Feel free to drop him a line (especially if you have some info about upcoming productions with a wrestling connection) at [email protected]. He enjoys exploring the quirky side of pro wrestling, and luckily there's no shortage of material. It’s not guaranteed to work, but sometimes you strike gold as in the diner. “I’m grateful that Michael saw something,” Hodgkinson admits. Performance & security by Cloudflare, Please complete the security check to access. In getting what he needed, Paszt also had to decide which storylines to follow and which to set aside. Why I didn’t, I don’t know.”. “. While he was learning all of the ins and outs on his way to becoming a managing partner of Raven Banner Entertainment, through which he produced Nail in the Coffin, I was more like a temp worker. “I love my life right now,” he explains, with great enthusiasm. “But I’m smarter about it. “‘Right now, at this moment if people ask me, I’ll say you are. The road behind for Ian Hodgkinson is built with such wild stories and the lightning in the bottle style success story that he himself is reticent to give much attention to. Hodgkinson has endured more bodyslams than most people could survive: childhood abuse, homelessness, exploitation at the hands of unscrupulous promoters, injury, addiction, love found and lost and friendships shattered. That kid knows she’s loved, and she can fall down 200 times and I will always be there.”, “I don’t know how Michael put two and two together, but he got what he needed.”. To give Hodgkinson the final word: “I’m not going back in the womb. © Zed FilmworksZed FilmworksZed Filmworksif ((CCr == 'que')||(CCr == 'qc')) {document.getElementById("copycompanyqc").style.display="inline";} else if ((CCr.length == 3)||(CCr == 'nl')||(CCr == 'pe')||(CCr == 'ns')||(CCr == 'nb')||(CCr == 'qc')||(CCr == 'on')||(CCr == 'mb')||(CCr == 'sk')||(CCr == 'ab')||(CCr == 'bc')||(CCr == 'yt')||(CCr == 'nt')||(CCr == 'nu')) {document.getElementById("copycompanycan").style.display="inline";} else {document.getElementById("copycompanyus").style.display="inline";}. Dave Hillhouse started writing for Slam Wrestling in 2005. In the mid 1990s, director Michael Paszt was cutting his teeth in the film business in Toronto, while Ian Hodgkinson was revelling in his star power wrestling for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) as El Vampiro Canadiense in Mexico. “I’m grateful that I have a testimony to look at how far I’ve come in life,” Hodgkinson continues. “I felt really bad afterwards, because when we showed up at his place, he could barely walk.” You can see this in the film as Hodgkinson hobbles into the parking lot after leaving the restaurant. You may need to download version 2.0 now from the Chrome Web Store. And what you’re seeing is a fraction of what I was going through. “It hasn’t changed, brother,” he laughs. There ain’t nothing new about my story and it’s been told a thousand times – rags to riches, get knocked down get back up again – but if I can show this to somebody who may really be about to give up on life, I can show them to believe in yourself, do the right thing, and fight for your life.”, “Yeah, we get it – Vampiro is famous” he continues, again dismissing the notion that the movie needed to show much about his professional accomplishments. “It’s powerful.”. “I don’t need to show you that 20 times in an hour and a half movie. • penned an article for SlamWrestling.net in 2004, Archive of stories Michael Paszt wrote for SlamWrestling.net, Read more in Slam Wrestling’s Hollywood Headlock, Wato and Sho lead Best of the Super Juniors, Impact: Rascalz shine in their farewell match, RJ City talks David Arquette, showtunes, and climbing the stairway to obscurity, Crackle’s ‘Heroes of Lucha Libre’ debuts next week, RAW: Drew McIntyre wins the WWE Title heading into Survivor Series, Bullet Club Vs Bullet Club at World Tag League, Dr. Edwards lays the ‘smackdown’ on philosophy, Behind the Gimmick Table: Sales advice from the successful dealer Pandelis the Greek. Paszt also lets me in on the behind-the-scenes set-up of an important scene in the film, which featured Ian and Dasha at a diner where they hashed out their feelings about Vampiro continuing his work in the ring against the advice of doctors and the wishes of Dasha. “But I see out of the corner of my eye this guy walking with his daughter on her tricycle,” Paszt continues. “I’m going on tour in October. The state to which Hodgkinson refers to is the breakdown of not only his physical health (thoroughly documented in the film as his doctor encourages him in no uncertain terms to stop wrestling), but also his mental well-being. “When you see the guy on screen and he looks like a different person, it’s because he is a different person. In the article, he refers to El Vampiro Canadiense as “a major player and dominant force in Mexico’s lucha libre scene.” Speaking ahead of the documentary’s premiere, Paszt remembers thinking to himself back in 2001: “I had to meet this Canadian guy. It turns out that Demarbre had something of a gift for him – a ton of archival footage. During 2007 Vampiro was involved in the making of a film documenting Vampiro’s life and career called Vampiro: A Canadian Vampire in Mexico, dubbed as the great untold story of professional wrestling. “He came into a world where he had no business to be in. I can’t relate to those people, and I have nothing to talk about. I have 40 matches booked. I’ve found people like me and I’m happy. “Michael said, ‘I have an idea, I’m telling a story about you and your daughter,’” Hodgkinson recalls. Vampiro Canadiense Bestia Negra II: Arena Xochimilco - Xochimilco, Mexico City: 92/06/28: hair (1) Vampiro Canadiense Rick Patterson: Plaza de Toros Monumental - Monterrey, N.L. “He asked would I be interested in doing a doc. The documentary really kicks into gear when it talks about the beginnings of his journey in pro wrestling. He was involved in a relationship with Mexican singer Alejandra Guzmán and Mexican/US rock singer and Songwriter Ana Sidel co-star of the movie The Dead Sleep Easy. The point is look at what your daughter’s telling you and your doctor’s telling you. It would kill me.”. This was Paszt’s first glimpse into Hodgkinson’s tug-of-war between his life as a wrestler and his commitment to his daughter, Dasha. Now, with a limited theatrical engagement set for September 4th, along with a digital and On Demand release date of September 8th, the wheels are turning again and they’re both getting the word out about the film. His first taste of writing about wrestling was doing work for Burlington, Ontario’s Renegade Wrestling Alliance – and a lot of posting on AOL message boards. If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware. When I see it I think I could have dropped dead any second. We pause, and Ian looks at me and says, ‘You know, I just fucking hate people so much.’ And that was it. “When saw it the first time it was very scary because I didn’t know what tomorrow was going to bring,” he recalls. “There are a whole lot of crazy stories,” Paszt explains, responding to whether he tried to explore the truth of much of Hodgkinson’s life story, from being kidnapped, to the suffering of a broken neck in the ring against Mike Awesome, and the real-life feud that developed between him and Chris Jericho in Mexico. So what was it, then, that changed and led to Vampiro announcing his retirement? Until now. He was already broken and went to Mexico and caught the attention of the owners and president of CMLL outside the arena. In another twist of good fortune, Paszt received a welcome surprise from Demarbre as he spoke to him about the focus of the new film. “At one point I told Dasha, ‘Look, you can ask him anything. Este documental, que ha tenido éxito en numerosos festivales, ofrece una mirada íntima a la historia del Vampiro Canadiense. Paszt and I discovered a shared enthusiasm for wrestling, so it was no great surprise to see his name pop up as he penned an article for SlamWrestling.net in 2004 about a TV broadcast of CMLL in Canada. Hodgkinson is open about the social and psychological struggles he has long endured, with the film also capturing him not long before a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2019. Photo: Don Quincy, In telling the story of their first day working together to capture footage, however, Paszt recalls wondering if the production would grind to a halt on day one. Nov 22: WWE Survivor Series Talk about jumping in the deep end; I’m a hard-core motherfucker. Photo: Don Quincy, “For me, I was pretty scared of Mike’s reaction,” Hodgkinson explains. The documentary film Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero was produced by Odessa Filmworks and Zed Jamaica and screened in Canada on November 12, 2008. “We’re telling a story about Vampiro and all of this craziness, and every time we met he was always talking about his daughter. None of that really seems to weigh on him, though, as he sounds like a man living exactly in the present. When I tell you I was in gangs, I was in gangs. My life falls apart. And it may not matter. Your email address will not be published. “When I watch the movie now I knew me, so I see how bad I was. “It was very difficult for me because I felt like I was saying goodbye, it was really hard. It’s not better or worse, it’s just that I live a different life. He was at the height of his career there, and then a few years later, Lee did the documentary on him.”. Instead, he admits that Dasha still carries the same fears of losing her father to wrestling-related injuries, but that maybe there has been a little softening of his approach to his craft. According to Paszt, though, it was another scene that very nearly didn’t happen, with Hodgkinson not at his best and Paszt pushing him to capture the important segment. They say if you don’t stop, you’re going to die. Documentary ‘Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro’ takes viewers on a fantastic ride. “They see that we’re filming, and they walk right into our shot. He can’t walk, he can’t run away. The road ahead is laid with brand new challenges as he moves inevitably out of the ring and into head-on confrontations with physical and mental challenges. For example, if you book me on an indie wrestling show, now I’ll do a seminar, a meet and greet, and I’ll book myself in a way where I can protect myself. “They sat down, and we sat in the back corner and filmed it and let the camera roll,” he says. Getting all of that out of the way. Ask him the questions you’ve always wanted to.’ She said, ‘Oh, you’re right,’ and she put him on the spot.”. • I was told in 1997 that if I got one more bad head shot I would die, but the moment I listen to it and believe it, I’m done. As mentioned in the film review, that scene became something of a lynchpin for the whole story, one which appeared in small segments throughout. Bucket list: check. In the article, he refers to El Vampiro Canadiense as “a major player and dominant force in Mexico’s lucha libre scene.” Speaking ahead of the documentary’s premiere, Paszt remembers thinking to himself back in 2001: “I had to meet this Canadian guy. “I’m just a guy, there’s nothing special about me. Your IP: 68.183.230.220 Cloudflare Ray ID: 5f460bb25e39c33b As Ian Hodgkinson, Vampiro’s real name, tells it in the documentary, he didn’t have the physique, he didn’t have the move set. We started to laugh, and that was the icebreaker.”, For his part, Hodgkinson acknowledges his prickliness, particularly during the time that Paszt was shooting. Checa el trailer aquí. Both were strong and often at odds for his energy and attention. I would tell Michael ‘That guy in the front row, he’s cartel, don’t point the camera at him.’ I’m used to that, but I’m thinking to myself, What is Michael thinking?”, Many seemingly tall-tales, Paszt says, weren’t explored as they didn’t fit into the film, but for his part, he trusts his gut on how much truth there is to them. Hodgkinson in a moment of reflection before Triplemania XXV. “Ian called me a couple of days later,” Paszt says. “She hates it,” he admits in straightforward fashion. Every time I try to change and do things 9 to 5, I fail. It’s an excellent example of how a documentary director can’t create dialogue as if it were a fictional movie, but they can create a situation to try and draw out some emotion. “Lee” is Lee Demarbre, a Canadian filmmaker that Paszt has known for years, who had directed  a documentary titled Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero that Paszt says, according to both Demarbre and Hodgkinson, never quite turned out the way either had hoped. I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He would fly out for the week and get back to make lunch for his daughter. “I was so grateful that Michael had the patience to deal with me on a day-to-day basis,” he says. Now the brand of Vampiro allows me to enjoy it; I have a certain level of respect from the guys, and fans, and I don’t have to kill myself.”, Nail in the Coffin, though it directly references Vampiro’s finishing move in the ring, may be too final-sounding a title for a story that has no plans of wrapping up. I had no interest in being a director, but he said, ‘C’mon, c’mon, think about it.’ Then I get a call from a friend at SuperChannel who said he’s looking for sports docs, and if I had anything.”, Hodgkinson and Paszt share a love of lucha libre and iconic shirts. This push and pull between his career and his life as a father is a focal point of the film and hard to imagine not being there, but Paszt describes how this idea developed organically during the production, while Hodgkinson himself was unsure about how it would work. Well, not much, it turns out. “As I’m listening to him talk, I think, I’m pretty sure he was kidnapped.”. You think Evel Knievel listened when somebody said don’t jump those buses? Neither knew anything about the other. Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero exposes the seamy underbelly of fame in the world of professional wrestling and traces one man's heart-of-darkness journey from the top rope to rock bottom and back up again -- a man who is an angel to his family, a devil to society and a hero to his fans. I might as well keep going 100 miles an hour until I hit the wall.”. Required fields are marked *. Paszt, who was spending time living in Mexico and writing for a weekly magazine called Super Luchas, was providing a sort of primer for those that might be new to Lucha Libre. But when you’re an extreme artist and give yourself to your craft, if you listen to somebody about the headshots, then I’ll be in the ring protecting my head and then I’ll hurt myself.”. “I met with Vampiro, and as we sat talking I found out that he was working for Lucha Underground and AAA, and he was living in Thunder Bay. That may be Ian speaking, or it may be Vampiro. If you have the chance it is worth checking out. Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero exposes the seamy underbelly of fame in the world of professional wrestling and traces one man's heart-of-darkness journey from the top rope to rock bottom and back up again -- a man who is an angel to his family, a devil to society and a hero to his fans. As the editor of Slam Wrestling's Hollywood Headlock, much of his writing focuses on the connections between wrestling and film, TV, documentary, and more. Hodgkinson keeps his punk attitude close to the surface. His name is Vampiro, aka El Vampiro Canadiense, aka Ian Hodgkinson -- and his is one of the great, untold stories of professional wrestling. “I had brought a few Mexican wrestlers to Toronto for a Harbourfront fan event,” Paszt recalls. Yet there’s one moment in that movie where you can see the look in my daughter’s eyes where she completely trusts me as her dad, and that told me that I’m doing my job. I can’t do things like everybody else. If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices. Another way to prevent getting this page in the future is to use Privacy Pass. Just for full disclosure, I have known Michael Paszt since those days of independent film production in the 1990s because I worked on two film sets with him. Vampiro is a genuine legend, a man who learned Lucha Libre wrestling as a Canadian teenager who went to Mexico on a hope and a prayer. We’re at a park, and he was in such a bad mood.”, Seeing the potential for a disastrous beginning to the shoot, Paszt decided for a straightforward approach. Both Paszt and Hodgkinson joined in on a call to discuss how the vision for the film developed and what they hope people will take from it. It’s a marked break from the tone presented towards the end of the film, as the conversations that Hodgkinson alluded to with his doctor and his daughter seem to be pushing him out of the ring for good. If it sounds a bit strange for the subject of the documentary to heap praise on the telling of his own story, you’ll have to take into account that Hodgkinson considers himself to be the least important part of the film – after its creator and its message. I said, ‘You’re commuting to Mexico!’”. It became a natural thing.”. I did coffee runs, delivered film stock, photocopied scripts, and made sure to park my car where I knew it would show up in the opening scenes of Red Blooded American Girl 2. When I tell you people got thrown off of buildings, people got thrown off of buildings. “I had a bunch of questions already laid out,” he says, “but his answers were getting shorter and shorter. Fast forward to 2020, where Paszt and Hodgkinson were set the bring the documentary Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro on a publicity tour in March before events around the world were shut down. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. Feb 27: AEW Revolution, Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress, Tony Khan talks Brock Lesnar, All Out and ‘kicking the crap out of WrestleMania’. Thank you El Vampiro Canadiense. This was an opportunity to be there in such an important period of my life when I was so lost and so sick.”, “The movie is amazing,” he says. “I said to him, ‘We’ve got to do it, and I know you’re not feeling well,’” he explains.