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Clive Barker's Salome & The Forbidden (1973)

Peter Atkins , Clive Barker , Clive Barker  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Atkins, Clive Barker, Doug Bradley, Phil Rimmer, Lyn Darnell
  • Directors: Clive Barker
  • Writers: Clive Barker, Oscar Wilde
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 8, 1998
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305186413
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,187 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Clive Barker's Salome & The Forbidden" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Silent with music score
  • Interviews
  • Separate Film Score Audio Track

Editorial Reviews

In 1970's Liverpool, Clive Barker and a small group of friends from college made two short films, unseen by the general public until now. "Salome" (1973) and "The Forbidden" (1978) feature early footage of Barker, who also did most of the special effects, and Doug Bradley, who went on to fame as Pinhead in the "Hellraiser" films. Also included are interviews with Barker, Bradley and other key players. Contains graphic violence and nudity. Silent with music score.

Customer Reviews

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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ann Taylor's memories of filiming Salome March 19, 2001
Weird to see this old movie of ours on DVD. This was filmed mainly in the basement of my sister's florist's shop in Liverpool where some of the paintings for the set are still on the walls. We seemed to recut and re film so many times over a period of years that I can't recall ever thinking that the movie was finished. Still there it is for you hardened Barker fans - would have been nice if they spelt my name right!!! Ann Taylor
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Clive Barker's takes on "Salome" and "Faust" August 13, 2001
Clive Barker made these two silent shorts, shot in black-and-white with music, in the early 1970s in Liverpool and even appeared in them. "Salome" is an 18-minute version of the tale based on the Oscar Wilde play, with Anne Taylor as Salome and Doug Bradley as King Herod. Peter Atkins plays Faust in "The Forbidden," a 35-minute short that is the better of the two works. Uniquely stylized, these short films are powerful precursors to his late works involving a puzzle book sequence and a skinning segment that hint at what was to come from this modern master of horror. I am surprised these were not simply included as bonus features on the "Hellraiser" DVDs. These are clearly going to be of interest almost exclusively to Barker's fans, who might not want to own these short films but who certainly would be find them fascinating to see a couple of times.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Experimental Barker September 19, 1999
This is early early Barker, at his most experimental. These two films are short and silent with a modern score overlaid. Transfers are rough, and scratchy, but that may be deliberate. If you've seen the AFI-Lynch shorts you know the mood of these pieces. I cannot make a general recomendation but for those of us with an unhealthy interest in Clive's work its a decent investment. Be warned though Redemption Video has an over-long and somewhat silly pre-movie video sequence that is basically an ad for their other releases.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for Barker Fans! May 7, 2000
These films are a fascinating look at Clive's early work. If you have only a mild interest in Clive Barker, these may not be for you, as they are a little difficult to follow at times. "The Forbidden", Barker's retelling of the Faust legend, is by far my favorite of the two--the part with the skin peeling is amazing! What makes the DVD worth owning is, of course, the interview with Barker about the making of the films. What makes no sense is the arrangement of the DVD. Instead of taking you directly to the menu, the disc runs completely through the program before the menu pops up. Another minus is Redemption Video's ridiculous, soft-core porn introduction that is nothing more than a glorified advertisement for their video line. It seems silly to take a star away for that, I know, but it really does detract from the overall experience. Trust me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For the serious Clive Barker fan only November 9, 2000
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I love his work, but I found this a bit hard to get through. It's all images, no text or dialogue (save for the interviews), and though it is visually compelling, it may not be appealing to those who don't like surrealistic art flicks. The Forbidden is beautiful to see, as is Salome...very different from what we're used to. The bizarro introduction put forth by Redemption Video is pure tripe; fast foward through it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Once you get past the labels bizarre introduction, this is a look at 2 of Clive Barker's first amateur movies. Salome is an interpretation of an Oscar Wilde play. The Forbidden is an interpretation of the Faust legend and looks to be an inspiration for Hellraiser. A must see for Barker fans!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dark side is shown here February 14, 2002
An excelent peace of master work, i see this movie for the first time in a concert in mexico city in a place called "La Victoria" it was part of a fetish festival and i get amazed by all his dark beauty,now that i i could finally watch al over i get stuned by all the details and all the dark impresions in my mind.
its a must have for any self called gothic or night creature.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homebrewer February 25, 2006
This is a rare example of Barker's early work, featuring a young Doug Bradley (Pinhead from the Hellraiser series) as a surreal incarnation of a celluloid nutter and electroconvulsive therapy boy next door. These two short films 'Salome' & 'The Forbidden' were restored under Barker's supervision and are accompanied by filmed interviews with Barker, Bradley and other key players.

First we have 'Salome' Directed by Clive Barker, Music by Adrian Carson, Cast by Ann Taylor, Graham Bickley, Clive Barker, Doug Bradley, Phil Rimmer, Lyn Darnell, Susan Bickley and Julie Blake, filmed in 1973.

Second we have 'The Forbidden' Cast by Peter Atkins, Clive Barker, Doug Bradley, Phil Rimmer, Lyn Darnell and Julie Blake, filmed in 1975-1978.

Both short films feature early footage of Barker himself, who also did most of the special effects. In 'The Forbidden', Pete Atkins plays Faust, who is rather convincingly flayed toward the end of the film. Atkins later wrote the screenplays for the three 'Hellraiser' sequels and more recently wrote the screenplay for 'The Wishmaster'. Also featured is the inspiration for Pinhead's amazing appearance - a square block of wood covered in 6" nails. The anatomical etchings of Vesalius are also rather convincingly brought to life.

The discovery of these early shorts came about when an independent television production company interviewed Barker about his work. Clips were needed for the documentary, and so the task of restoring both shorts was undertaken. However, although 'Salome' was more or less completed, 'The Forbidden' remained in an unfinished, unedited state. With Barker's assistance, this was achieved, and he approved the final cuts of both shorts for this release on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Real waste of money
This an art film. I may be a bit thick but I didn't enjoy this at all. I don't recommend this one bit.
Published 6 months ago by Ronald L. Parsons
3.0 out of 5 stars Clive Barker at his earliest
I love all of Clive Barkers writing and most of the movies he has sanctioned. I wasn't fond of these 2 college films from him. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian W
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice insight
Good to see the beginings of Clive Barker and his directing career. The interviews are insightful and entertaining. I wish it were longer.
Published 11 months ago by Boy of Wonder
3.0 out of 5 stars Great art films, terrible horror host
Clive Barker's two early films are excellent. I found Salome a bit tedious after a while (though still interesting), but The Forbidden is stunning. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Evan J. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars the origins of clive barker and doug "pinhead" bradley
this is the one that started it all. and folks are wondering why cliver barker and doug bradley have NO connection to the recent hellraiser stinker part 9. Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by Chris Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!
Not only was I pleased with the price of this product but also the perfect condition it came in as well as the speed with which I received it. Read more
Published on August 1, 2011 by rk_davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed This DvD
I enjoyed seeing some of Clive Barker's early work. It shows where he received some of his ideas, and the extras help to verify this.
Published on November 3, 2008 by Randy Gilmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Special Limited Edition Version
Outstanding early films by Barker show the embryonic form of many of his horror ideas. The limited edition (5000 copies) has silver lettering and contains a good interview with... Read more
Published on July 18, 2008 by Laurence Bush
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh!!!
Holy crap! What a stinker! I've seen better films made by junior high students with the old wind up film cameras. Read more
Published on December 22, 2006 by davezilla
5.0 out of 5 stars An Eccentric Head Trip!
Clive Barker's Salome & The Forbidden are marvels of eccentricity and artistic freedom. Both shorts, within its silent contents, are provocative food for the eyes and mind and an... Read more
Published on October 27, 2006 by Erica Cameron
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