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The Forbidden (1978)

Unrated | | Horror, Short




Cast overview:
Peter Atkins Peter Atkins ... Faust
Clive Barker
Doug Bradley
Phil Rimmer Phil Rimmer
Lyn Darnell Lyn Darnell
Julia Blake


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In 1970's Liverpool, Clive Barker and a small group of friends from college made two short films, unseen by the general public until now. "Salome" (1973) and "The Forbidden" (1978) feature early footage of Barker, who also did most of the special effects, and Doug Bradley, who went on to fame as Pinhead in the "Hellraiser" films. Also included are interviews with Barker, Bradley and other key players. Contains graphic violence and nudity. Silent with music score. See more »


Edited into Clive Barker's Salomé & The Forbidden (1998) See more »

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Plays out like a longer version of Salome
14 July 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The Forbidden is one of two short films that horror writer Clive Barker made before he went on to create his masterpiece 'Hellraiser'. This film follows along pretty much the same lines as the man's first short, Salome, as it's the atmosphere, music and setting that is the point; with plot, characters and dialogue being completely forsaken. The film reminded me a lot of Luis Bunuel's "Un Chien Andalou", as it's very atmospheric and surreal throughout. While this is pretty much more of the same, I have to say that I slightly preferred Barker's first short film to this one. The Forbidden is overlong by a good ten to twenty minutes, and many of the sequences in the film - while striking and memorable - are simply repeats of things we've already seen, which annoyed me no end. The film also features a sequence that sees a naked man dancing, which I wouldn't be a fan of anyway; but the fact that it goes on for about ten minutes makes the film even less fun. Still, there's lot to like about this film as it shows many things that appear to be blueprints for Hellraiser, and the effects and atmosphere are eerie enough to make sure that the film always succeeds on an aesthetic level. Like Salome; this isn't a masterpiece or a must-see, but if you liked Hellraiser and get a chance to see this - you might as well take it.

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