November 14, 2019

Don’t think for one second that you aren’t in danger. Winter LeMarchand and Pinhead Hellraiser: Deader (2005) has an uncanny resemblance to Candyman in the way it’s told, then it’s filled with hallucinations like the previous two and ruins it. The edginess is stronger in this one, and I noticed the musical score, unlike its…

November 11, 2019

I can smell the exquisite stench of what you really are. Pinhead Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996) is the origin story of the box a.k.a. LeMarchand’s Box a.k.a. Lament Configuration. This is also the final theatrical release in the Hellraiser franchise. It’s obvious to me that this film was made as an anthology, but unlike other anthology…

November 7, 2019

Come to daddy. Frank Hellraiser (1987) is the first adaptation of Clive Barker’s novella Hellbound Heart; he’s also responsible for the screenplay and direction of the film. The dark eroticism of this film and the original story is what draws me to this world. Once inside, the terror of what is happening kicks in, and…

May 2, 2019

If you didn’t know, I’ll tell  you now, sorry to those already know, I’m a huge Clive Barker fan. I haven’t read or seen a work of his that I haven’t enjoyed, and Book of Blood (2009) is a combination of two of his short stories, The Book of Blood (obviously) and On Jerusalem Street; both…

April 25, 2019

The second Clive Barker story I read was Cabal (I still have the 1st Edition Hardcover I bought when I was in college), and to my delight in 1990 Nightbreed was released on the big screen. It is the first movie that I’m conscious of seeing that was adapted from a book; with Hellraiser, I…

April 11, 2019

Lord of Illusions (1995) is a strange one indeed. While it carries a few of the characters from Clive Barker’s short story The Last Illusion, that is it, but it doesn’t stop me for enjoying both equally. Besides, it’s not like Hellraiser is an exact translation of Hellbound Heart. The story follows Harry D’Amour’s investigation…

February 25, 2019

“Welcome.” Mahogany The Midnight Meat Train (2008) is an adaptation of Clive Barker’s short story of the same name and translated wonderfully into film. For once I like the filter, it gives the scenes an eerie, smoky feel. The gore is amazing; I love every bit of it from the rivers of blood, to exploding eyeballs, and…

September 6, 2018

You’ve got dirty eyes. Anyone ever tell you that? Howard Hallenbeck Rawhead Rex (1987) is one of those bizarre horror movies that at times left me shaking my head. I do enjoy it, it is filled with cheese, and who doesn’t love cheese? I’ve read the short story more than once, and I always empathize…

Daughter of Illusion

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