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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 31 March 1975Holliston, Massachusetts, USA
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Adam Green was born on March 31, 1975 in Holliston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Frozen (2010), Hatchet (2006) and Hatchet II (2010). He was previously married to Rileah Vanderbilt.

Spouse (1)

Rileah Vanderbilt (26 June 2010 - 2014) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Aside from Green's sitcom Holliston, he has also referenced his home town in small ways in most every single film and project he has made. The filmmaker has called his hometown "a living Norman Rockwell painting" and has stated in numerous interviews that he is still closest with the childhood friends that he grew up with there and prefers to spend any free time he has with them over anyone involved in the Hollywood scene that he is a part of. The small town is extremely proud and supportive of Green and most stores in Holliston's small downtown strip had balloons and "welcome home" or "good luck, Adam" signs hung in their windows when Green and his cast mates returned to Holliston to world premiere episodes of the sitcom for both seasons so far. Rather than hold the usual traditional fancy premieres of the series in Hollywood, Green opted to host and personally pay for the show to premiere at Holliston Town Hall where the show played on a small pull down screen and the packed audience of townsfolk sat on folding chairs. Holliston's local pub Casey's Crossing has an autographed poster of the show's cast hanging behind the bar.
Green references his grandmother Gertrude in most of his projects as she was the one who bought him the Twisted Sister record that he says "changed his life" and gave him the inspiration to keep going after his dream against impossible odds. Gertrude herself appears in Green's first feature film Coffee & Donuts and the country store featured in the original Hatchet film has a giant sign hanging out front that reads "Gertrude's Bayou Store."
All of Green's films have the logo for Newbury Comics displayed somewhere on screen. A Massachusetts native, Green has stated that he literally grew up in the New England comic, movie, and toy store. It is where he found all of the geeky things that helped shape his taste and artistry. The logo is a crudely drawn smily face referred to by Newbury Comics as "Tooth Face." Green has singlehandedly helped bring worldwide awareness to the small, independently owned chain as his fans all over the globe wear the store's T-shirts when they come to meet him at various appearances. In turn, Newbury Comics has been a devout supporter of all of Green's films, especially his TV series Holliston that features the logo in the main apartment set and is overtly visibly in every single episode of the sitcom. Joel David Moore's character wore a Newbury Comics T-shirt throughout the entirety of Hatchet and there was a giant billboard for the store shown at the bottom of the ski mountain (the fictitious "Mount Holliston") in Frozen.
Green's various films and stories are all said to exist within the same universe and easter eggs can be found tying them together in most every film. In Hatchet 2 there is a scene where a television screen is briefly seen showing a news story about "Parker" from Frozen surviving her ordeal and receiving a lofty court settlement from the ski mountain. Directly next to the television there is a stand-up box selling "Jack Chop" pumpkin carving kits which is a reference to Green's popular Halloween short film of the same name.

Trivia (19)

Grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts and graduated from Hofstra University in New York.
First job out of college was producing and directing local cable commercials in the Boston area.
His first feature film was the comedy Coffee & Donuts, based on his own life. He made it for only $400 by "borrowing" equipment from the cable advertising facility he worked at and by using friends and volunteers for everything from cast to crew. Green wrote, directed, and starred in the movie. Coffee & Donuts was developed as a sit-com for UPN in 2004. The pilot script was written by Green and produced by Tom Shadyac however due to UPN's merger with the WB network, the pilot was never shot. 7 years later in 2011, the concept of Coffee & Donuts was re-developed for the FEARnet cable television network and titled Holliston. Holliston received a 6 episode pick up order in the summer of 2011 and was such a hit for the new network that that it was renewed for a second season after only two episodes had aired.
He founded "ArieScope Pictures" with director of photography Will Barratt in 1997.
He was once the lead singer for the metal band Haddonfield based out of Salem, Massachusetts. He also worked as the DJ at the world famous heavy metal hangout, The Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, where he also used to perform stand-up comedy.
It is actually Adam Green in the Dr. Zaius make-up on the cover art for Fox's Planet of the Apes 40th Anniversary DVD set. When the studio realized that they had no high resolution photos of the 1968 film's characters, they resurrected the original prosthetics and wardrobe out of storage to stage a photo shoot. Knowing that Green was a Planet of the Apes fan, the Make-Up FX studio contacted him to come down and try on the iconic costume. He wound up standing in for the late Maurice Evans and it is actually Green on the DVD, cover art, and box set images.
Appears on the 2009 re-release of Friday The 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter doing a hilarious and very in-depth commentary track with Wrong Turn 2 director and real life best friend Joe Lynch.
He married actress and model Rileah Vanderbilt in June of 2010. They became friends in 2002 while they were both still struggling to get their careers started and working nights at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Adam was the DJ and Rileah was the hostess at the famous heavy metal hang-out. They got together romantically in 2004 after the preliminary make-up effects test for Hatchet when Rileah modeled in the Young Victor Crowley make-up job as a favor for Adam.
He is a member of the Splat Pack. A group of influential and groundbreaking filmmakers that includes Eli Roth, Neil Marshall, James Wan, Darren Lynn Bousman, Alexander Aja, Rob Zombie, and Greg McLean. The term was coined by UK critic Alan Jones and recently a documentary was made on the group.
Adam has a dog named "Arwen" and two cats named "Perry" and "Tyler".
Dee Snider officiated Adam Green's wedding to Rileah Vanderbilt in a private ceremony held in Malibu California on June 26, 2010. Cinematographer Will Barratt, director Joe Lynch, actress Laura Ortiz, and actress Clare Grant were among the wedding party's groomsmen and bridesmaids as visible in photos posted on line.
Adam has had a lifelong extraordinary friendship with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. Throughout life whenever the two were facing hard times they would randomly run into each other and inspire one another to keep going. The full story is chronicled in the "A Twisted Tale" special feature on the original Hatchet Unrated USA DVD and Blu Ray release.
Adam's favorite film of all time is E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (1982). He has cited Steven Spielberg as his biggest inspiration as "both an artist and a human being" in various magazine interviews. Other notable cinematic influences he has publicly cited include Alfred Hitchcock, Chris Columbus, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, and John Carpenter.
Adam Green is one of the only horror celebrities who does not charge fans for his autograph at convention appearances.
In May 2013, Adam Green began a weekly podcast called "The Movie Crypt" where he and co-host Joe Lynch provide a 2 hour extremely candid "filmmaker on filmmaker" discussion about the trials and tribulations of the industry with guest filmmakers.
After 10 years together, Adam Green and Rileah Vanderbilt divorced in early 2014.
Adam Green and Joe Lynch's weekly podcast "The Movie Crypt" made Entertainment Weekly's Top 20 Podcasts in the magazine's January 9, 2015 issue (#1345). With over 285,000 podcasts on the internet to choose from, The Movie Crypt making EW's Top 20 was a huge accomplishment for the show. That same week, "The Movie Crypt" trended at #8 on iTunes top TV and Film Podcasts, coming in just behind National Public Radio (NPR) which was trending at #7. Averaging between 300,000 and 500,000 listeners every week, The Movie Crypt is now the most popular podcast dedicated to the craft and business of filmmaking on the worldwide web.
After tragedy hit his hometown in the 2012 Boston Marathon Bombings, Adam Green took it upon himself to head home and hold his own Boston Strong fundraiser just a few weeks later. Held over three nights in May of 2012, Green held screenings of Holliston in the actual town, held a marathon of his Hatchet trilogy in Boston with Hatchet 3 being shown for the very first time, and threw a celebrity attended auction in Worcester with proceeds from all events going to the Governor's One Fund. Icons such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Chris Columbus, Mick Garris, Rob Zombie, Eli Roth, Sid Haig, Kane Hodder, and countless others all donated rare one of a kind items to be auctioned off at Green's event and Green even auctioned himself off on a date for charity ultimately raising over $15,000.00 for the marathon victims and their families.
During his final tour appearance promoting his film Digging Up The Marrow at New Jersey's Monster Mania convention in March 2015, Green took part in a benefit for NJ's local Save A Yorkie Rescue Shelter where he auctioned off a date with himself and also a screen-used prop hatchet from the production of Hatchet 2. His two efforts alone contributed $2,400.00 to the cause, bringing the total raised by Monster Mania to well over $7,000.00 which set a new record for the annual event. Monster Mania was Green's first convention appearance in almost 2 years after suffering the loss of his close friend and Holliston cast-mate Dave Brockie and also undergoing a divorce from his wife. While on stage at the auction Green praised the local Yorkie rescue shelter for their efforts and opened up to the audience stating that; "Last year was the worst year of my life. I would not be standing here today so healthy and strong had it not been for the unconditional love and companionship of my own Yorkie 'Arwen', who is my rock, my life, and my family. Sometimes it's really our pets that save us and not the other way around. So when you bid on all of these various items up for auction today remember that you're not just saving the lives of these wonderful dog's but you're also very likely saving the lives of the people who will adopt them.".

Personal Quotes (10)

Remember, at the end of the day we're not curing cancer. We're just making life more entertaining before we get cancer.
I have found that my fan base is a bit above average when compared to the common horror fan. For instance, I did an appearance in Chicago where a kid drove something crazy like 7 hours to meet me. He knew no one else at the convention but within an hour he had met up with other kids in their Hatchet Army Tshirts and they were all very cool to each other. They were nice, normal people much like the good kids you would have known in High School. And I like that. There's enough negativity in the world and everyone has to take enough shit in life. I'm glad I can encourage people treating each other well and being happy. Let's face it; there are horror fans who can be dicks. Trying to be tougher than the next one, trying to be more outspoken and angry than the rest as if they are in the pit at a Pantera show trying to show how much bigger their cock is. I personally like knowing that 99% of the time, the kid in the Hatchet shirt is not the asshole in the room. I'm vocal about it and I thank my fans for that all of the time. I like that conventions want me to appear and festivals want me to come speak because they like the climate I attract. It's a good feeling.
[Why he likes to work with the same people] Invest in people who want it as badly as you do.
To all the other dreamers out there, don't ever stop or let the world's negativity disenchant you or your spirit. If you surround yourself with love and the right people, anything is possible.
For all of my cheerleading and "never give up" bravado that I put out to whoever might be listening... the honest truth is that I want to give up and quit at least twice every single day. Those fan messages, postings, letters, tweets... they keep me going and remind me not just that what I do matters, but that I matter. Can a horror film, a candid podcast, or putting my real life on display in the form of a sit-com ever mean enough to change the world? Probably not. But it absolutely can mean enough to change an individual's world in a positive way.
Take your real life heartbreak and own it. Use it to empower you, not to disenchant you. Because when all is said and done, if you don't put your entire soul into every frame of every story that you tell, then you shouldn't be making movies in the first place. Just be prepared to bleed a little for the things you love. Be prepared to bleed for cinema. It's a wonderful thing.
Try something different. Make something that doesn't make sense. Take risks, fall down, and get hurt a bunch on the way. You'll heal and it will be OK. In the end you just might find yourself holding the best thing you've ever created in your very hands because it is within your own pain that the stories worth telling actually exist.
Though Digging Up The Marrow's critical reception was overwhelmingly positive and possibly the best of any of the films I've made yet, one exceptionally negative review called the film "criminally self indulgent" and ended by stating that "Adam Green sure is in the Adam Green business." Well, you're damn fucking right and there's no business I'd rather be in. I don't make movies for the paychecks or for the fame or for the glory. I don't make them for critics. I make them for an audience that has learned to expect nothing less than for me to always put my entire heart and soul into each and every project I commit to. Being me is all I can be and all I ever will be. That's what makes my movies my movies. My willingness to dig deep and expose my true self is exactly what makes each one of my films worth watching.
You can learn so much from bad people. You really can.
[on the Hatchet II censorship with the MPAA]; There is now an "R" rated version of Hatchet II that took us six months to get to that we had to do for Redbox because Redbox is a big supplier of movies that the distributor needs and they will not carry unrated movies no matter what. After people see the unrated one, they should really take the time to rent the "R" rated one and see the differences I'm talking about. For example, the chainsaw scene... He comes out with the chainsaw, he swings it under him and it cuts to the next scene. It doesn't chop him in half. Chad getting hit in the face thirty times with the hatchet, now he gets hit three times. They're changing the tone of the movie. They're changing everything about it. So, it's not a simple, "Shit, I wanted this shot in there and now I'm going to fight for it." It was a massacre what they were doing to it. The movie is not half as gory as Piranha. It's not half as serious as The Hills Have Eyes remake or some of these torture movies. It's appalling that they would be so hard on it.

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