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‘My dad, the psycho killer’

He’s one of the world’s most prolific killers, and a pretty cool dad.
By Scott Dunlop

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He’s one of horror’s household names: Jason Voorhees, the hockey mask-wearing psychopath from the Friday the 13th movie franchise, but not many people know that actor Kane Hodder, who plays the arch villain Jason, is actually a pretty cool guy and a loving parent. In his recently released biography, Unmasked, Hodder discusses bullying, murder, mayhem, and being a dad.

Hodder is quick to point out in his book that part of what shaped him as an adult was being bullied by bigger boys, according to some of the early reviews. He chats openly about how being bullied violently on a daily basis drove him to a state of self-loathing which, he muses, is probably the reason some bullied kids commit suicide- they hate themselves for not being able to stand up for themselves. This bullying is what prompted him to push himself physically, culminating in his becoming an extremely successful stuntman.

Kane also endured horrific burns which affected him for months as a result of a stunt going wrong- the burns nearly killed him, and he speaks of how this experience showed him that he is capable of enduring immense pain and struggle.

Hodder on parenting:

“I never worry too much about what I say. I swear a lot but I think that’s so insignificant in the full scheme of being a good person and a good parent. I don’t care how my kids speak, as long as they are good kids, and they are.”

“Being a dad feels fantastic. My boys, Jace (a tribute to Jason) and Reed are great kids. They don’t give me any problems.”

[On whether he allows his kids to watch his movies] “When they wanted to. I didn’t push them at all. If they can handle it, then it’s okay with me. I find that kids who watch scary movies end up being less scared later on." (from Celebrity Parents)

Don’t worry, though, there are plenty of inside stories on the making of the Friday the 13th movies, so if you’re a horror movie fanatic, and you’d like to find out more about this fearsome father, why not track down a copy.

Here’s a teaser video, just to get you started...

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