The men behind Freddy and Jason talk about their new horror project.
July 1, 2009 - The stars from three of the biggest horror franchises of all time are joining forces for FEARnet's upcoming horror webseries Fear Clinic. While they have both had cameo performances in the same films (or each other's films), Fear Clinic will mark the first major collaboration between Robert Englund and Kane Hodder – who are instantly familiar to horror fans for their work as A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy and Friday the 13th's Jason, respectively. Joining them is Danielle Harris, whose work in four different Halloween films, from both the original and current incarnations of the franchise, has made her a very popular actress among horror fans.
I had the chance to visit the set of Fear Clinic last week, which was filming in an appropriately creepy, old hospital that is used for many, many productions – in fact, all three stars revealed they'd filmed there before when I spoke to them. Englund plays Dr. Andover, a decidedly unorthodox expert on curing phobias – whose methods include putting his patients in the terrifying fear chamber, where they must face their fears head on. Assisting Andover are a fearsome orderly, played by Hodder, and Nurse Oviatt, played by another familiar face to horror fans – Lisa Wilcox, who played Alice in two Nightmare on Elm Street movies.
Despite the hell Andover puts his patients through, Englund notes, "I have a very successful cure rate." However, in the case of Danielle Harris' Susan, "I'm obsessed with curing her, perhaps to a little bit of a Doctor Frankenstein level. I'm really upset I can't fix her. And she's rebelling more and more against that and senses my obsession." Englund describes Fear Clinic as, "A dark Twilight Zone, wrapped up in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Girl, Interrupted. That kind of neurotic thing."
Fear Clinic will be comprised of five webisodes, each running five to seven minutes or so. Hodder said he was having a "fantastic" time making the webseries, remarking, "It's a little under the gun. You have limited time, so you have to really be on your scenes, so you don't take too long to get through them. Fortunately the cast is really good, so time is not wasted. A lot of it, to me, feels like a feature – just a quickly done feature." Said Harris, "It's fast and furious, just like film, but it's not as grueling. Maybe because I haven't had to do as much grueling stuff yet!"
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