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The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy [Kindle Edition]

Paul Kane
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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.

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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 was approached about a film of "Hellbound", 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 - Hellbound 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".


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (27 Nov 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085NZQAI
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Paul Kane has been writing professionally for almost fifteen years. His genre journalism has appeared in such magazines as Fangoria, SFX and Rue Morgue, and his non-fiction books are the critically acclaimed The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark. His award-winning short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic (as well as being broadcast on BBC Radio 2), and has been collected in Alone (In the Dark), Touching the Flame, FunnyBones, Peripheral Visions, Shadow Writer, The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, The Spaces Between and GHOSTS. His novella Signs of Life reached the shortlist of the British Fantasy Awards 2006, The Lazarus Condition was introduced by Mick Garris - creator of Masters of Horror - RED featured artwork from Dave (The Graveyard Book) McKean and Pain Cages was introduced by Stephen Volk (The Awakening).

As Special Publications Editor of the British Fantasy Society he worked with authors like Brian Aldiss, Ramsey Campbell, Muriel Gray and Robert Silverberg, he is the co-editor of Hellbound Hearts for Pocket Books (Simon and Schuster), an anthology of original stories inspired by Clive Barker's mythos - featuring contributions from the likes of Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola, Kelley Armstrong and Richard Christian Matheson - The Mammoth Book of Body Horror (Constable & Robinson) - featuring Stephen King, James Herbert and Robert Bloch - and the Poe-inspired Beyond Rue Morgue (for Titan).

In 2008 his zombie story 'Dead Time' was turned into an episode of the Lionsgate/NBC TV series Fear Itself, adapted by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (SAW II-IV). He also scripted The Opportunity which premiered at Cannes in 2009, The Weeping Woman - starring Fright Night's Stephen Jeffreys - and Wind Chimes (directed by Brad '7th Dimension' Watson. He is the author of the novels Of Darkness and Light, The Gemini Factor and the bestselling Arrowhead trilogy (Arrowhead, Broken Arrow and Arrowland), a post-apocalyptic reworking of the Robin Hood mythology gathered together as the sell-out Hooded Man omnibus. His latest novels are Lunar (which is set to be turned into a feature film) and the short Y.A. book The Rainbow Man (as P.B. Kane). He currently lives in Derbyshire, UK, with his wife - the author Marie O'Regan - his family, and a black cat called Mina. You can find out more at his website www.shadow-writer.co.uk which has featured Guest Writers such as Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Dean Koontz, John Connolly and Guillermo del Toro.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this for the pictures 2 Jun 2007
Format:Hardcover
For anyone looking for the ultimate Hellraiser book, the wait continues. However, anyone with a real interest in the Hellraiser films should snap this brilliantly written book up immediately. It may be lacking in gloss, but it more than makes up for this in terms of content. Crammed with detailed research, it details the making of the series with a critical eye that is at once accessible and entertaining. True, it would have benefitted from full colour spreads from the films themselves and at least being printed on a reasonable quality of paper, but these are minor gripes. Given just how many badly researched and written (horror) film books there are that value style over content, it is refreshing to find a book that presents the reverse and gives us something for our money. All we can hope for now is that a future edition does increase the quality of the presentation with a good selection of colour stills. In the meantime this will more than do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He has such sights to show you! 15 Jan 2007
By Frazer Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Paul Kane has pulled out all the stops in creating this insightful love-letter to the Hellraiser movies. Drawing from an impressive array of sources, the book offers an in-depth look at the behind-the-scenes creation of each of the (8 to-date) Hellraiser movies, with supplemental chapters examining the many themes explored in each film. Films 1 and 2 (arguably the finest in the series) get the most exposure, and rightfully so as these had the strongest input from series creator Clive Barker.

Other chapters tell the fascinating story of alternate versions of Kevin Yagher's troubled "Hellraiser: Bloodline", and the sequels that never made it onto celluloid - especially the intriguing "Hellraiser: Hellfire" concept. Only one gripe - a few more "behind-the-scenes" photos would be welcome, perhaps with some in colour - but no matter, this is a book you'll very much purchase for the text!

An attractive hardcover, larger format book that's a must for any Hellraiser fan's bookshelf - keep it next to your puzzle box at all times!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER ABOUT ONE OF THE BEST FILM SERIES EVER 17 Jan 2011
By fmwaalex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
THE HELLRAISER FILMS
AND THEIR LEGACY

I have always been a fan of this series and well to be honest the first film is possibly my favorite film of all time. I love Pinhead and well basically any thing the characters or mythos have been involved in. from the original book "The Hell Bound Heart" by the great Clive Barker all the way to the new comics, toys, and everything else that is released. When this book was first released I was all over it of course, pre order and all, I had to have it. I have read various times since and still can not put it down.

This is with out a doubt one of the most in depth books I have ever read as it goes over everything that is Hellraiser, and I do mean everything. Of course it goes over the author of it all himself Mr. Clive Barker and how he came about writing the original story. Also it goes into how the first film came about and what went into getting it made and making it. The best thing is it does this in detail and does it for every one of the films that have been made, including the direct to DVD ones. Yes that is correct an in depth look at how all the films came to be and then it goes into examination mode with each film.

It breaks down each film and goes into what each one means and all the different mythos that are involved with all of them, this may be the most interesting part of the book. I love how it goes into detail with each and every aspect of every film, love it. But that is not all; we also dive into the comic books, toys, and everything else that is Hellraiser. That also includes that fan film that is a hidden Easter egg on one of the Hellraiser DVD's [can you find it]. I myself though it was a brilliant short film and commend all that were involved with it; it kinda makes sense, kinda.

I know you are wondering why I didn't go into detail about a book that I say is full of detail, well I don't want to ruin anything for you. I love this book and any one who is even just barley a fan of this series will love this book. Actually you don't even have to be a fan to enjoy this book since it is a window into how these films are made. Just being a film fan is enough or a horror fan. I highly recommend buying this book; it is more than worth it. Did I mention there is a forward by Pinhead himself Dog Bradley; Paul Kane did a great job with this book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally, a Hellraiser companion book 15 Mar 2007
By bOoKwOrM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Just bought this book, and despite the price tag, it was all worth it. Like other McFarland guide books, this one is also excellent. It's obvious Paul Kane is a fan of the Hellraiser franchise, and that enthusiasm definitely shows in his writing. He examines all the films in great detail, with the first two being discussed in more detail than others.

The book features a lot of behind the scenes photos, production sketches, and publicity photos of the actors involved. There's also a funny introduction to the book by Doug Bradley.

Overall, if you're a fan of this series, then this book is a definite must buy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such films to analyze... 27 Jun 2010
By N. P. Stathoulopoulos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a well-researched, reverent book for fans of the dark, demented and icky Hellraiser films.

The book features in-depth material on the making of each of the eight Hellraiser movies (up to Hellworld), including backgrounds on the production, the directors, actors, etc. It tells the 'story' of the Hellraiser franchise and on its making, an odyssey in its own right. The book also explores the Hellraiser films in popular culture, and examines from whence the films took inspiration in their imagery and mythos. For the most part, it's a serious consideration of the films and their inspirations.

More so than other horror franchises, Hellraiser tends to have a bit more going on under the bloody surface, with its themes of pain and pleasure as one, religious overtones, sexual themes, etc. Nobody said this was stuff for a bright, sunny day, but for fans of the macabre these films and characters go a long way.

The book looks great--it's a nice hardcover edition with plenty of slick photos. A serious consideration of the films and their entire legacy is a very welcome treat for long-time fans. Comes with an intro by Doug 'Pinhead' Bradley. Highly recommended to fans of the series, and horror fans in general.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well read Pinhead 29 Aug 2013
By Horror Nerd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You can't do a book like this much better. Kane does a wonderful job of giving intelligent insight into the themes and concepts in the series while tossing in interesting making of stories. The only flaw isn't really the books fault, and that is just that the ideas start to run a little thin in the latter half of the book - but that's really due to the decline of the films themselves and can't be avoided. Even then he manages to keep it fairly engrossing and comes up with some quality material. A great read for fans of the series or horror fans in general.
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