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The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy
     

The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy

by Paul Kane
 

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Best-selling horror novelist Clive Barker’s 1987 film Hellraiser has become an undisputed horror classic, spawning a movie franchise that to date includes eight films. Exploring not only the cinematic interpretations of the Hellraiser mythos but also its intrusion into other artistic and cultural forms, this volume begins by identifying the unconventional

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Best-selling horror novelist Clive Barker’s 1987 film Hellraiser has become an undisputed horror classic, spawning a movie franchise that to date includes eight films. Exploring not only the cinematic interpretations of the Hellraiser mythos but also its intrusion into other artistic and cultural forms, this volume begins by identifying the unconventional sources of Barker’s inspiration and following 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.

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Total Film
to say Kane delivers the ultimate guide to Hellraiser is an understatement. He absolutely nails it
Labyrinth
a must-buy
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"an in-depth collection...exciting...the perfect compendium...open this one up and see what pleasures await"
From the Publisher
“Kane is an excellent writer and researcher, with an in-depth appreciation for his subject matter and a novelist’s skill for writing about it...a fabulous piece of work...essential”—Destructive Music; “to say Kane delivers the ultimate guide to Hellraiser is an understatement. He absolutely nails it”—Total Film; “a must-buy”—Labyrinth; “an in-depth collection...exciting...the perfect compendium...open this one up and see what pleasures await”—www.sfsite.com.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476600697
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
06/20/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
255
Sales rank:
477,911
File size:
16 MB
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Paul Kane teaches film studies, art and creative writing. A British Fantasy Award–nominated author, he writes both fiction and nonfiction books, and is a contributor to such magazines as SFX, Fangoria and Rue Morgue. He lives in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. More about Kane and his writings can be found at www.shadow-writer.co.uk.

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