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Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy
     

Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy

by Paul Kane, Doug Bradley
 

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ISBN-10: 0786427523

ISBN-13: 9780786427529

Pub. Date: 11/27/2006

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Best-selling horror novelist Clive Barker had a rocky start with the first attempts to convert his stories into a visual medium. Directors and screenwriters turned the film adaptations of Underworld and Rawhead Rex into something barely recognizable-and box office failures as well. Consequently, when he approached film companies about Hellraiser, Barker insisted that

Overview

Best-selling horror novelist Clive Barker had a rocky start with the first attempts to convert his stories into a visual medium. Directors and screenwriters turned the film adaptations of Underworld and Rawhead Rex into something barely recognizable-and box office failures as well. Consequently, when he approached film companies about Hellraiser, Barker insisted that he be involved in every step, including the direction. The resulting 1987 film has become an undisputed horror classic, spawning a movie franchise that to date includes eight films.

This volume explores not only the cinematic interpretations of the Hellraiser mythos but also its intrusion into other artistic and cultural forms. Beginning with the unconventional sources of Clive Barker's inspiration, the book follows Barker from his pre-Hellraiser cinematic experience through the filming of the horror classic. It examines various themes (such as the undermining of the traditional family unit and the malleability of the flesh) found throughout the film series and the ways in which the representation of these themes changes from film to film. The religious aspects of the films are also discussed. Characters central to the franchise-and the mythos-are examined in detail. Included is a foreword by actor Doug Bradley, who portrayed the infamous Pinhead.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786427529
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/27/2006
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Foreword by Doug Bradley 1

Preface 5

1. The Road to Hell 9

2. Opening the Box 27

3. Demons to Some 40

4. Such Sights to Show You 45

5. No Limits 51

6. To Hell and Back 53

7. Opening Doors 66

8. The Doctor Is In 77

9. The Devil You Know? 84

10. The Sweet Suffering 92

11. Earthbound 95

12. Completing the Pattern, Solving the Puzzle, Turning the Key 114

13. Pinhead Unbound 126

14. What Started in Hell 130

15. Production Hell 132

16. Open the Gates, Lay Low the Ramparts 144

17. A Distinct Sense of Déjà Vu 155

18. A Bloodline Cursed to the End of Time 157

19. Dante’s Footsteps 159

20. A World Full of Riddles 167

21. Welcome to Hell 173

22. Hide and Seek 175

23. All Problems Solved 181

24. Hellbound Hearts 187

25. Sought After? 189

26. Deader Certainty 191

27. Fear Is Where We Go to Learn 199

28. Deader, Like Me? 203

29. Hell of a World 204

30. Welcome to the Party 210

31. World in Action 215

32. No More Souls 217

33. Comics from Hell 219

34. Further Explorations 224

Chapter Notes 229

Bibliography 237

Index 243

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