Published on September 3rd, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Ian Hodgkinson (Vampiro) & Director Michael Paszt On “Nail In The Coffin,” Health, Metal & More

The name “Ian Hodgkinson” may not be familiar to most people, but Hodgkinson’s wrestling alter-ego “Vampiro” has been known to millions of people since the early 1990s. Vampiro first found fame in Mexico in the early 1990s — even though Hodgkinson is a native Thunder Bay, Canada — and eventually parlayed that into a career into working behind the scenes in wrestling. In the new documentary Nail In The Coffin: The Fall & Rise Of Vampiro, director Michael Paszt explores the many differences between Hodgkinson and Vampiro, following both around on and off in the 2010s.

The most surprising thing about Nail In The Coffin, without giving too much away, is that one need not be a fan of wrestling to connect with its story. A warts and all feature which shows the highs and lows of life as a wrestler, the viewer quickly sees the love that Hodgkinson has for his daughter Dasha and how everything he does in wrestling is for the sake of providing for Dasha. Sure, there are famous wrestler cameos and there are showing of behind-the-scenes workings, but Nail In The Coffin primarily focuses on a person who would love nothing more than to be home and being a hands-on parent. All in all, you have a must-see movie; if you are aware of who Milli Vanilli is, expect a nice little twist towards the beginning of the film, as directly related to the younger days of Hodgkinson.

On September 3, 2020, I had the pleasure of speaking with both Ian Hodgkinson and director Michael Paszt via Zoom. We talked about Nail In The Coffin — which comes out on September 8th to all major digital and VOD outlets — without giving away too much of the story, while also discussing Vampiro’s health, punk rock and future plans for both Hodgkinson and Paszt. More on Nail In The Coffin can be found online via the Epic Pictures website and, while Hodginson can be followed on Twiiter via @Vampiro_Vampiro and Instagram via @VampiroVudu.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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