17 items from 2015
When discussing iconic horror film series of the modern age, the likes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday The 13th, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Scream always come up, and rightly so, but whereas they are often spoken of with wry, knowing smiles, when it comes to Hellraiser, and Pinhead, brows often become furrowed and conversations become serious, such is the reverence for Clive Barker’s most famous creation.
Those of us who were captivated by Hellraiser when it first graced cinema screens way back in 1987 have never quite forgotten the power and intelligence of that first film, and were equally enrapt by the sequel Hellbound the following year, and to a lesser extent by 1992’s third offering Hell On Earth. For us, the Hellraiser series pretty much concludes, as the subsequent sequels were dismal, so it is a joy to see that Arrow Video have chosen to »
★★★★★ Clive Barker's S&M Gothic fantasia has been poorly served (tainted even) by a string of Dtv sequels. The Liverpool-born horror visionary's Cenobites and Lament Configuration are without a shadow of a doubt among the most compelling creations in all of literature and genre cinema. The Pope of Pain - that's Pinhead (played by Doug Bradley) - is as iconic as Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface, but he operates very differently. He's a far classier figure, in fact.
- CineVue UK
Hellraiser – The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy
Starring Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Doug Bradley , Ashley Laurence, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Barbie Wilde, Sean Chapman, Kenneth Cranham, Oliver Parker, Terry Farrell, Kevin Bernhardt, Oliver Smith, Grace Kirby, Paula Marshall, Ken Carpenter, Imogen Boorman, William Hope.
To say that this release has been highly anticipated in the horror community since it was first announced several months ago would be something of an understatement; in fact, it would be a total lie as once it was announced that Clive Barker’s classic Hellraiser and its two immediate sequels were getting a 2K restoration then October 26th 2015 became judgement day for anybody with an appreciation for Barker’s masterpiece and the mythology it spawned, »
- Amie Cranswick
By Darren Allison
Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy 1987-1992 Directed by Clive Barker, Tony Randel, Anthony Hickox, Starring Doug Bradley, Andy Robinson, Ashley Laurence, Claire Higgins, Kenneth Cranham, Terry Farrell, Kevin Bernhardt. Arrow Blu-ray 4 Disc, Released on 26th October 2015.
Stephen King was once quoted as saying: “I have seen the future of horror… his name is Clive Barker.” The future became a 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.
Arrow’s beautifully produced Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box, has arguably for the first time, been afforded the prestige it fully deserves. The collection works very nicely in deed, mainly because its focus revolves around creator Clive Barker’s involvement in the franchise. Whilst Barker had a small interest in the fourth instalment Hellraiser IV: Bloodline, it would be the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Living dead fans situated on the East Coast take note: George A. Romero, the Godfather of the Modern Zombie, will be a special guest at this weekend's Rock and Shock horror convention. Joining Romero on the guest roster is Bill Moseley, Doug Bradley, P.J. Soles, Adam Green, and many more.
Press Release: (October 2, 2015)- As your local shops fill up with skeletons, vampires and friendly ghouls to hang about your house, our thoughts turn to Halloween, and for folks dedicated to all things horror, that includes planning their annual trip to the biggest horror and music convention on the East Coast during the spookiest of seasons; Rock And Shock! October 16th through 18th, Rock and Shock will celebrate their 12th year of music and mayhem at Worcester, Ma's Dcu Center with a full schedule filled with panels, film screenings, activities and contests running across a show floor jam packed with excellent guests and awesome vendors. »
- Derek Anderson
It’s what most horror films are known for: the gore that splatters on the screen. But when done right, the flying viscera becomes more than just gallons of red stuff, it becomes a chilling reminder of the fragility of the human body and of the ingenuity of filmmakers in making our most twisted fears and fantasies into a stomach churning reality. Grab your barf bag!
Antichrist (2009)- His and her pain
As far as horror sub-genres go, torture porn is up there with found footage as the most understandably reviled by audiences. With Antichrist, Lars Von Trier attempted to write a film that dealt with his personal demons. Confessing that he had been suffering from depression while writing the screenplay, Trier ended up bringing torture porn to its logical conclusion by taking the title of the sub-genre all too literally and creating a macabre near-masterpiece out of trashy genre origins. »
Arrow Films has released details of its upcoming Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy set, which includes brand new 2K restorations of Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, as well as a wealth of extras.
You Can Pre-order The Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box Limited Edition Trilogy Via Amazon
4-disc Limited Edition Contents
Brand new 2K restorations of Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth Uncompressed Pcm Stereo 2.0 and Lossless DTS-hd Ma 5.1 sound for Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II Lossless DTS-hd Ma 2.0 sound for Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all three films Limited Edition bonus disc Exclusive 200-page hardback book with new writing from Clive Barker archivists Phil and Sarah Stokes 20-page booklet featuring never-before-seen original Hellraiser concept art Limited Edition packaging with new artwork from Gilles Vranckx Set of 5 exclusive »
- Gary Collinson
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
17 items from 2015
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