10 items from 2015
Musically speaking, Hellraiser begins like a fairytale. Glassy bell percussion provide an enchanted introduction before composer Christopher Young’s main titles layer in tragic string figures. Blaring low brass blast a tainted pessimism, harkening back like the prelude to some age old fable as piano moves in grand, darkened fashion. Like a spell cast over the audience, the opening passages of Hellraiser are hugely operatic, large enough to swallow the listener whole. It’s a romantic and unconventional way of beginning a late-80s horror movie. The music distresses and reassures us at the same time, a soaring embrace of the good and the very, very bad.
This twisted yin and yang is Clive Barker’s film in a nutshell. In 1987, Barker got behind the camera to adapt his 1986 novella The Hellbound Heart, where ghoulish leather-clad demons called Cenobites (led by Doug Bradley’s iconic Pinhead) tear apart the flesh »
- David Klein
*Updated with full list of bonus features and new photos.* Just in time for Halloween, Arrow Video will release fresh 2k restorations of Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, complete with plenty of bonus feature goodies in the Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box UK Blu-ray set.
Slated for an October 26th release in the UK, Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box includes the Hellraiser: Evolutions documentary, a 200-page hardcover book examining Clive Barker's Hellraiser universe, and much more.
From Arrow Video: "Stephen King was once quoted as saying: “I have seen the future of horror… his name is Clive Barker.” That future became reality when, in 1987, Barker unleashed his directorial debut Hellraiser – launching a hit franchise and creating an instant horror icon in the formidable figure of Pinhead.
- Derek Anderson
Didn’t get enough red-hot reviewin’ action in my last mega-column, creeps? Well e’en if ya did—too bad! Here comes another crapload of monsters, madmen and my patented high-larious wiseass ass-wisery!
• Release Date: Available Now on DVD
• Written By: Clive Barker
• Directed By: Clive Barker
Here are a couple of flicks that I have a real history with! Way back in the distant past, a gaggle of my ghoulish gang would huddle around the ol’ cathode ray tube and blast our eyeballs with all manner of vicious visuals that were contained in these magical black rectangles called VHS tapes. Now, a lot of what some of you fiends take for granted these days (Italian gore, splatter flicks, etc.) could be damn hard to get unless you dipped yer toes in some pretty grey waters. »
Director: Clive Barker
Running Time: 94 minutes
Synopsis: After solving a puzzle box, Frank is trapped in a hell-dimension full of pleasure and pain. When he escapes, it’s only a matter of time before the demons want him back.
It may have been released in 1987, but Hellraiser is no less shocking today. It’s a genuinely warped, twisted and innovative piece of cinema which will disturb audiences at this year’s Frightfest with a newly restored edition.
Based on Clive Barker’s novella, The Hellbound Heart (and directed by Barker too), Hellraiser follows two brothers, Frank (Sean Chapman/Oliver Smith) and Larry (Andrew Robinson). Larry’s the good (or is that boring?) family man, with second wife, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
The last week of August features an eclectic array of titles that should be of interest to horror and sci-fi fans. In order to give viewers a chance to revisit last season before the next run of the series begins in October, Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing season five of The Walking Dead on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Scream Factory has put together another killer cult classic double feature with their Blu-ray presentation of Metamorphosis and Beyond Darkness, and for those of you Clive Barker enthusiasts out there, you’ll finally have a chance to own the Master of Horror’s visionary short films, Salome and The Forbidden, for the first time ever this Tuesday.
Other titles arriving on August 25th include Blu-ray releases for The Sender and Student Bodies from Olive Films, newer indie horror films like Beg, Morbid and Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer, and both Jacob »
- Heather Wixson
Cosplay costume: Jacket from ‘Hotline Miami‘
The 7th annual Montreal Comiccon, was held at the Palais des Congrès this past weekend and for the first time in seven years, I was able to attend the event. Past Cons were held in early September, conflicting with my coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival, but this year, the organizers decided to change the date allowing me to geek out to a variety of attractions catering to fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, games, television and film. I’m pleased to announce that I was pleasantly surprised with the event as a whole. Montreal’s geek extravaganza is extremely laid back. There was little time spent waiting in line and everyone seems to be having a good time. I counted over two dozen booths filled with comic book artists ready to draw up an original piece on the spot, sign an autograph »
When we started our first ever March Maniac Madness tournament, we brought some of horror’s biggest heavyweights in to partake in a Fan Chosen battle. You played. They fought. You chose your winner… Hellraiser‘s main Cenobite, Pinhead, tore the competition… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
HorrorNews.Net and Horror News Radio are attending the Mad Monster Party inCharlotte, Nc on March 27th-29th, 2015. Mad Monster Party is one of the best Horror Conventions on the East Coast with killer guests, thrilling film festival, fabulous after hour parties and events and surprises galore. It is an weekend you do Not want miss!
- Doc Rotten
Today, Clive Barker’s wildly imaginative Nightbreed celebrates its 25th anniversary. While that is a remarkable feat in itself, the journey that the film has taken over the years has become the project’s enduring legacy within the horror genre. The recent Director’s Cut release of Nightbreed has been the ultimate vindication for Barker, who saw his vision snapped away decades ago from producers who believed they understood the world of Midian- and all its monsters- better than their creator.
Of course, that wasn’t the case, as Nightbreed received a disastrous response when it arrived in theaters, maligned mostly for its lack of subtlety and nuanced storytelling that was found within the pages of Barker’s original novella, Cabal. When Barker decided to move forward on adapting his work for the big screen, he was quick to rely on his some of his very closest friends to bring »
- Heather Wixson
Bill Bradley clearly agrees with Aaliyah about that whole "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" thing ... 'cause at 71 he tells TMZ Sports he's willing to suit up for the struggling Knicks Right Now. The former Knick -- and U.S. Senator -- was out in D.C when we asked him what exactly the Knicks need to get them out of the kingdom of suckdom that they have resided in all year. "I'll go back »
- TMZ Staff
10 items from 2015
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