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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for horror fans, 22 Feb 2010
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Doc Zombie (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor (Paperback)
I've been a fan of the Hellraiser movies, and the whole horror genre, since well before I should have been watching them (what's a BBFC certificate worth these days...?) I discovered this book quite by accident, but was delighted by the interesting, light-hearted, yet heartfelt account of one actor's life behind latex. While the first half of Doug Bradley's book could be criticised for wandering a little (starting with the significance of mask-wearing in pre-history may have been stretching the theme a little thin), the brief history of movie monster make-up really sets the scene for the personal accounts from actors who portrayed the most iconic horror movie "monsters" of the modern era. Apart from Pinhead, we're given straight-talking reminiscences from Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface (the actors from their original outings, that is - none of the recent remakes get a mention...) Add to that accounts of the gruelling procedures that were inflicted upon the "classic" movie monster actors like Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney (Sr & Jr) and Christopher Lee, and Bradley succeeds in giving the reader a feel for the grotesqueries that must be endured off-camera in order to present the grotesque on-camera. On the whole, I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in horror movies, and definitely to fellow Hellraiser fans, but also to people interested in how things work behind the scenes in Hollywood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating, 13 July 2007
This review is from: Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor (Paperback)
Famous for essaying the role of Pinhead in the Hellraiser series (he was credited as Lead Cenobite in the original, the fans dubbed him Pinhead and the legend was born), Doug Bradley should know a thing or two about the power of the mask and the rigeurs of acting behind the makeup. And just as Bradley himself is much more than Pinhead, this book transcends it's premise and becomes part autobiography, a history of theatre, and of the horror movie, it also takes in cave painting and shamanism.
It's well written and consistantly entertaining, Bradley knows his stuff and seems humble of his efforts in the genre, crediting his co-workers and those who came before him at all times. A fascinating read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, easy read., 2 July 2007
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F. V. Walker (Merseyside, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Behind the Mask of the Horror Actor (Paperback)
As a huge fan of the horror film, I found this book to be extrememly informative. It covers the history of masks, what they were used for and the people who used them, through to early film horror and the latex transformations of its stars, up to modern day cinema and embracing the slasher film and its monsters.

It was wonderful to hear inside stories from the likes of Doug Bradley and Robert Englund, including an insight into the inspiration for Freddy Kruger.

A must for horror fans, people who want to learn about the origins of the mask and fans of the hellraiser series.
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