Adam Green (filmmaker)

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Adam Green
Born (1975-03-31) March 31, 1975 (age 40)
Holliston, Mass., USA
Occupation Film and television director, writer, producer, actor, creator and show-runner. President of ArieScope Pictures.

Adam Green (born March 31, 1975) is an American film and television director, writer, producer, actor, creator and show-runner. He has also been the President of ArieScope Pictures since first founding the popular film and television production company in 1998.[1]


Best known as the creator of the worldwide slasher franchise Hatchet and as the creator and star of the US television sitcom Holliston, Adam Green was raised in Holliston, Massachusetts and currently resides in Los Angeles. After finishing high school in 1993 he graduated from Hofstra University in New York in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Television and Film Production. Green’s first job out of college was producing and directing local commercials for cable in the Boston area. Green made his feature film debut with the comedy, Coffee & Donuts, which was in part, based on his own life. Green founded the feature film and television production company ArieScope Pictures with director of photography Will Barratt in 1998.

He was the lead singer for the heavy metal band Haddonfield, based out of Salem, Massachusetts from 1997 - 2000. He also worked as the DJ at the world famous Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood when he first moved to Los Angeles and was still struggling to get his start in the film/television industry.[1][2] To date, Green has made nine theatrical feature films including the critically acclaimed and Sundance darling "Frozen" which was a worldwide success in 2010. He is also a member of the "Splat Pack", a title coined by UK critic Alan Jones for a revolutionary group of filmmakers who brought back gore and splatter to the horror genre in the 2000s that includes Eli Roth, Alexandre Aja, Neil Marshall, Rob Zombie, Greg McLean, Darren Lynn Bousman, and James Wan.

Feature film and television career[edit]

Coffee & Donuts[edit]

Coffee & Donuts was a lighthearted romantic comedy about two friends, Adam and Steve, who strive to get their morning radio program off of the small town air waves of Holliston and into the big time.[3] Meanwhile, Adam struggles to get over a break up with his long-time girlfriend and back into the magnificent and horrendous world of dating.[4] The film was made for only $400 by borrowing equipment from the cable advertising facility that he was working for at the time and by using friends and volunteers for everything from cast to crew. Green starred in the lead role while other parts were played by Steven C. DeWitt Jr., Katie Bove, and Jeff Davison. The movie was bought by Disney/Touchstone and developed as a sit-com for UPN in 2004. The pilot episode’s script was written by Adam Green himself and produced by Tom Shadyac's Shady Acres. The original concept for the show was eventually completely re-developed by Green and became the first original series for the FearNet cable TV network and re-titled Holliston. The series is written and directed by Adam Green and stars Green, Joe Lynch, Corri English, and Laura Ortiz. "Holliston" was filmed in the Fall of 2011. It premiered on television on April 3, 2012 to extremely positive reactions and high ratings, earning the series a second season green-light after airing only two episodes of its inaugural season.[5]


Green released Hatchet in 2006.[6] The film, described as “old school American horror”, was about a group of tourists on a boat ride of the haunted Louisiana bayous where they learn the ghastly tale of local legend "Victor Crowley"; a hideously disfigured man who was killed accidentally with a hatchet by the hands of his own father.[7] But when the boat sinks and the ghost story turns out to be real, the group tries urgently to flee the swamp with their lives.[8] This film was instantly revered by horror fans as a "classic" and was even well received by mainstream critics, Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News hailed the film saying, “Director Adam Green is the real deal – and Victor Crowley is a friggin fantastic horror icon waiting to be unleashed upon all y’all,” and included the film on his Top Ten films of 2006. The film starred Joel David Moore, Kane Hodder, Robert Englund, and Tony Todd.[9]


In 2007 Green released Spiral, which he co-directed with actor, Joel David Moore.[10] The film was about an isolated telemarketer (Moore), whose dysfunctional closeness with his boss is lessened when an idiosyncratic new co-worker enters his life. But as he begins to draw his new friend's portrait, troubling feelings from his past threaten to lead him down a path of annihilation. Critics hailed "Spiral" as "nothing short of brilliant" and "the closest thing you'll get to Hitchcock in this day and age" and the film took home the prestigious Gold Vision Award at the 2008 Santa Barbara Film Festival.[11]


In 2008, Adam Green produced the dramatic thriller "Grace" about a woman who loses her baby in the womb but still carries it to term only to find that the baby has returned to life and can only survive on human blood. "Grace" marked the first production for Green's company (ArieScope Pictures) that Green did not write and/or direct himself. Written and directed by newcomer Paul Solet, Adam Green discovered the project (and talent Paul Solet) when he saw Solet's short film of the same title while doing the festival and horror convention circuit in support of "Hatchet". "Grace" world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009 to astoundingly positive mainstream reviews. When a man fainted in the Egyptian Theater during the film's opening night at the festival, "Grace" quickly became the hit of Sundance that year and Deadline Hollywood's Nikki Finke was among the first wave of major critics to champion the indie film. Starring Jordan Ladd, "Grace" saw a limited theatrical release on August 14, 2009 and arrived on DVD just one month later.


Green wrote and directed the deep-freeze thriller Frozen,[12] which stars Kevin Zegers, Emma Bell and Shawn Ashmore.[13] He world premiered the film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.[14] The film was released in North American theaters on February 5, 2010 and received some of the best reviews a genre film has received in two decades. The NY Times said that Frozen "delivers maximum fright", while Rex Reed of the NY Post wrote "Frozen is a brilliantly conceived, gut-wrenching horror film. I was so paralyzed with terror by this movie that I chewed a whole pencil in half watching it."

Hatchet II[edit]

In December 2009 Green began casting the sequel to Hatchet[15] which stars Kane Hodder[16] and Danielle Harris.[17] Filming began January 5, 2010 and wrapped at the end of February 2010.[18][19] Green announced the film at the Sundance world premiere of his last project Frozen[20] and gave fans the first glimpse at footage during the Creation Entertainment: Weekend of Horrors of May 2010 in Los Angeles.[21][22] The cast did a special autograph signing at the San Diego Comic-Con International.[23] "Hatchet II" marked the first of Adam Green's films where his name was credited above the title ("Adam Green's Hatchet II") and the film was written, directed, and executive produced by Green. The film made history when it became the first film to be put in a major cinema chain without an MPAA rating in 30 years and then made history again that same weekend when it became the first film to ever be pulled from all screens due to pressure from the MPAA on AMC theaters, the chain that agreed to release the film without a rating and circumvent the ratings board in the first place. Hatchet II received positive reviews from the NY Times, LA Times, Variety. and The Hollywood Reporter and is the only film in the three-part series to have received such honors from all four major outlets.

Chillerama: The Diary of Anne Frankenstein[edit]

Adam Green wrote and directed the short film "The Diary of Anne Frankenstein" as part of the 2011 comedy/horror anthology "Chillerama" which consisted of four short films by four different filmmakers. A Mel Brooks style comedy, "Anne Frankenstein" was shot in black and white and made entirely in German to look and feel like a lost 1940's foreign film. While Green cast authentic German speaking actors in all of his film's roles, the lead role of "Adolf Hitler" was portrayed by Joel David Moore who does not know how to speak German and who purposely fakes his way through the film by speaking a combination of gibberish and random words thrown to him by Green such as "Boba Fett", "Osh Kosh Bagosh" and "Goldie Hawn". Kane Hodder portrayed the film's hero "Meshugannah", a Hassidic Jewish take-off on the classic Frankenstein Monster. Created by "Hitler", "Meshugannah" ultimately turns against his master and kills him at the end of the story.

Holliston [Television Sit-Com] Season 1 (2012) / Season 2 (2013)[edit]

In 2012, Adam Green created, wrote, directed, executive produced, and starred in the sit-com "Holliston" for the FEARnet cable television network. Based on his own life and largely adapted from his first feature film, the romantic comedy "Coffee & Donuts" (2000), "Holliston" follows the lives of "Adam" (played by Green) and "Joe" (played by fellow genre director and real-life best friend Joe Lynch) as two aspiring horror filmmakers living in the small town of Holliston, Massachusetts. Together they work at a local cable advertising station and struggle with their fledgling careers, making ends meet while financially broke, and dealing with the opposite sex. The ensemble cast also includes Laura Ortiz (who plays "Laura", Joe's girlfriend), Corri English (who plays "Corri", Adam's ex-girlfriend and the greatest heartbreak of his life), Dee Snider (who plays "Lance Rockett", Adam and Joe's cross dressing boss who is the lead singer for a Van Halen cover band and who is still stuck in the 80's), and GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus (who plays "Oderus", Adam's imaginary alien friend who lives in his closet). Green wrote and directed all six episodes that comprised the first season of this show that mixes comedy, horror, and romance and is described by the network as "Big Bang Theory" meets "Evil Dead 2". "Holliston" launched on the FEARnet network on April 3, 2012 and was deemed such a big hit by the network that a second season with a larger episode order was formally announced and green-lit after airing only two episodes from season one. Guest stars for season one included Seth Green, John Landis, Kane Hodder, Brian Posehn, Ray Wise, Deanna Pappas, Derek Mears, Colton Dunn, Danielle Harris, Nick Ballard, Parry Shen, Magda Apanowicz, and Tony Todd. In interviews Adam Green described "Holliston" as his "most passionate of passion projects" and explained that the show took him over 13 years to bring to fruition. The first season was filmed in September and October 2011 and produced by Green's production company ArieScope Pictures. "Holliston" is the very first original series for FEARnet. A "first look" at the show was run in the January 13, 2012 issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Hatchet III[edit]

Third feature film of Green's franchise, directed by BJ McDonnell, staring Kane Hodder and Danielle Harris. In press announcements creator eagerly assured fans, disappointed about substitute director, to personally oversee all development. Though Green has clearly stated that Hatchet III is meant to be the end of the story and that he always had set out to make a trilogy, he has also alluded to the fact that this is only the ending to his story of "Marybeth" and "Victor Crowley" and that fans could potentially see more Hatchet films in the future with a different storyline, different characters, and (possibly) different storytellers behind the camera.

Production began in April 2012 and the film was released in the United States theaters and VOD on June 14, 2013. As part of Green's three-day fundraiser to benefit the victims of the horrific April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, all three "Hatchet" films were shown in "Hatchet Marathon" on May 30, 2013 at the Revere Hotel's luxurious Theater One in Boston, MA. Green received a standing ovation for his charity work contributing a $15,000.00 donation to Massachusetts's One Fund.

The Movie Crypt podcast[edit]

Free weekly Green's and Joe Lynche's, filmmaker interview and film commentary, podcast launched on GeekNation in May 2013. The name references creators' sitcom Holliston, along with other inside jokes in the content. The podcast is rumored to have received some recognition from film schools and (as of January 2015) is reported to have 300,000 - 400,000 weekly listeners worldwide. Guests include Seth Green, Slash, Jordan Peele, Neil Marshall, Mick Garris, Tom Holland, Sid Haig, Kane Hodder, Bear McCreary, Danielle Harris, James Gunn, Mike Dougherty, Todd Farmer, Dave Brockie, Don Coscarelli, Stuart Gordan, Rachael Leigh Cook, Brian Slagel, Tony Todd and Bill Moseley.

Digging Up the Marrow[edit]

Green's undercover project - Digging Up the Marrow - described as a reality based dark fantasy about monsters; that he made in collaboration with an urban artist Alex Pardee. Production began in 2010, but due to secrecy and low budget, film was not fully completed until 2014. In the documentary style movie Green plays himself; Will Barratt, loyal Green's collaborator since 2000, is cameraman;[24][25] and actor Ray Wise portrays "Detective William Dekker", an eccentric and mysterious man who contacts Green with the claim that, monsters not only exist, but he knows where to find them.[26]

After unofficial preview in 2013 at Harry Knowles's annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon; final version of Digging Up The Marrow premiered on August 23, 2014 at Fright Fest in London. The film was released in US cinemas and VOD on February 20, 2015 (DVD and Blu-Ray - March 24, 2015).[27] Despite the regular sensational comments by some horror sites: "one of the scariest films of the past two decades" (UK Horror Scene); "event movie that taps into primal fears you didn't even know existed" (Flick Feast); critical reception was poor. Maitland McDonagh of Film Journal International juxtaposes: "A meta-variation on Clive Barker's Nightbreed, Digging Up the Marrow tackles all the same questions - what makes a monster, are they good or bad, et al. - with considerably less grace and intelligence.";[28] and Wes Greene (Slant Magazine blog) concurs: "ultimately becomes the shopworn horror story that Green purports to upend with plenty of self-aware snark".[29]

Adam Green's Scary Sleepover[edit]

On March 6, 2015, Adam Green launched a new on-line series called "Adam Green's Scary Sleepover". On the show, Green hosts various icons from the horror genre for a slumber party at his ArieScope Studio in Hollywood. While dressed in their pajamas, playing board games, eating junk food, watching movies, laying on the floor in sleeping bags and doing the very things that children would do at a sleepover, Green gets these horror heavyweights to open up honestly about what exactly scares them in their real lives. Guests for the first season's 12 episodes include Kane Hodder, Tiffany Shepis, Danielle Harris, Sid Haig, Derek Mears, Laura Ortiz, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Darren Lynn Bousman, Zach Galligan, Jeffrey Reddick, and Tom Holland. An exclusive promo for the series was shown before "Digging Up The Marrow" in theaters on its US theatrical tour. While Green created, stars, and serves as the series show runner / executive producer, his fellow director on "Holliston" Sean Becker directs and edits each episode.

Killer Pizza[edit]

Green's latest feature - teen adventure film - being produced by 1492 Pictures. Based on Greg Taylor's children's book of the same name, Killer Pizza follows the story of sixteen year old Toby MaGill who gets a summer job at a mysterious Cape Cod pizza parlor only to discover that the restaurant is actually a front for a top secret monster hunting organization. Recruited into a band of heroic misfits, Toby spends his summer battling horrifying monsters and trying to save the world from imminent destruction at the hands of a mythical and deadly monster prophecy. Project is listed "in pre-production" on IMDb.


Feature films[edit]

Television series[edit]

  • It's a Mall World (2007) short form mini-series, 13 episodes
  • Winter Tales (2007) claymation mini-series, 5 episodes
  • Cheerleader Camp (2007) half-hour comedy, pilot episode
  • Sexy Nightmare Slayers (2011) comedy, pilot episode
  • Holliston (2012-2013-2015)[30] half-hour horror sitcom, 10+11+12 episodes
  • Adam Green's Scary Sleepover (2015) biographical talk-show, 14 episodes

Short films[edit]

  • A Voice Named Reason (1996)
  • Columbus Day Weekend (1998)
  • Stagefright (2000)
  • Oh, Sherrie (2001)
  • Steven's Room (2002)
  • The Real World Hollywood (2003)
  • Midnight (2004)
  • Trick or Treat (2005)
  • King in the Box (2006)
  • The Tiffany Problem (2007)
  • The Tivo (2008)
  • Fairy Tale Police (2008)
  • Saber (2009)
  • Jack Chop (2009)[31]
  • Just Take One (2010)
  • Downloading and You (2011)
  • Driving Lessons (2012)
  • Halloween Hugs (2013)
  • Saber III (2014)
  • Turn Off your Bloody Phone (2014)
  • Happy Halloween (2014)

Acting roles[edit]

  • Columbus Day Weekend (1998) Michael Myers
  • Coffee & Donuts (2000) Adam
  • Steven's Room (2002) Matt
  • The Real World Hollywood (2003) Shlomo
  • Hatchet (2006) Buddy #1
  • The Eden Formula (TV Sci-Fi - 2006) Maury
  • The Tiffany Problem (2007) Gilligan
  • Winter Tales (2007) Voices
  • Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust (2008) Toothless McHomeless
  • Fairy Tale Police (2008) Rudolph
  • Jack Chop (2009) Guy from Lynn #1
  • Grace (2009) Meat Clerk
  • Ultradome (2010) Jedi Knight
  • Frozen (2010) Guy on Chairlift #1
  • Look: The Series (TV drama - 2010) Club Patron
  • Just Take One (2010) Ernie
  • Hatchet II (2010) Buddy #1
  • Holliston (TV sitcom - season 1 - 2012) Adam
  • Digging Up the Marrow (2013) Adam Green
  • Holliston (TV sitcom - season 2 - 2013) Adam
  • Halloween Hugs (2013) Adam
  • Hatchet III (2013) Drunken Prisoner
  • Holliston (TV sitcom - season 3 - 2015) Adam
  • Tales of Halloween (2015)

Other appearances[edit]

  • The Making of 'Hatchet' (2007)
  • Anatomy of a Kill (2007)
  • A Twisted Tale (2007)
  • Guts & Gore: The FX of 'Hatchet' (2007)
  • Meeting Victor Crowley (2007)
  • The Making of 'Spiral' (2008)
  • The Road to FrightFest (2008)
  • His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009)
  • The Road to FrightFest II: American Douchebags in London (2009)
  • Grace: Conception (2009)
  • Grace: Family (2009)
  • Grace: Delivered (2009)
  • The Psycho Legacy (2009)
  • Into the Dark: Exploring the Horror Film (2009?)
  • Brides of Horror (2010)
  • The Rotten Tomatoes Show (2010)
  • The Road to FrightFest III: The Douchebrothers Project (2010)
  • The Making of the Diary of Anne Frankenstein (2011)
  • The Road to Holliston (2012)
  • Adam Green's Scary Sleepover (2015)


President of his own production company, Green mostly self-produces or co-produces (including sequel Saber II). In 2008, he also participated in production of Paul Solet's horror Grace and during struggles in television[32][33] turned to internet videos and podcasts:

  • The Road to FrightFest (2008) 5 videos
  • The Road to FrightFest II: American Douchebags In London (2009)[34] 5 videos
  • The Road to FrightFest III: The Douchebrothers Project (2010) 5 videos
  • The Road to Holliston (2012) 6 videos
  • The Movie Crypt (2013) podcast.


  1. ^ a b ariescope
  2. ^ Hatchet – In Theaters September 7, 2007
  3. ^ "Want to Spend an Evening With Adam Green?". 
  4. ^ Spend 'A Night With Adam Green'
  5. ^ Coffee and Donuts – ArieScope Pictures
  6. ^ Hatchet – In Theaters September 7, 2007
  7. ^ "Terror Tweets: Hatchet 2 – Crew Casualty and a Peek into Crowley's Swamp". 
  8. ^ allmovie ((( Hatchet > Overview )))
  9. ^ Join The Hatchet Army!
  10. ^ "Adam Green and Joel David Moore's Spiral Coming to Blu-ray". 
  11. ^ Spiral the Movie – Joel David Moore, Amber Tamblyn, Zachary Levi
  12. ^ "Frozen One-Sheet Gives You the Chills". 
  13. ^ "Adam Green's 'Frozen' Looking at February Release". 
  14. ^ "Exclusive: Adam Green Talks Frozen at Sundance / First Theatre Listings". 
  15. ^ "Terror Tweets Hatchet 2 First look Victor Crowleys House Horrors". 
  16. ^ "Victor Crowley's House Erected in 'Hatchet 2' Behind-the-Scenes Pic". 
  17. ^ "Last Minute Addition to Growing 'Hatchet 2' Cast". 
  18. ^ "Massive Adam Green Blog, Real-Life 'Frozen' Terror and 'Hatchet 2'". 
  19. ^ "Adam Green blogs Frozen and Hatchet 2". 
  20. ^ "Exclusive Video: Frozen Theater Q&A". 
  21. ^ "This Weekend's Creation Weekend of Horrors Grows Bigger and BIGGER!". 
  22. ^ "Hatchet II a Huge Success at 2010 LA Weekend of Horrors". 
  23. ^ "SD Comic-Con 2010: Anchor Bay Signings and Premieres". 
  24. ^ Adam Green - Will Barratt
  25. ^ Meet ArieScope’s Adam Green and Will Barratt in Indianapolis this weekend!
  26. ^ Exclusive: Adam Green Talks Digging Up The Marrow – Part 2
  27. ^ Q&A: Adam Green on “DIGGING UP THE MARROW”, Part One
  28. ^ McDonagh, Maitland (2015-02-20). "Film Review: Digging Up the Marrow". Film Journal International. Retrieved 2015-03-26. 
  29. ^ Greene, Wes (2015-02-17). "Digging Up the Marrow". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2015-03-26. 
  30. ^ FearNet Greenlights First Original Series Broadcasting & Cable August 8, 2011
  31. ^ "Happy Halloween from ArieScope Pictures: The Jack Chop". 
  32. ^ Todd Brown (April 2010). "The New American Horror: Adam Green". p. question 6. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  33. ^ "Sexy Nightmare Slayers". rileahvanderbilt. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  34. ^ "Adam Green and Joe Lynch's Road to Frightfest: American Douchebags in London". dreadcentral. Retrieved Oct 13, 2010. 

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