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To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (2017)

To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (2017)

Kane HodderMike AloisiJohn Carl BuechlerBruce Campbell
Derek Dennis Herbert


To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (2017) is a English movie. Derek Dennis Herbert has directed this movie. Kane Hodder,Mike Aloisi,John Carl Buechler,Bruce Campbell are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2017. To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (2017) is considered one of the best Documentary movie in India and around the world.

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 - an uniquely human story about one of cinema's most vicious monsters.


To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story (2017) Reviews

  • A Significant Film.


    I had the great pleasure of seeing "To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story" at its grand premier in Lexington, Ky. Anyone who is a fan of Horror films knows his name and his accomplishments; the film, gives fans rare insight into who the man is. There are many great moments in the film, including talking points by some of the biggest names in horror and it is clear the amount of respect he has in the field. He is the best in the business at what he does. The musical score is very well done and it definitely adds depth to pivotal scenes in the movie. The filmmaker Derek Dennis Herbert does a marvelous job of allowing Kane to tell his own story, which is exactly the purpose of the movie. There are moments in the film which will absolutely move you, and I won't give those away, but I fully expect you will be left with a newfound respect for Kane Hodder as a human being, and he is an exceptional one. Aside from the respect I have for Kane Hodder, the most important thing I must mention about this film, is the way it treats the topic of bullying. It is going to be an incredibly powerful moment when you discover that one of your heroes, and perhaps one of the most intimidating people of all-time was a victim of bullying, and was able to overcome it through strength and courage. Kane Hodder could become one of the most powerful voices against bullying in the world, and as someone who has worked with young people in the past, I truly hope to see him continue the cause. Jason McDaniel

  • Surprisingly deep and compassionate.


    This is a surprisingly good movie. Kane Hodder is a very funny, compassionate all around awesome human being. The stories he tells are the main force of this film. Starting with a tale of being bullied, through long, sometimes graphically excruciating accounts of a terrible full body burn stunt accident and onto the legends that made him the most iconic actor to take on the famous role of Jason Voorhees in some of the later Friday the 13th movies. The worst part was the incompetent doctors who almost killed him because they did not know what they were doing. The film is full of great interviews with fellow horror icons Robert Englund, Cassandra 'Elvira' Peterson, Bruce Campbell, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, directors Adam Rifkin, Sean S. Cunningham, Adam Green, makeup artists, tattooists, old friends and family member. This is honestly one of the most thoroughly researched documentaries I've seen in a long time. According to the Q&A I attended with director Derek Dennis Herbert, they had thirty nine hours of footage with Kane alone. They were even able to get Kane to revisit the San Francisco Burn Unit that saved his life over 40 years ago. This is not a fluffy nostalgic puff piece about a horror movie actor. There is real emotional healing in those scenes. I was considering sharing a trailer for some of the PTSD facebook groups I belonged to, but I don't think a trigger warning would be enough to prepare some of the members for the endless scenes of hardcore movie violence. I enjoyed horror movies as a teenager a lot. But I've had to walk out of horror movies in more recent years because of my PTSD. This film is unexpected, and I wish there was more that I could do to help it get the attention and praise it deserves. It does get a bit long towards the end, especially for a theatrical film, but I still have to give it my highest recommendation. So Sayeth the King of Funny Faces.

  • My Review Of "To Hell And Back"


    "To Hell And Back" is a deeply personal and intense account of the horror icon's journey through his darkest moments. From childhood bullying that reaches some truly violent, heart breaking episodes, right up to the gut-wrenching and harrowing experience as a severe burn survivor. The documentary is more than fangasm, it offers a level of realism and humanism that expands beyond the parameters of the horror genre fandom - all with Kane Hodder as the primary story telling offering a first-person account of his life. Friends of the legend offer up moments and feelings of their relationship with Hodder. The selling point for me, and probably most fans, is the one on one feel you get as Hodder is center stage for the majority of the documentary, giving his story as only he could tell. Especially his recounting of being burnt severely during an impromptu demo with a standard fire stunt. An accident that nearly killed him, and as the title states- sent him to "hell and back". This is a documentary worth seeing and for any fan of Hodder, his work and his life, one to add to the collection.

  • Great Documentary On Horror Icon


    This was a documentary that I heard about for some time and was intrigued in that I'm a fan of the person it focuses on, Kane Hodder. He is the Jason Voorhees that I know from the Friday the 13th films that came out when I was growing up or the ones that always seemed to be on television when I would seek them out. I didn't really know his life story, but heard some interesting stories in regards to him. I was quite interested to learn more. The official synopsis is the emotional story of Kane Hodder who survived a harrowing childhood and near-death accident to become one of films biggest and most beloved horror icons. As the synopsis states, we start off learning about Kane's childhood. I knew that he was bullied and that it was something that really took a toll on him. It is kind of crazy to think about, because of how such a physically opposing guy he is. He did grow up on a military base in the pacific, which makes it also quite interesting. He does reveal that he was a daredevil, even in his youth. Listening to him as he dealt with bullying was good and I think it is a solid message for those that have to deal with it. It also has a message for those that think they are helping when they might not be. What really got to me in this though was the accident that Kane survived. He attempted to do a fire stunt and it ended up going wrong. This left him burnt and trying to get over the damage he did to his body. The physical and mental toll was quite emotional for me as a viewer. It was really touching for him to open up, allowing the viewer to get to know the person behind the man on the screen. This documentary also does a solid job in that it interviews his friends in the industry and outside of it, fans, those he works with and things to this effect. I do find it interesting to hear things from the person themselves, but also to get the other perspectives. Now I don't expect to hear people talking about bad about him in that it's a documentary about him, but the people that were interviewed all seem to generally like him. I find it interesting that I've never heard anyone I've interacted with who have met him say anything bad and that he truly loves his fans. It is good to hear despite some of the bad things that have happened to him in Hollywood that he has become such an icon of the genre. Despite the film's almost 2 hour running time, it really doesn't feel like it. The film goes through many of his major roles, giving some stories from the sets of them. It also goes through the major disappointments of his life in the industry and outside of it. Regardless though, I was captivated from beginning to end and this really did move quite fast. I will say that I don't necessarily know if I believe 100% everything that is stated, but there isn't much I questioned either. This is going to be another shorter review as it is hard to talk about documentaries. This is the man that I think of as Jason even though he's some of the worst films in the Friday the 13th franchise. His life is quite interesting and listening to the stories he tells really had me feeling emotional and in awe of him. If you like to learn more behind the scenes of films or about actors in general, I would give this film a viewing. I think it is definitely worth it for fans of Kane, Friday the 13th or other films he has appeared in. It is one of the best documentaries I've seen in the genre for sure.

  • A great look at the man behind the killer


    If you're seen a Friday the 13th movie from 7 to 10, you know who Kane Hodder is. He's pretty much the man that made Jason into an icon - even after stepping into the successful series after several films (you can argue that Jason doesn't appear in the first film and only appears in hallucinations in Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, so Hodder only missed out on four chances to be Jason). But who is the man behind the iconic hockey mask and makeup? After surviving a childhood filled with bullying and an early career near-death burning, Hodder worked his way up in the stunt game before getting the roles of Jason and Victor Crowley from the Hatchet films. There's a nice balance here, as Hodder faces the camera and explains how close to death he got, particularly being moved by how he upset a child when she saw his burns. There's a lot in here that reminds me of pro wrestling, as Bruce Campbell remarks that most of the heroes from movies end up being the worst people and the worst villains, like Hodder, are the ones that treat their fans and other people the best. There's also a wonderful little moment where Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson shares how she and Hodder bonded over their shared survival of being burned. I would have never guessed in her case and felt that was a pretty brave thing to do for this film. For being the guy who has probably killed more people on screen than any other actor, Hodder comes off as a likable fellow, a great family man and someone willing to discuss his failing, like his OCD that nearly ruined his connection to his family. Plus, the fact that he's always willing to push himself into new roles and new places in his career is pretty inspiring. It's well worth a watch!


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