They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. While many people think that what Lady Gaga does is unique, others claim that Madonna (amongst others throughout history) has done it before. Regardless of any of that, Gaga certainly takes a lot of inspiration from the horror genre. It’s obvious in her music videos as well as in her…well, let’s just say in her odd dress assortments.
Now, horror legend himself Clive Barker has gone to his fans via his Facebook about one of her over-the-top masks, asking if they think she took inspiration from one of the greatest horror icons of all time: Pinhead. Now, the mask doesn’t resemble Pinhead from the films. However, when one reads the description of Pinhead from Barker’s The Hellbound Heart, suddenly things start to click a bit more.
Here’s the description from the book: “Its voice, unlike that of its companion, was light and breathy-the voice of an excited girl. Every inch of its head had been tattooed with an intricate grid, and at every intersection of horizontal and vertical axes a jeweled pin driven through to the bone. Its tongue was similarly decorated.” (Hellbound Heart, Ch. 1)
Check out the mask below and lend your thoughts in the comments. READ MORE
BOOM! Studios’ Hellraiser ongoing from Clive Barker and Mark Miller ended last week with issue #20 (review here), and the publisher has officially announced that the planned “Hellraiser: The Dark Watch” will be a relaunch of the series. The new ongoing monthly series is co-written by Clive Barker and “Witch Doctor” scribe, Brandon Seifert. Tom Garcia will return as artist. While the series does pick up from where issue #20 left off, it also opens new doors for Elliott Spencer and Kirsty Cotton. Check out quotes and artwork below. READ MORE
As Hellraiser #20 marks the final issue, everything comes down to an epic confrontation between good and evil. After the stream of forgettable sequels that have plagued the “Hellraiser” franchise, Clive Barker comes back to the helm and remains true to his original vision of terror. Readers get to see Barker’s vision come full circle as every major player takes part in the battle against Pinhead. READ MORE
You can all rest easy. With the final issue of Clive Barker and Mark Miller’s Hellraiser coming to a close next week with issue #20 (preview here), the future of the franchise at Boom! Studios was uncertain until now. USA Today broke the news that “Witch Doctor” scribe and writer of “Hellraiser: The Road Below”, Brandon Seifert, will be collaborating with Clive Barker for a brand new ongoing “Hellraiser” series titled “The Dark Watch”. Tom Garcia will be taking on art duties for the series, and it is confirmed that it will pick up where the series leaves off.
Seifert assures that the series will also be easy for new readers to jump in, saying, it “picks up with familiar characters in unfamiliar roles, and I’m making a big effort to make it accessible for new readers.” Seifert was keen to note that the original story, “The Hellbound Heart” and the original films have always been a huge influence on him, and he plans to explore the world that Barker has created. “Hellraiser: The Dark Watch” kicks off in February 2013. Head inside for quotes, covers, and more details. READ MORE
It’s been a crazy week for Boom! Studio’sHellraiser, and it all comes down to this. Issue #20 is officially the final issue of the ongoing “Hellraiser” comic from Clive Barker and Mark Miller. It’s been one hell of a ride, Barker proving that there is still life in his Cenobite world. Boom! promises more “Hellraiser,” but the publisher is keeping hush hush regarding the new series (teased earlier this week). Regardless, below we’ve got the exclusive preview for “Hellraiser” #20. READ MORE
Earlier today we reported that the current Clive Barker Hellraiser ongoing was canned. Well, apparently not so much. BOOM! Studios just sent out a new teaser image for “Hellraiser”, the file name of which was Hellraiser_DarkWatch. The teaser reads, “The Pinheads will finally meet…in hell,” which leads me to believe the series is not in fact over, but continuing strong. Absolutely no word as to who will be writing and illustrating the series. Check out the colorful teaser below. READ MORE
It is not a good week in hell. First Vertigo gives “Hellblazer” the axe, only to create a way less interesting version of Constantine in the DCU. Now, BOOM! Studios rips out the hearts of horror fans by bringing an end to Clive Barker’s current Hellraiser ongoing. The series has been a favorite of the BD staff for quite some time, and there’s no real explanation as to why it’s getting canceled…I had to find out via Bleeding Cool. The book ends with issue #20 this month.
UPDATE: BOOM! Studios just sent out a teaser for more “Hellraiser”. Looks like the jig isn’t up. READ MORE
Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the classic Clive Barker horror film Hellraiser, a limited-edition reissue of Christopher Young’s memorable score for both the first film and it’s sequel, Hellraiser 2: Hellbound, has been made available for pre-order. All music has been remastered by James Nelson at Digital Outland.
Limited to 2000 copies, it is expected to ship Nov. 15th and can be ordered here. READ MORE
There is something visually disturbing on almost every page of Hellraiser #19. The story arc is layered with subplots and the illustrations are eerily atmospheric. This “Hellraiser” series continues to be an ambitious effort. Back at the helm, Clive Barker maintains his original vision of terror and gore that was established in his novella, “The Hellbound Heart”. This issue will make you forget about the previous sub-par sequels that have plagued the “Hellraiser” franchise. READ MORE
As you gear up for Halloween, many of you likely have a list of films you always watch around this time of year. Chances are Clive Barker’s Hellraiser is on that list. Barker’s latest comic series from BOOM! Studios is one of the only incarnations of the franchise that does justice to the original film. The stakes are higher than ever as Elliott Spencer is more powerful than he ever was as Pinhead, and only Kirsty Cotton can stop him. We’ve got the exclusive look at “Hellraiser” #19 below. READ MORE
Brandon Seifert’s 4-issue Hellraiser miniseries, “The Road Below”, kicks off this October from BOOM! Studios. The miniseries falls directly inline with the events of Clive Barker’s current “Hellraiser” ongoing and it functions to offer insight into Kirsty’s psyche. The mini will explore Kirsty’s first days as Pinhead on her journey to New Orleans where she meets with a holder of the LeMarchand Device.
We’ve got an exclusive look at all 4 covers for “Hellraiser: The Road Below” #3, drawn by Tim Bradstreet, Nick Percival, and Retro Outlaw Studios. Check ‘em out! READ MORE
This week we are treated to what looks to be a Freudian edition of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser as Captain Spencer and Kirsty Cotton try to salvage what is left of the world. Issue #17 will be filled with dreams, nightmares, men in nighties, and hellicious worlds apart. Take a look at a 7-page preview of new “Hellraiser” arc below. READ MORE
This week we gave you issue #1 of ‘Hellraiser’, an ongoing comic book series from Boom! Studios, for free! Now, the ‘Hellraiser’ goodies continue with a BD exclusive first peek at the covers to “Hellraiser” #20 and “Hellraiser: The Road Below” #2. Check out these gorgeous covers after the jump. READ MORE
Since the new “Hellraiser” series began, the battle lines have been drawn, the mighty leaders have translocated, and the balance between good and evil has been obliterated. Kirsty is now all alone and has to make a large sacrifice, and the world of Hell is still calling Elliot Spencer. The universe wants them both back in their rightful places. Now is the time for reckoning. READ MORE
We make very little effort here at the BD comics section to hide our love for BOOM! Studios’ “Hellraiser” series. Clive Barker returned to his baby to explore a whole new world for the Cenobites. If you are a horror comic fan, hell, if you’re a horror fan at all, this should be on your summer reading list. Issue #16 ushers in a new arc that you would do well to jump into. READ MORE
We knew that the “Witch Doctor” scribe had some big news coming from BOOM! Studios on “Hellraiser”, and now you can feast your eyes on his new miniseries. Seifert is writing a 4-issue miniseries to explore Kirsty Cotton’s new found powers titled, “Hellraiser: The Road Below” that fits in directly with the current ongoing series by Clive Barker. Ibraim Roberson and Andrea Stahlschmidt will be on art duties. You can check out the covers below. READ MORE
H.P. Lovecraft is an author that most horror fans stumble upon of their own accord. He’s the type of author who has you instantly hooked after just one story. His works are immersing, and once you dare to enter his strange world, it’s hard to ever pull yourself out. The problem with Lovecraft is that once you’ve read his canon, it’s hard to find anyone who compares. There are many authors who name him as an influence, but that does not mean they even fall within the same genre.
I was fortunate enough to come across Torn Realities, a short story anthology of modern Lovecraftian tales, published by Post Mortem Press, that explore twisting reality, the fear of the unknown, and bending human perceptions. Of the 19 stories, there are some real gems to behold, with very few that do not fit the bill. Torn Realities offers a satisfying answer to the question, “what comes after Lovecraft?” READ MORE
Update: It looks like the screening has had some impact and that we MIGHT be getting a Blu-ray after all. Clive Barker reported on Twitter that Morgan Creek is giving permission “to show the cut around the world and to raise money to prepare the cut for a release on Blu-ray… This could not, would not, have happened without your voices.We have all been heard. The Morgan Creek team have my thanks and my respect. Very seldom does anyone in the movie business pay attention as they have, understanding perhaps that the message of the movie as I shot it is one that dramatizes a different ending to the age-old story of how a war between Humankind and something Other draws to a close.”
Sunday night the New Beverly Theater in California played host to the infamous “Cabal Cut” of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. Bloody Disgusting’s BC was on hand and shares his thoughts on the new cut of the 1990 classic set in the Canadian wilderness, where a search is on for a serial killer and an ancient tribe of monsters called the night-breed.
“It’d be easy to say “Morgan Creek destroyed a perfect film!” but the reality is that they just exacerbated some of its issues while adding others,” says BC. “ I’d love to have a definitive, cleaned up version of the movie to watch on Blu-ray, and with so few horror films that even attempt to be “epic”, I think it deserves the lavish treatment on ambition alone.”
Horror-meister Clive Barker has been tapped to rewrite “Zombies vs. Gladiators,” an action horror movie that is being developed by Amazon Studios, the unit of Amazon.com that was launched in 2010 to use audience feedback in the development of movie and TV scripts, says THR.
“Set in ancient Rome, the ‘Zombies vs. Gladiators’ story begins when a shaman who is about to die in the Coliseum casts a spell that unleashes the world’s first zombies. It’s up to a gladiator to stop the spread of the zombie horde and save Rome.”
Because of popular fan support for the Zombies idea, Amazon Studios, which has 16 movies in development, is moving forward on the project with Barker at the helm!
Said Barker: “I’m excited by the opportunity to interweave two very rich narrative threads. One of them concerns itself with the reality of the decadence of Rome and its rise and fall. The other is a fantastical narrative element – the living dead. My brief to myself on this project is to give the audience not only zombies they have never seen before but also a Rome they have never seen before.”
Barker is a prolific novelist and artist, who has made frequent foray into film. He directed 1987’s Hellraiser, based on is novella “The Hellbound Heart”; he adapted and directed Nightbreed from his short story “Cabal” in 1990; and he executive produced 1992’s Candyman and its sequel Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh. In 1998, he executive produced the Oscar-winning Gods and Monsters.
Clive Barker blows our minds straight to Hell once again in Hellraiser #14. Any protocol or structure that may have held strong in the past has been annihilated, and bedlam has been kicked into full throttle. As the gates dividing Hell and earth slowly dissipate, and good and evil melt together, one wonders if a certain Cenobite has really transformed indefinitely or if anyone can truly change. We’re running out of ways to praise this title because of how consistently good it has been. READ MORE
It seems like only yesterday that Cliver Barker brought Pinhead back to the comic book world, but we’re already fourteen issues deep. And what a ride it has been. Hellraiser from Boom! is what fans have been waiting for, continuing the epic mythology of the original story that delivers time and time again. Barker, as you well know, is a master of his craft, and “Hellraiser” is tour de force in the comic book world. Check out the preview below where Kirsty Cotton tries to hold on to her mantle as head Cenobite in hell. READ MORE
The “director’s cut” of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed has been a highly sought-after and highly intangible experience for horror fans ever since the film’s release over two decades ago. And while those seeking it out may not have crossed the finish line quite yet, there’s now a “Cabal Cut” which may be the closest we ever get to Barker’s original vision. And it’s playing LA’s New Beverly Cinema on June 10th, hosted by Days of the Dead.
“In 2009 Seraphim’s Mark Miller contacted Morgan Creek and found out that there may well be more to the Myth than anyone had thought. Two European encoded VHS tapes were discovered and sent to Phil and Sarah Stokes, who run Clive Barker’s website, Revelations. They viewed the tapes and saw what nobody had seen in almost 2 decades; additional Nightbreed footage. Phil and Sarah transferred the footage to DVD and, with Clive’s approval, announced to the world that missing footage for Clive’s film had been found. Inspired to see Clive’s original vision come to light, filmmaker Russell Cherrington, longtime friend of Clive Barker and Seraphim, took the DVD back to England and, working with editor Jimmi Johnson and Clive Barker’s original Script, created the new cut ofNightbreed composited from two the VHS sources and the original Warner Brothers DVD. The original cinema release of Nightbreed was fused with the workprint to create The Cabal Cut.”
Post Mortem Press is an indie publisher based out of Cincinnati, and their goal is to bring together the worlds of self-publishing and corporate publishing to showcase up and coming short fiction writers. Now they are adding a rather big name in horror to their list of authors. Clive Barker has a short story featured in Post Mortem Press’ brand new anthology, Torn Realities, which revolves around Lovecraftian themes. The short story anthology contains 19 tales of horror from a wide range of authors, both known and unknown. You can pick up a print or digital copy now on Amazon. See more details below. READ MORE
Fans have been waiting since the late 80s for another instalment of Hellraiser brought about by Clive Barker. Over the past year that wish finally came true. BOOM! Studios is now celebrating a triumphant year for “Hellraiser” with a very special “Hellraiser Annual” issue. In this issue, Barker further explores the Cenobite War, and reveals the inner workings of his beautiful/horrible Hell. I have a feeling there are many fans out there who are still ignoring this simply because it’s a comic book, which is a real shame. This annual issue is a great place to see what’s got everyone so excited that Pinhead is back. Check out the five-page preview after the jump. READ MORE