Clive Barker’s Hellraiser


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…)

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.