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‘Hatchet’ buried in cast of slasher stars

5 horror stalwarts board genre sequel

Genre stalwarts Derek Mears (“Friday the 13th”), Caroline Williams (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2”), Sean Whalen (“The People Under the Stairs”), Diane Goldner (“The Collector”) and “The FP” writer-director Jason Trost are set to round out the ensemble cast of Dark Sky Films and ArieScope Pictures’ horror sequel “Hatchet 3.”

Original “Hatchet” cameraman BJ McDonnell is making his directorial debut with the pic, which stars horror icons Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder as “Bayou Butcher” Victor Crowley. Story finds Harris hunting down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Crowley’s ghost terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.

Mears, who recently starred in “The Aggression Scale,” will play a brooding, pompous SWAT team leader who is sent in to contain the carnage strewn about the haunted swamp.

Williams will play a fast-talking journalist who fancies herself an expert on the legend of supernatural stalker Crowley.

“Part of the joy in writing these films is being able to write roles with specific actors in mind,” says writer-producer Adam Green, who created the popular slasher franchise. “So many great performers from the genre have asked to be included over the years.”

A co-production between MPI/Dark Sky Films and Green’s Los Angeles-based ArieScope Pictures, “Hatchet 3” will film near New Orleans from late May to mid-June. Dark Sky Films is a subsidiary of MPI Media Group.

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