Pinheads and Candymen: All Clive Barker Movies Ranked

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Last week was the 25th anniversary of Candyman, and one horrendous physical effect aside, it still holds up beautifully today. Key among of strengths is a trait shared through almost all of the fiction written by horror author Clive Barker and the films that bring his work to the screen – a wicked, dark, and endless imagination.

From the earliest of his features in 1985 to the latest in 2009, they’ve run the gamut from instantly forgettable to instant classic, and while the stories are varied, that common thread between them remains. He creates worlds both gorgeous and grotesque, sometimes on the same page or frame. Ideally, he’ll soon see an adaptation resurgence similar to the one Stephen King is currently enjoying.

Until then, though, there are nine legitimate Clive Barker movies that are based on his work or feature his direct involvement, not counting sequels, shorts, and outliers. (Quicksilver Highway is an anthology only partially based on his work, The Plague sees him attached only as a producer, and Saint Sinner borrows the name from one of his comics but uses nothing from the plot.) So while we daydream a Hulu series based on The Great and Secret Show, a Guillermo del Toro adaptation of the brilliant “In the Hills, the Cities,” or Barker’s overdue return to the director’s chair with a face-off between Pinhead and Harry D’Amour in The Scarlet Gospels, these are the movies we’re left with… So why not rank them?

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Hellraiser Vinyl Soundtrack

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the nightmare that is Hellraiser. To celebrate the introduction of Pinhead to the world of horror cinema, Mondo has a limited edition vinyl soundtrack release on the way debuting in conjunction with a new print designed by artist Matt Ryan Tobin, coupled with a special anniversary screening for fans living across the pond.

Get all the details on the Hellraiser vinyl soundtrack, print and anniversary screening below. Read More »

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The Demogorgon is a truly terrifying monster that the kids from Stranger Things had to defeat, but what if they faced off against your run-of-the-mill slasher villain? It wouldn’t be pretty — we’re talking violence, strong language, adult content— all things that may be a bit too mature for the 11-something kids who saved the day and Will Byers.

While we may not get a guy with a chainsaw chasing the kids around Hawkins, this spoof of the Stranger Things trailer imagines what it would be like if the small Indiana town was terrorized by Jason from Friday the 13th or Pennywise the Clown from It. Unsurprisingly, it matches up perfectly.

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Our recurring Cool Stuff feature is usually where you’ll find awesome memorabilia related to movies and TV . However, almost every single day, there is some kind of new action figure, playset, collectible, etc. that just doesn’t warrant a whole Cool Stuff post by itself. So we decided those items needed their own showcase.

The Toy Box is a new weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

This week we have some new Funko releases for movies like Scott Pilgrim vs the World and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a handful of new Alien, Predator and Rocky figures, an update of a classic board game for all you Game of Thrones fans out there, and much more.

Hit the jump to see what’s in The Toy Box this week. Read More »

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While Dimension Films continues to try and figure out what they want to do with the Hellraiser franchise, a Hellraiser movie that never was is making its way to screens tonight. Mike Le Han will screen his short film Hellraiser: Origins, originally conceived as a pitch to reboot the film series, as part of the ongoing HollyShorts monthly screening series.

Hellraiser: Origins ultimately didn’t get picked up by Dimension Films. But it did catch the attention of the internet, thanks to its artfully creepy vibe. After the jump, watch the Hellraiser Origins teaser, eyeball some eerie concept art, and find out how you can actually watch the short.  Read More »

Hell's Club mash-up

There’s a good chance no one has ever thought that they’d like to see a movie that intersects the worlds of films such as Star Wars, Scarface, John Wick, Collateral, Terminator, Trainspotting, Saturday Night Fever and more. But that’s exactly what Antonio Maria Da Silva has done with a wholly strange, mesmerizing and fantastic cleverly edited short compiled by using clips from all these movies.

We’ve featured supercuts and trailer remixes before, but this Hell’s Club mash-up is something completely different. We don’t want to give anything away, but Da Silva sets up the video by saying, “There is a place or fictional characters meet. Outside of time, outside of all logic, this place is known as Hell’s Club. Just watch it and be mesmerized. Read More »

Hellraiser reboot

Like the torn-apart Frank Cotton in the original film, Hellraiser keeps trying to pull itself back together. Harvey Weinstein has experimented with reboot and sequel ideas for the past few years, attaching a couple different directors at different times for projects that ultimately failed. But a year ago Clive Barker revealed that he had pitched Weinstein on a loose remake idea that the producer liked. Suddenly, Barker was reunited with his directorial debut and working on the newest version of the tale.

Now Barker has finished the second draft of the film that will reboot and expand upon the story seen in the original Hellraiser. (And which was created in Barker’s novella The Hellhound Heart.) A few details are below, thanks to the author. Read More »

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Dimension Films spent a few years trying to make a Hellraiser remake happen before throwing up their hands in 2010, but now they’re gearing up to try again. And this time, they’re enlisting the help of the folks who made the original.

Writer/director Clive Barker has announced that not only does he plan to write the script, he’s also gotten the Weinsteins to agree to bring back Doug Bradley as villain Pinhead. Get all the details on this new iteration after the jump.

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The future has been bleak for the Halloween series. There was once a plan for The Weinstein Company to follow Rob Zombie’s two movies with a third movie, to be written by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, but start dates and release dates for that movie have come and gone, and in general TWC seemed little interested in making a new film.

And now the Weinsteins won’t make a new Halloween, as the rights have been sold to another company. Bloody Disgusting reports that Platinum Dunes is taking up the rights to Halloween, and will produce a new sequel, or another reboot, or something. The nature of the intended project is unknown. Supposedly the new film will not be in 3D, and it will not use found footage, and the suggestion is that Lussier and Farmer are out, too.

Given that Platinum Dunes has already remade other major horror franchises (Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street) this is like collecting the final ace for a four of a kind. For them, at least. For us, given the way those other remakes went, it might look more like a bust hand.

After the break, Hellraiser goes to TV, and a comedy with a horror bent gets a remake. Read More »

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There’s something incredibly exciting about the phrase “anything is possible.” Waiting for something that could be anything is an exercise for your imagination. That infinite possibility, coupled with wild speculation and prediction, is ninety percent of the fun of Mondo’s Mystery Movies.

Mondo, as you may know, is the ever-growing poster boutique associated with the Alamo Drafthouse. In April Mondo began a project called Mystery Movies. People buy a ticket for a movie that won’t be announced until they’re in the theater. That is coupled with a limited edition poster that will only ever be available at the event. So imagine buying a ticket to one of these things and speculating what it could be. You throw out suggestions with your fellow attendees, laughing at wild ones and nodding at more likely ones. Finally, you sit down for the film and all is revealed. Does it live up to your expectations?

After two events in their hometown of Austin, Texas, the Mondo Mystery Movie hit the road for the first time ever featuring six different mystery movies over one weekend at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. What were the films? What did the posters look like? What was the experience like? And did the event live up to our wildest expectations? Find out after the jump. Read More »