The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy by Paul Kane

By Paul Kane

Best-selling horror novelist Clive Barker had a rocky commence with the 1st makes an attempt to transform his tales right into a visible medium. administrators and screenwriters grew to become the movie diversifications of Underworld and Rawhead Rex into whatever slightly recognizable--and field workplace disasters in addition. for this reason, while he approached movie businesses approximately Hellraiser, Barker insisted that he be considering each step, together with the path. The ensuing 1987 movie has develop into an undisputed horror vintage, spawning a film franchise that thus far comprises 8 films.

This quantity explores not just the cinematic interpretations of the Hellraiser mythos but additionally its intrusion into different creative and cultural types. starting with the radical resources of Clive Barker's notion, the publication follows Barker from his pre-Hellraiser cinematic event during the filming of the horror vintage. It examines a number of issues (such because the undermining of the conventional family and the malleability of the flesh) stumbled on during the movie sequence and the ways that the illustration of those issues adjustments from movie to movie.

The non secular facets of the movies also are mentioned. Characters crucial to the franchise--and the mythos--are tested intimately. integrated is a foreword via actor Doug Bradley, who portrayed the notorious Pinhead.

Show description

Read or Download The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy PDF

Best film books

The Art of the Moving Picture

"In the sphere of movie aesthetics, it's the first vital American paintings, nonetheless important--The artwork of the relocating photo is striking. "
--Stanley Kauffmann

Written in 1915, The artwork of the relocating photo by means of poet Vachel Lindsay is the 1st e-book to regard videos as paintings. Lindsay writes an excellent research of the early silent movies (including numerous now misplaced films). he's terribly prescient in regards to the way forward for motion picture making--particularly in regards to the company, the prominence of know-how, and the emergence of the director because the writer of the film.

"This is a joyous and beautiful performance," stated Francis Hackett, while he reviewed this e-book within the New Republic of December 25, 1915, "a daring and exceptional thought, quite daring and very extraordinary, and takes first position as an idea of the best renowned aesthetic phenomenon on this planet. "

Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound (4th Edition)

Practical artwork of movie Sound 4th edition relies at the expert adventure of the writer and different most sensible sound craftspeople to supply a complete rationalization of movie sound, together with blending, dubbing, workflow, budgeting, and electronic audio strategies. essentially grounded with real-world tales from the trenches all through, the publication additionally presents correct technical info, in addition to an appreciation of all of the methods concerned with growing optimum movie sound. New to this version are specific sound artist classes from the sector (including 2 new construction circumstances studies), together with perception from craftspeople who've labored at the most recent Harry Potter and Batman motion pictures. All technological adjustments were up-to-date to mirror the most up-tp-date structures.

**Due to a producing mistakes, the Yewdall Sound FX Library isn't really to be had at the DVD integrated with the booklet. Please stopover at the book's site, www. elsevierdirect. com/companions/9780240812403 to obtain the entire library. **

*Detailed step by step rationalization of the craft in addition to expert perception from many of the humans operating within the offer readers with either useful wisdom and notion
*Author offers a whole review of constructing potent sound for movie, together with movie protocol, budgeting information, facing onset politics, and technical information regarding recording
*Companion web site on hand. stopover at www. elsevierdirect. com/companions/9780240812403 for video clips, photographs and a word list of phrases

Frankenstein Meets Wolfman (Monsters Series)

Tailored from the Screenplay "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman" by means of Curt Siodman.

A werewolf who needs to be published from his curse and die visits Frankenstein's ruined fortress to benefit the secrets and techniques of existence and dying.

Abbas Kiarostami (Contemporary Film Directors)

This penetrating examine of the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's lifestyles and paintings engages a cross-cultural discussion among Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, an Iranian filmmaker, and Jonathan Rosenbaum, a movie critic, either one of whom have an extreme curiosity in Kiarostami's paintings. A pioneer in Iranian cinema and regarded essentially the most debatable and influential filmmakers alive, Kiarostami has written or directed greater than twenty motion pictures.

Additional resources for The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy

Sample text

We must also mention briefly the Cenobites as metaphors for our deepest instinctive fears—and we are always attracted to what we fear the most. Chatterer, with those wires pulling back his lips, revealing gums and teeth, crystallizes a very real anxiety about being eaten, possibly alive. On a more modern level, he brings with him connotations of dental work, too, the anxiety we all feel about this particular profession. Butterball represents fear about gluttony, of having overeaten until fit to burst, as he literally has.

However, Kirsty does not adhere to the moral codes of a Heavenly heroine, or even a heroine from previous horror films. Most noticeably, she does not remain virginal. Whether or not anything happened after her kiss with Steve, it is still insinuated that she has slept with him. In slasher films this is usually the grounds for punishment by the killer, as Carol Clover elucidates in her groundbreaking book, Men, Women and Chainsaws. The Final Girl, as she calls the Stalk and Slash heroine, is usually a “spunky enquirer into the terrible place,”12 but never sexually active.

His choice for the voicing of Pinhead should also rate a mention here. Obviously, he couldn’t have pitched it like the asexual character from The Hellbound Heart. “The voice I gave to Pinhead is anything but ‘light and breathy,’ and certainly sounded like no ‘excited girl’ it’s ever been my pleasure to know.... ”10 And the audio was enhanced even more in postproduction. Secondly, as already suggested, the mystery surrounding the Cenobites at the start of the movie is vital. Who are they? Where did they originally come from?

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.41 of 5 – based on 26 votes