'Hatchet' job: Anchor Bay seals deal for slasher pic

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Anchor Bay Entertainment has picked up theatrical and DVD rights to "Hatchet," an acclaimed horror film from independent filmmaker Adam Green.

"Hatchet" centers on Victor Crowley, a hideously deformed boy living in seclusion with his father deep in the Louisiana bayou. When a Halloween prank initiated by local kids goes terribly awry, Victor is accidentally killed. Years later, a tourist group visiting New Orleans' "haunted swamps" stumble upon the remnants of that event, unleashing a horror from beyond the grave.

The movie, which has been described as a love letter to the slasher genre, was a hit on the festival circuit, winning several awards.

"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," said Mark Ward, vp acquisitions at Anchor Bay Entertainment. "We regard the film as nothing less than the next great horror film franchise."

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release the film theatrically nationwide in April 2007.

The movie stars Joel Moore ("Art School Confidential"), Deon Richmond ("Not Another Teen Movie") and Mercedes McNab ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and has a supporting cast of horror vets including Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger from the "Nightmare on Elm Street" film series), Kane Hodder (Jason from the "Friday the 13th" film series), Tony Todd ("Candyman") and Joshua Leonard ("The Blair Witch Project").

Noted FX guru John Carl Buechler, who worked on certain "Nightmare" and "Halloween" movies, worked on special make-up and creature effects.

The movie was produced by Cory Neal, Sarah Elbert and Scott Altomare. Andrew Mysko and Roman Kindrachuk were the executive producers. It was produced under ArieScope Pictures, Radioaktive Film, and High Seas Entertainment.
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