Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992) – Anthony Hickox

Despite having his name listed as Executive Producer, I don’t think horrormeister Clive Barker had much to do with the third installment of the Hellraiser series. After the bloody and brilliantly constructed first two films, this one feels like it went right off the rails and didn’t quite understand why the first two films worked…

Lord of Illusions (1995) – Clive Barker

I remember discovering the writings of Clive Barker, and how his writing actually got under my skin, and freaked me out a bit. He definitely won a fan in me, and then the film, Hellraiser, wow! And while Nightbreed garnered itself a bit of a cult following, Lord of Illusions never seemed to, which bums…

Nightbreed: Director’s Cut (1990) – Clive Barker

I’ve always enjoyed Clive Barker’s stories, and I remember being so excited, during my freshman year at university, I was reading anything I could get my hands on by him from my local library. So I was very excited to see that he had directed his own adaptation of his novel Cabal in the form…

Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) – Tony Randel

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies continues to guide me through the demonic darkness of the Devil’s Work, and brings me to one of my favourite horror creations, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. The first film is gory, unnerving, and slickly created by Barker himself, and now thanks to Monsters in the Movies, I get to revisit…

Gods and Monsters (1998) – Bill Condon

The bio-pic, Gods and Monsters, is the next film on the What Else to Watch list, for Bride of Frankenstein, from DK Canada’s The Movie Book. The film chronicles the last days, as well as life and career of director James Whale, played brilliantly by Ian McKellen. The legendary film maker, perhaps best known for…

Toronto After Dark 2016: The Void – Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski

Isolationist horror with Lovecraftian overtones and readily apparent influences of both Clive Barker and John Carpenter; coupled with the school of less is more when showing the monster, combine in The Void. Toronto After Dark’s closing night film for 2016 at the Scotiabank Theatre. Let me get two things out of the way, as much…

The Scarlet Gospels (2015) – Clive Barker

  I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first heard Barker was working on it. I’m a fan, and I couldn’t wait to see what happens when two of his most iconic creations meet in what he promised would be the final tale of the Cenobite known universally as Pinhead. But the Hell…

Books of Blood: Volume 1 – 3 (1984 – 1986) – Clive Barker

  There are few authors that can get under my skin with their stories and nightmare imagery. In fact there is only one, Clive Barker. With the imminent arrival of The Scarlet Gospels in May, I thought I would throw some of his books back into my reading cycle, and what better place to start…

Mister B. Gone (2007) – Clive Barker

  Clive Barker’s books have always found a way to unnerve me, and keep me turning the pages at the same time, so I’m always happy to come across something by him that I haven’t read yet. This one opens with a plea. A begging for the reader to burn the book. Please. It seems…

Trailer Tracks: Hellraiser (1987) – Clive Barker

  I love Clive Barker’s writing, it’s dark, disturbing, and gets under your skin. When I first heard about his directing a film, I was anxious, and honestly, couldn’t watch some of the sequences… Even now this film can creep and trouble, and it’s still amazing, bloody, unnerving, and while the series has continued and…