- Hardcover: 255 pages
- Publisher: McFarland & Company; First Edition edition (November 27, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786427523
- ISBN-13: 978-0786427529
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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to say Kane delivers the ultimate guide to Hellraiser is an understatement. He absolutely nails it Total Film; a must-buy Labyrinth; an in-depth collection...exciting...the perfect compendium...open this one up and see what pleasures await www.sfsite.com."
About the Author
Paul Kane is a freelance writer, author and tutor from Derbyshire in the UK. He teaches Film Studies, Art and Creative Writing and has contributed to film books such as Contemporary North American Directors: A Critical Guide and Cinema Macabre.
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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.
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.
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!
Buy this book. It is now available in paperback. Hellraiser fans will love it. Also check out The Hellbound Heart: A Novel which was the inspiration for the original film.
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