Hellraiser

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Clive Barker‘s Hellraiser, based on a written story of his (The Hellbound Heart), has been dormant for quite some time. While the first four, arguably, are loved by fans, the movies since have not had quite the same level of fanatic love, excepting only the most diehard lovers of the series. The movies began to be milked (there were two movies released in 2005) in a manner more sacrilegious than Pinhead himself, and 2011 saw the release of Hellraiser: Revelations, a movie so quickly and cheaply produced, longtime Pinhead actor Doug Bradley simply refused to participate. It was released quietly for one day, at one theater, and then shoveled onto DVD; it’s rumored (with all signs pointing to ‘true’) that the movie was only made so Dimension Films did not lose the copyright to the franchise, and could make a bigger, more expensive film later on. Needless to say, it was considered bad. Now Dimension Films is giving Hellraiser another chance with Hellraiser: Judgement, and the first photo has been released.  (more…)

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To borrow a phrase, Hellraiser: Revelations, the ninth and most recent film in the Hellraiser series, was a disaster. It was made in three weeks for $300,000 and released quietly in 2011 with seemingly little regard in terms of quality or creativity. Why? Because rumor had it that Dimension Films slapped the whole thing together in order to hold on to the rights to Clive Barker‘s classic short story, The Hellbound Heart, and make a more straightforward, and profitable, remake to the original Hellraiser. Will it be different this time with tenth film in the series about to enter production? Who knows, but one thing’s assured: Doug Bradley will not be back as Pinhead. (more…)

 Leviathan

Look at that headline. That’s writing right there, folks.

Since it doesn’t seem like we’re going to get that proposed Hellraiser reboot anytime soon (not to mention the Scarlet Gospels Clive Barker’s been teasing for years), fans of the series thankfully have a new documentary to look forward to. Titled Leviathan (which I totally love), the film chronicles the conception of both Hellraiser and Hellbound, promising us an in-depth look at Barker’s famed S&M obsessed demons.

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Hellraiser fans were rightfully excited the other week when Clive Barker announced on his Facebook page that he’s been brought on-board to write the script and develop the concepts for rebooting the Hellraiser franchise. The cherry on top of that news-sundae was Doug Bradley, Mr Pinhead himself, was also coming back to reprise his role. That’s fantastic news, but the next question for fans is: Who should direct? (more…)

Because a bazillion Hellraiser movies based on Clive Barker‘s 1987 original isn’t enough, Sonar Entertainment and executive producer Larry Kupin (who brought us Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II. )are developing Hellraiser: The Series.

Sonar teases the series like this:

One of the most successful (and terrifying) franchises in film history is ready for its weekly television debut. For over 25 years, fans have followed the exploits of an insidious villain named Pinhead, summoned from a nightmarish underworld by an ancient puzzle box. He will seduce you with power and tempt you with fear, until your soul belongs to him. Now, for the first time, a weekly series set in the fantastic realm of Hellraiser will thrill audiences worldwide.

The prospect of a TV show revolving around Pinhead and his clan of cenobites tickles my gory pleasures, but I don’t know if there’s any channels that it would work for, without cutting back on the violence. Which would simply be unacceptable.

On a side note: I don’t like how they’re referring Pinhead as a “insidious villain”.  He’s never been good or bad…he simply is. People seek the pleasure of hell…he gives it to them…they demand, he supplies. That’s it.

Source: ShockTillYouDrop

COMICS REWIND: Clive Barker’s Hellraiser


In 1989, with two successful Hellraiser films hooking themselves into the public consciousness, Clive Barker and legendary comics editor Archie Goodwin (who we also have to thank for much of the early wonderment of Legends of the Dark Knight, which I’m sure I’ll get around to writing about some day) got together and decided it was time for a horror comic featuring those demented little puzzle boxes and the demons they unleash. The result was Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, a comic that merged the mischievous old school traditions of horror anthology comics with the masochistic, otherworldly concepts of Barker’s Hellraiser universe. It’s a comic that a great many readers seem to forget about now, but when you look back at the 20 issues of the original run, you see something daring going on, and something definitely worth revisiting.

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Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down the latest in nerd movies and TV at your local video store. It’s not the biggest of ways for geek DVD releases, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. Here’s what to check out:

BUY:

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class is the thrilling, eye-opening chapter you’ve been waiting for…Witness the beginning of the X-Men Universe. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.

The most acclaimed superhero film of 2011 is finally available for home viewing this week. After the mediocrity of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this flick takes it back to the beginning to restart the franchise with a fresh cast and a fresh take on one of the most successful superhero teams of all time. It’s definitely worth adding to your collection.

Hellraiser Blu-Ray

From horror master Clive Barker comes this chilling nightmare featuring the first appearance of the hideous zombie Pinhead, who terrifies his brother and his estranged wife now inhabiting his former home. When a drop of blood partially resurrects him, all hell breaks loose as Pinhead forces his sister-in-law, formerly his lover, to kill and kill again so he can become whole. A creepy, thrillingly perverse tale straddling the thin line between heaven and hell, extreme pleasure and unbearable pain, Hellraiser will haunt your dreams.

A classic of modern horror is now available in a high definition format, and if you’re a serious fan of the genre it’s something definitely worth owning. Few horror films of the 1980s were as influential and as striking as Clive Barker’s directorial debut, and despite a number of truly terrible sequels, the original film still lives on as a visually stunning masterpiece. The first of the sequels (not great, but still good), Hellbound: Hellraiser II, also comes to Blu-Ray this week.

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The Next Hellraiser Film Gets A Title & Director

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It seems the Hellraiser franchise is ready to have it’s ninth film (yup, there are eight of them already out) ready to roll as the project has finally been titled and found it’s director. Hellraiser: Revelations will be directed by Victor Garcia (Return to House on Haunted Hill), who just finished directing Mirrors 2 for FOX. The film’s writer is Gary J. Tunicliffe, who has been working on the Hellraiser films as the FX Artist and has even done his own short based on the franchise he has been loyal to. Also, it seems that this film may not be the reboot that has been rumored for years now.

What do you guys think? Are any of you still a fan of this Clive Barker series? Or has your love for the franchise died many years ago?

Source: GeekTyrant, Shock Till You Drop

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