Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Unmasked: The True Life Story of The World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer by Michael Aloisi!
About the Book: “When I saw my arm, I almost passed out. Trembling, I noticed my hands were just as bad. Ignoring how everything looked, I lifted my left hand and touched my right arm. As my fingers touched the black flesh, it peeled off, just like the burnt crust on a toasted marshmallow. A large sloppy chunk slid off my bicep and fell. I watched my skin, the skin that was so tan and taut just a few minutes ago, fall into the mud.”
-The true story of the burn injury that almost killed Kane, from Unmasked.
Kane Hodder. To fans, this name is synonymous with horror, an icon on the level of Bela Legosi, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price. Kane has appeared as a stunt man and actor in more than two hundred television shows and movies in a career spanning over thirty years. His role as Jason Voorhees in four consecutive films of the Friday the 13th series came to define the character feared by millions of fans the world over. The man behind the hockey mask would seal his fate as horror royalty years later by starring as the monster Victor Crowley in the Hatchet series.
Unmasked documents the unlikely true story of a boy who was taunted and beaten relentlessly by bullies throughout his childhood. Kane only escaped his tormentors when he moved to a tiny island in the South Pacific where he lived for all of his teen years. After living shirtless in a jungle for a while, he headed back to America where he fell in love with doing stunts… only to have his love burn him, literally. For the first time ever, Kane tells the true story of the horrific burn injury that nearly killed him at the start of his career. The entire heart wrenching, inspirational story of his recovery, the emotional and physical damage it caused and his fight to break back into the industry that almost killed him… and triumphant rise to become a film legend are told in Kane’s own powerful voice.
Take a peek inside the head of the man behind the mask. Be inspired by his triumphant comeback and laugh at his onset hijinks as you unmask the world’s most prolific, cinematic killer.
My Review: Okay, first off, I have to admit I’m a huge Kane Hodder fan. My introduction to him was as Jason in Friday the 13th Part VII and I loved watching him work ever since. So, when I had the chance to grab his biography and read it, I didn’t hesitate.
One of the things that jumps out right away is his straight honesty. He’s brutally honest about what he’s thinking, why he did things, and how he feels about it. His honesty also goes two ways, meaning he’s just as honest about himself as he is about others, and that’s a refreshing and awesome quality that really brought his life’s adventures out as more than just a few statements.
Because of that, we’re allowed to see a part of the man that he’s kept private for years and that’s a blessing many don’t share. There are several aspects where I can totally understand him from his “love” of a doctor to his sense of humor. While my medical experiences (I’ve never been severely burned) have been no where near as serious as his, it’s both cool and inspiring to hear how he dealt with it and survived to do some great work with burn victims. His sense of humor is, well, unique, and similar to mine. That’s all I’m going to say on that one. You’ll just have to read the book to find out what I mean. For those of you that know me, you’ll see the similarities. Lol
As with all biographies, we’re in danger or having our visions of what someone we love to watch perform shatter our expectations, and while that may be the case for some, for me, this brought a deeper understanding and appreciation for the work he’s put in over the years and I hope to see him continue and be an inspiration to everyone he meets.