments. His contributions to the horror genre, however, go far beyond a single character. His achievements are all the more astonishing considering the obstacles he overcame over the course of his lifetime and career.
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Those who never knew the man behind the mask will get an intimate introduction in To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story, from Epic Pictures/Dread Central Presents. Yesterday, we got word that the documentary will enjoy a limited theatrical release beginning June 28th before arriving on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD on July 13th. Check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story is the harrowing story of a stuntman overcoming a dehumanizing childhood filled with torment and bullying in Sparks, Nevada. After surviving a near-death burn accident, he worked his way up through Hollywood, leading to his ultimate rise as Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series and making countless moviegoers forever terrified of hockey masks and summer camp. Featuring interviews with cinema legends, including Bruce Campbell (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), and Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), To Hell and Back peels off the mask of Kane Hodder, cinema’s most prolific killer, in a gut-wrenching, but inspiring, documentary. After decades of watching Kane Hodder on screen, get ready to meet the man behind the mask in To Hell and Back – a uniquely human story about one of cinema’s most vicious monsters.
To Hell and Back is directed by Derek Dennis Herbert and includes interviews with Robert Englund, Bruce Campbell, and Adam Green.
Per Dread Central:
Director Herbert previously told Dread Central, “Dread Central Presents is the perfect distributor to release our film, To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story, because of how ingrained Kane Hodder is in the horror genre. The passion and dedication of Dread Central through the years is exactly why they are the perfect fit for this horror adjacent, human-interest documentary. Making this film was a labor of love that took nearly two years of filming to complete, but we’re very proud of the results and know that audiences worldwide will love Kane’s story of overcoming bullying, a horrifying burn accident, and building his career from the ground up. I hope fans will see what it took for Kane to become the man he is today and help them with similar struggles in their own lives. It’s always easier to get through something when you have someone you admire in your corner, and that’s what Kane does in this story. He is raw and rough and gives you a film that you’ll be laughing, crying, and cheering throughout!”