How Hulu’s ‘Hellraiser’ Returns the Story to Clive Barker’s ‘Hellbound Heart’

Hellraiser (1987) casts a long shadow over the horror world. The original film, directed by Clive Barker, is a remarkably faithful adaptation of his own novella “The Hellbound Heart,” a twisted love story of forbidden passion and pain. The hotly anticipated reboot from director David Bruckner (The Ritual, The Night House) stars Jaime Clayton as […]

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Unboxing Clive Barker’s ‘Hellraiser’ 35 Years Later [The Losers’ Club Podcast]

Did you know Stephen King once called Clive Barker the “future of horror”? True story. So, in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Hellraiser, and in light of David Bruckner’s stylish new reboot, The Losers’ Club felt they were totally in the clear to unbox Barker’s iconic supernatural horror film. And, well, that’s exactly what they’re […]

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‘Hellraiser’ – How the Original Horror Classic Was a Gateway to More Extreme Horror

Horror fans have a term used to describe films that are great entry points into the genre for the younger set and nascent fans – gateway horror. These gateway films are well executed, but are mostly devoid of anything too violent, subversive, or extreme for a young fan’s eyes. With a world as vast as […]

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‘Hellraiser’ – An Exclusive Conversation Between Clive Barker & David Bruckner on the Franchise’s Legacy & Future

Hulu’s Hellraiser, a reimagining of Clive Barker’s 1987 horror classic from director David Bruckner, has opened the box and is exclusively available to stream on Hulu now. The feature film was written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski (SiREN, Super Dark Times, The Night House), with a story credit by producer David S. Goyer (Dark City, Blade II). Also producing is the Hellraiser originator himself, […]

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‘Leviathan’ – Celebrate ‘Hellraiser’ With the Definitive Documentary Exclusively Now on SCREAMBOX!

We have such sights to show you… This week we celebrate the return of Pinhead in an all-new Hellraiser movie on Hulu, but before you taste the pleasures, SCREAMBOX is taking you back to the very beginning. Now streaming on the brand new SCREAMBOX platform is Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, […]

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Sweet Suffering: A Definitive Ranking of All Ten ‘Hellraiser’ Films!

As we prepare for David Bruckner’s new take on Clive Barker‘s iconic text Hellraiser, what better time to re-evaluate the state of the franchise up to this point? Even a cursory glance at the ten existing Hellraiser films (four theatrical, six direct-to-video) reveals that not all Cenobite films are made equal. And while the top […]

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‘Hellraiser’ Review – David Bruckner Raises Hell with Style

Bloody Disgusting’s Hellraiser review is spoiler-free. Hellraiser needs no introduction. Clive Barker’s feature debut, which he adapted from his novella The Hellbound Heart, introduced horror to the hellish world of the Cenobites and instantly catapulted them to horror icon status. The arbiters of pain and suffering are back in the franchise’s eleventh feature, this time with a reimagining by […]

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‘Hellraiser’ – The Alternate Casting Choices That Would’ve Changed Clive Barker’s Original Movie

If filmmaking is a puzzle, casting is a corner piece that, when chosen correctly, helps hold everything together. I recently told you about Coil’s Hellraiser soundtrack that almost was, but what about the cast? Clive Barker captured lightning in a bottle with his 1987 directorial debut, but here are some casting choices that could have […]

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‘Hellraiser’ – The Original Electronic Score for Clive Barker’s Horror Classic That Was Never Used

Christopher Young‘s brilliant Hellraiser score is nearly as synonymous with the film as Pinhead — but if writer-director Clive Baker had his way, the soundtrack would have been composed by British industrial music pioneers Coil. Barker first became aware of Coil through Forbidden Planet, the UK’s enduring genre bookshop where band member Stephen Thrower worked. […]

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The Hedonistic Pleasures of Clive Barker’s ‘Hellraiser’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Frank, ya basic! After looking at two very different types of queer-coded bromances in Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse and Rob Underwood’s Tremors, we took a trip to Poland to analyze the trans allegory in the mermaid horror musical The Lure. This week, we’re heading back into the twisted mind of Clive Barker to discuss his […]

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The Queer Safe Space of Midian in Clive Barker’s ‘Nightbreed’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Boone, Button-Face & Barker. After five weeks of discussing hilarious camp with Drop Dead Gorgeous, Nurse 3D, Female Trouble, Flesh for Frankenstein, and Sleepaway Camp, we went back to some more serious horror with a look at John Carpenter’s Someone’s Watching Me! last week. Now, we’re discussing the troubled production and queer allegory at the center of Clive […]

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Gemma Files on Found Footage Fiction, Haunted Temporary Spaces, and Clive Barker [The Losers’ Club Podcast]

Gemma Files has been writing horror, fantasy, and “weird” fiction for decades, picking up a number of accolades along the way. Her latest honor is a Bram Stoker Award for last year’s short story collection In That Endlessness, Our End. It’s an incredible collection, many of its unnerving stories unfolding via email threads, podcast transcripts, […]

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‘Hellraiser: Judgment’ Stands Out Among the ‘Hellraiser’ Sequels With Ambition and Passion [The Silver Lining]

In this edition of The Silver Lining, we’ll be discussing Gary J. Tunnicliffe’s 2018 sequel, Hellraiser: Judgment. Watching a bad movie doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad experience. Even the worst films can boast a good idea or two, and that’s why we’re trying to look on the bright side with The Silver Lining, […]

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David Gordon Green Comments on the Dual ‘Hellraiser’ Projects in the Works, Including His HBO Series

In addition to David Bruckner‘s upcoming Hellraiser feature film for Hulu, which has Clive Barker on board to produce and will return the franchise to its Hellbound Heart roots – filming is complete and Jamie Clayton (“Sense8”) is playing the Hell Priest – a new version of Hellraiser is also on the way from HBO, […]

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Clive Barker’s ‘The Forbidden’ – The Humble Beginnings of the ‘Candyman’ Franchise

When it comes to big-screen adaptations of his literary works, Clive Barker has an inconsistent track record to say the least.  The Midnight Meat Train is a pretty decent stab at representing the first story from his celebrated anthology, The Books of Blood. Whenever the Liverpudlian author has had a direct hand in shaping a […]

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